Netanyahu: My differences with Obama are exaggerated

Contrary to impressions that he was surprised by Obama’s speech, reports on Sunday confirmed he was told over 24 hours ahead of time that Obama would propose a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, and had called Washington to try to get the president to change his mind and his text — without success.

When Obama went ahead, Netanyahu, who was about to board his flight to Washington, issued a strong statement rejecting the suggestion. Officials seemed taken aback and an aide, asked if Netanyahu had been forewarned, said: “No comment.”

“The Americans ambushed us,” a source close to the prime minister was quoted as saying in the pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom.