Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has broken publicly with President Obama over his plan to restart Israel-Palestinian negotiations by demanding that Israel base a two state solution on the 1967 borders.
But Reid rejected that strategy Monday night, saying any such preconditions would be "premature."
"The parties that should lead those negotiations must be the parties at the center of this conflict - and no one else," Reid told thousands of pro-Israel activists gathered in Washington for the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
"The place where negotiating will happen must be the negotiating table - and nowhere else. Those negotiations will not happen - and their terms will not be set - through speeches, or in the streets, or in the media.
"No one should set premature parameters about borders, about building or about anything else," Reid added, bringing the audience to its feet for the first time during the speech.
What does it matter about borders for a state that doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist? That's the bottom line, as Netanyahu made a point of saying when he spoke after Reid. There can be no peace until the Palestinian recognize they have a partner in peace to begin with.
Any other issue doesn't matter.