As far as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is concerned, his recent trip to Washington will not bring home a famous photo op similar to what his predecessor Yitzak Rabin did way back in 1993. In his address in front of members of the US Congress last week in Capitol Hill, Netanyahu reiterated his resistance to redrawing the map back to its pre-1967 borders as a precursor to Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Judging by the response of the audience to his speech, Netanyahu may have gotten the approval of American legislators that the roadmap for a two-state solution will never involve Israel conceding its territories they gained during the Six Day War. Unfortunately, Netanyahu’s position would only scale back previous discussions that aim to arrive at an agreement with the two-state solution in mind.

Even US President Barack Obama could not convince Netanyahu otherwise about the border issue. Obama’s remarks, part of his administration’s Middle East policy, endorsed a return to the pre-1967 borders. Netanyahu, who was scheduled to fly in to Washington when Obama made his speech, quickly rejected the American president’s proposal saying that the borders before 1967 are indefensible.

Netanyahu’s rejectionist stance, which also included his rejection of Palestinian demand to make East Jerusalem as their capital, withdrawal of Israeli security forces in what will be sovereign Palestinian borders, and return of refugees to the new Palestinian state, has only produced even more unwilling negotiating partners in the West Bank.  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas aptly described Netanyahu’s offers as “nothing to build on.”

Despite Netanyahu’s rockstar-like popularity in Washington, whose speech received around 30 standing ovations, he has irked many with his non-compromising position especially those who have supported the two-state solution as the most viable option for peace. It has also generated a lot of comments that the Likud Party chairman is out of touch with the current changes that are sweeping the entire Arab world and his view of Israeli security is still based on things that worked in the past.

Some experts on Middle East affairs felt that he may not have only squandered a crucial opportunity for peace in the region with his Washington speech, but he is also slowly the killing the two-state solution. With the two-state solution gone, many think that the list of alternatives for peace between Israelis and the Palestinians will be short and it is not even certain which one will be acceptable enough to Hamas that will bring them, to some extent, to the negotiating table.

This unilateral policy of Netanyahu only made the Palestinians closer in moving forward with their own unilateral plan. Abbas made known of his sentiments that if there is no progress made by September of this year, they will go ahead with their declaration of a sovereign Palestinian state to be recognized by the UN General Assembly. The move has already found substantial backing this early from the Arab League, which according to their statement, “supports the appeal to the UN asking that Palestine, within the 1967 borders, becomes a full-fledged state.”