Hatch: Obama's Israel Policy Undermines Jewish State

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 04:53 PM

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Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, blasted President Obama Thursday for what he described as the undermining of Israel by calling for a peace deal to be based on the country's 1967 borders. 

Hatch also introduced a resolution designed to reaffirm U.S. support for Israel's borders to be based on the territory it gained in the 1967 war against several Arab states, The Hill reported.

"It is contrary to United States policy and our national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967," the resolution states. 

Hatch said the resolution "removes any harmful ambiguity the president’s remarks might have caused" during comments he made on the Senate floor.

Obama has been heavily criticized by both Republicans and Democrats after he said a peace deal should include 1967 borders plus mutual "land swaps" in a major address on the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress later in the month that such borders would render Israel indefensible.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and 29 other lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors, including Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.).

The resolution will reaffirm "our nation’s steadfast and unshakable commitment to the security of Israel, specifically through the establishment of secure, recognized, and defensible borders," Hatch said.

 

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