Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchOvernight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate US Chamber urges quick vote on USTR nominee Lighthizer Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Utah.) on Thursday accused President Obama of undermining 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.
"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.
In comments on the Senate floor, Hatch said the resolution "removes any harmful ambiguity the president’s remarks might have caused."
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 WydenRon WydenThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs MORE (Ore.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.).
According to Hatch, the resolution, which has bipartisan support, will reaffirm "our nation’s steadfast and unshakable commitment to the security of Israel, specifically through the establishment of secure, recognized, and defensible borders."