Hatch accuses Obama of undermining Israel, offers resolution on borders


Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchHow the White House got rolled on the Saudi-9/11 bill Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform Overnight Healthcare: Watchdog says ObamaCare program made illegal payments 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." 

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Obama came under criticism from members of both parties when he said a peace deal should include 1967 borders plus mutual "land swaps" in a major address on the Middle East. The White House argued Obama was not saying anything new and that negotiated land swaps could broaden Israel's territory to include new settlements and land Israel's government contends is vital to its security. 

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 WydenOvernight Healthcare: Watchdog says ObamaCare program made illegal payments Election-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Overnight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security 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."