Rep. Chaffetz: Obama's Israel stance 'offensive and wrong'

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "offensive and wrong."

Obama made his first address as president before the United Nations today and called for "a Jewish State of Israel, with true security for all Israelis; and a viable, independent Palestinian state with contiguous territory that ends the occupation that began in 1967, and realizes the potential of the Palestinian people."

The president also asserted his desire to resume peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians "without preconditions."

The freshman lawmaker took exception with Obama's assessment of the decades-long dispute, tweeting:

I am outraged by the President's comments at the U.N. His approach to the Israel-Palestinian situation is wrong on many fronts.

President wants discussions "without preconditions." I disagree. We should always stand tall for Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state.

Also, the President's characterization that Israel should "end the occupation that began in 1967" is offensive and wrong.

The border issue is one of many contentious disputes splitting Israelis and Palestinians. Israel claims that it needs territory seized from Arab nations during the 1967 Six Day War is a necessary buffer for its security. Palestinians say that the land was unjustly taken and demand that Israel retract behind its previous borders.

Like the rest of Utah's congressional delegation, Chaffetz is Mormon.