You know, maybe these guys should do some real work rather than passing meaningless, sycophantic resolutions that are non-binding and which seem geared towards nothing other than pandering to AIPAC and the Israel Lobby.
Weeks after President Barack Obama’s remarks about Israel’s border set off a political firestorm, two senior senators on Thursday rolled out a resolution declaring the United States’ steadfast support for the Jewish state.
“It is the policy of the United States to support and facilitate Israel in maintaining, secure, recognized and defensible borders and that 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,” states the bipartisan resolution, introduced by two staunch Israel defenders, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
The non-binding resolution, co-sponsored by 28 other senators, also recognizes that Israel has been attacked by totalitarian regimes and terrorist groups that deny the nation’s right to exist, and that a return to the 1967 lines would impede its ability to defend itself and its borders.
Last month, on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, Obama called for a two-state solution based on pre-1967 borders with “mutually agreed” land swaps – a position that he stated more boldly than any of his predecessors in the White House.
The 1967 lines as a basis for the start of negotiations is nothing new, even if not stated as explicitly as Obama stated it. But the media, Bibi and the Israel Firsters in Congress acted like Obama had just initiated some radical shift in foreign policy. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, all he was likely doing was trying to show our European allies that the US was willing to move forward on Mideast peace in an effort to try to prevent the EU nations from voting for the UN resolution recognizing a Palestinian state in September. Bibi and Lieberman etc. should be thanking Obama for trying to prevent a train wreck in September, not trying to paint him into a corner.