Congress further opposes Obama Mideast peace plan

Friday, June 10, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Prominent US Senators on Thursday threw another wrench in the Middle East peace plans of President Barack Obama when they proposed a new resolution opposing an Israeli withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders.

The draft resolution presented by senators Orrin Hatch and Joe Lieberman states that "it is contrary to United States policy and national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967."

Echoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the senators insisted that the 1967 borders were indefensible, and invited Arab attacks on the narrow Jewish state.

The resolution is supported by at least 30 other senators, and possibly many more.

The resolution comes just weeks after a joint session of Congress made the extraordinary move of providing a foreign leader - Netanyahu - with a platform to oppose the policies of the US president. Congress was unhappy that just days prior to Netanyahu's address Obama had publically called for Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders for the sake of peace.

Analysts noted that Obama's statements had for the first time turned Arab demands that peace be based on a full and complete Israeli withdrawal the official policy of the White House.

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