The fallout from President Obama's noble blunder continues. Senate Democrats are now eagerly lining up to sign a resolution, sponsored by Orrin Hatch, explicitly repudiating the 1967 lines as a basis of negotiation between the Palestinians and Israelis.
And implicitly meant as a rebuke to President Obama.
Good old team loyalty.
The Hill has the depressing story.
Senate Democrats are expected to support a resolution intended as a rebuff to President Obama’s call for basing Middle East peace talks on the 1967 Israeli-Palestinian borders.
It would be a rare rebuke of the president by the upper chamber and a sign that Democrats are worried about the impact of last week’s speech on the U.S.-Israel relationship and pro-Israel constituents.
Translation: AIPAC & Co are not pleased. Therefore, the President needs a further dressing down in public. By the 'Democratic controlled' Senate.
Of course, a backstabbing would not be complete without . . . you guessed it . . . Joe Lieberman, who is drafting the resolution with the original author, Orrin Hatch.
Draft language of the (Hatch-Lieberman) resolution states “it is contrary to the U.S. policy and national security to have the borders of Israel return to the boundaries of 1949 or 1967.”
Democratic leaders have scrambled to mend fences in the wake of the speech, which GOP strategists say they will use as a wedge between the Democratic Party and Jewish voters and donors.
Because, at the end of the day, having our President determine our foreign policy is a secondary concern to campaign donations.
The article reveals that Ben Nelson and Ben Cardin are already chomping at the bit. Harry Reid already has publicly taken the Likudnik line, so he's in. Dianne Feinstein and Carl Levin are waiting to read it before they jump in with both feet.
Just in case you're wondering about the intent of Senator Lieberman, he states that land swaps would be 'unfair' to Israel.
And, of course, he criticized Obama for making the speech because:
“It puts Israel in an awkward position,” he said.
If only the Senate had the same level of concern for the United States.
But, then again, this is the same august body that stood up to announce its agreement that Israel is not occupying 'Judea and Samaria" and that the IDF has a sacrosanct right to occupy the Jordan Valley.
Discretion is the better part of valor, President Obama. You cannot help a state that not only does not want to be helped, but that will punish you viciously for trying.
Just walk away. American 'leadership' only does further harm.
7:49 AM PT: See also TomP's diary:
So, now it's acceptable for Congressional Democrats to call President Obama a supporter of Hamas.