Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Rift Widens: Congress isolating Obama; Andrews says Obama "tilting toward Hamas"

Lieberman & Hatch are sponsoring a rare resolution to rebuke the President.  They expect wide bi-partisan support

Senate Dems might join rebuff of Obama on Israeli border issue -Alexander Bolton

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. Democrats in both chambers are scrambling to fix the damage caused when Obama called for the 1967 borders and land swaps as a basis for peace. 

Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.), an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, is working with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on a resolution that would show broad consensus within Congress that the 1967 Israeli-Palestinian borders are not only “indefensible,” but also contrary to U.S. national security interests.

Lieberman and Hatch predicted the resolution would win broad support from Democrats. Several Democratic senators said they would not take a position until they reviewed the resolution. Others voiced quick support.

Lieberman and Hatch said they hope to introduce it on Wednesday.
[The Hill]

Andrews accuses Obama of "tilting toward Hamas"
Note: this is only a screen video available

House members side with Netanyahu -Mike Lillis

House lawmakers from both parties are siding with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over President Obama in their differing approaches to the Israel-Palestine border dispute.

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that Obama is "tilting toward Hamas" – a reference to the Palestinian group the United States and Israel consider a terrorist organization. "A majority of the Congress disagrees with him,” Andrews said of Obama.
[The Hill]

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