Sen. Hatch To Introduce Resolution Opposing President Obama’s Israel Policy

By Penny Starr | May 20, 2011 | 4:07 PM EDT

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued a press release today stating his intention to introduce a resolution next week disapproving of the policy concerning Israel that President Barack Obama announced on Thursday.

“Israel is the United States’ strongest friend and ally,” Hatch said in the statement. “By calling for a return to the pre-1967 borders, President Obama has directly undermined her.”

Hatch said the president should be standing by Israel “against consistent, unprovoked aggression by longtime supporters of terrorism.”

Instead, Hatch said, “President Obama is rewarding those who threaten Israel’s very right to exist.”

“This is not only ridiculous, but dangerous,” he said.

Hatch further said that there is “strong disapproval” of Obama’s stance in Congress and that the resolution will affirm Israel’s “right to maintain its territorial integrity.”

“Now, more than ever, the security interests of the United States and Israel are linked,” Hatch said. “Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons is a clear and present danger to both of our nations.”

“We cannot distance ourselves from our Israeli friends,” the senator said.