Gingrich: Congress Should Condemn Obama’s Israel-Palestine Proposals

May 20, 2011 12:43 p.m.

Newt Gingrich is coming out strongly against President Obama’s call for a return to negotiations for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict — and calling upon Congress to formally condemn Obama’s proposals.

“Congress in the next week should pass resolutions in the House and Senate condemning the president setting the 1967 lines,” Gingrich told a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Sioux City, Iowa, the Des Moines Register reports.

Gingrich also called Obama’s Thursday speech “disastrous,” and added: “A president who can’t control his own border shouldn’t lecture Israel on their border.

To be clear, Obama did not call for a direct return to the 1967 borders for Israel, as Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have represented. Instead, he reiterated the longstanding conventional wisdom of the international diplomatic community, and indeed the position of previous U.S. administrations, that those lines should be the initial basis for talks, and with additional land swaps to be agreed upon in further adjusting those lines.

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