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. He emphasized that Congress would never base its approach to Israeli aid on such a position.
“A majority of the Congress disagrees with him,” Andrews said of Obama.
Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), for one, said the president “absolutely … made a mistake” with his 1967-borders proposal, and suggested it would harm — rather than bolster — the chances of renewed peace talks.
“With all of the political turmoil and unrest in the Middle East, I don’t understand why the president injected himself into that issue right now,” he said.
Both Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.), the House Democratic whip, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have also rejected Obama’s proposal in recent days, telling the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that preconditions have no place in the negotiations.
“No one should set premature parameters about borders, about building or about anything else,” Reid said Monday night to roaring applause.