Text: H.Con.Res.59 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. CON. RES. 59

Declaring that it is the policy of the United States to support and facilitate Israel in maintaining defensible borders and that it is contrary to United States policy and national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 3, 2011

Mr. Bishop of Utah (for himself, Mr. Brooks, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Lance, Mr. Lamborn, Mr. Grimm, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Duncan of South Carolina, Mr. Yoder, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Woodall, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Dold, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Sullivan, Ms. Hayworth, and Mr. Tipton) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Declaring that it is the policy of the United States to support and facilitate Israel in maintaining defensible borders and that it is contrary to United States policy and national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967.

Whereas, throughout its short history, Israel, a liberal democratic ally of the United States, has been repeatedly attacked by authoritarian regimes and terrorist organizations that denied its right to exist;

Whereas the United States Government remains steadfastly committed to the security of Israel, especially its ability to maintain secure, recognized, and defensible borders;

Whereas the United States Government is resolutely bound to its policy of preserving and strengthening the capability of Israel to deter enemies and defend itself against any threat;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 (1967) recognized Israel’s “right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force”;

Whereas the United States has long recognized that a return to the 1967 lines would create a strategic military vulnerability for Israel and greatly impede its sovereign right to defend its borders; and

Whereas Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu correctly stated on May 20, 2011, that the 1967 lines were not “boundaries of peace. They are the boundaries of repeated war”: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—

(1) it is the policy of the United States to support and facilitate Israel in creating and maintaining secure, recognized, and defensible borders; and

(2) it is contrary to United States policy and our national security to have the borders of Israel return to the armistice lines that existed on June 4, 1967.