|00:00:01||HATCH: I HOPE I CAN STAY WITHIN THE TIME CONSTRAINTS, BUT I AM NOT SHIEWMPLET I AM PROUD TO RISE AND OFFER WITH MY GOOD FRIEND, THE SENIOR SENATOR FROM CONNECTICUT, SENATOR LIEBERMAN, A CONTINUING RESOLUTION WHICH REAFFIRMS OUR NATION'S STEADFAST AND UNSHAKABLE COMMITMENT TO THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL.|
|00:00:16||SPECIFICALLY, THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SECURE, RECOGNIZED, AND DEFENSIBLE BORDERS.|
|00:00:21||I AM ALSO PROUD THAT THIS -- PLEASED THAT THIS RESOLUTION IS SUPPORTED BY APEC,.|
|00:00:31||IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT I FEEL COMPELLED TO OFFER SUCH A RESOLUTION.|
|00:00:34||FOR YEARS BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT THAT ISRAEL'S BOUNDARIES OF JUNE 1967 ARE INDEFENSIBLE AND IF REESTABLISHED WILL CREATE A STRATEGIC MILITARY VULNEBILITY FOR OUR STAUNCH ALLY ISRAEL.|
|00:00:51||MR. PRESIDENT, THAT IS WHY PRESIDENT OBAMA'S RECENT COMMENTS WERE SO DUMBFOUNDING.|
|00:00:56||THE PRESIDENT'S PREPARED AND THOR ROAR ROWLY CONSIDERED REMARKS CALLED FOR THE STARTING POINT OF NEGOTIATIONS TO BE WHAT WE ALL KNOW ARE THE MILITARILY INDEFENSIBLE 1967 LINES.|
|00:01:07||REMEMBER, IF ISRAEL RETURNS TO THE 1967 LINES, IT'S TERRITORY WILL IN SOME LOCATIONS BE ONLY NINE MILES WIDE.|
|00:01:15||AS PRIME MINISTER BINYAMIN NETANYAHU CORRECTLY STATED IN A FRIENDLY AND APPROPRIATE CORRECTION TO THE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS, THE 1967 LINES ARE NOT BOUNDARIES OF PEACE; THEY ARE BOUNDARIES OF REPEATED WAR.|
|00:01:29||ISRAEL WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP THE GOLAN HEIGHTS, THE STRATEGIC ELEVATED LOCATION WHICH DOMINATES NORTHERN ISRAEL.|
|00:01:36||DOES THE PRESIDENT NOT REMEMBER DURING THE 1973 WAR THE SYRIANS LAUNCH ADD MASSIVE ARMORED ATTACK ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS, WHICH ALMOST SUCCEEDED?|
|00:01:47||THIS RAISE THE THE QUESTION OF WHO PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS ATTEMPTING TO APPEASE WITH HIS ILL-ADVISED STATEMENTS WHICH UNNECESSARILY DROVE A WEDGE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL.|
|00:01:57||MR. PRESIDENT, THE FACT IS THE NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ARE LINKED.|
|00:02:04||THE THREATS ISRAEL FACES ARE THREATS THE UNITED STATES FACES.|
|00:02:07||WHETHER IT IS HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON, HAMAS IN THE GAZA STRIRNTION OR THOSE -- OR THESE GROUPS BENEFACTOR IRAN, WE SHARE A COMMON FOE.|
|00:02:19||UNFORTUNATELY, THAT FOE, I, APPEARS TO BE GROWING STRONGER AND MORE CAPABLE.|
|00:02:24||IRAN HAS REPEATEDLY STATED IT WISHES TO WIPE THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL OFF THE MAP.|
|00:02:30||IRAN'S OBVIOUS SAME TO ESTABLISH STRATEGIC DOMINANCE OVER THE ENTIRE REGION.|
|00:02:35||THEIR RELENT LINGS PURSUIT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND BALLISTIC MISSILE TECHNOLOGY IS OF GRAVE CONCERN.|
|00:02:41||MR. PRESIDENT, MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM BUT MUCH LESS HAS BEEN ARTICULATED ABOUT ITS BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM.|
|00:02:48||NO TOURED ACHIEVE ITS STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES, IRAN HAS EMBARKED ON A SIGNIFICANT BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM.|
|00:02:56||IRANIAN OFFICIALS HAVE BOASTED THAT THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO PRODUCE A BALLISTIC MISSILE WITH A 1,250 RANGE.|
|00:03:04||IN 2009, THE IRANIANS WERE ABLE TO LAUNCH A MULTISTAGE SPACE-LAUNCHED VEHICLE THAT THE AIR FORCE CONCLUDED -- QUOTE -- "CAN SERVE AS A TEST BED FOR LONG-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE TECHNOLOGIES.|
|00:03:16||NOW, EVEN MORE TROUBLING, THE IRANIANS APPEAR TO BE DEVELOPING A NEW LONG-RANGE MULTISTAGE SOLID ROCKET MOTORED MISSILE.|
|00:03:25||WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?|
|00:03:26||IF THE IRANIANS SUCCESSFULLY FEEL THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO LAUNCH ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY MISSILES WHICH CARRY WARHEADS OVER GREAT DISTANCES.|
|00:03:37||WITH THESE OMINOUS DEVELOPMENTS EMANATING FROM ISRAEL'S AND THE UNITED STATES'S COMMON FOES, DO WE REALLY WANT TO BE SEEN AS DISTANCING OURSELVES FROM ONE OF ASH STAUNCHEST ALLIES, ESPECIALLY ON SUCH A PIVOTAL ISSUE AS ISRAEL'S BORDERS?|
|00:03:53||THIS ISSUE OF THESE BORDERS IS ONLY UNDERSCORED BY THE CONSTANT ATTACKS ON ISRAEL'S BORDERS BY IRAN'S SURROGATES, HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS.|
|00:04:04||MR. PRESIDENT, THAT IS I DIDN'T BELIEVE THIS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IS SO IMPORTANT.|
|00:04:07||IT REAFFIRMS THE LONG-HELD BIPARTISAN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES THAT WE WILL -- QUOTE -- "SUPPORT AND FACILITATE ISRAEL IN MAINTAINING DEFENSIBLE BORDERS AND THAT IT IS CONTRARY TO UNITED STATES POLICY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY TO HAVE THE BORDERS OF ISRAEL RETURN TO THE ARMISTICE LINES THAT EXIST ON JUNE 4, 1967.|
|00:04:28||" NOW, MR.|
|00:04:29||PRESIDENT, THE UNITED STATES HAS NO GREATER FRIEND THAN ISRAEL AND ISRAEL HAS NO GREATER FRIEND THAN THE UNITED STATES.|
|00:04:36||ISRAEL TOO OFTEN FINDS HERSELF ALONE IN THE WORLD, UNJUSTICELY SINGLED OUT BY THE WORLD WITHOUT THE AUTHORITY TO DEFEND ITSELF.|
|00:04:45||FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, ISRAEL DOES NOT NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE FOR DEFENDING ITSELF AGAINST THOSE WHO WOULD DO HER HARM, AND I WILL ALWAYS STAND BY ISRAEL AS SHE SEEKS TO PROTECT HER CITIZENS AGAINST TERRORISTS & THEIR STATE SPONSORS.|
|00:05:00||HAVING SAID THAT I ALSO BELIEVE IN THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO DO NOT FULLY APPRECIATE THE CURRENT REGIME THAT IS, I THINK, DEVASTATING IRAN AND CAUSING SUCH PROBLEMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.|
|00:05:18||WE MUST SUPPORT THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE SEARCHERS FOR FREEDOM.|
|00:05:22||NOW, THE SECURITY OF BOTH OUR NATIONS IS IRREVOCABLY LINKED THIS.|
|00:05:29||BIPARTISAN CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REMOVES ANY HARMFUL AMBIGUITY THE PRESIDENT'S REMARKS A WHILE AGO MIGHT HAVE CAUSED.|
|00:05:38||THE UNITED STATES SIMPLY MUST STAND BY ISRAEL.|
|00:05:41||WITH HIS REMARKS LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT OBAMA UNDERMINED HER.|
|00:05:45||ISRAEL FACES CONSISTENT, UNPROVOKED AGGRESSION BY LONGTIME SUPPORTERS OF TERRORISM.|
|00:05:51||BUT ISRAEL IS NOT A VICTIM.|
|00:05:53||ALL SHE ASKS SENIOR SENATOR THE ABILITY IS THE -- ALL SHE ASKS IS THE ABILITY TO DEFEND HERSELF.|
|00:06:02||THIS IS NO TIME FOR THE UNITED STATES TO DISTANCE ITSELF FROM ISRAEL.|
|00:06:05||AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING TOIK AFFIRM ISRAEL'S TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND ABILITY TO PROTECT HER CITIZENS AGAINST THE UNPROVOKED ATTACKS OF TERRORISTS AND STATE ACTORS.|
|00:06:15||AND BECAUSE ISRAEL IS A TRUE FRIEND, I AM NOT SURPRISED THAT THIS RESOLUTION HAS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.|
|00:06:21||MY COLLEAGUE, SENATOR LIEBERMAN, AND I WILL BE JOINED BY MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES WHO WANT TO REMIND THE WORLD THE UNITED STATES IS STEADFASTLY COMMITTED TO THE SECURITY OF ISRAEL AND ESPECIALLY OUR ALLIES' ABILITY TO MAINTAIN SECURE, RECOGNIZED, AND DEFENSIBLE BORDERS.|
|00:06:41||PRESIDENT, LET ME ADD SOME ADDITIONAL REMARKS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO TECHNICAL SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER M.|
|00:06:59||SOLSBY. TECHNICAL SERGEANT SALSBY WAS FILLED IN AFGHANISTAN.|
|00:07:07||PRESIDENT, TECHNICAL SERGEANT SOLSBY WAS A BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS MAN.|
|00:07:10||RETURNING TO THE FIELD OF BATTLE THREE TIMES, TWICE IN IRAQ AND THE FINAL TOUR IN AFGHANISTAN, HE VOLUNTEERED FOR ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENTS IN THE WAR ON TERRORISTS.|
|00:07:25||HE WAS AN EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE DISPOSAL TECHNICIAN.|
|00:07:29||NOW, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT A MEMBER OF HILLS E.|
|00:07:34||O.D. FLIGHT HAD BEEN KILLED WHILE PROTECTING HIS FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS FROM IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES.|
|00:07:43||IN EARLY 2007 THREE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE 75th SQUADRON WERE ALSO KILLED.|
|00:07:49||DESPITE THIS TRAGEDY, TECHNICAL SERGEANT SOLSBY ALWAYS RETURNED TO DUTY.|
|00:07:54||I BELIEVE ONE OF UTAH'S LARGEST NEWSPAPERS, THE STANDARD EXAMINER, PAID HIM THE HIGHEST TRIBUTE WHEN IT STATED -- QUOTE -- "CHRISTIAN M.|
|00:08:06||SOLSBY DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED: SAVING LIVES.|
|00:08:10||" I CANNOT THINK OF A BETTER DEFINITION OF A TRUE HERO.|
|00:08:14||FOR THOSE WHO KNEW HIM BEST -- FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FELLOW SERVICE MEMBERS -- THEY DESCRIBED HIM AS SMART AND HIGHLY ENERGETIC.|
|00:08:24||GROWING UP HE LOVED MODEL ROCKETS AND AIRPLANES.|
|00:08:27||DURING HIS 11-YEAR CAREER IN THE SERVICE, HIS FELLOW AIRMEN CAME TO RELY UPON HIM AND HIS PROFESSIONALISM.|
|00:08:34||INDEED, THERE IS A BROAD CONSENSUS AMONG HILLS E.|
|00:08:39||O.D. TECHNICIANS THAT HE WAS THE BENCHMARK BY WHICH ALL OTHERS WERE JUDGED.|
|00:08:43||HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ALSO DID NOT GO UNRECOGNIZED.|
|00:08:48||TECHNICAL SERGEANT SOLSBY WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL WITH VALOR DEVICE, THE AIR FORCE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, PURPLE HEART MEDAL.|
|00:09:05||AIR FORCE ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL WITH ONE OAK LEAF CLUSTER AND THE AIR FORCE COMBAT ACTION MEDAL.|
|00:09:11||I KNOW THAT GOD WILL BE WATCHING OVER THE FAMILY OF THIS ADMIRABLE MAN.|
|00:09:14||HE GAVE HIS LIFE SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE.|
|00:09:18||TECHNICAL SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER M.|
|00:09:20||SOLSBY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.|
|00:09:23||MR. PRESIDENT, WITH THAT, I YIELD THE FLOOR.|
|00:09:28||AND SUGGEST THE ABSENCE OF A|
Mr. HATCH. Mr. President, today I am pleased to rise and offer, with my good friend, the senior Senator from Connecticut, a concurrent resolution which reaffirms our Nation's steadfast and unshakable commitment to the security of Israel, specifically through the establishment of secure, recognized, and defensible borders.
It is unfortunate that I am compelled to offer such a resolution. For years, both Republican and Democratic administrations have recognized that Israel's boundaries of June 4, 1967 are indefensible and if reestablished will create a strategic military vulnerability for our staunch ally.
That is why President Obama's recent comments were so dumbfounding. The President's prepared and thoroughly considered remarks called for the starting point of negotiations to be what we all know are the militarily indefensible 1967 lines.
Remember, if Israel returns to the 1967 lines its territory will, in some locations, be only 9 miles wide.
As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu correctly stated in a friendly and appropriate correction to the President's remarks, the 1967 lines are not boundaries of peace. They are boundaries of repeated war.
Israel would have to give up the Golan Heights, the strategic elevated location which dominates northern Israel. Does the President not remember during the 1973 War the Syrians launched a massive armored attack on the Golan Heights which almost succeeded? This raises the question of who President Obama was attempting to appease with his ill-advised statements, which unnecessarily drove a wedge between the United States and Israel? The fact is the national security interests of the United States and Israel are linked. The threats Israel faces are the threats the United States faces. Whether it is Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip or these groups' benefactor, Iran, we share a common foe.
Unfortunately, that foe, Iran, appears to be growing stronger and more capable. Iran has repeatedly stated it wishes to wipe the United States and Israel off the map. Iran's obvious aim is to establish strategic dominance over the entire region. Their relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology is of grave concern.
Much has been said about Iran's nuclear program, but much less has been articulated about its ballistic missile program. In order to achieve its strategic objectives, Iran has embarked on a significant ballistic missile program. Iranian officials have boasted they have the ability to produce a ballistic missile with a 1,250 mile range. In 2009, the Iranians were able to launch a multistage space launch vehicle that the Air Force concluded ``can serve as a test-bed for long-range ballistic missile technologies.'' Even more troubling the Iranians appear to be developing a new long-range multistage solid rocket motor missile. Why is that important? If the Iranians successfully field this type of technology, they will be able to launch, almost instantaneously, missiles which carry warheads over great distances.
With these ominous developments emanating from Israel's and the United States common foe, do we really want to be seen as distancing ourselves from one of our staunchest allies--especially on such a pivotal issue as Israel's borders. This issue of these borders is only underscored by the constant attacks on Israel's borders by Iran's surrogates, Hezbollah and Hamas.
That is why I believe this Concurrent Resolution is so important. It reaffirms the long-held, bipartisan policy of the United States, that we will ``support and facilitate Israel in maintaining defensible borders and that 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.'' The United States has no greater friend than Israel and Israel has no greater friend than the United States.
Israel too often finds herself alone in the world, unjustly singled out by the left as a nation uniquely without the moral authority to defend itself.
From my perspective, Israel does not need to apologize to anyone for defending itself against those who would do her harm, and I will always stand by Israel as she seeks to protect her citizens against terrorists and their state sponsors.
Having said that, I also believe many Iranians, especially the young people, know Iran is causing problems in the Middle East. We must support those people who are searchers for freedom.
The security of both our nations is irrevocably linked. This bipartisan concurrent resolution removes any harmful ambiguity the President's remarks last week might have caused.
The United States must stand by Israel. With his remarks last week, President Obama undermined her.
Israel faces consistent unprovoked aggression by longtime supporters of terrorism. But Israel is not a victim. All she asks is the ability to defend herself and for free people to support her right to self-defense.
This is no time for the United States to distance itself from Israel, and I will do everything I can to affirm Israel's territorial integrity and ability to protect her citizens against the unprovoked attacks of terrorist and state actors.
Because Israel is a true friend, I am not surprised that this resolution has strong bipartisan support. My colleague, Senator Lieberman, and I will be joined by members of both parties who want to remind the world the United States is steadfastly committed to the security of Israel and especially our ally's ability to maintain secure, recognized and defensible borders.