Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a statement criticizing President Barack Obama for saying a Middle East peace plan should involve returning to the 1967 borders between Israel and Palestine.
“President Obama’s insistence on a return to the 1967 borders is a mistaken and very dangerous demand. The city of Jerusalem must never be re-divided,” said Pawlenty.
In his statement Pawlenty also said Obama’s proposal sends the wrong message to Israel and that, “it’s never been more important for America to stand strong for Israel and for a united Jerusalem.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said Obama “threw Israel under the bus” and handed the Palestinians a victory. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum called the president’s approach “dangerous.”