Benjamin Cardin on Israel
Lebanon Border Violence
In August of 2010, Senator Cardin released a press statement noting his views on a recent skirmish on the border with Lebanon. He states that the violence was provoked by the Lebanese.
Resumption of Negotiations
In August of 2010, Senator Cardin released a press statement noting his view that Israel was willing to directly negotiate with the Palestenians and that this was evident in Israel's quick acceptance of the invitation to negotiate. He issued a second statement a few days later noting that the negotiation had started and that the Palestenian authority must be willing to negotiate honestly.
UN Resolution and Negotiations
In January of 2011, Senator Cardin released a press statement noting his view that the US should use its veto power to stop a Palestenian backed resolution that addressed issues that would be better addressed through direct negotiations.
UN Resolution and Settlements
In February of 2011, Senator Cardin released a statement noting his view that the US should veto an UN resolution involving settlement activity. He asserts that direct negotiations are the best forum to address those issues.
UN Resolution on Palestenian Statehood
In May of 2011, Senator Cardin supported a resolution opposing efforts by the Palestenians to obtain recognition as a seperate state at the UN. He issued a statement in mid-May of 2011 that noted his support for the resolution and his view that the US should not negotiate with Hamas in any manner. At the end of the month, Senator Cardin released another statement noting some recent statements by President Obama and reaffirming his support for preventing UN recognition of a Palestenian state.
Committment to Direct Negotiations
In May of 2011, Senator Cardin released a press statement noting his support for S 185 and his view that direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine should be re-established.
Two State Solution and Negotiations
In September of 2011, Senator Cardin spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to possible UN actions to enact a two state solution of Israel and Palestine without including Israel in negotiations. That same month, he released a press statement calling for Israel and Palestine to reinitiate direct negotiations.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
Session-111; Bill Number-S Res 10; A resolution recognizing the right of Israel to defend itself against attacks from Gaza and reaffirming the United States' strong support for Israel in its battle with Hamas, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process - Cosponsor
Expresses commitment to the welfare and survival of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders and recognizes Israel's right to act in self-defense.