White House Defends V.P. Biden’s Chastising of Israel Hours After Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem
While addressing J Street, an American Jewish organization (the brainchild of progressive George Soros), Vice President Joe Biden stated that he has “overwhelming frustrations” with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies. Biden’s remarks come just hours after terrorist attack hit Jerusalem injuring 21. Biden said,
“The actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years – the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures – they are moving us, and more importantly, they are moving Israel in the wrong direction. They are moving us toward a one-state reality, and that reality is dangerous. “
Biden’s remarks were then defended by the White House via White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, during a daily press briefing:
“I think the way that I would describe the situation is consistent with what the vice president said, which is that the nation of Israel is the strongest ally that the United States has in the Middle East and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them when it comes to the national security interests of our two countries. The United States provides tremendous assistance to the nation of Israel to ensure their security. And our commitment to that level of cooperation and that level of assistance has not wavered at all, despite what have been some obvious policy differences between our two governments.”
When Earnest was asked whether or not President Obama shares V.P Biden’s sentiments, he said,
“There is a source of significant frustration. There certainly is frustration with both sides that we have encountered. The United States has long supported the idea of a two-state solution because it has a potential to resolve one of the most combustible flashpoints in an already volatile region of the world. But it also happens to be in the clear strategic interest of our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel. So resolving this question is not just a wished-for legacy item of the administration. It is a position that we take and advocate for because of our sincere concern for the national security of our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel. That’s what we’re focused on. And the inability to make that progress is frustrating. And that’s what Vice President Biden was giving voice to yesterday.”
It was in March that V.P Biden visited Israel and was merely yards away from a Palestinian terrorist who killed an American tourist and who’s family was probably paid by Iran as compensation for that act of deadly violence. Is the current White House administration making Israel the enemy for the next administration or will Israel bide their time until this lackadaisical administration is gone in January 2017?
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