Vice President Joe Biden challenged Israel to back a two-state peace agreement with the Palestinians and urged the Jewish state’s new leadership to demonstrate its commitment to such a solution.
From The Jerusalem Post
In a speech Tuesday to the leading pro-Israel lobby in , Biden said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government should stop constructing new Jewish settlements and ease restrictions on Palestinians.
“Israel Public Affairs Committee. “You’re not going to like my saying this, but not build more settlements, dismantle existing outposts and allow Palestinians freedom of movement.” has to work toward a two-state solution,” Biden told the annual policy conference of the American
Biden also urged the Palestinians to meet their obligations to the so-called “road map” for peace and said neighboring Arab states need to make “meaningful gestures” toward peace with Israel. He said the US would never abandon its commitment to Israel’s security.
“That is not negotiable, that is not a matter of change,” he said, adding that the Obama administration’s desire to engage with Iran would not compromise Israel’s security.
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Yesterday, The Jerusalem Post reported that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said thwarting Iran’s nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.