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Biden declares that US relationship with Israel must be ‘ironclad’ regardless of who their Prime Minister is

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On July 11, Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden gave a speech outlining his foreign policy objectives in which he stated that the United States must stand with Israel despite the disagreements some Democrats have with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden’s 40-minute speech was delivered at City University of New York and he spent most it vowing to renew the diplomacy of the Obama era, contrasting the previous approach with Trump’s “America First” technique. He vowed to rejoin the Paris climate accords and the Iran nuclear deal. Additionally, he called for an end to the United States’ involvement in “forever wars” although he never mentioned that he voted in favor of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq when he was a Senator.

Biden barely mentioned Israel, but his comment on the country was notable:

We need to look for opportunities to strengthen opportunities with domestic friends beyond North America and Europe. Reaching to our partners in Asia including Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, to fortify our collective capabilities. Sustaining our ironclad commitments to Israel’s security regardless of how much you may disagree with its current leader.

A number of Democratic candidates have criticized Netanyahu’s government on the campaign trail, including Bernie Sanders (who implied he’d cut military aid to Israel if they didn’t “respect” the Palestinians) and Pete Buttigieg (who said he wouldn’t supply the Prime Minister with funding if it would be used to annex the West Bank.) Last month, the New York Times asked the Democratic candidates a number of question and one of them was whether Israel meets the international standards of human rights. Biden was the only major candidate who declined to participate.

Biden has a long history of sharing his views on Israel and the American Jewish community. In a 2014 speech before the Jewish Federations of North America, Biden joked about still being friends with Netanyahu despite his seemingly awkward relationship with the Obama administration. “I signed a picture for Bibi a long time ago—I have a bad habit of, no one ever doubts I mean what I say, sometimes I say all that I mean, though—and I signed a picture a long time for Bibi,” said Biden, “He’s been a friend for over 30 years. I said ‘Bibi I don’t agree with a damn thing you say but I love you.'”

Michael Arria

Michael Arria is the U.S. correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. edwardm on July 12, 2019, 10:19 am

    with his history of “working with segregationists”, he’s a shoe in.

    • RoHa on July 12, 2019, 7:57 pm

      Shoo in.

      • Citizen on July 13, 2019, 9:13 am

        Right now it’s just one shoe in…OTOH, it’s early–the others are still weaving their shoes.

      • ThomasMV on July 20, 2019, 9:23 pm

        Yaa Joe, you go tell them why we support them while they massacre children. shooting 10 year old’s in the head while peacefully protest the theft of their land, dignity, livelyhood & hope in their barbed wire prisons, if that’s what keeps the Benguiman’s cuming in… Just hope that payback isn’t the butch it has always been…

    • CigarGod on July 13, 2019, 9:45 am

      About time he had to duck a shoe.

  2. JWalters on July 12, 2019, 5:12 pm

    Now we see why the financial puppetmasters dragged Biden out of retirement. If Biden’s grin falters, Kamala’s indignation is ready to cover for segregation, mass murder, land theft, and financial payoffs. Way to go Joe and Kamala!

    • Misterioso on July 13, 2019, 10:26 am

      @JWalters, et al

      Attention: Joe Biden –

      You would have us believe that “Sustaining our ironclad commitments to Israel’s security regardless of how much you may disagree with its current leader” is paramount.

      Why? I’m sure that reasonably intelligent, well informed people can see no reason whatsoever why U.S. taxpayers must continue to support “Israel” in the international arena and provide it with massive “no strings attached” financial aid ($134.7 billion since 1948.) After all, the borderless entity known as “Israel” is a thoroughly documented violator of international/humanitarian law, an expansionist, illegal, brutal ethnic cleanser and occupier of Palestinian and other Arab lands (e.g., Syria’s Golan Heights and Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms.)

      While its bought and paid for politicians such as you are ever eager to receive massive campaign funding from its agents (e.g., AIPAC) in return for your obedience and compliance, the irrefutable fact is that “Israel” is America’s number one geopolitical liability, a millstone around its neck that for 71 years has created increasing and entirely justified enemies of the U.S. Americans owe racist/fascistic “Israel” nothing whatsoever and will inevitably have to set it adrift.

      In short Mr. Biden, ever increasing numbers of Americans view you and your ilk as traitors who place the “security” of “Israel” over the best interests of America. Thankfully, as a young informed electorate increasingly steps forth and assumes power, your days and those of your kind are numbered.

  3. Another Dave on July 12, 2019, 7:22 pm

    Just going to point out that the ironclad was one of the earlier steam powered warships. A very obsolete thing, in this day and age.

  4. genesto on July 15, 2019, 12:58 pm

    Biden is a two-time (soon to be three) presidential campaign loser, the male version of Hillary Clinton and a spineless Israel lobby panderer who gives new meaning to the term ‘political expediency’. His days, as well as those of the corrupted mainstream Democratic Party – the same one that continues to attack ‘The Squad’ for their courageous progressive policy positions – are numbered.

    Just as we bid a (not so) fond farewell to HRC, soon, hopefully before the primaries end, we will be sending this old relic off to pasture.

  5. Elizabeth Block on July 28, 2019, 5:20 pm

    I know that bad governments are elected by people who don’t vote. But I cannot imagine anything that would make me vote for Biden.

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