Biden, in Israel, hits notes of loyalty, emotion — and caution
On a trip to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden has hit notes of loyalty, emotion — and caution.
Biden arrived in Jerusalem on Monday for a two-day visit and was welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Biden is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Israel since President Trump’s historic visit in 2017.
During his trip, Biden has repeatedly reaffirmed the US-Israel relationship, expressing unwavering support for the country and its citizens. He has praised Netanyahu for making “bold decisions” and for advancing peace and security in the Middle East.
At the same time, Biden has been cautious in his language, stressing the importance of a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warning against annexation of the West Bank. He has also encouraged the Israeli government to take steps to improve relations with the Palestinians, urging both sides to take meaningful steps towards peace.
Biden’s visit serves as a reminder that the US-Israel relationship is strong and will continue to be a key strategic partner in the Middle East. While Biden has conveyed both loyalty and caution during his visit, ultimately, his visit reinforces the importance of a two-state solution in order to bring lasting peace to the region.