Joe Biden

Joe Biden to AIPAC: Israeli, Palestinian Apathy ‘Incredibly Disappointing’

03/21/2016 - 11:35
JTA

Washington — Israelis and Palestinians must revive their will for peace, Vice President Joe Biden told AIPAC in a speech that earned thunderous applause for emotional expressions of affection for Israel and scattered boos for criticism of settlements.

Vice President Joe Biden addressing the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 20, 2016. JTA

Is Bibi's Snub A Payback?

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to reject an invitation from the President of the United States to meet at the White House, and he didn't do it through diplomatic channels but by a leak to reporters.

The move was seen widely in Washington and Jerusalem as a personal expression of contempt for this president and very much in character with this prime minister. It is hard to see what he thinks he would achieve by insulting Israel's most important ally and the leader of the world's only superpower.

What Surprises Await Biden In Israel?

The Israeli government is touting tomorrow's visit by Vice President Joe Biden as an expression of the "strong relations" between the two countries.

This will be Biden's second trip to Israel since 2010 when he was blindsided by the announced of major settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem at a time when the Obama administration was seeking a settlement freeze and trying to revive the peace process.

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Advice For Biden

I have two words of caution for Vice President Joe Biden as he considers making a third run for the presidency.  I'll get to them shortly.

It can be intoxicating to see the polls and pundits saying more people would vote for him than Hillary Clinton or anyone else on the Democratic side, especially after his dismal previous attempts in 1988 and 2008, but the Veep should be wary about such early indicators.

Bibi’s Real DC Agenda; Boehner's Confession

Prime Minister Netanyahu's goal in coming to Washington next month is not to toughen the American bargaining position but to undercut it entirely. Barack Obama's has said “no deal is better than a bad deal” when it comes to nuclear negotiations with Iran,  but Bibi made clear this week that his position is “no deal is better than any deal.”

Where You Gonna Go, Joe?

Don't look for Vice President Joe Biden on the bimah when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of the Congress on March 3.

Light Up, It's Chanukah In Washington

Joe Biden won't be riding the cherry picker to the top of the National Menorah Tuesday afternoon; instead he'll light the a symbolic shames candle from the ground while others will ride up to light the first candle of Hanukah for the 4 p.m. ceremony on the Ellipse behind he White House.

Biden: U.S. Will ‘Not Sign A Bad Deal’ With Iran

11/10/2014 - 19:00

Oxon Hill, Md. – With the Nov. 24 deadline for negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program looming, Vice President Joe Biden vowed that the United States “will not sign a bad deal.”

Biden Meets Israel’s Finance Minister

10/14/2013 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Yair Lapid, the Israeli finance minister, met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and other top U.S. officials.

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