Saturday 20 January 2018

Biden warns against threats to Israel

Josh Lederman Washington

US Vice President Joe Biden has told a powerful pro-Israel lobby that it's in the interest of the US to protect Israel against threats.

In a prelude to US President Barack Obama's trip to Israel – his first as president – Mr Biden vowed a nimble and resolute US response to threats in Iran, Syria and Egypt and said only through engagement would the US navigate the challenges presented by the Arab Spring.

Mr Biden told the more than 13,000 Israel supporters at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference that efforts to delegitimise Israel represent the "most dangerous, pernicious" change he's witnessed in relation to Israel's security, and he said Mr Obama would continue to be a bulwark against attempts to undermine the Jewish state.

"It is not a matter of debate. Don't raise it with us. Do not raise it with us," Mr Biden said. "It is not negotiable."

Arguing that the US and Israel had a shared interest in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Mr Biden said that the Obama administration would not back down from its pledge to intervene militarily.

Irish Independent

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