Biden Calls Netanyahu A ‘Friend’ But Will Press Him On Two-State Solution

In a press release reacting to Benjamin Netanyahu’s return to energy in Israel, President Joe Biden known as the controversial chief a “friend” however promised to press him on a two-state resolution with Palestine.

Biden’s remarks got here shortly after Israel swore in Netanyahu as prime minister Thursday, ushering in what’s anticipated to be essentially the most religiously conservative authorities within the nation’s 70-plus-year historical past after a year with him within the Israeli parliament’s opposition.

“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has been my friend for decades, to jointly address the many challenges and opportunities facing Israel and the Middle East region, including threats from Iran,” Biden mentioned.

Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu at a 2010 meeting in New Orleans.
Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu at a 2010 meeting in New Orleans.

“And as we have throughout my administration,” he continued, “the United States will continue to support the two-state solution and to oppose policies that endanger its viability or contradict our mutual interests and values.”

Biden has been a robust proponent of Israel and Palestine, which have been at conflict for many years, discovering a path ahead as two states and turning into a “region at peace,” the president mentioned Thursday.

But that’s not the imaginative and prescient outlined in Netanyahu’s authorities platform, which claims that “the Jewish people have exclusive and indisputable rights” over all of Israel and Palestine. He plans to extend the development of Israeli settlements within the disputed West Bank territory and set up extra Israeli outposts in Palestinian zones ― a transfer that’s certain to generate robust worldwide opposition and outrage from Israel’s secular and progressive residents.

Netanyahu, the nation’s longest serving prime minister, gained reelection to the management put up final month a year after being ousted by an alliance of eight events who opposed him sustaining energy whereas on trial for corruption.

Netanyahu, who stays on trial however denies the accusations, responded by teaming up with the nation’s far-right events to safe energy as soon as once more.

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