During his first overseas trip as the leader of the United States, Vice President Joe Biden has taken steps to ensure that strong ties between the two countries remain, hitting emotional notes of loyalty while at the same time voicing caution over direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
The trip began with strong words from the Vice President, who made a strong promise to Israel and the Jewish people that he would ensure their country remains safe and secure. He also praised the close relationship between the United States and Israel as “a natural bond.”
In addition, Biden sought to show his dedication to the well-being of the citizens of the region, pledging unwavering U.S. support for a “just and lasting peace” between Israel and the Palestinians. The Vice President made sure to note that a resolution can only be achieved if done so in the spirit of both parties.
Biden’s concern over the unrest and violence plaguing the region was also evident. He warned both parties that “there is no alternative” to finding a political solution, emphasizing that Israel and the Palestinians alike must “reach out to one another” in order to move the peace process forward.
Overall, the Vice President sought to hit a balance between loyalty to the U.S.-Israel relationship, concern for peace in the region, and a reminder that it will take give and take from both sides in order for negotiations to succeed. In the words of Biden, the path forward is “not easy, it is fraught with risk—but as I have consistently said, Tushlameda—it must and can be done.”