Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Biding the Biden

We read:
Vice President Joe Biden warned on Sunday that Israel’s continued construction of settlements in the West Bank was eroding the prospects for peace in the region and said there was “no political will” from either Palestinians or Israelis to move forward with any proposals.
"Israel's government's steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalising outposts, seizing land, is eroding in my view the prospect of a two-state solution," Biden said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a leading pro-Israel lobbying group.
He said that, unlike Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he didn’t believe that there could be any way to reconcile settlements with a two-state solution.  "Bibi (Netanyahu) thinks it can be accommodated, and I believe he believes it. I don't," Biden said.

And this:

Israel’s policy allowing settlements to proliferate. Such activities, Biden said, move Israel “toward a one-state reality, which is a reality that is dangerous.”   That remark, which he acknowledged would anger Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., drew a mixture of boos and applause.

You can hear him directly here at 2:17:15 or so.

Well, we're asked, it seems the participants had to bide* Vice President Joe Biden's appearance at AIPAC.

We'll ignore his argument with Menachem Begin back in June 1982:

At the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, however, both Mr. Begin and several senators were said by participants at the meeting to have been bristling with anger….The bitterest exchange was said to have been between Mr. Begin and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware, who told the Israeli leader that he was not critical of the Lebanon operation but felt that Israel had to halt the policy of establishing new Jewish settlements in the West Bank….

After the meeting, Mr. Begin said: ”I enjoyed the session very much. I believe in liberty, that free men should freely discuss problems and if they have differences of opinion they should voice them in sincerity.”

”I said it was a lively discussion,” he said. ”If you want to use other adjectives. …” He paused, then said, ”Lively is enough.”

A Jewish presence in the Land of Israel is not a factor in making peace with Arabs.

On the other hand, Muslims kill Jews and others with no link to "settlements".

Unfortunately, we cannot bide our time while politicians like Mr. Biden and his boss attempt to fit their very square peg into any Middle East playboard.

to wait for —used chiefly in the phrase bide one's time

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