“‘Israelis wake up every morning facing an existential threat from their neighbors,” said the former vice president, citing the constant threat Israel faces on its southern border with the Gaza Strip.
By Aaron Bandler, Jewish Journal via JNS
Democratic front-runner presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to attendees of the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in a video address, stating that he will always support Israel, but that he also believes in a two-state solution for the Palestinians.
Biden said that while he couldn’t make the conference because of the ongoing Democratic presidential primary, he had decided to send a video message because AIPAC’s “voice matters to me.” He also pledged to combat anti-Semitism, and said he never participates in or supports boycotts of Israel.
“I will always call out anti-Semitism, whether it comes from the left, right or center,” he said, adding that every generation has to fight for America’s values to ensure that the country doesn’t give in to hate.
The former vice president also said he will always recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
“‘Israelis wake up every morning facing an existential threat from their neighbors,” he said, citing the constant threat Israel faces on its southern border with the Gaza Strip.
He urged Gaza-based terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to end their constant rocket attacks against Israel, and called on the Palestinian Authority to cease inciting terrorist attacks against Israelis.
However, he also advocated for a two-state solution with the Palestinians, receiving huge applause from attendees for making the statement.
“You don’t have to be anti-Palestinian to be pro-Israel,” said Biden, calling the situation in the Palestinian territories a “humanitarian crisis.” Citing “Palestinian dignity,” he also stated that Israeli annexation of settlements is an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
Biden called for unity among both Republicans and Democrats, concluding his address by saying, “There is nothing we cannot achieve when Israel and the United States stand together.”
During the Super Tuesday primaries, the former vice president swept the Southern states, winning the primaries in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas, as well as Minnesota and Massachusetts. He ended the night with the most delegates making him the favorite to run against Donald Trump in the November presidential elections.
Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and endorsed Joe Biden.
This article first appeared in the Jewish Journal. EJP contributed to the report