In a speech to the extreme left-wing organization J Street, Vice President Joe Biden said he was frustrated with Israel and appeared to blame Netanyahu for the current impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Protest to Biden and demand he retract his inflammatory remarks!
Biden, in a speech to the extreme left-wing Jewish American J Street organization, offered a grim outlook for peace efforts, reflecting dim hopes for progress during the remainder of the Obama administration.
Although he said Israelis and Palestinians shared blame for undermining trust and shirking responsibility, he was emphatic in his critique of Netanyahu’s government,
“I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years — the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures — they’re moving us and more importantly they’re moving Israel in the wrong direction,” Biden said.
While Biden did make mention of the failure by Palestinian officials, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, to condemn acts of terror against Israel, the vice president vowed to push Israel and the Palestinians “as hard as we can” towards a two-state solution. “There is at this moment no political will that I observed from either Israelis or Palestinians to go forward with serious negotiations,” he said.
“This was payback from the White House and Joe Biden was just dead wrong,” said former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. “Netanyahu has offered over and over again to sit down without preconditions and negotiate peace. To create moral equivalence between Netanyahu and Abbas is to create a false equivalence.”
According to Dershowitz, Biden’s omission of the Palestinians’ long-standing practice of rejecting Israeli peace offers only serves to fuel the flames of criticism against Israel. In 2008, when then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert “offered the Palestinians everything, Abbas did not respond,” Dershowitz said. “Why didn’t Joe Biden mention that? Ninety percent of the responsibility lies on Abbas, and to create a false moral equivalence is to play into the double standard directed against Israel.”
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