Biden: Israel’s decisions must be made in Jerusalem, not D.C.
|Friday, September 5,2008 05:03|
|By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz|
Biden also expressed his support of
The Vice Presidential nominee vowed that the
Biden dismissed the prominent role played by the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, saying the group "doesn"t speak for the entire Jewish community," and it "doesn"t speak for the state of
The former chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations also criticized presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain"s approach to
"McCain says it"s status quo or war - and there"s nothing in between. We all know
Biden also questioned the wisdom of a pre-emptive U.S.-led attack on
Biden defended his opposition to the Kyl-Lieberman Iran amendment, which calls for labeling Iran"s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization and passed by a vote of 76 - 22, saying that he didn"t want to help the government find a "pretext for war with Iran," especially in light of what he described as the Bush administration"s inept handling of the war in Iraq.
Biden accused the Bush administration of neglecting the security of Israel"s northern border after the Second Lebanon War, saying, "Look what we did in regard to Lebanon - we insisted with the French that the Syrians pull out - but we should have been fully engaged training Lebanese to fill in the void in the South so it wouldn"t be filled by Hezbollah - and surprise surprise! - Hezbollah fills up the void! And when Israel pulled out, and we, instead of jumping in as I proposed, to help rebuild down there - now once again we ended with Iranians once again providing the Hezbollah with money to help people to rebuild their houses."
Meanwhile, Obama campaign spokeswoman Wendy Morigi put out the following statement late Wednesday: "Barack Obama and Joe Biden have both enjoyed close and effective cooperation with AIPAC over many years, grounded in their respect for its important mission to support
"That is a mission they share, and they look forward to continuing to work closely with AIPAC on their common goals."