Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden bluntly told members of the Israel press the United States will support Israel’s right to make its own decisions and any action by Israel should be one made by its leaders without any influence on the part of the United States. “Israel has a right to defend itself and it doesn’t have to ask just as any other free and independent country.” He vowed the United States will “always standby Israel, without telling Israelis what they can and cannot do.” He made clear his view that the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC “doesn’t speak for the entire Jewish community” and “it doesn’t speak for the state of Israel, no matter what it insists on any occasion.”
It is about time an American political leader has stood up to AIPAC and made clear they have no right to speak for the “Jewish community” of America since American Jews have differing views on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Biden blasted the incompetence of the Bush administration in dealing with the Middle East. Senator Biden argued against a view that in dealing with Iran the situation was either war or peace. He insisted there was plenty of open ground for negotiation.
Senator Biden displayed his grasp of the Middle East by noting how the Bush administration insisted on withdrawal of Syria from Lebanon without taking into account the need to train a Lebanese army to fill the void which resulted in Hizbullah moving into the role of military power in Lebanon.
One can only wonder if Sarah Pallin has any grasp of what Biden discussed with the Israel press.