In his first overseas trip as the United States President, Joe Biden visited Israel to reaffirm the allegiance between the long-time allies and encourage Middle East peace.
Biden made it clear in his first public speech in Israel that the US is committed to standing with the Jewish state, calling it a “strong, independent, and prosperous” democracy. He also highlighted the long history of close friendship between the US and Israel, saying that its “bonds of friendship transcend politics and will endure through time.”
At the same time, Biden has cautioned Israelis to work towards a two-state solution with the Palestinians, a solution that he said could bring “lasting peace and security” to the region. Biden also urged Israel to “engage in good faith negotiations to reach a Palestinian-Israeli agreement.”
The US President has no doubt sought to balance between the country’s commitment to Israel’s security and its assurance to the Palestinians that their rights will be upheld. Biden, in his speech in Jerusalem, promised Palestinians a “safer, more secure, and more prosperous future” after 70 years of conflict and tensions.
In addition, he sought to create a high-level dialogue between the two parties, saying “violence does not convince anyone that they are right.” Biden also denounced anti-Semitism and vowed that the US government will always protect Jews around the world.
In the end, Biden’s talks in Israel were both emotionally charged and cautiously optimistic. In his speech, he expressed his unfaltering loyalty to Israel, pledging to never forget its contributions and sacrifices. At the same time, Biden also gave his assurance that the US will continue to pressure both sides to a peaceful resolution to the Middle East crisis.