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    Biden Tells AIPAC Two-state Solution the 'Only Way' to Security

    Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Sunday, March 20, 2016.
    Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, Sunday, March 20, 2016.
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    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has assured a pro-Israel lobbying group that Iran is not close to developing a nuclear weapon.

    Speaking Sunday in Washington at a meeting of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, Biden said "Iran is much, much further away from obtaining a nuclear weapon than they were a year ago." 

    The vice president told the activists the U.S. is "watching Iran like a hawk."

    Biden also urged Israel to negotiate a two-state solution to the Middle East region's ills. "The only way in my view to guarantee Israel's future and security of its identity as a Jewish and democratic state is with a two-state solution," he said.

    Palestinians have grown frustrated with the growth of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians want for a future state.  

    Vice President Biden also spoke indirectly about the U.S. presidential race.  He said, "As the Jewish people know better than any other people, any action that marginalizes one religious or ethnic group imperils us all... It is incumbent on all of us to stand up against those who traffic in pernicious stereotypes, who seek to scare and divide us for political gain, because the future belongs to the bridge builders, not the wall builders."

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said if he is elected he would build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep Mexicans out of the U.S., calling Mexicans rapists and criminals.

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    March 22, 2016 6:30 AM
    Donald Trump won’t only wall USA/Mexico, he should also wall between civilized world and those taking the world to the Dark Age. I think it’s because of the double-speak of Democrats’ candidates about the situation in the Middle-East that some rabbis boycotted the meeting. Everybody knows who owns the land, everybody knows who’s the intruder. Hackneying on two-states-solution emboldens the Palestinians so much so that they go on committing atrocities with impunity, stabbing/ramming/shooting civilians without provocation.

    Why should they come to their senses and behave in civilized ethics if the world, especially western Europe and America gratuitously endorse their crimes against Israel by being over-protective of them and bankrolling their trouble making against Israel. Until the truth’s told, the trouble their remains. Palestinians must be told that they’re infiltrators into Israeli land even though Israel’s chosen to accommodate them. Jews/Christians have no rights in Iran/Saudi-Arabia/Pakistan/Iraq, even in Egypt/Turkey, why is Israel being forced to relinquish its only land to Palestinians?

    If the Palestinians/Arabs/islamists are good people, why has Europe closed its doors to the migrants who’ll takeover Europe the way they took Jerusalem? What’s-good-for-the-goose’s-good-for-the-gander.

    by: Alfred from: Nigeria
    March 22, 2016 6:29 AM
    If Israel isn't safe, secure now when they have the Palestinians under tutelage, is it when the Palestinians become free to acquire every kind of lethal weapon, with Iran on the prowl having defeated USA in Syria, and Hezbollah basking in the Syro-Persian victory in Syria perching on the northern wing rearing to go, that Israel will be secure? It’s the worst thing that will happen to Israel if the government ever puts a finger to that deceit and accept that option.

    And that isn’t a friendly advice when USA decidedly destroyed Bashir al Assad’s government, though Shiite, but was seen to be moderately accommodative of Israel. Like what happened in Libya, it’s most likely that hard-line islamists will takeover Syria when the chips are down, and the remnant Christians are likely going the way of Turkish and Iraqi Christians – extinct. Then Israel will be alone, lonely in the middle of ferocious enemies that will not think twice to attack it with every weapon at their disposal – provocation or not. Not a good advice, Biden! If the Palestinians, especially in Gaza, won’t at least for once prove they are tamed, what’s the rationale to believe they will be when independent?

    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 21, 2016 8:23 AM
    Think about it? .. America most always stands for democracy and free elections in countries where the don't have it, [but], in Israel they support a two state solution, [because], the Palestinian voters would be the majority? .. The greed of the Israelis is the only thing holding up any peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, [because], the Israelis want to steal as much Palestinian lands that they can, before having any peace talks on a two state solution with the Palestinians?

    Every single inch of land an Israeli stands on in the Holy Land, is Palestinian land, taken by force of arms with weapons supplied by the US and western European countries, [and now], the Palestinian youths of today want their fathers land back, and they are willing to fight and die (with whatever weapons they can get) to take their fathers rightful lands back, if it takes 40 years or more? .. Israel is in a real war with the Palestinian youths of today, and this war won't end until Israel is defeated or a peace plan with the Palestinian youths of today finally happens? .. Israel hasn't any options left? .. Taking more and more of Palestinian lands won't make Israel any more secure, it's just more land the Israelis will have to defend with old men, old women and children?

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