March 9th, 2010
07:54 AM ET
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Biden highlights close U.S.-Israel ties on Mideast trip

Vice President Joe Biden met Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Vice President Joe Biden met Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jerusalem (CNN) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden emphasized the close relationship between the United States and Israel as he met with Israeli leaders Tuesday, a visit that also touched on relations with the Palestinians and Iran.

Biden, who arrived in Israel Monday, first met with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his official residence in Jerusalem.

"The bond between our two nations has been and will remain unshakable," Biden wrote in the guest book. "Only together can we achieve lasting peace in the region."

Biden said he hoped the talks with Peres would be "a vehicle by which we can begin to allay that layer of mistrust that has built up in the last several years" between the two countries.

"There is absolutely no space between the United States and Israel when it comes to Israel's security - none at all," Biden said.

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  1. Eric

    Biden may have a close relationship with Israel, but not Obama. He definitely leans, because of his muslim background, to supporting the muslim countries.

    March 9, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. Sarge in Florida

    There was no where else to make a comment of Palin said comparing herself to GOD! I 'm angry about her comment.. How dare her say this. GOD with pay her bake when she leaves this earth. This is a the season LENT I pray that she repents this remark to the who world of Christians if she truly is a GOD fearing person. Sarah you make this quick before Christs coming on December 21st, 2012.

    March 9, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    In the meantime, in a typical Obozo administration move, the annointed one is sucking up to those who want to destroy Israel. The administration speaks out of all sides of its many mouths, witness the exaggeration of the billions the health care fiasco supposedly will save by the annointed one himself yesterday. Was it misspeak or just more lies, if it was Bush, the libertards would claim lies, since it is he who must be obeyed, it will be cast as a misspeak. I never have understood how if we pay taxes for 10 years to support a six year program, it saves us money. Sounds like some sort of democrat talk to me. But then I am not a product of the NEA education system.

    March 9, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Peace

    If Israel is serious about peace, they need to stop building onto nore settlements. This is the primary challenge deterring the peace process from moving forward. On another note, I'd like to see Israel show restraint before attacking Iran.

    March 9, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. chris l

    Biden telling Isarael that the Obozo Administration totally supports it? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

    March 9, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident

    I for one think that Israel has been cocky and beligerent and I'm not an Arab, Muslim or Palestinian. I"m an American.

    They spy on us. They steal our military secrets. How many of you know that? They are sometimes [usually] our ally but when it serves their needs, they say, screw the USA, and they act in their own self interests.

    I think the Administration is handling Israel perfectly. The world knows we won't let them get stomped on. The Israelis [Lieberman included] need to know America won't be played for a sucker though and that they must commit to a Palestinian homeland where Palestinians don't live like South Africans did under apartheid.

    You can not have peace if you deny unalienable rights to the masses.

    Should Iraq become truly democratic under this Administration's leadership, Israel will become less important to the USA strategically and Israel will feel the pressure to become a better citizen in the Middle East.

    March 9, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. Mike in NYC

    The US and Israel, to my knowledge, have never signed a mutual defense treaty, yet the US acts as if they have.

    Bill Clinton, in a moment hyperbolic even for him, once said that if Israel were attacked, he'd fight for them. Most Jews wouldn't even do that.

    March 9, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Enough is Enough

    Our relationship is we give they take. Israel announced that it was building 112 new housing units the day Biden arrived why don't they just spit in Biden face. For too long , the United States has been a puppet for the Israel government. we have to stop allowing AIPAC to direct our public policy regarding the Palestinians. Why do we borrow money from China to give to Israel to build illegal settlements on stolen land. How many people including U.S. soldiers have been killed because the terrorists have used are our blind support of Israel as a recruitment tool. Obama show some balls for once and demand a settlement and withdrawal from stolen land.

    March 9, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Gil Oberdas

    Expect Israel to deal with the Iran threat, real or imagined, in the near future! Oh, without consulting the US.

    March 9, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Did he mean to say mistrust between the two countries over the LAST year rather than last several years?? Bush supported our ally 150%! The same can not be said for Obama! Iran thumbs their nose at Obama. The Palestinians thumb their nose at Obama. Now Obama comes crawling back to our best ally in the region!!

    March 9, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. AndyBlue

    Israel is the biggest welfare state in the world.

    Did you know that we (American Taxpayers) give so much money to Israeli if divided up approx. 7 thousand dollars would go to every israeli citizen?

    There are 7 Million 5 hundred thousand people in Israel.

    Every Single Year!!!!!!

    More than we give to the entiire continent of Africa.

    Do you receive 7,000 a year? No

    Dont you think its time American taxpayers had more say than Israeli lobbyists? (AIPAC)

    America cant afford to keep being robbed to support a welfare state.

    Think about that when you are told anything for your community is "Not in the budget"

    March 9, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |