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March 4, 2013 - 8:37 am

Vice President Joe Biden tried to pave the way for his boss’ first presidential trip to Israel with a high-volume defense of the Obama administration’s policy toward and relationship with the Jewish state.

Addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee this morning, Biden gushed about his upbringing with a “righteous Christian” father who taught his children about the phrase that’s “not used meaningfully enough — ‘never again.’”

The veep called the AIPAC community “my teachers, my mentors, and my educators.”

“President Obama shares my commitment,” Biden said. “We both know that Israel shares new threats… they have changed as the world and the region have changed over the past decade.”

He said the administration “especially” understands that if it makes a mistake on reining in Iran “it’s not a threat to our existence … but could be a threat to Israel’s existence.”

Biden said “our deep commitment” to Israel’s security “will not change as long as I and he are president and vice president of the United States.”

“While me may not always agree on tactics… we’ve always disagreed at some point or another on tactic,” he quipped, looking back to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who greeted the VP with a bear hug, for a nod to his assertion that the U.S. and Israel have “never disagreed on the strategic imperative.”

Biden added with “certitude” that of the past eight presidents, there have not been as many meetings between the two countries’ security officials as in the Obama White House. “We’re getting tired of traveling back and forth across the ocean,” he quipped, looking back at Barak again.

“No president has done as much to physically secure the state of Israel as President Barack Obama,” Biden said. “…Wherever he goes in the world he makes clear that even though we want better relations with Muslim countries … Israel is not a matter of debate — don’t raise it with us.”

He boasted about Iron Dome funding and other assistance “to buy Israel valuable time in the event of an attack.”

He continued to brag about the United States’ lone vote against a UN Human Rights Council resolution to establish a fact-finding mission on settlements, even though the Obama administration reversed the Bush White House’s course of boycotting the council in order to not legitimize the anti-Israel body.

Biden pitched the new secretary of State, currently on his first overseas trip, to the audience. “By the way, he’s a good man,” he said. “You’re going to be happy with Kerry.”

His voice rising to a shout, the veep said the administration’s policy “is to prevent — not contain –prevent.”

“Presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff and President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden said. “We’re not looking for war… our strong preference, the world’s preference, is for a diplomatic solution.”

“God forbid, if we have to act, it’s important that the rest of the world is with us,” he added.

Biden gave a few preview hints at Obama’s trip to Israel later this month, but stopped short of revealing too much. “I learned it’s never a good idea to steal the president’s thunder,” he said.

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(Also read: “ Netanyahu: A Peace You Cannot Defend“.)

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Obama, Biden, et all can kiss my lily-white, Jewish, conservative, non-PC tuchas.
1 year ago
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Biden would be laughable if he weren't so obviously lying.

“Presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff and President Barack Obama is not bluffing,” Biden said. “We’re not looking for war… our strong preference, the world’s preference, is for a diplomatic solution.”

In other words, in case any fanatical regimes are out there that have decreed that Israel should be wiped off the face of the map, we're simply not going to do a thing about it. No sir. We might go skeet shooting, but that's about it.
1 year ago
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Barack and Joe best friends with Israel? Obama just agreed to sell Egypt 20 F16 fighters and 200 Abrams tanks. All to a country who's political party is committed to the destruction of Israel.

Barack, I see you won't sell F16 to Taiwan. I guess you are best friends with them, too?
1 year ago
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"Biden Tells AIPAC with ‘Certitude’: Obama Best President for Israel"

Oh yeah, because Obama is really super hard on Muslim terror-sponsoring states and U.S.-designated TERROR organizations, like Hamas, Hezballah, etc. etc. Absolutely. Thanks for reminding us (and Israel) of that, Plugs.
1 year ago
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if i were say #50 on the list of world's dumbest guy, i too would want a #49 or better as vice prez. they are like teenage girls in a way. the prettier one always keeps a less pretty one as a sidekick. can't stand any competition.

alinski seems to have provided the only political tactics they know how to use in this transparent admin. the little kenyan is Israel's bestest ever friend? that's rich. once one understands what this admin. is really up to, the simple-minded stupidity it all gets sort of comical, like biden.
1 year ago
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Who would be the worst, Vlamir Putin?
1 year ago
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Biden seems to be everywhere these days and more often than not he's pushing shotguns on people. According to a report in the Daily Rash, during his talk with seniors at a D.C. area nursing home the vice president said it's easier to blow someone's head off with a shotgun than it is an automatic weapon. http://www.thedailyrash.com/biden-its-easier-to-blow-someones-brains-out-with-shotgun
1 year ago
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What Biden seems to forget is that Israel's enemies are also the enemies of the U.S.A. Biden has his head stuck a long way up his proverbial derriere if he thinks that we are enemy free - a thought that could only occur to someone who thinks Islam is a friend. I don't trust this moron Biden ... nor do I trust Obama and his community organizing talents when applied to Islam. Only God can change Obama's heart towards Israel. It is my prayer that Obama will take the stance that the U.S.A. has always taken alongside Israel ... and that Biden actually means that!
1 year ago
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With friends like Obama and Biden, who needs enemies?

I wouldn't trust them to have Israel's back, except possibly for the purposes of inserting a knife into that back.

They're openly declaring that they wouldn't take military action against Iran unless the whole world was with them. When is that ever going to happen? Does anyone think that Russia, China, or North Korea would support a pre-emptive strike on Iran? This is, in effect, an admission that they will leave Israel twisting in the wind rather than to aid it in a pre-emptive strike. And I'd just about bet my life that they are applying enormous pressure on the Israelis not to act pre-emptively.

Obama is still trying to curry favour with the Muslims and he knows that effort would take an enormous hit if America took military action against Iran or even failed to stop Israel from doing so on its own. I truly believe that Obama will throw Israel under the bus rather than risking so much as a stern rebuke from the Muslims.
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