VP Debate - Israel: What has the Bush administration done...





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Published on Oct 3, 2008


MS. IFILL: Senator?

SEN. BIDEN: Gwen, no one in the United States Senate has been a
better friend to Israel than Joe Biden. I would have never, ever
joined this ticket were I not absolutely sure Barack Obama shared my
But you asked a question about whether or not this
administration's policy had made sense, or something to that effect.
It has been an abject failure, this administration's policy. In
fairness to the Secretary Rice, she's trying to turn it around now in
the seventh or eighth year.
Here's what the president said when we said no. He insisted on
elections on the West Bank when I said and others said and Barack
Obama said big mistake, Hamas will win, you'll legitimize them. What
happened? Hamas won.
When we kicked -- along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of
Lebanon, I said and Barack said move NATO forces in there, fill the
vacuum, because if you don't know -- if you don't, Hezbollah will
control it. Now what's happened? Hezbollah is a legitimate part of
the government in the country immediately to the north of Israel.
The fact of the matter is, the policy of this administration has
been an abject failure.
And speaking of freedom being on the march, the only thing on the
march is Iran. It's closer to a bomb. Its proxies now have a major
stake in Lebanon, as well as in the Gaza Strip with Hamas.
We will change this policy with thoughtful, real, live diplomacy
that understand that you must back Israel in letting them negotiate,
support their negotiation and stand with them, not insist on policies
like this administration has.

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