Biden: “The Palestinian people deserve a state of their own – sovereign, vibrant, and contiguous,”


Assessment: In the spirit of Barack Obama’s last visit to Israel as president, Joe Biden invokes Genesis 12:3 on the nation he leads …

US President Joe Biden concluded his 10th visit to Israel and first as president on Friday.

After visiting the Augusta Victoria hospital in east Jerusalem, where Biden pledged US support for Palestinian health care institutions and $201 million in aid to UNRWA, the presidential motorcade set off for Bethlehem, his last local stop before the second leg the president’s Middle East trip – Saudi Arabia.

Biden met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and their discussion ran over the scheduled 45 minutes.

” …And I will curse him who curses you … Genesis 12:3

Sit-down with PA leader Abbas concludes first leg of Biden's Middle East visit  

In a formal statement following the meeting, Abbas urged the US to work toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and “end the occupation of our land,” and also remove the Palestinian Authority from the US list of state terrorist sponsors.

“We are not terrorists,” Abbas said, adding that he “extended his hand to Israel in peace, for the sake of future generations.”

“We are willing to work with you to reach peace, based on the Arab proposal and agreements with Israel,” Abbas said. The PA leader also asked the US to “put an end to unilateral moves [by Israel].”

Biden said he was among the earliest supporters of a two-state solution along the 1967 borders, and his commitment has not changed.

“The Palestinan people deserve a state of their own – sovereign, vibrant, and contiguous,” Biden said.

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