Biden: Israeli Cabinet Has Some of Most Extreme Members I’ve Seen; Saudi Deal Far off
US President Joe Biden said Sunday, July 9, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government has some “of the most extreme members” he’s seen in Israel, and that cabinet ministers who back settling “anywhere they want” in Judea and Samaria are “part of the problem” in the conflict.
In addition to offering rare comments during an interview on his thoughts about the Israeli government, he provided an update on his administration’s effort to broker a normalization deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia, saying, “We’re a long way from there.”
Biden was pressed on what it would take for him to extend an invitation to Netanyahu to visit the White House, but he dodged the question, noting that Israeli President Isaac Herzog will be coming to Washington next week.
Herzog was invited by Congressional leaders to address a joint session in honor of Israel’s 75th year of independence. He is also expected to meet with Biden at the White House, but those invites are traditionally extended only a few days ahead of time.
As for Netanyahu, Biden said, “I think, [he] is trying to [figure out] how he can work through his existing problems in terms of his coalition.”
“I’m one of those who believe that Israel’s ultimate security rests in a two-state solution,” Biden then said and went on: “I think it’s a mistake to think that, as some members of his cabinet — and this is one of the most extreme members of cabinets that I have seen,” he added. (TOI / VFI News)
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