Joe Biden in Iowa

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden walks with supporters at a march in Clear Lake, Iowa, on Aug. 9, 2019. 

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in a video address on Sunday that he will always support Israel, but also believes in a two-state solution for the Palestinians.

Biden said that while he couldn’t make the conference because of the ongoing Democratic presidential primary, he had decided to send a video message because AIPAC’s “voice matters to me.” The former vice president pledged to combat anti-Semitism, and said he never participates in any boycotts of Israel.

“I will always call out anti-Semitism, whether it comes from the left, right or center,” he said, adding that every generation has to fight for America’s values to ensure that the country doesn’t give in to hate.

Biden also said he will always recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.

“‘Israelis wake up every morning facing an existential threat from their neighbors,” he said, citing the constant threat Israel faces on its southern border with the Gaza Strip. He urged Gaza-based terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to end their constant rocket attacks against Israel, and called on the Palestinian Authority to cease inciting terrorist attacks against Israelis.

However, he also advocated for a two-state solution with the Palestinians, receiving huge applause from attendees for making the statement.

“You don’t have to be anti-Palestinian to be pro-Israel,” said Biden, calling the situation in the Palestinian territories a “humanitarian crisis.” Citing “Palestinian dignity,” he also stated that Israeli annexation of settlements is an obstacle to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Biden called for unity among both Republicans and Democrats, and concluded his address by saying, “There is nothing we cannot achieve when Israel and the United States stand together.” JN

This article originally appeared on JNS.org via the Jewish Journal.

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