Biden: ‘No President Has Ever Done More to Support Israel’s Security than Obama’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 24, 2015 | 1:37 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - Speaking at the 67th Annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening, Vice President Joe Biden said that “no president has ever done more to support Israel’s security” than Barack Obama.

“President Obama and I are proud to carry forward the unbroken line of American leaders--Democrat and Republican--who have honored America’s sacred promise to protect the homeland of the Jewish people,” Biden said.

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“No President has ever done more to support Israel’s security than President Barack Obama,” said Biden.

Here is an excerpt from the vice president’s speech:

And President Obama and I are proud to carry forward the unbroken line of American leaders--Democrat and Republican--who have honored America’s sacred promise to protect the homeland of the Jewish people.

The same commitment to the survival and security of Israel is fundamental to our strategy for the entire Middle East.

It’s no secret that, like administrations before us, as the Ambassador said, we’ve had our differences.  I have been here for a long time, for eight Presidents.  I’ve witnessed disagreements between administrations.  It’s only natural for two democracies like ours.  As Ron said, we’re like family.  We have a lot to say to one another.  Sometimes we drive each other crazy.  But we love each other.  And we protect each other.

And it’s hard to see with these lights, but I suspect I know many of you personally.  As many of you heard me say before, were there no Israel, America would have to invent one.  We’d have to invent one because Ron is right, you protect our interests like we protect yours.

So let’s get something straight.  In this moment of some disagreement occasionally between our governments, I want to set the record straight on one thing:  No President has ever done more to support Israel’s security than President Barack Obama. …

As President, he stood in Jerusalem, and declared to the whole world, “Those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting Israel’s right to exist, they might as well reject the earth beneath them or the sky above, because Israel is not going anywhere.  So long as the United States of America is there, Israel will never be alone.”  He means it.  He means it.  You know I mean it.  I’m telling you he means it.

That’s my President.  He understands the need for Israel to have the right and the capacity and the capability to defend itself.  At the same time, he says, “we have Israel’s back” -- and you can count on it. The same commitment to the survival and security of Israel is fundamental to our strategy for the entire Middle East

The entire transcript of Vice President Biden’s speech can be read at the White House website by clicking here.

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