White House: no diplomatic breakthrough expected during Biden’s Israel trip

Vice President Joe Biden. Credit: White House.

(JNS.org) Vice President Joseph Biden’s upcoming visit to Israel is not expected to generate any major changes in the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

On Friday, the White House said “no breakthroughs” on the Israeli-Palestinian track were expected during Biden’s visit, and that instead his trip will focus on increasing U.S.-Israel cooperation on issues including Syria, Iran, and Islamic State. Biden will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Tuesday. 

During Biden’s visit to Israel in 2010, the Israeli government announced new Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem, sparking a diplomatic spat that included secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s rebuking of Netanyahu for 45 minutes over the phone.

In addition to Israel, Biden will visit the Palestinian territories (where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas), Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Posted on March 4, 2016 .