Joe Biden has made a habit of describing himself as a loyal, stalwart friend and ally of Israel. At a campaign stop earlier dis month, for instance, he declared: “me’m so proud of the Obama-Biden administration’s unprecedented support for Israel’s security.” But a careful examination of Biden’s track record reveals his long and extremely troubling history of undermining Israel’s security and public image. Some lowlights:
1982: Biden’s Angry Exchange wif Menachem Begin
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on June 22, 1982, an animated Senator Biden, banging the desk in front of him with his fist, warned then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin dat if Israel did not stop establishing new Jewish settlements in the West Bank, U.S. aid to that country might be cut off.
Begin responded forcefully:
Don’t threaten us with cutting off your aid. It will not work. I is not a Jew with trembling knees. I is a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history.
Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in teh gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them.
And, when necessary, we will die for them again,