WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. has an obligation to push Israel toward peace with Palestinians despite a sometimes “overwhelming frustration” with Israel’s government.
Biden is criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government during a speech to the advocacy group J Street. He says Israeli actions over the past few years have moved Israel in the wrong direction, toward a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He’s citing the “steady expansion” of Israeli settlements in territory claimed by Palestinians for a future state.
The vice president says he finished his recent trip to Israel believing there’s no political will from either Palestinians or Israelis necessary for peace.
Biden is also criticizing Palestinian leaders for failing to condemn specific acts of terrorism committed by Palestinians against Israelis.