During a joint press conference held in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden condemned what he called “those in the international community who failed to condemn Palestinian terror attacks against Israel.”
Biden, who is in a five-day-trip to the Middle East, said to the press that his wife and his grandchildren, who have joined him on this trip, were having dinner on the beach nearby where a Palestinian man killed an American citizen and wounded 12 others – and was further killed in cold blood by the IOF.
“It just brings home that [terror] can happen anywhere at any time,” Biden said.
He repeated stressed the deep personal and professional friendship he shares with Netanyahu — and the “bond that can never be broken” between their two countries.
“It doesn’t mean we don’t disagree but you never need to doubt that the United States of America has Israel’s back… and we know Israel has our back as well,” Biden said.
When asked by the reporters about the “terrorist attacks” against Israelis yesterday, Biden said:
“Let me say in no uncertain terms the US condemns these acts and condemns the failure to condemn these acts. They [Palestinians] are targeting innocent civilians, mothers, pregnant women, grandfathers [and] American citizens. There can be no justification for this violence. The US stands firmly behind Israel’s right to defend itself.”
Speaking after Biden, the Israeli Prime Minister thanked the U.S. Vice President for his strong support and denounced the Palestinian Authority for “failing to condemned his people’s terror attacks against Israelis.”
“Unfortunately President Abbas has not only refused to condemn these terrorism attacks. His Fatah party actually portrays the murderer of this American citizens as a Palestinian martyr and a hero. This is wrong. This failure to condemn terrorism should be condemned itself by everyone in the international community,” Netanyahu said.
During Biden’s meeting with Netanyahu on Tuesday, 4 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli occupation forces in different occurrences, including a 50-year-old Palestinian woman and three Palestinian men. In addition, one American citizen was killed by a Palestinian man.
On Wednesday morning three other Palestinians were killed by the IOF.
During their speeches to the press, none of them mentioned any of the seven Palestinians killed by the IOF.