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Biden assures Israel that the United States has its back…..

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, second from right, and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, right, are welcomed upon their arrival at Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, March 8, 2010. Biden arrived in Israel Monday, the first leg of a five-day tour of the Middle East. Biden's trip is the highest-level visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories yet by an Obama administration official. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)

Pledging that the Obama administration would prevent Iranfrom obtaining a nuclear weapon, Biden expressed hope that indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks could soon lead to a meaningful negotiation of Palestinian statehood.

“There is no space between the United States and Israel when it comes to Israel’s security,” Biden said after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the official prime minister’s residence here.

Beyond diplomacy on Iran’s nuclear program or peace process with the Palestinians, Biden is on a mission to win over the Israeli public, which has felt snubbed by President Obama’s decision not to visit here since taking office.

When Biden thanked Peres for meeting with him, Peres interjected: “We’ve been waiting for you.” Just before the vice president arrived on Monday, the deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament, Danny Danon, said Israel considered it “nothing short of an insult that President Obama himself is not coming.”

Well folks…Obama needs to stay home for awhile and get the Healthcare Bill done…then he can take care of the world…..

Biden’s four-day visit includes a speech in Tel Aviv on Thursday where he also will try to court the Israeli public, some of whom resent that Obama has visited Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the past year but not Israel.

The Middle East problems have had high level attention always……. even though nothing gets done…..the parties ( Israel in particular ) are not happy Obama has not spent the time there….

Some analysts speculated that Biden’s trip was a recognition that the administration’s hands-off approach had gone on too long.

“The administration finally did understand that one of the mistakes in the course of the past year was not engaging Israel at a high enough level,” Alpher said. “If the Obama administration wants to have some influence here on the Palestinian issue, it can’t ignore us.”

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