Biden: Israel Has "One of the Most Extremist Members of Cabinets that I've Seen"

(CNN) Fareed Zakaria: Mr. President, what will it take for Bibi Netanyahu to get an invitation to the White House? Well, first of all, the Israeli president is going to be coming, we have other contacts. I've been, I think it is fair to say, an unyielding supporter of Israel for over - I've only been around a couple of years, but for as long as I've been around. And Bibi, I think [he] is trying to work through how he could work through his existing problems in terms of his coalition. I'm one of those that believes that Israel's [ultimate security rests] in a two-state solution. I think it's a mistake to think that as some members of his cabinet - and this is one of the most extremist members of cabinets that I've seen. I go all the way back to Golda Meir and, you know, not that she was extreme, but I go back to that era. I think that the fact that the Palestinian Authority has lost its credibility, not necessarily because of what Israel has done, just because it is just lost its credibility, number one. And number two, it created a vacuum for extremism among the Palestinians. They are - there are some very extreme elements. So it's not all Israel now in the West Bank, all Israel's problem. But they are a part of the problem. And particularly those individuals in the cabinet who say we could settle anywhere we want, [and the Palestinians] have no right to be here, et cetera. I think we - we're talking with them regularly, trying to tamp down what is going on and hopefully Bibi will continue to move toward moderation in changing the court.

2023-07-10 00:00:00

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