When Vice President Joe Biden addresses the main pro-Israel lobby on Monday, he’ll be expected to deliver some tough talk on Iran, following repeated attacks against the administration’s trustworthiness.
President Obama has repeatedly vowed to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. But recent events – the bruising 2012 election, the bitter fight over Chuck Hagel’s nomination, a new proposed deal with Iran – have raised concerns among some Israel supporters.
Less than a month before Obama’s first official visit to Israel, Biden has been chosen to put any lingering concerns to rest. The three-day conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an annual opportunity for top U.S. and Israeli leaders to show a united front before 13,000 activists, is seen as the ideal venue.
“Vice President Biden will make clear that the support for Israel, and the U.S.-Israeli relationship, and the goal of preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, is shared by both parties,” said Aaron Keyak, the executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
“What we’ll see at AIPAC Policy Conference is despite all of the partisanship, the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats on almost every issue, both parties are going to come together in support of this one issue,” Keyak said.
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