Biden rejects Israel ‘apartheid’ allegations

US President Joe Biden insisted Israel is not an apartheid state, arguing that fellow Democrats who say otherwise are “making a mistake”

Biden rejects Israel ‘apartheid’ allegations
14 Jul, 2022 03:20 HomeWorld News

Biden rejects Israel ‘apartheid’ allegations

The president distanced himself from fellow Democrats critical of the Jewish state

US President Joe Biden has disputed charges that Israel is an “apartheid” nation, instead calling it a “democracy” and a “friend” while touting billions in additional military support.

Speaking to Israel’s N12 News just before embarking on a trip to the Middle East on Wednesday, Biden was asked about “voices in the Democratic Party” which consider Israel an apartheid state and urge for an end to unconditional US aid.

“There are a few of them. I think they're wrong. I think they're making a mistake. Israel is a democracy. Israel is our ally. Israel is a friend, and I think I make no apology,” he said in response, adding that his administration has devoted some $5 billion to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Though some Democrats, such as progressive lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), have repeatedly slammed Israeli policies toward the Palestinians as an example of apartheid, Biden insisted there is “no possibility” of Democrats or Republicans ever “walking away from Israel.”

statement accusing the Israeli government of “ethnic cleansing” against Arabs, while fellow members of the left-leaning ‘squad’ argued that “apartheid states aren’t democracies” around the same time, apparently referring to Israel. 

report which concluded that Israel’s system “ensures the supremacy of one group over, and to the detriment of, the other,” particularly in the occupied West Bank, arguing that it meets the legal definition for apartheid. The report went on to state that Palestinians have been forced to “live behind walls, checkpoints and under a permanent military rule,” echoing previous findings by rights groups such as Amnesty International and B’Tselem.

During an arrival ceremony in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday, Biden declared that ties between Americans and Israelis are “bone deep,” saying the bilateral relationship is “deeper and stronger” than it has ever been.