Vice President Joe Biden has acknowledged 'overwhelming frustration' with Israel's government, saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's administration has led Israel in the wrong direction. Biden's speech to the advocacy group J Street on Monday was an unusually sharp rebuke of America's closest ally in the Middle East. The vice president offered a grim outlook for Mideast peace efforts, reflecting dim hopes for progress during the remainder of the Obama administration. Although he said Israelis and Palestinians shared blame for undermining trust and shirking responsibility, he was emphatic in his critique of Netanyahu's government, suggesting his approach raised 'profound questions' about how Israel could remain both Jewish and democratic.
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