US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Israel to demonstrate its commitment to a two-state solution for ending the Palestinian conflict, stressing that the country’s current expansion of settlements is “eroding” that possibility. “Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land, is eroding, in my view, the prospect of a two-state solution,” Biden said in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a leading pro-Israel lobbying group, as quoted by Reuters. Biden went on to state that he disagrees with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which believes a peaceful solution can be reached with the Palestinians as Tel Aviv simultaneously expands West Bank settlements.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.