Biden Says Obama "Not Bluffing" on Iran

 

Vice President Joe Biden on Monday delivered the keynote address at the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference in front of about 13,000 people at the Washington Convention Center. The vice president emphasized that the United States and Israel share a strategic commitment in the world.

"Let me make clear what that commitment is," Biden said. "It is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Period. Period. End of discussion. Period. Prevent. Not contain. Prevent. The president has flatly stated that."

"President Barack Obama is not bluffing," he added. "We are not looking for war. We are looking to and ready to negotiate peacefully. But all options, including military force, are on the table."

In addition, Biden said that the United States will continue to stand against international efforts to delegitimize Israel. Biden explained that when President Obama travels to Muslim-majority countries, the president makes clear that "Israel's legitimacy and our support for it is not a matter of debate. There is no light. It is not a matter of debate. It's simple, and he means it. It is not a matter of debate. Don't raise it with us. Do not raise it with us. It is not negotiable."

Biden stated he knows that all of Israel's leaders want peace. "But it takes two to tango, and the rest of the Arab world has to get in the game. We're under no illusions about how difficult it will be to achieve," he said. Following Biden's address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed conference delegates live via satellite from Jerusalem. For videos and transcripts from all speeches, visit aipac.org/pc.