‘Beware Sweet-Talking Biden,' Says Caroline Glick
U.S. President Barack Obama is sending Vice President Joe Biden to Israel next week because the president is afraid that the lack of trust in him by the Israeli public “will negatively influence American Jews who support Obama,” journalist and think-tank researcher Caroline Glick told Arutz 7. Vice President Biden’s arrival next week follows this week’s visit by key Senator John Kerry, last month's trip by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Michael Mullen and frequent shuttle trips by U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell.
Vice President Biden is preceding his junket with talks with key American Jewish leaders, and he will deliver a speech next week to Tel Aviv University students and lecturers. Glick said he and Kerry want to make sure that Israel and the United States are on the same page concerning Iran, meaning that a military attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites is not on the table at this time.
Kerry this week said Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was "very tuned in to not being rash or jumping the gun here or doing something that doesn't give those other opportunities a chance."
Glick said that Vice President Joe Biden will bring with him a message of “we love you” although, "despite his sweet talk," he has been the biggest defender of Iran. “Maybe he will talk about the 'American commitment to the security of Israel,' but this would be a gross lie,” Glick stated.
She added, “The journalists in Israel undoubtedly will be convinced and will call on our leaders to give Obama a chance.
Glick warned as far back as 2008 that President Obama’s choice of Biden as his running mate was a sign that the two could not be trusted. During the campaign, Biden stepped up his rhetoric of supporting Israel and even said that the United States should not stand in Israel’s way if it wants to attack Iran as a matter of self-defense and prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons to annihilate the country.
"In my 34-year career, I have never wavered from the notion that the only time progress has ever been made in the Middle East is when the Arab nations have known that there is no daylight between us and Israel,” Biden stated during the campaign. "So the idea of being an 'honest broker' is not, as some of my Democratic colleagues call for, the answer. It is being the smart broker; it is being the smart partner.”
Glick pointed out that despite the pro-Israel talk, Biden was "a staunch supporter of an Israeli transfer of the strategically critical Golan Heights to Syria and…harshly criticized the Bush administration for its refusal to support Israeli negotiations with Syria. At the same time, he downplays the significance of Syria's strategic alliance with Iran and its sponsorship of terrorists in Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority. Belittling those ties, Biden has claimed repeatedly and without a shred of evidence that the Syrians really want to put all of that behind them.
“Biden's positions on Iran are even more troubling. Over the past decade, since Iran's ballistic missile program and its nuclear program came into full view, Biden has distinguished himself both for his refusal to support tough U.S. diplomatic moves against Iran…. In 1998, Biden was one of only four senators to vote against the Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act, a bill that punished foreign companies and other entities that sent Iran sensitive missile technology or expertise.”
The vice president also “was one of just a handful of senators who voted against a Senate resolution calling on the State Department to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization,” according to Glick.