American Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides addressed the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem Sunday evening, vowing that the Biden administration will not let Iran acquire nuclear weapons.
The event, which included a speech by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, is the organization's fortieth conference in Jerusalem, and the first following a two-year hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic.
"“We will not stand by and let the Iranians detain a nuclear weapon. The President is committed to that. Israel has the right to do what it needs to do to defend its country.”
Turning to the Biden administration's relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the future of the PA after the Abbas era, Ambassador Nides touted the two-state solution, while acknowledging that no deal between Israel and the PA is likely to be reached in the near future.
“I deeply care about the vision of the two-state solution. I believe that it is in Israel’s interest that that vision is not extinguished," Ambassador Nides said.
“But I am under no illusions that I’ll be here in six weeks with Israel and the PA signing an agreement."
Instead, Nides, said Biden administration is committed to improving living conditions for residents of the Palestinian Authority with practical steps done in cooperation with Israel.
“I’m fixated on doing good things for the Palestinian people," Nides said, because "that's what Jews do."
"Keeping thing calms in the West Bank is in the best interests of Israel and in the best interests of the Palestinians."