Biden blames both sides for pessimism at AIPAC – By SARAH WHEATON 03/20/16 10:37 PM EDT


Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday.

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington on Sunday. | AP Photo

Vice President Joe Biden blamed both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for lacking the political will to find peace during a speech on Sunday to the country’s largest pro-Israel political organization.

Biden, who cited his decades of working on the issue, told the annual Washington gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that he’s never been so pessimistic, even as he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to its alliance with Israel and expressed new hopes for Israeli cooperation with its other Arab neighbors.

Biden recently wrapped up a trip to the region, where he met with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

“I must tell you straight up I didn’t walk away encouraged,” he said. “The current prospects for peace are not heartening.”

Biden continued, “There is no political will among Israelis or Palestinians to move forward at this moment with serious negotiations, and that’s incredibly disappointing.”

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