‘Best $3bn investment we make’: Biden quip about US-Israel ties sets Twitter on edge
The video, filmed in Congress in 1986 shows a then-senator Biden explaining how important Israel is to the US in fairly blunt and illuminating terms.
The former vice president to Barack Obama and possible presidential candidate in 2020 starts by saying people should stop apologizing for their support for Israel. “There is no apology to be made, none,” he shouts. “It is the best $3 billion investment we make.”
In 1986, Joe Biden said if Israel didn’t exist, the U.S. would have to invent an Israel to protect U.S. interests pic.twitter.com/McOYXJteMF— Ibrahim (@__ibrahimali) April 7, 2019
And he wants to be potus? Those billions would be better spent improving the lives of ordinary Americans— Jim Dunne (@jim_dunne10) April 9, 2019
It wasn't just in the 1980s that America gave our taxes to Israel and by the way the ROI (Return On Investment) only aligns the pockets of politicians. 🤔 They have free health care over there but Americans can't afford health care for ailing parents, sick kids, pre-existing ails pic.twitter.com/CQHGdok6YS— WeAlwaysWin (@theVickyR) April 8, 2019
“Were there not an Israel, the US would have to invent an Israel to protect our interests in the region,” he continues.
This statement should disqualify you to be the next POTUS. We need policy that reflect the will of its citizens.— Khafid Ibrahim (@khafidibrahim) April 8, 2019
Damn he just straight up said the quiet part loud— Bill O'Connor (@BilliamOConnor) April 8, 2019
As Noam Chomsky says, we need a nuclear outpost sitting on the world's biggest oil reserves.— Millerolioni (@millerolioni) April 9, 2019
Joe Biden in 1986: "Were there not an Israel, the US would have to invent an Israel to protect our interests in the region"An outright admission that "Israel" is an extension of the US' empire. Is cleansing Palestinians one of America's interests? pic.twitter.com/P6s2xLEutQ— Harun Elbinawi (@ELBINAWI) April 9, 2019
The US has long highlighted the importance of its relationship with Israel, the “only democracy in the Middle East,” but Biden’s explanation lays out just how strategic that connection is. Essentially, Biden is saying that the US uses Israel as a tool to wield influence in the Middle East.
Israel & KSA are front line torch bearers for the US military-industrial complex— Talkestani (@Masssoud) April 8, 2019
@JoeBiden "Were there not a Palestine, Syria, Iran, Lebanon... Israel would have to invent an "enemy" to make America go to war for them in the region"— BEEHEMOTH ⏳ (@surveyorX) April 9, 2019
Joe Biden bragged that no senator had done more fundraisers for AIPAC than him pic.twitter.com/ZPdek3TizQ— Ibrahim (@__ibrahimali) April 7, 2019
The US gives Israel $3.1 billion a year in military aid, and it is the biggest recipient of both US aid and military equipment. The US and Israel conduct joint military operations, and the US has stockpiled military equipment in Israel. The US Navy’s Sixth Fleet uses the Israeli port of Haifa as its main port of call in the eastern Mediterranean. In 2017, it opened its first official permanent military base in the country.
Some Twitter commenters questioned Biden’s logic, suggesting that it’s really Israel that has influence over US government because of the power the Israel lobby holds over US politicians and the way in which the US defends Israel at the UN and sees its enemies, such as Iran, as its own.
All the contrary joe !!! In order for Israel to protect its interest they bought most American politicians in order to control America and enslave it’s people and get taxpayers money on a regular basis and make America do Wars for Israel. America is the puppet and Israel owns it— Malek Mahmud (@malekm59) April 9, 2019
Actually it's the Israeli government who dictate U.S. foreign policy.— David Hluchy (@davehluchy) April 9, 2019
Many people think that Israel controls US policy in the ME.I’ve always felt that the US is using Israel to further its own interests Trump is openly helping an embattled Bibi win the election. Certainly not to help the Israeli people!— Mark Parkinson (@marksul44) April 8, 2019
Others claimed that the US and the UK technically already had ‘invented’ Israel, referring to the US support for the 1917 UK Balfour declaration which set out plans for a Jewish home in Palestine, and the fact that the US was the first to recognize the state of Israel in 1848.
the US did invent what we refer to as "Israel" (State of), after WWII, along with a few allies.— Doc Caban (@drcaban) April 8, 2019
The United States did invent Israel. Britain helped. Not sure about his assessment of its monetary virtue. It could cost us everything.— Arturo Hammer (@ArtAHammer) April 8, 2019
Not all reactions were focused on Biden’s words, though, as many were distracted by how little hair he had 32 years ago compared to today.
Joe Biden is bald!?— FastWalkers (@fast_walkers) April 9, 2019
Must have been shortly after this that he got the hair plugs.— GaryATX (@GaryATX787) April 9, 2019
Side note crazy thing about this is that Joe has so much more hair now...— Seamus Garrity (@seamusgarrity) April 9, 2019
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