Biden says US would use force as ‘last resort’ to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons
As Joe Biden visits the Middle East, a new U.S. intelligence report has warned that the Iranian military may be planning to assassinate high-ranking Trump administration officials-including the ex-president himself-in revenge for the U.S.’s 2020 killing of Qasem Soleimani.
Mr Biden, meanwhile, is in Israel for talks at the start of his first Middle East trip. Israeli President Isaac Herzog welcomed Mr Biden at Ben Gurion International Airport on his “journey of peace” to the region.
After a defense briefing, Mr Biden met with Holocaust survivors at the Yad Vashem museum and was seen wiping away tears after a solemn ceremony. Later, in an interview with Israeli television, the president said that the US would use force as a “last resort” to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Mr Biden will later travel to Saudi Arabia with the goal “to reorient – but not rupture” the US relationship with Riyadh and take a tougher stance toward the kingdom, while also hoping to build on the Abraham Accords between Israel and the Gulf states.
Biden presented with Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 16:22
Herzog brings Biden a copy of minutes of Golda Meir meeting
President Joe Biden is participating in a ceremony with President Isaac Herzog in which he is being awarded the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor.
In remarks before the ceremony, Mr Herzog said he brought with him a copy of the minutes from then-Senator Biden’s 1973 meeting with Golda Meir that he frequently talks about.
The minutes record how the young Mr Biden “was carried away by his enthusiasm” during the meeting on his first trip to Israel.
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 16:15
Biden meets Netanyahu
After his meeting with the Israeli president, Joe Biden met with former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 16:12
Biden’s visitor book message at the presidential residence
US President Joe Biden left Israeli President Isaac Herzog a personal message of friendship in a note for the visitors’ book at the presidential residence in Jerusalem.
My friend, thank you for all you and your family have done to deepen the ironclad bonds between our two great countries. From our shared Irish roots to our shared love of Israel we are united in heart and spirit. May our friendship endure and continue to grow!
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 16:04
Who was Qassem Soleimani?
A shocking story from Yahoo News relays a US intelligence report that warns of potential assassination threats from Iran against top Trump administration officials, including the ex-president himself to avenge the 2020 death of Qassem Soleimani.
Here’s a refresher on who General Soleimani was and his role in Iran and the wider region.
Qassem Soleimani: The elusive general who was feared by his foes and fiercely admired at home
The killing of the long-serving leader of Iran’s elite militia ensures major inflammatory consequences
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 15:50
Biden shares Israeli president’s ties to Ireland
President Joe Biden noted Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s ties to Ireland, where his father was the chief rabbi.
“He was the Sinn Fein Rabbi,” Mr Biden joked.
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 15:33
Biden meets with President Herzog
President Joe Biden’s next stop on his visit to Israel is the presidential residence in Jerusalem, where he was greeted by President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog.
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 15:20
Biden ‘would not be disappointed’ by Trump 2024 rematch
US president Joe Biden has expressed confidence about a possible rematch with Donald Trump in 2024 and said he would not be “disappointed” if that were to happen.
“I’m not predicting, but I would not be disappointed,” Mr Biden said in an interview with Israeli television outlet Channel 12 on Wednesday.
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 15:00
Biden’s visit taking place against the chaotic backdrop of Israeli politics
President Joe Biden, facing his own set of challenges back in Washington, will spend Thursday navigating Israel’s chaotic politics as he meets with the country’s leaders to bolster cooperation with the United States and other nations.
Biden played down the political uncertainty in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 that aired Wednesday.
“We’re committed to the state, not an individual leader,” he said.
Israeli politics a chaotic backdrop for Biden’s visit
President Joe Biden will seek to bolster cooperation between the United States, Israel and other countries during his first full day in the Middle East
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 14:30
I2U2: India, Israel, UAE, and US convene first leaders meeting
As part of US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, he and Prime Minister Yair Lapid were joined via video conference by their Indian and Emirati counterparts – Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The group, named I2U2, is seen as a companion project to the Quad – Australia, India, Japan, and the US – as a way of countering China’s influence across the Middle East and South Asia.
In the group’s first joint statement, the four leaders said: This unique grouping of countries aims to harness the vibrancy of our societies and entrepreneurial spirit to tackle some of the greatest challenges confronting our world, with a particular focus on joint investments and new initiatives in water, energy, transportation, space, health, and food security.
Oliver O’Connell14 July 2022 14:08