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Biden reaffirms US commitment to Israel-Palestinian two-state solution

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent

US President Joe Biden waves at the audience after addressing the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
US President Joe Biden waves at the audience after addressing the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US President Joe Biden reaffirms his administration’s commitment to the two-state solution during his address before the UN General Assembly.

“We will continue to advocate for lasting negotiated peace between the Jewish and democratic state of Israel and the Palestinian people,” Biden says toward the end of a roughly 30-minute speech that focuses largely on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine along with climate change.

“The United States is committed to Israel’s security. Full stop. A negotiated two-state solution remains in our view the best way to ensure Israel’s security and prosperity… and give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled — both sides fully respecting the equal rights of their citizens, both people enjoying equal measures of freedom and dignity,” he continues, reiterating the same talking point the Biden administration has used regarding its policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the get-go.

Biden also briefly highlights his recent trip to the Middle East where he participated in a meeting with the leaders of nine Arab countries “to work toward a more peaceful, integrated Middle East.”

Biden reiterates that the US is committed to return to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal so long as Tehran does the same.

“The United States is clear. We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. We continue to believe that diplomacy is the best way to achieve this outcome,” Biden says. “The Non-Proliferation regime, one of the greatest successes of this institution, cannot let the world now slide backwards.”

The US president also highlights “the brave women of Iran, who right now are demonstrating to secure their basic rights” during a section of his speech on human rights violations.

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