Biden: US stands with Israel for freedom, justice and peace

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

In a short statement before meeting Israel’s war cabinet, Biden stresses that the US “will continue to have your back.”

Biden praises the cabinet for “standing strong, standing united.”

He recalls that Israel’s founders said that the nation would be based on “freedom, justice, and peace.”

“The United States stands with you in defense of that freedom, in pursuit of that justice, and in support of that peace, today, tomorrow, and always, we promise you,” Biden says.

The two try to ignore shouted questions as the press is hustled away.

“They don’t give up,” says Netanyahu, who has generally refused to speak to the Israeli press since taking office almost a year ago.

“Nothing changes, same in Washington,” Biden replies.

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