US envoy Nides says West Bank violence and Iran threat are ‘equally’ concerning

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 11, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)
US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 11, 2022. (Emanuel Fabian/Times of Israel)

Speaking at a conference at the Reichman University in Herzliya, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides says he believes escalating tensions in the West Bank are as big of a threat to Israel as Iran and its terror proxies.

“Obviously Iran and its proxies are a fundamental [threat], and [US President Joe] Biden has said we will not stand by and allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Nides says.

“But equally as important, is what is going on in the West Bank. I try to keep the vision of the two-state solution alive. I fundamentally believe that to keep Israel a democratic state, we need a two-state solution. I want to change the situation on the ground to make that possible, to keep that vision alive,” he says.

“It is important for us not to lose sight of what could happen if the Palestinian situation gets worse, especially in the West Bank,” Nides adds.

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