Biden at the United Nations: "The two-state solution" is the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

US President Joe Biden said today, in his first speech as President of the United States, that his country's support for the Jewish State of Israel remains strong and uncompromising, but his administration also supports the establishment of a Palestinian state as the only solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Biden said in his long speech at the General Assembly, in which he addressed many of the problems facing the world, from regional conflicts, to confronting the “Covid-19” crisis, to climate change, and other global issues, that he believes in the necessity of solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of the two-state solution.

He pointed out that he is standing at the United Nations podium for the first time in 20 years, "and the United States is not at war."

But experts believe it is hard to imagine a more inopportune moment for Joe Biden than when he addressed the world's largest stage as he set out on a mission to restore credibility and confidence in the United States as a trusted global partner, after a series of disparate crises, including the withdrawal of the United States The anarchy of Afghanistan, the nuclear weapons deal, the alliance with France, and the novel coronavirus vaccines.

US administration officials insist that those international partnerships have not been permanently damaged, despite the recent setbacks, as the US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield, told reporters before the start of the General Assembly meeting in New York: “There are differences between good friends, But this is the nature of friendship… Having a disagreement does not mean that we should not continue to work together in these areas of cooperation.”

Many US allies hailed Biden's election as a return to normalcy and traditional alliances after Trump's turbulent era, when the then-president shunned international cooperation and promoted an "America First" policy that often translates to "America alone."

But now many allies resent the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has abandoned thousands of vulnerable Afghans under the new Taliban rule, as well as other administration gaffes or failures to keep promises.

Several NATO countries have said the United States failed to give them a proper warning to withdraw from Afghanistan, a charge the Biden administration denies. Another blow to US credibility came last Friday, when the Pentagon admitted that a drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, did not kill a single Islamist terrorist, as was initially claimed, but rather 10 civilians, including an aid worker. He worked in an organization in California, had seven children.

Then, during the same week, the Biden administration sparked a major rift with France, the United States' oldest ally. Biden announced that the United States would share sensitive technology to help Australia build nuclear-powered submarines, spoiling a $66 billion deal with France. The report notes that that participation is part of a new defense agreement that also included Britain, and was widely seen as a bulwark against increasing Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region, which Biden hopes to make a strategic priority.

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