DIPLOMACY

U.S. ‘Overwhelmingly’ Annoyed by Israel

Vice President Joe Biden delivered a pointed criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a Jewish-American group Monday, describing the White House’s feelings mostly as “overwhelming frustration.” “I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years—the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures—they’re moving us, and more importantly, they’re moving Israel in the wrong direction,” Biden told a J-Street meeting in Washington, D.C. However, he also noted that the U.S. remains committed to Israel’s security. The comments come as talks between the two countries have been halted over a military-aid package, as Israel is demanding more money than the U.S. is willing to contribute.