U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attempted to ease fears concerning the U.S.-Israel relationship during his address at the annual Jewish Federations’ General Assembly in Maryland on Monday, saying “we love one another but we drive one another crazy.”
Directly addressing Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, Biden said “you better damn well tell Bibi (Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) that we’re still buddies.”
“Were there not an Israel, the U.S. would have to invent one,” Biden said, and affirming U.S. commitment to Israel: “We will never abandon Israel – out of our own self-interest.”
“With all the chitter-chatter out there, the U.S.’ commitment to Israel’s security remains iron-clad,” Biden added, citing Israel’s highest-ever foreign aid to Israel, currently totaling $8.5 million per day.
The vice president also recalled in his address once telling Netanyahu that while he did not agree with a word he says, he still loves him.