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Audio surfaced on Wednesday from Ben Gurion Airport in Israel welcoming President Joe Biden and Air Force One as they arrived for a two-day visit with the Middle Eastern country’s leaders.
“The Ben Gurion Channel welcomes His Excellency the President of the United States, Mr. Joe Biden and Air Force One and landing at Tel Aviv Airport. Shalom,” a woman was heard saying as the American delegation landed.
Biden, after getting off the plane, told reporters on the tarmac that “the connection between the Israeli people and the American people runs deep.”
“Generation after generation, that connection grows. We invest in each other. We dream together,” Biden added, noting that it was his 10th visit to Israel.
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“And now, as president, I am proud to say that, in my opinion, our relationship with the state of Israel is deeper and stronger than ever. And with this visit, we are strengthening our connection even more,” he continued.
Biden went on to say, “We have reaffirmed America’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security, including partnering with Israel in the world’s most advanced defense systems.”
“From here I go straight to a briefing on Israeli missile and rocket defense capabilities, including US support for Iron Dome and Israel’s new laser-enabled system called Iron Beam,” he added. .
“More peace, more stability, more connection. It’s critical. It’s critical, if I may add, for all people in the region, so we will discuss my continued support, even though I know it’s not short-term.” a two-state solution that remains, in my opinion, the best way to guarantee the future of the same measure of freedom, prosperity, democracy for Israelis and Palestinians alike”, the president also said.
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Biden concluded his speech by pledging that the United States and Israel “will continue our shared and endless work to combat the poison of anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head.”
“May Israel and the United States continue to grow and prosper together for the benefit of the entire world,” Biden said. “I want to say that, for the benefit of everyone.”