Summary

Joseph Biden was born in 1942 and served as the 47th Vice President of the United States.

Biden started his political career when he ran successfully for the New Castle County Council in 1969. He served in that capacity until 1972, when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. Biden represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 until 2009, chairing during this time the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1995, and the Foreign Relations Committee and the International Narcotics Control Caucus from 2007 to 2009. Biden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction in January 2017.

After Biden stopped his presidential bid in 2008, the then-Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama selected him as his running mate. They served together from 2009 to 2017. This is Biden’s third presidential bid after the one in 1988 and in 2008.

Joe Biden was Vice President during the negotiations with Iran for the nuclear deal and supported the deal. In 2018, he criticized President Trump for pulling out of the deal. Nevertheless, he has not yet declared whether he would reenter the deal if he were elected President. 

As a member of the U.S. Senate and later as Vice President, Biden supported continued security assistance to Israel. During his career, he has referred to U.S. assistance to Israel as “the best investment we make” and argued that “the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security and survival is fundamental to its strategy to the Middle East.”

Former Vice President Biden is a strong supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has argued that “the only way to guarantee Israel’s future and security of its identity as a Jewish and democratic state is with a two-state solution.”

In 2016, commenting on the two-state solution and the settlements issue, then-Vice President Biden stated that “the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures – they are moving us and, more importantly, they are moving Israel in the wrong direction” and that “they are moving toward a one state reality, and that reality is dangerous.”

Former Vice President Biden opposes the discriminatory Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that targets Israel. He has stated that he will “continue to push against the calls here in the United States to boycott, disinvest or sanction Israel” because “it’s wrong.” 

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