Biden levels with AIPAC

Two-state solution? Check.
End new settlements? Check.
Dismantle existing settlements? Check.
How d’ya like them apples, Bibi?

I haven’t always been a huge fan of Joe Biden, but saying this at the AIPAC conference took brass balls:

“Israel has to work for a two state-solution &#8212 you’re not going to like my saying this &#8212 but not build more settlements, dismantle existing outposts and allow Palestinians freedom of movement … and access to economic opportunity.”

Of course it’s obviously right, but that doesn’t make saying it to that audience any less impressive. And although Biden sometimes shoots from the lip, I don’t doubt that this reflects official Administration policy. Good!

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: