"The interests of both the Palestinians and the Israeli people, if everyone would just step back and take a deep breath, are actually very much more in line than they are in opposition," US Vice President Joe Biden said after a meeting with President Shimon Peres on Tuesday morning.
According to Biden, there is a "moment of opportunity" for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Biden is making the highest-level visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories by an Obama administration official.
Regarding Iran, Biden said, "Since our administration came to power, I would point out that Iran is more isolated - internally, externally - has fewer friends in the world."
Ahead of a meeting with Peres on Tuesday, Biden also said there is
"absolutely no space between Israel and the United States" where
Israel's security is concerned.
Biden, Netanyahu set to focus on Iran
Biden noted that “There is an international attempt to isolate Israel right now and
sometimes we’re our own worst enemy by playing into the hands of those
who wish to do that.”
Peres told his guest, "We have trust in President Obama," calling on
Washington to "surround Iran with an envelope" to protect Israel
against Teheran's "missiles and nuclear threat."
"Nobody knows exactly what they are doing," he said.
Hours after Biden's arrival
Monday, the US announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority
would begin indirect peace negotiations, breaking a 14-month deadlock.
is slated to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before continuing to Jordan on