US Vice President Joe Biden (C) waves as he stands next to his wife Jill (L) after they arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport, March 8, 2016.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
US Vice President Joe Biden arrived at Israel's Ben Gurion international airport Tuesday evening for his long-anticipated two-day visit.
US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and Israel's Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer were present on site to greet him.
שידור חי מנמל התעופה בן גוריון: ברוך הבא לסגן נשיא ארה״ב ג׳ו ביידןLIVE from Ben Gurion Airport: Welcome Vice President Joe Biden
Posted by U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel on Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Biden was scheduled to make an address later Tuesday evening at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet that Biden’s visit “expresses the strong relations between Israel and our ally the US."
“There are those who predicted the collapse of these relations – it is not so. The relationship is strong in all areas, and also in face of the challenges that we are together standing against in our region. I will discuss this, of course, with the vice president during his visit,” he said.
The two leaders are expected to talk about Iran, Syria and the frozen Israeli-Palestinian peace process, although no new initiative on that front is expected during the visit.
He last visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in 2010.