By Paul Richter
April 08, 2009
Biden said in a CNN interview that he does not believe newly installed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would take such a step. Even so, his comment underscored a gap between the conservative new Israeli government and the Obama White House on a series of questions, including the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and
While the Obama administration has made a series of recent overtures to
Netanyahu signaled several times during his election campaign that he would not tolerate a nuclear-armed
With his brief comment Tuesday, Biden became the highest-ranking administration official to caution the Jewish state against a military strike. In the interview, Biden was asked whether he was concerned that Netanyahu might strike Iranian nuclear facilities.
"I don't believe Prime Minister Netanyahu would do that. I think he would be ill advised to do that," Biden said.
"And so my level of concern is no different than it was a year ago."
"This is a very unstable part of the world," he said then. "And I don't need it to be more unstable."
Among other concerns, U.S. Defense Department officials worry that