Tough Talk

Report: Biden Rips Into Netanyahu

Vice President Joe Biden stood beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and smiled this week, even after he learned that Israel approved plans to build 1,600 new housing units in a contested neighborhood in Jerusalem. Apparently, he was not as happy behind closed doors: “This is starting to get dangerous for us,” the Israeli press reports Biden saying. “What you’re doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional piece.” Netanyahu now “has gone out of his way to placate the vice president,” Israeli press says. “Aides to the prime minister have been trying to learn lessons from this clumsy incident.”