- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden reassured a leading pro-Israel group the Obama administration stands firmly by its Mideast ally and said the Iran nuclear agreement will make the region more safe.

He told a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Sunday night that: “Iran is much, much further away from obtaining a nuclear weapon than they were a year ago.” He said the U.S. is watching and “if Iran violates the deal, the United States will act.”

He acknowledged the people of Israel have good reasons to feel vulnerable because of continuing acts of terrorism, and assured that the United States will always stand by its ally.

And he condemned anybody that marginalizes an ethnic group. He said “the future belongs to the bridge builders, not the wall builders.”

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