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Biden’s pro-Israel record could help with defense of Iran nuclear deal

The former vice president’s foreign policy experience and pro-Israel credentials could make him an effective supporter of the Iran deal but open him up to attacks from the left.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his wife Sara stand with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) in Jerusalem March 9, 2010, in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO). Biden assured Israel on Tuesday of Washington's commitment to its security and preventing Iran from producing nuclear weapons. REUTERS/Avi Ohayon/GPO/Handout (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. ISRAEL OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL

Joe Biden’s key foreign policy role as Barack Obama’s vice president and his record of support for Israel make him one of the candidates best positioned to defend the nuclear deal with Iran as he enters the 2020 presidential race today.

Unlike his rivals, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee boasts a decades-long relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, potentially p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; background-color: #07f900} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} helping Biden to fend off Republican attacks against his support for Obama’s signature foreign policy effort. That tight connection, however, could prove a liability p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #07f900} span.s2 {font-kerning: none} with some left-wing primary voters who have soured on Israel’s right-wing leadership.

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