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Joe Biden, AIPAC, clear the air

NEW YORK — Joe Biden spoke last week with the AIPAC leadership to clear up any misunderstandings.

The Democratic vice-presidential candidate had a friendly 20-minute conference call Sept. 18 with the board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC spokesman Josh Block said.

Biden, a longtime US senator from Delaware, had lashed out at AIPAC earlier this month in a conference call with Jewish media, sparked by Republican Jewish Coalition ads attacking Biden for not always voting the AIPAC line.

AIPAC has praised Biden during the election campaign, and in the earlier call Biden made it clear that his differences with the group are tactical and not on substance, and that he remains a strong Israel supporter.

Last week’s call was expansive and replete with declarations of mutual admiration.

“We had a very warm conversation with Senator Biden today, as we have many times throughout the years, about the importance of the US-Israel relationship, and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future,” Block said.

“We had an opportunity to express our appreciation for his strong leadership in support of the US-Israel relationship, and we were pleased to hear Senator Biden reaffirm his desire to maintain his close relationship with AIPAC as we work together to strengthen the special friendship between the two democracies over many years to come.”

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