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Biden says he's 'incredibly' disappointed by both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

During a speech Sunday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Vice President Joe Biden said it is "incredibly disappointing" that "there is no political will at this moment among Israelis or Palestinians to move forward with serious negotiations" toward peace.

Palestinians have declared that Israeli settlement activity is one reason why peace talks have broken down, and Israel has said any future peace agreement will include keeping settlements. "Israel's government's steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land, is eroding in my view the prospect of a two-state solution," Biden said. AIPAC is a pro-Israel lobbying group, and Biden received cheers when he criticized what he called Palestinian actions at the United Nations meant to undermine Israel, Reuters reports.