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The United States will equip Israel with a fifth-generation stealth aircraft in 2016, Vice President Joe Biden said April 16 in downtown Washington.

“Next year we will deliver to Israel the F-35 joint strike fighter, our finest, making Israel the only country in the Middle East with a fifth-generation aircraft,” Biden said at an Israeli Embassy event to celebrate the country’s 67th Independence Day.


As he stood in front of a large digital image of an Israeli flag projected on the rear wall of the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Biden promised the crowd of 1,000 Jewish community professionals, politicians, diplomats and military officers that the United States would always “have Israel’s back.”

Photos by Geoffrey W. Melada

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Howard Kohr, executive director of AIPAC (left) and Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), were engrossed in conversation before Vice President Biden's address.
Howard Kohr, executive director of AIPAC (left) and Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), were engrossed in conversation before Vice President Biden’s address.
Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer
Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington CEO Steven Rakitt (left) and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland.
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington CEO Steven Rakitt (left) and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland.
Shai Franklin (left), senior fellow for United Nations Affairs at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen.
Shai Franklin (left), senior fellow for United Nations Affairs at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen.
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