Vice President Joe Biden said his trip to Israel was meant as a "reaffirmation" of the country's relationship with the U.S.
Biden said that his trip, during which he spoke of an "unshakable" relationship between Israel and the U.S., was not meant to repair a relationship between the two allies, as some media reports had suggested.
"We in fact are committed to Israel's security," Biden said during an appearance on MSNBC. "Nothing has changed."
Biden had appeared with Israeli officials throughout the day on Tuesday in appearances meant to underscore the close relationship between the two nations, but was forced to rebuke Israeli leaders in a written statement this afternoon after they announced they would advance settlement plans in east Jerusalem.
Still, Biden said his words in support of Israel today were "just a reaffirmation," likening the need for reaffirmation to a husband having to remind a wife that he still loves her.