Israel decided to go rogue and get all mavericky with that protocol while the Vice President was there.
The brain-dead warmongers of that government decided to stick another knife in the back of the peace process, and announce that Israel would do additional provocative building in the disputed areas.
Biden is not a lightweight in foreign policy, and did some embarrasing of his own on behalf of the United States:
In an apparent snub Tuesday night, Biden pointedly arrived 90 minutes late to his scheduled dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and he sharply rebuked the Israeli step — which came just after the Palestinians agreed to a new round of indirect peace talks under U.S. mediation after a 14-month lapse.(MSNBC; See also BBC). It was the sorta "eye for an eye" thingy that the macho freaks in that government understand whether they like it or not.
"The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now," Biden said.
"We must build an atmosphere to support negotiations, not complicate them," he added, warning that "unilateral action taken by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations."
Good one Joe.