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In the face of threats, Biden tells Israel to 'take the win'

US backs Israel in intercepting over 300 missiles from Iran


The Biden administration congratulated Israel on successfully intercepting over 300 missiles and drones launched by Iran, with US support.

According to a report on The Washington Post, while reaffirming the US commitment to Israel's defense, officials urged caution to prevent further escalation. The attack, retaliatory in nature, heightened tensions in the region and spotlighted Gaza's ongoing conflict.

Despite diplomatic efforts, achieving a ceasefire in Gaza remains elusive. President Biden's decision to bolster US-Israel military cooperation underscores the intricate dynamics of US foreign policy in the region amidst internal and external criticisms.

During a state visit by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, President Biden authorized increased US military deployments to the Middle East, including an additional missile destroyer, amid heightened concerns of a potential Iranian attack. Rushing back from his vacation home, Biden spent Saturday evening in the White House Situation Room, closely monitoring Iranian launches and interceptions in real-time.

Officials described coordinated efforts across the region involving Israeli air defenses, US warships, and a US-operated Patriot missile battery in Iraq. Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasizing thoughtful consideration before any potential response.

Despite the successful defense, the situation remains delicate, with a cautious approach to avoid further escalation. The strategic coordination between the US and Israel, along with support from allies, highlights collaborative efforts to safeguard regional stability.

The Biden administration reiterated its stance of non-participation in any potential Israeli offensive against Iran. Amid reports of indirect communications between the US and Iran, officials denied receiving a warning from Iran before the attack.

Following the attack, President Biden engaged in discussions with G7 leaders regarding potential additional sanctions on Iran and conferred with Jordan's King Abdullah II to address escalating tensions.

The G7 issued a strong condemnation of Iran's attack on Israel, emphasizing Israel's successful defense with the help of its partners. However, some Republicans criticized Biden for perceived weakness towards Iran and lack of support for Israeli retaliation.

Biden also reached out to congressional leaders, urging swift passage of a national security spending bill, particularly highlighting aid for Israel. At the United Nations, discussions centered on the regional crisis, with criticism directed at the US for not condemning Israel's earlier attack on Iran in Damascus.

[With information sourced from The Washington Post]

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