Will help Israel, but do not want war with Iran: Biden told Netanyahu

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Washington. US President Joe Biden has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States will not participate in any Israeli retaliatory strikes against Iran, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The news comes at a time when Iran fired hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel on Saturday night in response to a suspected Israeli attack on Iran’s Syrian consulate on April 1.

Speaking with Netanyahu late Saturday, Biden suggested that further response was unnecessary, and senior US officials told their counterparts that the United States would not participate in an aggressive response against Iran, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported. Top White House national security spokesman John Kirby said on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday that the United States would continue to help Israel defend itself but did not want war with Iran.

Kirby said, “We do not want to increase tension in the region nor do we want a widespread conflict.” It is noteworthy that Iran attacked Israel late Saturday night and fired hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles at it. Israel said that Iran fired 170 drones, more than 30 cruise missiles and more than 120 ballistic missiles. However, Israel with the help of its air defense system foiled 99 percent of the more than 300 drones and missiles fired towards the country.

Iran had vowed to take revenge after two Iranian generals were killed in an airstrike at the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1. Iran accused Israel of being behind the attack. However, Israel did not respond to this. The two countries have been fighting a proxy war with each other for years, including incidents like the Damascus attack, but this is the first time Iran has directly attacked Israel after decades of hostility that began after the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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