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Biden Advises Netanyahu To “Take The Win” And Stop Planning A Military Retaliation Against Iran

President Biden was earlier seen congratulating the Israeli Prime Minister on an “incredible” win against the attack from Tehran. However, the US president doesn’t want Israel to plan a counterattack on Iran, hence causing a more significant regional war in the Middle East. 

On Saturday night, barrages of cruise missiles and drones from Tehran attacked Israel. The aerial defense system of Israel successfully intercepted about 99% of the rockets with the help of US ships in the Mediterranean Sea. President Biden had reportedly canceled his original plans to visit Delaware and rushed back to Washington to attend an urgent meeting with national security officials.

Upon the successful interception of nearly all missiles, President Biden engaged in a phone conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu, congratulating him on the “win” and reaffirming US support for Israel.

"I told him that Israel demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks -- sending a clear message to its foes that they cannot effectively threaten the security of Israel," said Biden.

A white house spokesperson added more detail, “The president was very clear that we’re going to help defend Israel, and he made very clear to the prime minister last night that we do have to think carefully and strategically about risks of escalation,” clearly indicating Biden’s unwillingness to support another military attack on Iran.

National Security Council coordinator John Kirby told CNN, “We certainly had a good sense of what Iran was planning to do. More critically, the Israelis knew as well. But Israel’s defense was an incredible success, really proving the Israeli military’s superiority. Adjust as critically the diplomatic superiority that they have friends in the region; they have friends all around the world who are willing to help them.”

Following the attack, G7 leaders held an urgent meeting to discuss the possible aftermath and how to retaliate more strategically without taking a “military” route. Soon after condemning Iran for such a massive attack, a joint statement was published. “With its actions, Iran has further stepped toward the destabilization of the region and risks provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided,” the statement said.

For now, President Biden has urged Netanyahu to “take the win” and choose a more diplomatic strategy to deal with Iran. As for Iran, its president has clearly said “the attack” was only a response to Israel’s air strike on an Iranian embassy in Syria, and the country is not looking forward to engaging in further warfare with Israel.

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