Joe Biden Said Netanyahu: US Won't Join Counteroffensive Against Iran

Recent aerial threats test Israel's defense capabilities significantly.

by Nouman Rasool
Joe Biden Said Netanyahu: US Won't Join Counteroffensive Against Iran
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In a recent statement, President Joe Biden reassured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following Iran's aerial attack this Saturday, emphasizing the minimal impact on valuable targets and confirming that U.S. forces will not join any retaliatory strikes against Iran.

During a Saturday night call, detailed in a White House press release, President Biden applauded Israel's robust defense mechanisms, which successfully intercepted the majority of the several hundred missiles and drones launched in the attack.

This defense showcase affirmed Israel's military might, with Biden highlighting the near-total interception rate as a clear victory for Israeli forces.

U.S. Reinforces Non-Engagement

Moreover, President Biden underscored the U.S.

stance of non-engagement in military offensives against the Islamic Republic. This position was confirmed by a senior U.S. official in discussions with CNN, aligning with the administration's strategy to avoid escalation in the region.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported that they managed to down most of the projectiles before they could reach Israeli soil, a feat achieved with logistical and military support from the United States. President Biden noted that, under his direction, U.S.

military assets, including aircraft and ballistic missile defense destroyers, were strategically deployed around Israel over the past week to bolster its defense capabilities. "These precise deployments and the exceptional skills of our service members played a crucial role in assisting Israel to neutralize the aerial threats," President Biden stated.

Although a few missiles breached Israel's defenses, with one striking an Israeli base, the damage was superficial and resulted in no casualties, as per IDF sources. The collaborative defense effort saw U.S. forces intercepting over 70 drones and three ballistic missiles, engagements primarily handled by two guided missile destroyers stationed in the eastern Mediterranean.

Additionally, U.S. fighter jets were actively involved in defending Israeli airspace against the onslaught. Looking ahead, President Biden announced plans to meet with G7 leaders on Sunday to formulate a cohesive diplomatic strategy in response to Iran's aggressive actions.

He assured that while the current attacks did not target U.S. forces or facilities, vigilance and readiness to respond decisively to any threats remain a top priority for his administration. This diplomatic and defensive stance underscores a commitment to regional stability and the protection of national interests.

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