U.S. to Israel: Go Alone in Potential Retaliation against Iran"

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In a significant development amidst rising tensions in the Middle East, the United States has conveyed to Israel that it would not directly participate in any potential offensive military actions against Iran.

 This message was delivered privately to Israeli officials following Iran's recent attacks over the weekend, as reported by ABC News.

The Biden administration's stance marks a departure from the traditional close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, which has historically received substantial military aid and support.

 With Israel increasingly acting independently, particularly in its operations in Gaza, the U.S. has opted to distance itself from offensive military endeavors against Iran, citing concerns over the escalation of conflict in the region.

A senior administration official emphasized Israel's right to self-defense, reiterating longstanding policy, but made it clear that the U.S. would not partake in offensive military operations.

 This position was underscored in a private phone call between U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, where the U.S. reiterated its support for Israel's defense while signaling its reluctance to join any potential counteroffensive.

Iran's attack on Israel late Saturday, purportedly in retaliation for a military strike in Syria attributed to Israel, escalated tensions further. The attack, initially thought to involve a limited number of ballistic missiles, surprised U.S. officials with intelligence suggesting a larger-scale preparation by Iran. The attack targeted Israeli air bases, resulting in damage to infrastructure, including a C-130 transport aircraft at the Nevatim Air Base.

Despite the lack of significant damage at the Negev Air Base, the attack underscores the volatile situation in the region and the challenges faced by both Israel and the United States in navigating the complex geopolitical landscape of the Middle East.


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