Iranian Attack

Report: Israel's cabinet suggested attack on Iran; Biden nixed it

The New York Times reported that members of Israel's political-security cabinet suggested attacking Iran as a response to last night's strike. However, US President Biden nixed the idea in a conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Netanyahu and Biden (Photo: Avi Ohayoun, Government Press Office)

A day after Iran's widespread attack against Israel, the New York Times reported today (Sunday) that members of the political-security cabinet proposed a counter strike against the Islamic Republic - but that idea was nixed after US President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

According to the report, based on quotes by two Israeli officials, the reason for canceling the attack is the relatively small damage caused to Israel. However, no further details were given about the conversation between the American President and his Israeli counterpart.

As mentioned, Biden spoke early in the morning with Netanyahu and told him that Israel should see the night's events as a victory in that most of the launches from Iran were intercepted, and the attack was unsuccessful. In addition, he clarified to Netanyahu that the United States opposes an Israeli attack on Iran and will not take part in it. The US fears that such a move will lead to a regional war.

During the night, President Biden made a statement in which he said: "Earlier today, Iran - and its proxies operating from Yemen, Syria and Iraq - launched an unprecedented air attack against military installations in Israel. I condemn these attacks with all my might. At my direction, in order to support the defense of Israel, the The US military sent anti-ballistic missile defense aircraft and destroyers to the region during the past week."

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