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Biden Begins Pressuring Israel To Minimize Response To Unprecedented Iranian Attack: Reports
WASHINGTON, DC April 12, 2024: US President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the National Action Network 2024 Convention in the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington, DC on Friday, April 12, 2024.
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President Joe Biden has already reportedly started to pressure Israel to minimize their response to the unprecedented attack that it faced on Saturday when the Islamic Republic of Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones at the country.

Two Israeli officials told The New York Times that Iran launched 185 one-way suicide drones, 110 surface-to-surface missiles, and 36 cruise missiles.

Dana Stroul, formerly the Pentagon’s top Middle East policy official who is now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said that whatever Iran’s goal was for this attack, it fell “well short of that objective.”

“Given how significant this attack was, it is difficult to see how Israel cannot respond,” Stroul added.

U.S. officials have asked that Israel notify the U.S. before launching any kind of military response, CNN reported. This is the first time that Iran has ever directly attacked the Jewish state.

CNN added that the Biden administration was urging the Israelis to have “containment in mind” rather than escalating the attacks, even though the administration told the network that they viewed Iran’s attack as “disproportionate” to Israel killing the Iranian general.

The report said that Biden was focused on “preventing a full-scale regional conflict from erupting.”


Israel’s security cabinet authorized the country’s three-man war cabinet — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, and Benny Gantz — to decide the country’s response to the Iranian attack.

NBC News reported that the Biden administration was “concerned” that Israel could launch a warranted military response “without thinking through potential fallout afterward.”

The report said that Biden “has privately expressed concern” that Netanyahu could get the U.S. involved in a war in the Middle East, which comes after Biden relaxed sanctions enforcement on Iran, allowing the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism to make $80 billion in oil revenues.

“I don’t think they had a strategy,” a senior Biden administration official said of Israel’s decision last week to kill an Iranian general who was involved in helping Hamas plan and execute its October 7 massacre on Israel.

The Biden official continued to throw Israel under the bus, claiming: “The Israelis don’t always make the best strategic decisions.”

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