Sun 14 Apr 2024 8:18 pm - Jerusalem Time

Biden meets with the G7 and discusses the Iranian threat and preventing escalation with Israel

US President Joe Biden met with the G7 advanced on Sunday to coordinate a rebuke of Iran over its unprecedented air attack on Israel, which the US administration deemed “largely unsuccessful” as it sought to prevent a broader regional escalation.

The United States helped Israel shoot down dozens of drones and missiles launched by Tehran, the first time Iran launched a direct military attack on Israel. The Israeli authorities said that 99% of the weapons received were shot down without causing any major damage.

“At my direction, and in order to support Israel’s defense, the US military has transferred ballistic missile defense aircraft and destroyers to the region over the past week,” Biden said in a statement late on Saturday. “Thanks to these deployments and the extraordinary skill of our soldiers, We helped Israel shoot down almost all incoming drones and missiles.”

Biden, in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that night, urged Israel to claim victory for its defensive prowess, as the president aimed to dissuade America's closest ally in the Middle East from launching a larger retaliatory strike against Iran. Biden, according to a senior administration official, told Netanyahu that the United States would not participate in any offensive action against Iran. The official was not authorized to discuss the private conversation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

“I told him that Israel has demonstrated a remarkable ability to defend against and defeat unprecedented attacks, sending a clear message to its enemies that they cannot effectively threaten Israel’s security,” Biden said in his statement.

Biden said that the G7 meeting aims to "coordinate a unified diplomatic response to the brazen Iranian attack."

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, criticized the White House for “leaking to the press” that Biden told Netanyahu to win and not retaliate.

Rubio told CNN's "State of the Union" that it was "part of a White House effort to appease" people demanding a ceasefire in Gaza.


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Biden meets with the G7 and discusses the Iranian threat and preventing escalation with Israel