Biden to Netanyahu: Take the Win, We Won’t Support a Counterattack

Iran launched over 300 drones and missiles at Israel overnight. G7 leaders, UN Security Council expected to convene later today

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with members of his national security team on Saturday. Photo: The White House/Handout via REUTERS

The US has been instrumental in thwarting the Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel overnight. But while President Joe Biden has reaffirmed – both by words and by actions – his and his nation’s ironclad commitment to Israel’s safety and security, he is concerned that Israel will act hastily and escalate the situation by retaliating. According to journalist Barak Ravid’s publication on Axios, during the Biden-Netanyahu phone call overnight, the American president told Israel’s prime minister that the US will not support any Israeli counterattack against Iran.

According to an unnamed senior official who spoke with Axios, Biden told Netanyahu that the joint effort by Israel, the US, and other countries led to the failure of the Iranian attack. Out of over 300 drones and missiles launched at Israeli territory, 99% were intercepted.

“You got a win, take the win,” Biden reportedly told Netanyahu, and also said that the US will neither participate in any offensive retaliatory operation against Iran nor support such operations.

As a reminder, Iran claims that its attack is a retaliation for the assassination of a high-ranking Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp’s general in Damascus on April 1st. Although this hit was attributed to Israel, Jerusalem never assumed responsibility.

Today (Sunday), Biden will convene the G7 leaders to coordinate a diplomatic response to Iran’s “brazen attack,” the president said in a statement. The UN Security Council is also expected to convene today, at the request of the Israeli ambassador.


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