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Biden Told Israel ‘We Won’t Support’ Counterattack: Is It Serious?

April 14, 2024 (EIRNS)—In Axios’ report, like those repeated on all U.S. media on Sunday, April 14, “President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a call on Saturday that the U.S. won’t support any Israeli counterattack against Iran, a senior White House official told Axios.”

Biden’s reported remonstrance to Netanyahu—also supposedly advising him, “You got a win. Take the win,” referring to the Israeli/U.S. interception of nearly all Iran’s launches—was probably as duplicitous as all of the President’s previous claims to be restraining Israel.

The Biden Administration did support Israel’s April 1 bombing and destruction of Iran’s diplomatic consulate in Damascus, Syria, by refusing even to acknowledge that it was an Iranian diplomatic facility. National Security Communications Advisor Adm. John Kirby refused again on an April 14 “Face the Nation” interview to acknowledge that Israel “started it” with the bombing of Iran’s consulate. Moreover, last night the United States defended Israel’s April 1 provocation bombing, with reconnaissance, a U.S. fighter wing, shipboard air defenses, etc. which coordinated with Israel’s defenses in shooting down Iranian drones and missiles. Moreover, U.S. support for Israel’s “defending itself” after each of its provocations, is “ironclad,” as this was repeated again by Kirby and by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin in their Sunday morning statements.

Netanyahu could now feel positively encouraged to move on to Israel’s next provocation against Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, or other regional nations. Such provocative attacks require no American support to carry them out, and then receive “ironclad” U.S. “defense.”

One can compare how Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insisted, publicly, that U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s vague hand-waving about the Ecuadorian security forces’ April 5 attack on Mexico’s embassy, be replaced by an actual American government denunciation. Had Iran seen America and its “allies and partners” actually denounce Israel’s April 1 bombing of its consulate, it would have had possible political/diplomatic cover for not responding militarily. As it was, these “allies and partners” of Israel gave Iran no choice but to declare itself open to unlawful attacks, or counterattack.