Headline RoundupApril 15th, 2024

Biden Tells Netanyahu US Won't Support Counterattack Against Iran

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would not support an Israeli counterattack on Iran.

For Context: Iran launched strikes against Israel early Sunday morning. In total, Iran fired 185 drones, 110 surface-to-surface missiles, and 36 cruise missiles, most of which were shot down by Israel with the help of the United States, United Kingdom, and Jordan. The attack was seemingly a response to a strike on the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria, on April 1, which killed a top Iranian general and six other officers. Israeli officials denied responsibility for the strike, but Iran blamed Israel.

Details: Speaking on the phone with Netanyahu, Biden commended Israel for demonstrating “a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks.” But a senior White House official told Axios (Lean Left bias) that Biden also dissuaded Netanyahu from retaliating against Iran, stating, “You got a win. Take the win.” Biden said the U.S. would not participate in offensive operations against Iran, wary of escalating the conflict.

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the phone call. Fox News (Right bias) focused on Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) reaction to the reports. Rubio accused the White House of leaking details about the phone call to garner support from pro-Palestinian activists within the Democratic Party, stating, “I guess this is part of the White House’s effort to appease them by putting this out proactively.”

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