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Biden tells Netanyahu US won’t support counterattack against Iran: Report

The US president Joe Biden told the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a call yesterday that the US will not support any Israeli counterattack against Iran, Axios has cited a senior White House official as saying.

Biden also told Netanyahu the joint defensive actions by Israel, the US and other countries in the region led to the repelling of the Iranian attack, according to the White House official.

“You got a win. Take the win,” the US president told Netanyahu, according to the official.

The official said that when Biden told Netanyahu that the US would not take in any offensive operations against Iran and would not support such operations, the Israeli prime minister said he understood.

Iran said it carried out the attack in response to an Israeli raid on the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1 and added that the matter can now “be deemed concluded.”

Mohammad Bagheri, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, has warned that an Israeli response to the Iranian military operation would be “much bigger”, according to Tasnim.

The news agency quoted him as saying that the reason for last night’s attack was that Israel had crossed Iran’s red lines.

Bagheri said Iran conveyed a message to the US through the Swiss embassy that if it participated “in further aggressive Zionist moves through its bases or military assets across the region, and this is proven to us, its bases and assets and personnel in the region will have no security”.

He added: “We will see it as aggressor as well and react accordingly.”

Israel says more than 300 drones and missiles launched at it from Iran, Iraq and Yemen, adding that the vast majority of them have been intercepted.

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