June 07, 2024

Following Iran’s attack on Israel on April 13, itself a response to an Israeli strike on an Iranian consulate, Israel was clear a response would be required. That night, Joe Biden talked down Benjamin Netanyahu from launching an immediate response, warning him that America would not support or join in any offence against Iran. For some “doves” in the Israeli government, the risk of all-out war with Iran was simply too great. Mr Netanyahu has now done what Mr Biden, other G7 leaders and the UN warned him not to do. Until now, the importance of Israel’s relationship with the US has restricted Mr Netanyahu from what may be his instinct to fight as hard as possible against Iran and its proxies.

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