The Israeli military chief, Lieutenant General Herzi Halevi, said the drone and missile attack conducted by Iran over the weekend will be met with a response from Israel, but did not provide details on when or in what capacity.

Previously, Biden and other Western leaders had been urging Israel to accept the counteroffensive success and refrain from responding to Iran with force.

The Israeli military claimed that 99 percent of the aircraft sent by Iran were intercepted, but Iran considers its attack a success.

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As Valuetainment previously reported, Iran launched a swarm of suicide drones, followed by a barrage of missiles, towards Israel in retaliation for a bombing at the Iranian embassy in Syria that eliminated several high-profile members of Iran’s military.

In a statement issued after a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden reaffirmed “America’s ironclad commitment to the security of Israel,” condemning the attacks by Iran “and its proxies operating out of Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.”

Biden later clarified on Sunday that the US will not participate in any Israeli counteroffensives against Iran. According to White House National Security spokesman John Kirby, the US remains committed to Israel, but is unwilling to provoke direct conflict with Iran. Additionally, Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone that the US will not support an Israeli retaliatory attack. “You got a win. Take the win,” Biden reportedly told Netanyahu, according to a senior White House official.

Meanwhile, a writer for the Wall Street Journal said Israel owed its counteroffensive win to Western and Arab allies. US, British, and Jordanian air forces shot down the majority of Iran’s drones before they reached Israel. This raises the question, argues the author, of whether Israel would be able to hold its weight in a full-scale war with surprise attacks—which Saturday manifestly was not, as Iran issued a warning before it sent its fleet.

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics and business for VT and a regular guest on The Unusual Suspects. Follow Shane’s work here.

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