The Biden administration sent a clear message to Iran on Tuesday about how the United States would respond to any attack on American forces in the Middle East.
The Pentagon said Iran-backed proxies have launched at least six confirmed attacks on U.S. military sites in Iraq and Syria over the past week, injuring 24 U.S. service members.
At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the United States would respond to provocations by Iran which arms Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen.
“The United States is not seeking conflict with Iran. We do not want this war to expand. But if Iran or its proxies attack American personnel anywhere, make no mistake, we “We will defend our people. We will defend our security quickly and decisively,” he added. “Blinken said.
Blinken also called on all countries to send a common message to any state or non-state actor that might consider opening another front in the conflict against Israel or that might target Israel’s partners, including the United States, Reuters reported.
“We urge members to go further – to make clear that if Iran or its proxies expand this conflict and put more civilians at risk, you – you – will hold them accountable,” he said. “Pretend the security and stability of the entire region and beyond are at stake, because that is indeed the case.”
“Palestinian civilians are not responsible for the carnage committed by Hamas,” Blinken told the 15-member council. “Palestinian civilians must be protected. This means Hamas must stop using them as human shields.”
“It is difficult to imagine an act of greater cynicism,” he added.
Iran’s U.N. ambassador, Amir Iravani, later accused Blinken of “wrongly” trying to blame Iran for the Hamas attack, saying the Islamic Republic was committed to peace and to regional security and calling for an immediate ceasefire.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi later told media outside the meeting that the threat of war spreading posed a “real danger.”
“We are all doing everything we can to stop this. There is a threat of expansion in the West Bank, in Lebanon, on other fronts. None of us want that, we are all working against it,” he said. he declares.
The United States is pushing for the adoption of a resolution that would condemn Hamas attacks in Israel and violence against civilians, and reaffirm Israel’s right to self-defense.
As CBN News reported, the United States has already deployed two carrier strike groups, including an amphibious assault group numbering 2,500 Marines, to the region to deter Iran and all its proxies amid the risks of a expanded war develops.
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Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki demanded an end to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, under the full control of the Hamas terrorist group.
Israel has constantly warned civilians to move to safe areas and evacuate dangerous places. But Hamas continues to launch rockets and hide its weapons among the civilian population, while digging terrorist tunnels under civilian infrastructure. In some cases, Hamas reportedly prevented civilians from evacuating the war zone, using them as human shields to gain international sympathy. Tragically, many Palestinian civilians have become victims as Israel attempts to target Hamas terrorists.
At the UN Security Council meeting, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen rejected calls for “proportionality” in the country’s response to the surprise massacre of civilians by Hamas on October 7, which left 1,400 Israelis dead, including 33 Americans, and thousands injured. In addition, more than 220 Israelis remain hostages to Palestinian terrorists.
“Tell me, what is the proportionate response to the killing of babies, to the rape and burning of women, to the beheading of a child?” asked Cohen. “How can you agree to a ceasefire with someone who has sworn to kill and destroy your own existence?”
He told the Council that the proportionate response to the October 7 massacre is “a total destruction of the last Hamas,” calling the extremist group “the new Nazis.” He stressed: “Israel not only has the right to destroy Hamas. It is our duty.”
Cohen called the October 7 attacks “a wake-up call to the entire free world” against extremism, and he urged “the civilized world to unite behind Israel to defeat Hamas.”
He warned that today it is Israel, but that tomorrow Hamas and its radical allies “will be at everyone’s doorstep”, starting with the West.