Israel’s military Chief of Staff vows retaliation following Iranian missile strike, Biden affirms U.S. support for regional stability

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Herzi Halevi

16th April 2024 – (Tel Aviv) Israel’s military Chief of Staff, Herzi Halevi, has issued a stern warning in response to Iran’s recent missile and drone assault, declaring that the attack “will be met with a response.” In a video statement released on Monday, Halevi refrained from specifying the timing or magnitude of the anticipated retaliation, leaving the details shrouded in uncertainty.

Simultaneously, U.S. President Joe Biden has reaffirmed his administration’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security amid escalating regional tensions. Speaking from the Oval Office alongside the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, President Biden emphasised the U.S. dedication not only to Israel’s defence but also to the broader objective of containing the conflict.

“The United States is committed to Israel’s security. We’re committed to a ceasefire that will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from spreading beyond what it already has,” stated Biden. This marked his first public commentary following the extensive Iranian retaliatory attack against Israel on Saturday—an assault largely neutralized by Israeli and U.S. defensive measures.

The Iranian offensive comes as a significant escalation in the region, prompting fears of a broader conflict. The Biden administration, keen on averting a full-scale regional war, has been actively engaging in diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions and stabilise the situation.

President Biden also highlighted the critical nature of the U.S.-Iraq partnership during his talks with Prime Minister al-Sudani, asserting, “We’re also committed to the security of our personnel and partners in the region, including Iraq.” This statement highlights an overarching U.S. strategy aimed at safeguarding its interests and those of its allies in the volatile Middle East landscape.