Iranian attack on Israel sparks US concern about wider, regional conflict

President Joe Biden has spent the last six months fervently trying to prevent the Middle East from devolving into a regional war. Yet Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel threatens to do exactly that.

His administration maintains that the United States does not seek a direct conflict with Iran and that it will continue to come to Israel’s defense if it is attacked, all the while trying to encourage the Israelis to avoid a wider conflict with Tehran.

“The president, from the beginning of this conflict on Oct. 7, has been steadfast and consistent. We don’t want to see a war with Iran,” National Security Council coordinator John Kirby recently told reporters. “We don’t want to see a broader regional conflict. We will do what we have to do to defend Israel.”

Israeli military spokesman Rear
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