Friday, March 1, 2024

Israeli PM discusses Iran, Russia with Biden

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held a phone call with US President Joe Biden and discussed a range of issues including Iran and Russia-Ukraine tensions.

“The President thanked the Prime Minister for his invitation to visit Israel and said he looks forward to a visit later this year,” the White House announced in a statement about the call.  

During the call, the leaders also “discussed the recent US operation against the Daesh leader in northwestern Syria and the ongoing US commitment to protect the American people and support the defense of its partners across the Middle East region.” 

The White House’s statement also added that Biden also voiced “his administration’s full support for replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome system”.  

The leaders also spoke about the potential for Russian aggression against Ukraine and other matters including “the threat posed by Iran and its proxies.”   

KAN has recently reported a US military official was present during an Israeli simulated drill preparing for an assault on Iranian nuclear facilities using dozens of warplanes. 

Held in mid-January, the classified exercise envisioned a “massive” strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and played out multiple scenarios, including mid-air refueling, responding to anti-aircraft munitions, and performing long-range attacks. An unnamed US Air Force officer allegedly attended the drill as an observer, the outlet added, noting that the official’s presence was unusual for this type of exercise. 

Tehran says Israel is well aware of Iran’s capabilities and capacities and its own limited capabilities as well as the fact that the Islamic Republic does not compromise or joke about its national security. 

In late December, Iran simulated an attack on the Zionist regime’s nuclear facilities known as Dimona during extensive military drills. 

Iran has stressed that the recent wargames were intended to send a warning to Israel. 

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami stated after the exercises that Iran will cut off the hands of enemies if they make a wrong move and that the distance between actual operations and military exercises is only a change in the angle of launching the missiles. 

Major General Mohammad Bagheri has also noted the exercise made it clear that Israel’s Iron Dome system can be defeated and penetrated if a barrage of missiles is fired from different directions at a target at once. 

The top Iranian general described the drill as one of Iran’s most successful military exercises. 

Iran’s ballistic missiles have a range of 2,000 km and the entire occupied Palestine and US bases in the region are within their reach.

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