Biden says the US will do everything to protect Israel after threats from Iran

US President Joe Biden sent a firm message to Iran, whose authorities have repeated their intention to retaliate against Israel after an airstrike on its consulate in Damascus that killed several senior military officers earlier this month.

With this, during a press briefing on Wednesday (10) that marked the visit of Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, to the White House, Biden stated that “our commitment to Israel’s security against these threats from Iran and its representatives are firm. I say it again: We will do everything we can to protect Israel’s security,” he declared.

In addition, Biden also commented on developments in the Middle East and reinforced support for a ceasefire to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and defended an agreement to release Israeli hostages still held by Hamas.

It is worth remembering that long-standing tensions between China and its neighbors will be in the spotlight this Thursday when the leaders of the United States, Japan and the Philippines meet at the White House to respond to Beijing’s increasing pressure on Manila in the disputed South China Sea.

Without naming any specific country, Kishida said that “unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force or coercion are absolutely unacceptable, wherever,” adding that the country will continue to resolutely respond against such actions through cooperation with allies and like-minded nations.