President Biden
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US President Joe Biden warned that America could be drawn into the conflict in the Middle East if Iran escalates its attacks against the State of Israel.

In an Op Ed published in the Wall Street Journal calling for Congress to approve aid for both Ukraine and Israel, Biden wrote, "Both Ukraine and Israel defended themselves against these attacks, holding the line and protecting their citizens. And both did it with critical help from the US."

Calling this a "pivotal moment," he stated that "while both countries can capably defend their own sovereignty, they depend on American assistance, including weaponry, to do it."

"Both Ukraine and Israel are under attack by brazen adversaries that seek their annihilation," he said, noting that Iran seeks the destruction of the State of Israel.

He warned that a Russian victory over Ukraine would threaten America's NATO allies, and that "if Iran succeeds in significantly escalating its assault on Israel, the US could be drawn in."

Biden added that while he has concerns over the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, the aid he is seeking to have approved is meant to secure Israel's long-term security needs and maintain its qualitative military edge over its enemies, such as Iran.

"There are moments in history that call for leadership and courage. This is one of them," Biden concludes.