Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on the international community to support the United States against Iran, after tensions between the two countries escalated due to Iran’s shooting down of a US drone, writes the Jerusalem Post.
“Over the past 24 hours, Iran has intensified its aggression against the United States and against all of us. And I repeat my call to all peace-loving countries – support the United States in its efforts to stop Iranian aggression, Israel stands by the United States.” Netanyahu said in his statement.
US President Donald Trump said Iran had made a “big mistake” by shooting down a US military drone which, according to Tehran, was on a spy mission over its territory. The incident has spread fears of a broader military conflict in the Middle East.
Asked how the United States will react, Trump told reporters: “You will find out.”
Last month, an Israeli minister warned of a possible direct or indirect Iranian attack on Israel if the situation between Tehran and Washington escalates further.
A spokesman for the Israeli military has stated that Trump’s statement has not changed the military’s readiness.
US Security Adviser John Bolton will meet with Netanyahu in Israel on June 23.