UPDATED 8:29 AM PT — Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging neighboring countries to support the U.S. against Iran’s mounting aggression. Netanyahu made his plea Tuesday, during an event marking the one-year anniversary of Israel’s U.S. Embassy moving to Jerusalem.
This comes after Washington deployed an aircraft carrier and a number of jets to the region on Monday to counter recent threats made by Tehran.
During his speech, the prime minister called on all surrounding nations in the region to unite against the Iranian threat:
“There is a new efflorescence, a new renaissance of relations between us and many of our Arab neighbors and many non-Arab Muslim countries. Many more than you can count, and it’s true that we are united in our desire to stop Iranian aggression. And I believe that Israel and all the countries of the region and all the countries who seek peace in the world should stand together with the United States against Iranian aggression.”
On Tuesday, both Iran and the U.S. made it clear they do not want the growing tensions to escalate to war.