Top U.S. General Urges Iran to Stay Out of Israel Crisis
General Warns Against Iranian Involvement
The United States’ highest-ranking military officer has issued a stern warning to Iran, advising the country to avoid getting entangled in the Israel crisis. General Charles Q. Brown, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, emphasized his desire for the conflict not to escalate further. His comments came as Hezbollah, a Lebanese armed group, launched a barrage of rockets into northern Israel.
White House Accuses Iran
Earlier on Monday, the White House accused Iran of complicity, despite lacking any intelligence or evidence linking the country to direct participation in the attacks by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. When asked about his message for Iran, General Brown bluntly stated, “Not to get involved.”
Escalation on the Israeli-Lebanese Border
The violence has escalated beyond the Israeli-Gaza conflict, spreading to the Israeli-Lebanese border. Israeli shelling in Lebanon resulted in the deaths of at least three Hezbollah militants, while an Israeli officer was killed in a cross-border raid claimed by Palestinians in Lebanon. This border clash represents a significant expansion of hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militants.
A Strong Message to Iran
General Brown expressed the desire to send a strong message to Iran, emphasizing that the United States does not want the conflict to intensify. He stated that it is crucial for Iran to understand this message unequivocally. Brown’s remarks, delivered to a group of reporters accompanying him to Brussels, were his first public comments since assuming the position of Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman last month.
U.S. Support for Israel
In response to the weekend attack by Hamas, the U.S. military is rapidly deploying additional air defenses, munitions, and other security assistance to Israel. The Pentagon also announced the dispatch of an aircraft carrier strike group closer to Israel, signaling strong support. General Brown clarified that this deployment aims to demonstrate support for Israel and serve as a deterrent against further escalation.
Comparison to Islamic State
In drawing parallels, General Brown likened the actions of Hamas to those of Islamic State militants. His experience as the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, has provided him with insight into coalition air operations against the Islamic State.
It is crucial for all parties involved to exercise restraint and seek a peaceful resolution to the Israel crisis. The international community, including the United States, must strive to de-escalate tensions and prevent further bloodshed.