President Biden In 45-Minute Phone Call With Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu Stops Planned War Against Hezbollah In Lebanon


December 23, 2023

Daily Mail reports that sources familiar with the phone call said that President Biden urged Netanyahu to abort Israel’s mission to strike against Hezbollah forces in Lebanon to prevent an all-out

The United States President, Joe Biden, in a 45-minute call with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, convinced him to abort strikes on Hezbollah in Lebanon days after the October 7 terror attack on Israel by Hamas from Palestine.
Daily Mail reports that sources familiar with the phone call said that President Biden urged Netanyahu to abort Israel’s mission to strike against Hezbollah forces in Lebanon to prevent an all-out Middle East war.
It was reported that the pre-emptive strike was set to take place in the days after Hamas launched a terror attack at the Supernova music festival in Israel.
Israeli warplanes were in the air and ready to go when Biden spoke to Netanyahu on October 11.
Biden reportedly pleaded with Netanyahu to think about the consequences of the drastic action – and his convincing worked as Israel did not go ahead with the planned attack. 
The phone call, which hadn’t been reported until now, is said to have set a pattern for U.S. efforts to de-escalate conflict in the Middle East.
The Biden administration has been relentlessly trying to prevent expansion of the ongoing Israeli-Hamas war along Israel’s Northern border with Lebanon.
Israeli forces engage in war fire with fighters from the Iran-backed Shiite militant group, Hezbollah and Palestinian militants along the border on a daily basis. 
The White House’s efforts to de-escalate the conflict in October included sending two aircraft carrier strike groups to the eastern Mediterranean, followed by a nuclear submarine. 
Biden and his administration received a heads up about Israel’s plan to launch a pre-emptive strike on the morning of October 11 – when Israeli forces urgently notified the White House that they thought Hezbollah was going to attack.
Daily Mail further reports that U.S. officials said that Israel begged for American support.
The Wall Street Journal was said to have reported that “Biden’s top intelligence, military and national security advisers—including CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs CQ Brown – convened later that morning for a principal’s committee meeting to discuss Israel’s proposed plans and determined that U.S. intelligence didn’t correspond with Israel’s.”
Amos Hochstein has been leading the White House’s efforts to ease tensions at the Israeli-Lebanese border.
The American-Israeli businessman, diplomat and lobbyist has been bouncing between Washington, Beirut and Jerusalem to try and end fighting diplomatically. 
It was also reported that the French government has been involved in peace efforts – pushing Lebanon to abide by U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 which calls for Hezbollah to pull their forces out of Southern Lebanon and remove themselves at least 18 miles from Israel’s border. 
Lebanese militia have launched at least 200 hits on Israel in their attacks which have left 10 dead, including seven soldiers. 
Israel responded with almost 1,000 strikes inside Southern Lebanon which have killed over 120 Hezbollah soldiers and 10 Lebanese civilians, The Wall Street Journal reported. 
Israel is said to have continued to threaten Hezbollah with more intense attacks on Lebanon if their soldiers do not stand down.
Five days ago it was reported that Israel was planning to invade Lebanon to push Hezbollah back from its northern border, according to reports, amid a barrage of rocket attacks since the war in Gaza broke out and fears that the terror group is “worse than Hamas”.
After weeks of exchanging cross-border fire, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are said to be keen to launch a ground offensive into southern Lebanon which would aim to push the terror group north past the Litani River.
Military and government officials in Israel have said they are determined to prevent a repeat of the October 7 invasion from Gaza, with warnings that the scale of a Hezbollah raid could be even more deadly than the massacre of 1,200 people.

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