A Right to Self-Defense

The recent attack on Israel by Iran has once again brought to light the ongoing tensions in the Middle East and the threat posed by the Iranian regime to not only Israel but also to U.S. interests and regional stability. In response to this attack, the United States must stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel in recognizing its right to self-defense against a hostile Islamist dictatorship.

Iran has long been a destabilizing force in the region, supporting terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthi rebels and threatening the security of its neighbors, including Israel. The recent attack on Israel is just one example of Iran’s aggression and disregard for international norms and agreements. The U.S. must support Israel in defending itself against such threats.

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The Iron Dome intercepts Iranian missiles over Israel on April 13, 2024.

Showing Support

One way in which the U.S. can show its support for Israel is by deploying additional missile defenses to defend Israel and other U.S. allies from Iranian missile attacks. This not only helps to protect Israel from potential attacks but also sends a strong message to Iran that such actions will not be tolerated.

Furthermore, the U.S. should hold more frequent missile defense exercises with Israel and other nations in the region to ensure that they are prepared to defend against any potential threats. By working with the region’s allies, the U.S. can strengthen its collective defense capabilities and deter future aggression from Iran.

In addition, the U.S. must draw a clear line with Tehran that any action to disrupt Arab oil production in the Persian Gulf or attacks on American targets will not be tolerated. This could include preventing Iranian oil from being exported through a naval blockade and cutting off Iranian support to countries like China, Russia, and North Korea.

Actions Must Have Consequences

If necessary, the U.S. should be prepared to take military action against Iran, including bombing military targets in Iran and its proxy groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthi rebels. This sends a strong message to Iran that its actions will have consequences and help to deter future aggression.

Finally, the U.S. should use its veto power in the Security Council to ensure that any resolution regarding Iran acknowledges its provocations and continued defiance of U.N. resolutions. By standing up to Iran on the international stage, the U.S. can show its commitment to supporting its allies in the region and maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East.

In conclusion, the recent attack on Israel by Iran underscores the need for the U.S. to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel in the face of Iranian aggression. By recognizing Israel’s right to self-defense, deploying additional missile defenses, holding joint exercises with allies, drawing clear lines with Tehran, taking military action if necessary, and using diplomatic channels to address Iran’s provocations, the U.S. can demonstrate its commitment to standing up to threats in the region and maintaining stability.