The U.S. government is actively contemplating the use of military force should Hezbollah, the Lebanese organization backed by Iran, escalate its conflict with Israel.
This stance was reportedly communicated by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in discussions with Arab leaders according to Axios.
Recent meetings at the White House have focused on the potential for U.S. military intervention if Hezbollah becomes more involved in hostilities against Israel.
According to Axios, the discussions have been serious and detailed, considering the scale of Hezbollah's potential attacks and Israel's capability to counter them.
President Joe Biden has consistently voiced his apprehensions about the escalation of conflict in the region. He has issued multiple warnings to Israel's adversaries, cautioning them against any actions that could lead to war.
In a show of commitment, the U.S. has deployed two aircraft carrier strike groups and additional fighter jets near Israel. Pentagon Deputy Spokeswoman Sabrina Singh announced that 2,000 troops are on standby for possible deployment to the Middle East.
These forces would bolster Israel's air defense and enhance logistics, reconnaissance, and medical services in the region.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been actively communicating the U.S.'s stance to Arab leaders. He reportedly emphasized that the U.S. is "not joking" about its willingness to use force, highlighting the gravity of the situation and the U.S.'s resolve.
The U.S. administration's preparations and diplomatic efforts indicate a serious commitment to supporting Israel should the conflict with Hezbollah escalate. The situation remains tense as the U.S. continues to monitor developments closely.