The escalating tensions between Israel and Hamas could potentially involve the United States, warned Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Amir-Abdollahian accused the United States of facilitating what he termed as a “genocide” in Palestine, emphasizing that the U.S. would not remain unaffected if the situation worsens.
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In his address, Amir-Abdollahian stated, “It is clear to international observers that the current conflict in the region is being exacerbated by U.S. involvement. The United States’ military and political support in what is perceived as acts of aggression against the Palestinian people places them in a precarious position should hostilities intensify.”
The U.S. administration, led by President Joe Biden, has reaffirmed its unwavering support for Israel, evidenced by the proposed $14 billion military aid package. Concurrently, the U.S. has increased its military presence in the Middle East, including deploying two aircraft carrier groups, F-16 fighter jets, air defense systems, and personnel, following the unexpected offensive by Hamas on October 7. This military buildup, according to U.S. officials, is aimed at deterring Iranian involvement in the conflict, whether directly or through proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon. Tehran, however, argues that the overt support of the U.S. for Israel only heightens the risk of escalation.
Amir-Abdollahian criticized the U.S. for its heavy military support to Israel in contrast to what he described as inadequate humanitarian assistance to Gaza. “The disproportionate response of providing extensive military support to Israel while offering minimal humanitarian aid to Gaza is deeply troubling. If the U.S. and Israel do not cease what are perceived as crimes against humanity, the region faces a heightened risk of unpredictable and potentially uncontrollable events,” he asserted.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, the Iranian Foreign Minister expressed concerns over the potential consequences of an Israeli ground operation in Gaza, which has been under preparation for some time. He warned that such an action could lead to the opening of multiple fronts in the conflict, further destabilizing the region.