In a statement on Saturday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the US “strongly supports” Israel’s right to defend itself. Nauert also said her country “is deeply concerned” about the recent escalation along Israel’s norther border and emphasized that the US will continue to act against Iran’s attempt to establish itself throughout the Middle East.

Israeli soldiers near the scene of the F-16 crash

Israeli soldiers near the scene of the F-16 crash Photo Credit: Flash 90

Spokesperson for the US Department of State Heather Nauert said in a statement on Saturday that her country supports Israel’s right to defend itself amid the recent developments along the northern border. Nauert addressed Iran’s ambition to establish throughout the region and emphasized that the US “calls for an end” to the Iranian threat.

“The United States is deeply concerned about today’s escalation of violence over Israel’s border and strongly supports Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself,” read the statement. “Iran’s calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the‎ region — from Yemen to Lebanon — at risk. The US continues to push back on the totality of Iran’s malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability.”

As previously reported by JOL, the Pentagon released a statement concerning of the recent escalation along Israel’s northern border on Saturday. “Israel is our closest security partner in the region and we fully support Israel’s inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people,” said Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway in a statement. “We share the concerns of many throughout the region that Iran’s destabilizing activities that threaten international peace and security, and we seek greater international resolve in countering Iran’s malign activities.”