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In effort 'to deter hostile actions against Israel' by Iran and Hezbollah, US dispatches 2nd aircraft carrier to Mediterranean

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in the Atlantic Ocean on March 3, 2021. (Photo: US Navy)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced on Saturday that Washington is dispatching a second aircraft carrier, the USS Eisenhower, to the Eastern Mediterranean “to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas’s attack.”

In an official statement, Austin said the United States has an “ironclad commitment to Israel’s security and our resolve to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war.”

While not mentioning any specific actors, the military dispatch is widely seen as a warning to the Iranian regime and its Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah against attacking Israel from the north while it is fighting against Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

The USS Eisenhower warship convoy will join the USS Ford aircraft carrier that was sent earlier in an effort by Washington to prevent the Gaza war from expanding throughout the Middle East region.

America is Israel’s closest ally and the Biden administration has rallied behind the Jewish state and defended its right to self-defense against the atrocities committed by the Hamas terror organization.

During his recent visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed that the United States will always support Israel.

“The message that I bring to Israel is this: You may be strong enough on your own to defend yourself, but as long as America exists, you will never, ever have to. We will always be there by your side. That’s the message that President Biden delivered to the prime minister from the moment that this crisis began,” Blinken vowed.

The top U.S. diplomat also blasted many in the international community for failing to condemn the unprecedented terror attack against Israeli civilians, which claimed the lives of 1,300 Israeli men, women and children.

“There is no excuse, there is no justification for these atrocities,” Blinken said. “This is, this must be, a moment for moral clarity,” he added.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan failed to condemn the Hamas massacre of civilians on Oct. 7. Instead, the Turkish leader blasted Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense actions against Hamas as “shameful.”

Erdoğan repeated his false accusation that Israel bombs civilians in Gaza.

“Bombing civilian sites, killing civilians, blocking humanitarian aid and trying to present these as achievements are the acts of an organization and not a state,” he said.

Israel Defense Forces are, in fact, striking Hamas military targets while seeking to minimize civilian casualties. Hamas, however, is reportedly using Gazan civilians as human shields while murdering Israeli civilians, a double war crime.

The Turkish leader’s false statement about Israel's military operations comes after Turkey, itself, recently bombed civilian and military targets in northeast Syria in its war against Kurdish militants.

Meanwhile, the Iranian ayatollah regime that supports Hamas threatened the Jewish state with “consequences” if it did not stop its military operation against the terror group that operates in the Gaza Strip.

“If the Israeli apartheid’s war crimes & genocide are not halted immediately, the situation could spiral out of control & ricochet far-reaching consequences—the responsibility of which lies with the UN, the Security Council & the states steering the Council toward a dead end,” Iran’s permanent UN mission wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

The Iranian ayatollah regime openly calls for Israel’s destruction and has invested considerable resources in its terror proxies Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad along Israel’s northern and southern borders.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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