Biden to return to Washington amid Iran threats against Israel

By Thomson Reuters Apr 13, 2024 | 11:59 AM

REHOBOTH BEACH, Delaware (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will return to Washington on Saturday afternoon to consult with his national security team a day after saying that he expects an Iranian attack against Israel “sooner, rather than later.”

Biden cut his weekend trip to Delaware early, the White House said Saturday, to discuss events in the Middle East. Tehran has vowed to retaliate for Israel’s attack on Iran’s embassy compound last week in Damascus that killed a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ overseas Quds Force and six other officers.

On Friday, Biden warned Iran against retaliation even while predicting the attack may be imminent. “We are devoted to the defense of Israel. We will support Israel. We will help defend Israel and Iran will not succeed,” he said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Beech and Joel Schectamn; Editing by Diane Craft)