Despite the White House's objection to Israel's retaliatory actions against Iran, the Jewish state initiated "limited" strikes in the early hours of Friday morning. Reports from Fox News Digital confirm explosions in Isfahan province, where Natanz, a key nuclear facility, is situated, although the extent of the damage is yet unclear.

According to reliable military sources, the strikes were deliberately restrained in scope.

These developments follow President Joe Biden's caution to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasizing that the United States would not participate in any counter-offensive against Iran.

John Kirby, the White House's top national security spokesperson, reiterated the U.S.'s unwavering commitment to assisting Israel in self-defense. However, he emphasized a desire to avoid escalating tensions into full-scale conflict with Iran. Kirby assured that while the U.S. remains dedicated to Israel's defense, it seeks diplomatic solutions over military confrontation.

In a press briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary Major General Pat Ryder reiterated the U.S.'s stance, aligning with John Kirby's remarks, emphasizing a reluctance to escalate tensions in the region. Ryder emphasized the U.S.'s commitment to defending Israel while avoiding broader conflict in the Middle East.

During the Q&A session of the briefing, Ryder emphasized, "We do not seek escalation in the region, but we will not hesitate to defend Israel and protect our personnel." He reiterated the U.S.'s desire to avoid a wider regional war while asserting its readiness to safeguard its forces and allies.

The reports of Israel's "limited strike" against Iran emerged in the aftermath of a retaliatory strike by Iran over the weekend. The escalation follows Iran's retaliation against Israel for its earlier airstrike on Iran's consulate in Syria, which resulted in casualties, including a senior military official.

The tit-for-tat exchanges between Israel and Iran underscore the fragile dynamics in the region, raising concerns about the potential for further escalation and the implications for regional stability. As tensions simmer, diplomatic efforts remain crucial to preventing a broader conflict and preserving peace in the Middle East.