But the pace of attacks and escalations in recent days appears to be gaining its own deadly momentum, fueling fears of further rising tensions. It was the latest attack by Iranian proxy groups against US forces in Syria or Iraq that are engaged in anti-terror operations. This came after intense fighting erupted in Gaza between Israeli troops and Hamas forces following days of US calls for a less intense phase in the conflict. Netanyahu had earlier visited troops in Gaza and declared a “long fight” lay ahead. That is a scenario that the United States, and Biden especially, cannot allow to become a long-term reality.