Israel Mulls Response After Iran's Drone and Missile Strike

Israel Mulls Response After Iran's Drone and Missile Strike

Israel's war cabinet convened Monday to deliberate on how to respond to Iran's recent drone and missile assault, which marked a significant escalation in tensions. Details of the meeting have yet to be released.

In the wake of the attack, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi assured that the aggression would not go unanswered. "We will do whatever is necessary to protect the state of Israel," an IDF spokesperson added, noting that actions would be taken on their terms and timing.

The attack on Israel, which involved over 300 drones and missiles, was described by Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as a defensive measure. He warned that Iran would continue to defend its interests.

The international response has been swift, with global leaders calling for restraint. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and other leaders are seeking a balanced approach to prevent further escalation. The G7 nations, led by Italy, are considering coordinated sanctions against Iran.

In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized the need for calm to avoid further regional instability. Similarly, White House spokesperson John Kirby highlighted the failure of Iran's attack to cause significant damage, thanks to robust air defenses.

Iran's strike comes as a reprisal for an Israeli airstrike on its embassy in Damascus. Despite the tense situation, Iran has indicated it does not seek further escalation.

Israel's advanced military capabilities were evident as its air defenses successfully intercepted the majority of the incoming threats. Israel boasts a sophisticated arsenal, including the latest F-35 stealth jets, contrasting with Iran's reliance on missiles and drones, which lack advanced air defense systems.

As the situation unfolds, Israel continues to evaluate its options to deliver a decisive but measured response to Iran's unprecedented aggression.

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