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Iran’s attack on Israel: IDF chief promises “response”

Hopes for de-escalation were dashed. Israeli Army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi on Monday promised a “response” to Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel during a speech to soldiers at a base hit by the Iranian strike.

Israel “will respond to the launch of so many rockets, cruise missiles and drones into the territory of the State of Israel,” General Halevi said during a visit to the Nevatim base in the south of the country.

The army released a short video showing a shallow crater along the wall caused by an Iranian shell that fell on the military base.

“Whenever we choose”

Speaking at the base shortly afterwards, army spokesman Daniel Hagari said: “We will do whatever is necessary to defend the State of Israel, and we will do it in a manner that is appropriate and expedient.”

Iran fired hundreds of missiles and drones into Israel overnight Saturday in response to a deadly attack on its Damascus consulate attributed to Israel. Almost all of these missiles and drones were intercepted by Israeli air defenses with the help of the US and other allied countries, including France and the UK, as well as Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The operation, called Operation Iron Shield, was carried out as part of a “coalition,” Israel claims.

The same countries, led by the United States, are now concerned about the risk of regional conflict in the event of a direct Israeli response on Iranian soil, in which Washington has made clear it will not participate.

Source: Le Parisien

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