Israel intercepts with its allies the rain of drones and missiles from Iran: “We will win” | EUROtoday

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After one of the dramatic nights in its historical past on the event of Iran's first direct assault, Israel wakened reopening its airspace whereas on the bottom it debated two strategic ideas and an integral a part of its safety idea: protection and assault. The defensive protect – created on account of the missiles fired by Iraq within the Gulf War in 1991 – far handed the take a look at however the deterrence capability was not sufficient to stop its nice enemy from fulfilling its promise of revenge for Iraq from its personal territory. the dying of seven Revolutionary Guard officers in Damascus two weeks in the past.

While its residents left the shelters and sealed rooms with out realizing in the event that they have been on the finish or the start of an unprecedented escalation, Israel highlighted with delight and satisfaction that “the Iranian threat met with the air and technological superiority of the Army” and praised its defensive methods and fight fighters and that of its companions led by the United States that deployed an nearly hermetic umbrella to repel the unprecedented rain of drones and missiles. A 7-year-old Bedouin lady was severely injured by missile shrapnel within the Negev Desert, and minor injury to the Nevatim air base was the restricted toll of some 330 suicide drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.

The Israeli cupboard is learning the shape and timing of its response considering each the will of its nice ally (the US) for a de-escalation and the continuation of the struggle within the Gaza Strip – which after six months has not managed to dismantle the Islamist group. Hamas didn’t launch 133 kidnapped individuals nonetheless in captivity – and the alternate of blows with the Lebanese Hizbul militia. On the opposite hand, many consider that an Iranian assault of such magnitude can not go unanswered in the identical means that Tehran got here to the conclusion that it ought to react to the assault in opposition to a number of of its Revolutionary Guard leaders within the consulate in Damascus. Israel, which neither confirms nor denies the bombing on April 1, insists that it was not a diplomatic legation.

Tehran's choice to wager for the primary time on hitting Israel straight and never by means of its militias in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Gaza and Yemen locations Israel in a dilemma that the struggle cupboard assembly this Sunday addresses. late. In the early morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Minister Benny Gantz, obtained the facility to determine the time and place of the response with out the necessity for a brand new assembly. The latter asks that it’s time to strengthen the coalition in opposition to Iran, highlighting that “it is not just a problem for Israel but for the entire world.” Ultranationalist minister Bezalel Smotrish, however, calls for an “immediate response so as not to put Israel in existential danger.”

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“We have intercepted, we have stopped. Together we will win,” Netanyahu wrote on the X community early within the morning in a response that contrasts with the attacking nature of his message after the Hamas offensive, which on October 7 launched Israel in an explosive labyrinth with no means out, the Gaza Strip in hell and the area getting ready to the abyss.

In the transcendental phone dialog with Netanyahu, US President Joe Biden beneficial restraint, remembering the success of the neutralizations. In different phrases, it is not going to reply and if it does it will likely be with out American participation. The need to take care of shut cooperation with the United States is prime to understanding the kind of retaliation that Israel decides. The leaders' dilemma is whether or not to prioritize the results of the Iranian assault (failure, in line with the Israelis and Americans) or the intention and precedent of the direct offensive.

The success of the completely different defensive layers (Iron Dome, Jetz, fighter jets, and many others.) provides the cupboard higher calm in choice making since, with out deaths or appreciable injury, there isn’t a urgency and strain to reply. After the pictures of the interceptions, together with the flashes that went viral above the Esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem, the Army spokesman, Daniel Hagari, gave particulars of essentially the most advanced evening for its anti-aircraft protection: “We intercept 99% of threats against Israel. This is a very significant strategic achievement. Of the 170 drones and more than 30 cruise missiles, none penetrated Israeli airspace. Of the more than 120 ballistic missiles, only a few penetrated Israel and fell on the Nevatim base, causing minor damage to the infrastructure without affecting its operation. This Air Force base was one of Iran's major objectives.

According to Hagari, who warned that the use and quantity of the ballistic missile is escalating the situation, he praised the decisive contribution of the US, the United Kingdom and “companions within the area.” In this sense, Jordanian pilots intercepted explosive devices heading to Israel but they did it especially to defend their public space.

Since the last drone launched about 1,700 kilometers away, Iran's message to Israel is that the response “was extra profitable than anticipated” and closes the account opened in Damascus but could be reopened if there is a counter reply. “The retaliation in opposition to the aggressor has been carried out (…) If the Zionist regime or its followers present reckless conduct, they are going to obtain a decisive and far stronger response,” said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, confirming the previous message from the head of the Army Chief of Staff, General Mohamed Bagheri: “Our response shall be rather more forceful than tonight's navy motion if Israel retaliates in opposition to Iran.”

Iran briefly but dramatically deviated from the philosophy of avoiding direct confrontation and relying on the “ring of fireside” promoted by the head of Al Quds Qasem Soleimani. Killed in a selective American attack in Badgad 4 years ago, Soleimani was not able to see the realization of his project: to surround the Jewish State with hundreds of thousands of projectiles and related militias that, if necessary, act simultaneously. Israel, for its part, launched hundreds of attacks against said ring, especially against the shipment of weapons to Hizbul in Syria and secret operations to sabotage or delay the nuclear plan of the country that continues to aspire to the destruction of what it calls a “Zionist entity.” .

Since October 7, Israel has increased the intensity of attacks and the range of Iranian targets in Syria, reaching Brigadier General and head of Al Quds in that country and Lebanon, Mohamed Reza Zahedi, two weeks ago. For Iran it was the red line.