How will Israel respond to Iran’s attack?

16-04-2024 10:21 AM

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi confirmed on Tuesday that "the blind support of some Western countries for the Israeli occupation is a basis for increasing tension in the region."

"Any targeting of our interests will be met with a severe, widespread and painful response against all those involved in it," Raisi stressed.

While the occupation Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, said, "We are leading a political attack against Iran, and sanctions must be imposed on its missile programs and the Revolutionary Guard must be declared a terrorist organization."

"Iran must be stopped immediately before it is too late," Katz added.

How will Israel respond to Iran’s attack?

U.S. officials expect a possible Israeli response to Iran’s attack over the weekend to be limited in scope and most likely involve strikes against Iranian military forces and Iranian-backed proxies outside Iran, four U.S. officials told NBC News.

As Israel was preparing for a possible Iranian attack last week, Israeli officials briefed U.S. officials about possible response options, the U.S. officials said.

The U.S. officials stressed that they have not been briefed on Israel’s final decision about how it will respond and that the options could have changed since the weekend attack. They also said that it is not clear when an Israeli response will happen but that it could happen at any time.

The scenarios briefed about last week regarding possible retaliatory action for the consular strike ranged from a modest attack by Iran to a widespread attack that resulted in Israeli casualties and the destruction of Israeli facilities, the officials said.

The potential Israeli responses ranged from no military action to strikes inside Iran.

Because the Iranian attack did not result in Israeli deaths or widespread destruction, the U.S. officials said, Israel could respond with one of its less aggressive options — strikes outside Iran.

The options could include striking inside Syria, three U.S. officials said. The officials do not expect the response to target senior Iranian officials but to instead strike shipments or storage facilities with advanced missile parts, weapons or components that are sent from Iran to Hezbollah.

The U.S. does not intend to take part in the military response, the officials added. They do expect Israel to share information about the actions with Washington in advance, specifically if it could have negative repercussions for Americans in the region.

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