Israeli war cabinet delays decision on Iran retaliation

A third Israeli war cabinet meeting, which was meant to take place on April 16, was postponed amid recent tensions between the country and Iran, Reuters reported.

The cabinet, formed just days after Hamas’ unprecedented rampage on October 7, consists of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer, Ministers Benny Gantz, Gadi Eizenkot and Aryeh Dari who are all set to discuss a response to Iran directly launching 300 missiles and drones into the country in the early hours of April 14. 

A meeting on the issue is expected to take place in the days to come. 

Military chief of staff Herzi Halevi said shortly after the first ever direct attack from Iran into Israel that it would be “met with a response” but refused to specify what said response would entail. 

Thanks to the highly equipped Israeli Air Force who gunned down Iranian strikes, minimal damage was caused and the only reported casualty was a seven-year-old boy in the south, who was severely injured after being struck by shrapnel. 

READ: Biden warns Israel that US will not assist with Iran conflict

Israel struck the first blow on April 1, bombing the Iranian embassy in Damascus and killing several Iranian military men. 

President Joe Biden told his Israeli counterpart on April 14 that the United States, Israel’s biggest ally, would not take part in an Israeli counter-offensive. 

Washington has instead ramped up economic and political sanctions against Iran in an attempt to steer Israel away from massive retaliation. 

The US recognises Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, since 2019, as well as Iranian proxies Hamas and Hezbollah. 

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote to 32 countries, calling on them to follow the United States’ lead in slapping sanctions on the country. 

Reuters

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