Israel weighs response to Iranian attacks as international reactions escalate

The Israeli government's determination to address Iran's aggression has sparked a flurry of reactions both domestically and internationally, amplifying concerns over regional stability.
Motorists drive their vehicles past a billboard depicting named Iranian ballistic missiles in service. (Photo: AFP)
Motorists drive their vehicles past a billboard depicting named Iranian ballistic missiles in service. (Photo: AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Israel remains engaged in discussions on how to respond to Iran's recent drone and missile attacks, with international reactions widening as tensions escalate in the region.

Earlier on April 15, the authorities in Tehran urged Western nations to "appreciate Iran's restraint" towards Israel after the barrage of drone and missile attacks in response to a deadly strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus.

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The Israeli government's determination to address Iran's aggression has sparked a flurry of reactions both domestically and internationally, amplifying concerns over regional stability.

At an emergency UN Security Council meeting, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan advocated for stronger sanctions against Iran, emphasizing Israel's right to self-defense. In response, Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Amir Saeid Iravani asserted Iran's need to defend itself against perceived threats.

Domestically, Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government for its handling of security issues, advocating for early elections amidst escalating violence.

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High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell warned of Israel facing dual fronts of conflict, underlining the precarious nature of the situation in the Middle East. French President Emmanuel Macron echoed concerns over regional instability, pledging to work towards de-escalation efforts.

In a similar vein, British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs David Cameron urged Israel to exercise restraint and pursue diplomatic avenues rather than retaliating, cautioning against actions that could undermine Israel's international standing.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz commended Israel's response to the Iranian attack, emphasizing the importance of de-escalation and international cooperation in navigating the crisis.

Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov urged all regional actors to prioritize political and diplomatic resolutions to conflicts, emphasizing the need for self-recognition and peaceful dialogue.

Prior to the drone and missile attack, on Saturday April 13 the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy announced on Saturday that it had intercepted an Israeli cargo ship in the Gulf.

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As Israel contemplates its next steps, the international community closely monitors developments in the region, underscoring the importance of diplomacy and restraint in managing tensions.

The US had reaffirmed its support for Israel prior to the attack, indicating the response to any attack to be “Ironclad”. The US also pointed out the possibility of Iranian proxies to also engage with the attacks.

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Tensions between Israel and Iran have heightened following Iran's recent drone and missile attacks on Israeli territory. The international community is closely monitoring the situation, urging both sides to exercise restraint and pursue diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions in the region.