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When will Israel respond to Iran's attack: Minister's response

When will Israel respond to Iran's attack: Minister's response Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (photo: Getty Images)

Israel will respond to Iran's attack when the time comes. For now, the country must strengthen the "strategic alliance and regional cooperation" that allowed it to withstand yesterday's Iranian attack, says Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

"Iran is a global problem, it is a regional challenge and it is also a danger to Israel, and yesterday, the world clearly stood together with Israel in the face of the danger. Israel against Iran, the world against Iran – this is the result. This is a strategic achievement, which we must leverage for Israel’s security," he says.

Gantz noted that the strategic alliance and the system of regional cooperation that Israel has built and which has withstood a serious test need to be strengthened now.

"Israel proved yesterday that it is an anchor of military and technological power, and an anchor of security in the Middle East,” he continued.

The minister also emphasized that Israel will respond to Iran for yesterday's attack.

"Faced with the threat of Iran – we will build a regional coalition and exact the price from Iran, in the way and at the time that suits us. And most importantly – in the face of the desire of our enemies to harm us, we will unite and become stronger," Gantz added.

He also noted that Israel has not yet fulfilled all of its tasks, including the return of hostages and the elimination of the threat to residents of the north and south.

"We will continue the campaign, with determination and responsibility. And together – we will win," the minister emphasized.

Iran's attack on Israel

On the night of April 14, Iran attacked Israel with hundreds of attack drones and missiles. Israel stated that almost all air targets were shot down, and the damage from the attack was negligible. The US and British forces assisted Israel in intercepting Iranian drones and missiles.

According to Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari, the strike caused minor damage to a military base in southern Israel. Read more about the results of Iran's attack on Israel in RBC-Ukraine's article.

On the afternoon of April 14, the American TV channel CNN, citing an Israeli source, reported that Israel would retaliate against Iran, but the extent of the response would be determined at a meeting of the military cabinet.

At the same time, according to The Guardian, the United States has already warned Israel that it will not participate in the Israeli response.

Read more about the causes of the conflict between Israel and Iran in RBC-Ukraine's article.