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National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir

The Israeli Response to the Iranian Attack Appears to Be Limited

There has been no official confirmation of a strike from Israeli authorities, and state-run media in Iran reported only that air defenses were activated, downplaying claims of the alleged Israeli attack near the Iranian city of Isfahan, some 315 kilometers (196 miles) south of Tehran, and describing the incident as business-as-usual.

The limited nature of the strike reportedly carried out with drones rather than missiles or airstrikes, and the lack of official acknowledgment will likely give the regime in Iran the strategic deniability needed to wriggle out of its aggressive threats to attack Israel a second time, providing an early indication that both Israel and Iran may be seeking to step back from the brink of war.

The attack had been widely expected, with Israel providing indications throughout the week that it would not let an unprecedented Iranian barrage of over 300 ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and drones early Sunday, April 14, pass without a response, leading to fears of spiraling tit-for-tat attacks giving way to all-out war.

However, there were also indications that the Israel Defense Forces had moderated its attack plans in response to international pressure for restraint. National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir a hardliner who has pushed for wide military action against Iran, commented on X with a simple “lame.” (TOI / VFI News)

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