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Netanyahu brushes off calls for restraint in response to Iran’s attack

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Netanyahu brushes off calls for restraint in response to Iran’s attack

Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country will be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country will be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault at the weekend, brushing off calls for restraint from close allies.

Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s unprecedented attack without saying when or how, leaving the region bracing for further escalation after months of unrest linked to the ongoing war in Gaza.

Israel’s allies have been urging Israel since the attack to hold back on any response that could spiral.

These calls were repeated on Wednesday during visits by the British and German foreign ministers.

The diplomatic pressures came as Iran’s president warned that even the “tiniest” invasion of its territory would bring a “massive and harsh” response.

Violence meanwhile surged on Wednesday between Israel and the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah, which fired a volley of rockets on northern Israel.

The attack wounded at least 14 Israeli soldiers, six seriously, the army said.

The military said it struck Hezbollah targets deep inside Lebanon in response.

Speaking to a meeting of his cabinet on Wednesday, Mr Netanyahu said he met with both ministers and thanked them for their countries’ support.

But he said Israel would make the call on its own on how to respond despite “all sorts of suggestions and advice” coming from Israel’s allies, some of whom – including the US, UK and France – helped Israel repel Iran’s drone and missile assault.

“I want to be clear: we will make our decisions ourselves. The state of Israel will do whatever is necessary to defend itself,” Mr Netanyahu said.

Despite the tough rhetoric, Israel appears unlikely to attack Iran directly without at least the support of its top ally, the US.

But it could resort to more covert methods such as targeting senior Iranian commanders or Iran-backed groups in other countries, or launching a cyber attack.

It is unclear how Iran might respond given the heightened tensions.

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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