Israel deciding on its response to Iran’s weekend attack, AP explains

(15 Apr 2024)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jerusalem – 15 April 2024
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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Federman, Associated Press
Israel is plotting its response to Iran’s weekend attack. Israel says that Iran launched over 300 missiles and attack drones toward Israel overnight Sunday.”

ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES
Exact location not given – Released 14 April 2024
++PLEASE NOTE: THESE VIDEOS WERE PROVIDED BY THE ISRAELI ARMY. THE AP CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE DATES, LOCATIONS OR CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THEY WERE SHOT++
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2. Video seen from cockpit of what the IDF says is ANNOTATION "Interception of Iranian UAVs by fighter jets"
3. Various of interceptions
4. Video seen from cockpit of what the IDF says is ANNOTATION "Interception of cruise missiles launched from Iran"
5. Various of interception

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jerusalem – 15 April 2024
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Federman, Associated Press++PART OVERLAID WITH SHOTS 2, 3, 4 AND 5++
The Iranians say this strike was a response to an Israeli airstrike that killed two Iranian generals in Syria earlier this month. Israel says the vast majority, about 99% of the incoming fire, was intercepted or shot down. That’s thanks to Israel’s air defenses, but also the result of cooperation with an international alliance that included American forces, British forces, the Jordanians and apparently tacit support from other Arab countries. Now Israel faces a difficult decision as it decides whether to respond. Any response would put this new alliance to a test. This is something that the U.S. has been leading. Trying to bring together Israel with Arab countries very quietly, behind the scenes, in a united front against Iran. If Israel decides to strike alone, that could put some strain on this alliance."
STORYLINE:
As Israel plots its response to Iran’s weekend attack, world leaders are urging Israel not to retaliate after the attack that involved hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron told the BBC on Monday the U.K. does not support a retaliatory strike, while French President Emmanuel Macron said Paris will try to “convince Israel that we must not respond by escalating.”

The Iranian attack on Saturday, less than two weeks after a suspected Israeli strike in Syria that killed two Iranian generals in an Iranian consular building, marked the first time Iran has launched a direct military assault on Israel, despite decades of enmity dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Israel says 99% of the drones and missiles launched by Iran were intercepted. That’s thanks to Israel’s air defenses, but also the result of cooperation with an international alliance that included American forces, British forces, the Jordanians and apparently tacit support from other Arab countries.

Now Israel faces a difficult decision as it decides whether to respond. Any response would put this new alliance to a test.

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