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Israel Mulls Attack on Iran to Convey Message, Maintaining Alliances with US and Arab Nations

Israel’s war cabinet met to discuss the response to Iran’s recent airstrike, aiming to strike a balance between retaliation and building an international alliance against Tehran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested a list of targets, considering options such as an attack on a facility in Tehran or a cyberattack.

After Iran’s attack, the United States, the United Nations, and Israel’s allies called for restraint. The successful repelling of the attack by an international alliance gave Israel an opportunity to form an anti-Iran coalition.

Professor Udi Sommer noted that Israel has a chance to strengthen relationships on the world stage through a moderate military response. The United States has pledged support but urged a reduction in tension and will not participate in Israel’s planned military response.

Former deputy chief of staff of the IDF, Yair Golan, emphasized the importance of Israel’s response in strengthening the front against Iran. The Israeli public is divided on how to proceed in Gaza after the recent conflict.

As Israel considers its next steps, concerns remain about the impact of the Iranian attack on operations in Gaza. Netanyahu has strengthened his position following the attack, allowing him to balance internal and external pressures.

In Gaza, there is fear that Palestinians will bear the brunt of Israel’s response. Palestinians express concern about the lack of international support for their cause.

Overall, the situation remains complex, with various factions vying for influence and a delicate balance of power in the region.

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