As Israel considers its reaction to the strike over the weekend, Iran threatens to employ “weapons never used before” | Key points

The Israeli military threatened to “respond in seconds” and even to employ “weapons never used before” in retaliation if Israel launched a counteroffensive against Iran, despite Israel’s claims that it would counter the country’s drone and missile attacks. In retaliation for an Israeli raid on the Iranian embassy in Syria on April 1 that claimed numerous lives, including two senior Revolutionary Guards officers, Iran late on Saturday unleashed a volley of drone attacks and fired ballistic and cruise missiles on Israel.

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Israeli soldiers are waiting to hear how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would react to Iran’s first-ever direct assault, despite mounting appeals for moderation amid worries of a Middle East war escalation.

Israel would reply to Iran’s unprecedented attack, according to Israeli Army Chief Herzi Halevi, who made this announcement to soldiers on Monday at a military facility.According to an army statement, Halevi said, “This launch of so many (Iranian) missiles, cruise missiles, and UAVs into the territory of the State of Israel will be met with a response.” He did not, however, state the kind or time.

For the second time in less than a day, Netanyahu convened with his military cabinet on Monday to discuss how to respond to Iran’s assault over the weekend. Allies who assisted in thwarting the strike, however, advised prudence.

As Israel is considering retaliation, Iran has vowed to employ weapons that have “never been used before.” According to Abolfazl Amoui, a top Iranian official, Iran has developed extensive plans for every eventuality in the event that Israel escalates its actions.

According to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran would launch a counterattack in “a few seconds” and won’t wait 12 days for an Israeli strike.

Many nations urged Israel to use caution and defuse the situation, including those who assisted Israel in intercepting Iranian drones and missiles. Additionally, US President Joe Biden informed Netanyahu over the weekend that the US would refrain from participating in any counterattack by Israel.

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