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Cameron defines Israel’s position in response to Iran

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron announced that it is clear that Israel has made a decision to respond to the Iranian attack, and hopes that it will implement this in a way that keeps escalation to a minimum.

Cameron added to reporters in Israel on Wednesday, “It is clear that the Israelis are making a decision to act… We hope that they will implement this in a way that does not lead to escalation as much as possible.”

He also stressed that his country wants to impose coordinated sanctions on Iran, considering that the G7 must send an unambiguous message to Iran.

This came after the Israeli military and political circles witnessed during the past few days many discussions about the timing and nature of the response.

While some officials called for a direct and quick response without delay, others considered it more useful to wait and wait.

While the response scenarios presented by the military leaders were numerous, from direct strikes on sites inside Iran, despite the opposition of some, including the United States, to carrying out assassinations also inside Iran.

Some scenarios included striking weapons storage sites and military headquarters of Iranian militias or factions supported by them, whether in Syria, Iraq, or even Lebanon.

Response options also included carrying out widespread cyber attacks, whether on nuclear reactors or sites belonging to the Revolutionary Guard.

Yesterday, Tuesday, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi vowed that any encroachment on his country’s territory would require a frightening and swift response, although he later clarified that Tehran does not want further escalation in the region.

Also, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani warned that “his country will respond in a few seconds to any new Israeli attack.” He urged them, in television statements, “not to treat their strategic mistake with a second mistake, because if they repeat it, they must wait to receive a stronger, harsher, and faster strike, and this time they will not be given 12 days; the measure will not be in the day and hour, but in the seconds,” referring to Iran waiting 12 days before responding. On the Israeli attack that targeted its embassy in Damascus in early April.

While the American administration called on the Israeli government to be patient, exercise restraint, and not respond or escalate, making clear at the same time that it would not participate in any anticipated Israeli attack.

It is noteworthy that this unprecedented tension in the Middle East has raged since the beginning of April, following the targeting of the Iranian consulate, which led to the killing of Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, one of the commanders of the Quds Force in the Revolutionary Guard, and his deputy, as well as 5 other officers.

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