Thursday, May 23, 2024

Netanyahu Issues Warning Amid Fear of Iranian Attack: “We’ll Harm Those Who Harm Us”

Speaking at Tel Now Air Base to the 133rd Squadron, Netanyahu emphasized Israel's readiness to defend itself both defensively and offensively, declaring, "Whoever harms us, we will harm them"

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to Israel’s adversaries, particularly Iran, pledging swift retaliation if provoked.

Speaking at Tel Now Air Base to the 133rd Squadron, Netanyahu emphasized Israel’s readiness to defend itself both defensively and offensively, declaring, “Whoever harms us, we will harm them.”

Netanyahu’s remarks come amidst heightened fears of a potential Iranian attack against Israel, with the international community on high alert. Foreign Minister Israel Katz reinforced Netanyahu’s stance, bluntly stating that Israel would respond with force if attacked from Iranian territory.

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The recent tensions were further exacerbated by a suspected Israeli strike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus, which killed several Iranian Quds Force figures, including a top commander.

Iran has vowed revenge for the attack, escalating tensions in a region already destabilized by the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

US President Joe Biden reiterated America’s unwavering support for Israel’s security, emphasizing the “ironclad” commitment during remarks at the White House.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the US stance in a conversation with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, emphasizing solidarity with Israel against any threats posed by Iran and its proxies.

Efforts to de-escalate tensions were underway behind the scenes, with US Middle East envoy Brett McGurk reaching out to regional allies, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and Iraq, to deliver a message urging Iran to reduce tensions with Israel.

Germany’s foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, also weighed in, urging all parties to exercise restraint and act responsibly to prevent further escalation.

Similarly, Russia, a key ally of Iran, called for restraint and warned against travel to the region, citing the volatile situation. The escalating tensions have already impacted regional travel, with Lufthansa suspending flights to Tehran and advising against travel to Israel, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories.

Austrian Airlines, another Western carrier serving Tehran, adjusted flight timings to minimize crew layovers amid heightened security concerns.

As the situation in the Middle East continues to unfold, the international community remains on edge, hoping for diplomatic efforts to ease tensions and prevent further escalation in the region.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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