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      Jordan faces difficult balancing act amid row over role in downing Iranian drones

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 17:51

    Amman and allies insist Jordanian actions were self-defence after public anger at home and across region

    Jordan has found itself caught in the crosshairs of the confrontation between Iran and Israel, facing public anger at home and in the region for its role in downing dozens of Iranian drones targeting Israeli territory on Saturday night.

    Underlying its precarious position, Amman summoned the Iranian ambassador on Sunday over comments from Tehran that appeared to threaten Jordan for joining the US-led effort to support Israel in shooting down the incoming salvo. The diplomatic summons came after Iran seemed to warn Jordan that it would face an attack of its own if it continued to defend Israel.

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      How will Israel respond to Iran’s attack and could it cope with a war?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 16:48

    A red line has been crossed from an Israeli security standpoint but none of the options for retaliation are without risk

    Israel’s war cabinet – Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister; Yoav Gallant, the defence minister; and Benny Gantz, a former defence minister and centrist Netanyahu rival – have spent the last two days deliberating how to respond to Iran’s first ever direct attack on the Jewish state.

    The salvo involved more than 300 missiles and drones, the majority of which were intercepted with the help of the US, the UK, France and Jordan.

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      Attaque de l’Iran contre Israël : le drone Shahed, le casse-pied des airs qu’il faut abattre

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Yesterday - 16:21

    L'Iran a lancé sa première salve massive de Shahed-136, des drones suicides à longue portée, contre Israël. Facilement détectable, ces appareils deviennent embêtants quand ils sont lancés en grand nombre et simultanément avec des missiles.

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      Netanyahu faces tough questions on Iran – because we Israelis don’t need any more forever wars | Dahlia Scheindlin

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 13:21 · 1 minute

    An all-out conflict, dragging in other regional powers, may be someone’s idea of ‘national security’. As an Israeli citizen, it isn’t mine

    Israelis woke up on Sunday morning with a tentative collective sense of relief. For the first time ever, Iran had attacked Israel directly, sending a barrage of more than 300 drones and various missiles intended to rain down on Israel. Instead, Israel and a coalition of its allies intercepted 99% of the threats , according to Israeli authorities – mostly before they reached Israeli territory. Those that arrived caused only limited damage.

    Many Israelis felt the country had dodged a bullet. But members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government want to fire back, which would add one more front to a war that is already dangerously overstretched. The ultra-nationalists in Netanyahu’s cabinet insist that the only way to achieve fear and admiration in the Middle East is to “ go berserk ”, in the words of Itamar Ben-Gvir , an extremist minister who holds the portfolio, ironically, of national security. He is joined by a posse of fanatical men running the government who are beating war drums.

    Dahlia Scheindlin is a Tel Aviv-based political analyst and the author of The Crooked Timber of Democracy in Israel

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      Israeli war cabinet to meet again to consider response to Iran’s attack

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 10:24

    Benjamin Netanyahu yet to declare a decision as rest of world remains on high alert for potential escalation

    Israel’s war cabinet is to convene again as the country continues to deliberate how to respond to Iran’s unprecedented missile and drone assault on its territory.

    The three-man war cabinet– the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, his defence minister, Yoav Gallant, and Benny Gantz, a former defence minister and centrist Netanyahu rival, as well as several observers – will meet at 2pm local time (1200 BST) on Monday. It last convened late on Sunday.

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      Iran’s missiles were shot down – but they still delivered what Tehran was hoping for | Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Yesterday - 09:05 · 1 minute

    The attack exposed the limits of America’s willingness to be dragged into a wider conflict. This may moderate Israel’s next move

    Earlier this month, after an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus killed several military commanders, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, used his sermon to mark Eid al-Fitr to equate Israel’s attack on the diplomatic facility to an attack on Iranian soil, and vowed that Israel’s “mistake” would be punished. At just that moment, the broadcast of the sermon cut to a face in the crowd – Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh . Hajizadeh commands the aerospace forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). His grin was knowing.

    A few days later, on Sunday, 300 drones and long-range missiles were launched from Iran toward Israel. The attack marked the first time Iran had attacked Israel directly from its own territory, rather than relying on its proxies in Iraq, Syria or Lebanon. Though Israeli jets and air defences responded, with the support of American, British, French and Jordanian forces, and successfully intercepted most of the drones and missiles, the spectacle of missiles flying above the Dome of the Rock – the third holiest shrine in Islam – seemed to portend a full-blown war.

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      Middle East crisis live: UN secretary general calls for de-escalation after Iran attack on Israel

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 23:17 · 2 minutes

    António Guterres says ‘the Middle East is on the brink’ and the region is ‘confronting a real danger of a devastating full-scale conflict’

    It’s 2:47am in Tehran and 2:17am in Tel Aviv and Gaza. Welcome to our latest blog on the Israel-Gaza war and the wider Middle East crisis.

    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on members not to further escalate tensions with reprisals against Iran, at a meeting of the UN security council called in the wake of Iran’s attack on Israel.

    The Israel Defense Forces announced that it intercepted a UAV that approached Israel earlier this evening. In a post on X, the IDF wrote: “A Sa’ar 6-class corvette successfully intercepted a UAV that approached Israeli territory from the south-east using the ‘C-Dome’ Defense System earlier this evening.”

    UN chief António Guterres called for maximum restraint on Sunday following Iran’s retaliatory attacks on Israel, Reuters reports. In a UN security council meeting, Guterres said: “The Middle East is on the brink. The people of the region are confronting a real danger of a devastating full-scale conflict. Now is the time to defuse and de-escalate.”

    Jordan’s prime minister Bisher Khasawneh said that escalation in the region would lead to “dangerous paths,” Reuters reports. Speaking to the Jordanian cabinet, Khasawneh said. “The army will respond to anything that will jeopardise the security and safety of the kingdom and the sanctity of its airspace and territory in the face of any danger from any party with all the available means.”

    The G7 has released the following statement on Iran’s retaliatory attacks on Israel: “We, the leaders of the G7, unequivocally condemn in the strongest terms Iran’s direct and unprecedented attack against Israel … We express our full solidarity and support to Israel and its people and reaffirm our commitment towards its security.”

    Jordan has summoned the Iranian ambassador to protest against Iran’s comments which were regarded by Jordan as an interference in the kingdom’s internal affairs, Reuters reports. Speaking to Jordan’s state-owned Mamlaka news outlet, Safadi referred to comments made by Iranian official media which warned that Jordan would be the next target in the event it cooperated with Israel in a showdown with Iran.

    A senior Joe Biden administration official has told reporters on Sunday: “We are committed to defending Israel. We would not be a part of any response they do. This is a very consistent policy.” “Our aim is to de-escalate regional tensions. We do not want a broader regional conflict. Our focus has been to contain this crisis,” the official added.

    Iran’s action against Israel was a “legitimate act of self-defence,” Syria’s foreign minister Faisal Mekdad told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a phone call on Sunday. Syrian state media SANA further reports: “It is a legitimate right to self-defence against this racist Zionist entity, which does not respect international law and will, nor the Charter of the United Nations.”

    US air carrier United Airlines has cancelled Sunday’s planned flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Tel Aviv after rising regional tensions, Reuters reports. The flight was set to take off from Newark at 3:20pm local time and land in Tel Aviv at 8:55am local time.

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      ‘I hope everything is behind us’: Israelis take stock after night of airstrikes

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 18:27

    After Iran’s unprecedented direct attack, the mood of many Israelis does not match the bellicose language from hardliners

    Noa Moshytz’s home in northern Israel doesn’t have a bomb shelter, so as warnings of an unprecedented Iranian attack mounted late on Saturday night, she took her six-month-old daughter Mayan and drove to her mother’s home in Jerusalem.

    They got there just after midnight. Barely an hour later they were racing to the safe room, as sirens wailed and arcs of falling debris from intercepted ballistic missiles lit up the night sky over the city.

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      How Iran’s attack on Israel was stopped

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 17:44

    Massive drone and missile attack was defeated by Israeli military with orchestrated help of US, UK and Jordan

    Iran’s widely anticipated missile and drone attack was defeated with the orchestrated help of the US, UK and Jordan who, alongside the Israeli military, ensured that all but handful of ballistic missiles were neutralised overnight.

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Sunday that about 360 missiles and drones were fired from Iran and that “99% of the threats” had been intercepted in a successful defence mission that may have cost Israel £800m – but will have saved many lives and dented Iran’s military credibility.

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