Iran Attacks Israel, Will Israel Retaliate?

Iran Attacks Israel, Will Israel Retaliate?

Yesterday, Iran launched an unprecedented attack against Israel. The Times of Israel reports that Iran launched “185 drones, 110 surface-to-surface missiles, and 36 cruise missiles at Israel.” While the attack came mainly from Iran proper, some of the attack also came from Yemen, Syria, and Iraq.

“None of Iran’s 185 Shahed 238 drones launched against Israel reached the country, nor did any of the 36 cruise missiles fired in Tehran’s historic attack. . . Only a small number of Iran’s 110 Kheibar Shekan ballistic missiles struck the country, and an even smaller number exploded” (Ynet News).

According to the IDF, the attack lasted 16 minutes during which there were 688 sirens sounded. Thirty-one people were slightly injured and one Israeli was seriously injured due to shrapnel (Ynet News).

The United States, Great Britain, and France assisted Israel in defending Israel against Iranian drones, cruise and ballistic missiles (Times of Israel).

Even though Iran threatened to attack other Middle Eastern countries who supported Israel against Iran’s attack, “Jordanian jets downed dozens of Iranian drones flying across northern and central Jordan heading to Israel. . . in a dramatic show of support from Amman” (The Times of Israel).

Prior to the attack, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement in which he expressed his appreciation for the support Israel was about to receive from the U.S., U.K., and France in defending Israel from the Iranian attack. The statement reads:

“Citizens of Israel, In recent years, and especially in recent weeks, Israel has been preparing for a direct attack by Iran. Our defense systems are deployed; we are ready for any scenario, both defensively and offensively. The State of Israel is strong. The IDF is strong. The public is strong. We appreciate the US standing alongside Israel, as well as the support of Britain, France and many other countries. We have determined a clear principle: Whoever harms us, we will harm them. We will defend ourselves against any threat and will do so level-headedly and with determination. Citizens of Israel, I know that you also are level-headed. I call on you to follow the directives of IDF Home Front Command. Together we will stand and with G-d’s help – together we will overcome all of our enemies.”

Many nations have voiced their support for Israel and their condemnation of Iran for yesterday’s attack. That said, the BRICS alliance of nations which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa along with new members, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates did not condemn Iran’s attack but called for the immediate de-escalation of tensions between Iran and Israel (DW.Com). Likewise, the “Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed concerns over the ‘recent military escalations’ in the regions and. . . stressed the importance of ‘preventing any further exacerbation’ of the crisis” without condemning Iran (CNN).

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden reiterated U.S. support for Israel during a joint press conference with Japan’s Prime Minister, stating, “As I told Prime Minister Netanyahu, our commitment to Israel’s security against these threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad. Let me say it again: ironclad. We’re going to do all we can to protect Israel’s security” (Breitbart). And speaking to reporters on Friday about a potential Iranian strike against Israel, Biden said, “Don’t” (i24 News).

But it appears that Biden’s “ironclad” support for Israel has limits. Reuters reports that “President Joe Biden warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the U.S. will not take part in a counter-offensive against Iran if Israel decides to retaliate” during a phone call last night.

This morning, during an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” the White House’s top national security spokesperson, John Kirby, confirmed the U.S. will not support an Israeli counter-offensive against Iran, stating, “U.S. will continue to help Israel defend itself, but does not want war.”

The Times of Israel now reports that Biden’s call with Netanyahu “dissuaded” Netanyahu “from greenlighting an immediate retaliatory strike against Iran.”

Blessors of Israel is closely monitoring this crisis between Israel and Iran. Please join me in praying for Israel and her people during these difficult days.

by Dr. Matthew Dodd | April 14, 2024