When Shadow Wars Come To Light: Iran-Israel Conflict Plays Out On The World Stage

By Greg Moriarty | Monday, 15 April 2024 05:15 AM
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In a historic and alarming development, Iran launched an overnight attack on Israel, firing over 300 missiles and drones from its own soil, marking a perilous shift in the volatile region.

This unprecedented act, the first of its kind, was met with a robust defense from Israel, who, with assistance from the U.S., UK, France, and regional allies, successfully intercepted almost all of the incoming projectiles, resulting in no casualties.

The Group of Seven leaders are set to discuss this significant event today. Some analysts suggest that the highly publicized nature of Iran's attack indicates it was more a display of anger over the April 1 killing of two of its senior generals in Damascus, an act widely believed to have been executed by Israel, rather than an attempt to cause extensive destruction.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has consistently warned that any attack on Israel by Iran would be met with retaliation. However, the effective defense and support from international allies, who have been increasingly frustrated with Israel over its conflict in Gaza, may reduce the likelihood of an immediate counterattack.

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U.S. President Joe Biden swiftly pledged "ironclad" support for Israel, but reportedly stated that the U.S. would not endorse an Israeli counterstrike against Iran. The Israeli military's chief spokesperson emphasized that the launch of over 100 ballistic missiles was a serious threat, indicating Iran's intent to cause harm, an attempt that was ultimately unsuccessful.

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This precarious situation has led to calls for restraint on all sides. Israel remains focused on the ongoing situation in Gaza, where numerous hostages are held and Hamas continues to hold power. Iran, after signaling its intent to attack for nearly two weeks, has stated that its objectives have been achieved. Meanwhile, President Biden, facing criticism from Democratic voters over his support for Israel following the deaths of thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, can highlight his efforts to prevent a wider conflict.

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The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has referred to this as a "new equation" between Tehran and Israel, suggesting a shift in the dynamics of their relationship. The subsequent actions will determine whether a significant boundary has been crossed.

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