Israeli Decision on Counterstrike


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Israel originally planned a broader counterstrike on Iran but changed course due to diplomatic pressure. The decision was influenced by the United States and other allies, as well as the effectiveness of thwarting the initial Iranian assault on Israeli soil.

Original Counterstrike Plans

Israeli leaders considered targeting multiple military sites in Iran, including near Tehran. This proposed extensive attack aimed to retaliate against the Iranian strike on April 13. However, the potential consequences of a widespread assault led to a reevaluation of the strategy.

Shift to Limited Strike

After interventions from President Biden and foreign ministers, Israel opted for a more restrained strike on Iran. This targeted approach aimed to minimize damage and reduce the chances of a significant escalation in the region. The attack, conducted on Friday, displayed Israel’s military capabilities without provoking a severe response from Iran.

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