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Countdown for potential Israeli strike on Iran heightens tensions

White House described Iran's attack on Israel as ''embarrassing failure''

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Israel is gearing up for a potential strike against Iran, with its air force on full alert for retaliation. Under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's directive, Israel's military is greenlit for reprisals following Iran's missile attacks on April 13th.

According to Channel 12, Israel's air force, including F-16s, F-15s, and F-35s, is being prepared, though no specific timeline has been provided. Israel's Chief of Staff, Herzl Halevi, emphasized the country's highest state of readiness, warning Iran of consequences for its actions.

A reported "target list" has been requested by Netanyahu for a potential strike on Iran, aiming to hit Iran without inciting a full-scale war. Coordination with the United States is also sought by Israel.

Discussions within Israel's security council have explored various options for a significant response against Iran, aiming to avoid a regional conflict. Possible targets include facilities related to Iran's nuclear program, as well as factories and airports used for drone launches.

Prime Minister Netanyahu urged international unity against Iran's aggression, which he views as a threat to global peace.

President Biden, aiming to prevent escalation in the Middle East, reaffirmed the United States' commitment to Israel's security and regional interests, including Iraq.

The White House described Iran's unprecedented attack on Israeli soil as a "major and embarrassing failure." However, they clarified that the US never received messages regarding Iran's timeline or targets. Iran's intent was allegedly to inflict substantial damage on Israel.

In response, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian warned of a swift and stronger retaliation if Israel proceeds with reprisals.

Internally, Israel's military council members are divided over the scope of retaliation. While some advocate for immediate action, others, including Netanyahu, caution against actions that could escalate tensions further.

[With information sourced from 24 News]

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