Lapid claims that Israel has lost the power to deter Iran

Lapid's statement came two days after Iran, which backs the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah, as well as the Houthi rebels, launched more than 300 missiles and drones at Israel in retaliation for a deadly attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1.

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Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid, Photo: Reuters
Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid, Photo: Reuters
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Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government today that the country has lost its capacity to deter conflict, after the recent Iranian attack on Israel.

Netanyahu's policy has resulted in "a complete loss of Israel's deterrence capacity," Lapid wrote on the social network X (X).

Lapid's statement came two days after Iran, which backs the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah, as well as the Houthi rebels, launched more than 300 missiles and drones at Israel in retaliation for a deadly attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1.

Israel, the US and other allies reportedly intercepted almost all missiles fired in Iran's first direct military action against its archenemy.

Iran, on the other hand, claims that it did not even direct missiles at large cities, but only at military installations, and it tries to prove its claims about the success of the action with amateur videos of large explosions on the ground, the authenticity of which, however, cannot be confirmed.

Netanyahu's cabinet, divided between supporters of restraint and far-rightists who demand strong and swift retaliation, is still studying different options.

However, the US warned Israel to avoid escalation, while US President Joseph Biden informed Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington would not participate in the response to the Iranian attack.

Netanyahu is thus constrained in his desire to quickly respond to Tehran, which, despite previous warnings, has not hesitated to launch its drones and missiles.

Israel's wartime government is scheduled to meet again today, while Netanyahu has yet to speak publicly after the attack.

Lapid assessed it as a "circus".

"It is futile to ask the ministers of this government to act responsibly. They must stop talking and threatening Iran in the media," added the leader of the Israeli opposition.

Blinken: Washington does not want escalation with Iran, but will continue to defend Israel

The US does not want to get tough with Iran, but they will continue to defend Israel afterwardse of the Iranian attack, the head of American diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, said today.

"We are not looking for an escalation, but we will continue to defend Israel and protect our forces in the region," Blinken said at the start of a meeting in Washington with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Ali Tamim.

The US minister condemned the "huge scale" Iranian attack, the first to directly target Israel.

Blinken said that in the last 36 hours there has been intense diplomatic activity in order to coordinate a diplomatic response, in an attempt to prevent an escalation of the situation in the Middle East.

The head of American diplomacy spoke with colleagues from Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and Germany.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, for his part, expressed his fear that the entire region could be dragged into a wider conflict that would also threaten international security.

"Therefore, we call on all parties to exercise restraint," Al Tamin said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Chia al-Sudani is in the US today, where he will be received by President Joseph Biden at the White House.

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