Israel chief says he will respond to Iran missile attack

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military chief said Monday that Israel will respond to the missile attack launched by Iran over the weekend, but he did not immediately provide further details on when and how.

Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said Israel is still considering its measures, but said the Iranian attack with missiles and attack drones “will receive a response.” Halevi spoke during a visit to the Nevatim air base, which Israel said suffered minor damage in the Iranian attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been meeting with senior officials to discuss a possible response to Iran’s attack involving hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

World leaders have been urging Israel not to retaliate.

Saturday’s Iranian attack marked the first time Iran launched a direct military attack against Israel, despite decades of enmity dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. The attack occurred less than two weeks after an alleged Israeli attack in Syria that killed two Iranian generals in an Iranian consular building.

The Israeli military says 99% of drones and missiles launched by Iran were intercepted, with help from other countries including the United States, Britain and France. Despite the reported interceptions, Iran has called the attack a success.

In Washington, U.S. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby declined to say whether the United States had been or expects to be briefed on any Israeli response plans. “We’ll let the Israelis talk about that,” he told reporters Monday.

“We are not involved in their decision-making process about a possible response,” Kirby said.

Israel and Iran have been on a collision course during Israel’s six months. war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The war broke out after Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two Iranian-backed militant groups, carried out a devastating cross-border attack on October 7 that killed 1,200 people in Israel and kidnapped another 250.

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