Israel warns of ‘resounding blow’ if Iran attacks

Israel warns of ‘resounding blow’ if Iran attacks

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday warned Iran of a “resounding blow” if it attacked Israeli targets in the wake of increasing tensions in the region.

“Anyone who attacks us will receive a resounding blow,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in a conference organized by the Kohelet Policy Forum, a Jerusalem-based think-tank.

Praising U.S. President Donald Trump and his decision to assassinate top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, Netanyahu said while he supported the strike, Israel had not been involved in Soleimani’s killing, and should not be dragged into the issue.

“Soleimani was behind deaths of countless innocents and he had destabilized the region and was planning to do worse,” Netanyahu said.

Early on Wednesday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq.

Tehran’s actions were in retaliation for last week’s U.S. drone strike that killed IRGC Quds Force commander Soleimani.

Also speaking at the conference, U.S. envoy to Israel David Friedman said there had been no U.S. casualties in the Iranian attack. (Anadolu)