what to remember from Monday April 15

Monday evening, Benjamin Netanyahu published a short statement on his Prime Minister’s X account, calling on “the international community to remain united to resist Iranian aggression, which threatens world peace.”


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Israeli Army Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi on April 14, 2024, during a meeting in Tel Aviv (Israel) in a photo provided by the army.  (ISRAELI ARMY / AFP)

The reactions continued on Monday April 15, two days later Iran’s unprecedented attack against Israel, launched in response to a strike against the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, attributed to Israel. Many countries, led by the United States, are calling to avoid a conflagration in the Middle East, where war is raging in the Gaza Strip. Despite everything, the Israeli army promised on Monday “a response” to the Iranian attack. Franceinfo summarizes what to remember from this day.

Israeli army promises ‘response’ to Iran attack

Israel will “respond to the launch of so many missiles, cruise missiles and drones on the territory of the State of Israel”, declared Monday evening, the chief of staff of the army, General Herzi Halevi, while visiting the Nevatim base, in the south of the country. The Israeli army spokesperson declared that the victims of the strike which targeted the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1 were “terrorists” engaged against Israel, thus providing the first official comment from the army on this strike. “Those killed in Damascus were members of the Quds Force. These are people engaged in terrorism against the State of Israel,” Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said at a press conference in response to a question.

Shortly after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to “stay united” in front of “Iranian aggression, which threatens world peace”, after this foiled attack with the support of several of its allies, including Washington. In a message broadcast by his services on the social network “support from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to thwart the Iranian attack”.

The Israeli army also announced the reopening on Monday, in most of the country, of schools which had been closed for security reasons on Saturday in the face of threats from Iran.

Joe Biden wants to avoid a conflagration in the Middle East

The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken assured that the United States would not “not looking for climbing” but will continue “to defend Israel and protect (their) forces in the region”. American President Joe Biden, Israel’s most powerful ally, then assured that he wanted to avoid an escalation. “Together, with our partners, we defeated this attack”he said, while saying he was working “in favor of a ceasefire” in Gaza, “which will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from spreading further than it already has”.

“The United States is committed to Israel’s security. We are committed to a ceasefire (in Gaza) that will bring the hostages home and prevent the conflict from spreading further than it should. is not already”, declared the American president, receiving Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Chia al-Soudani in the Oval Office of the White House. The Iraqi leader, for his part, said he hoped that “all parties concerned will exercise restraint and stop the escalation”while calling for an end to “this destructive war” in Gaza.

The Kremlin also called on Monday Iran and Israel to “detention”after the attack carried out by Tehran against Israeli territory. “We are extremely concerned about the escalation of tensions in the region and we call on all countries in the region to exercise restraint”Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitri Peskov told the press. “A new escalation is in no one’s interest”he added.

France carried out “interceptions” of Iranian missiles and drones from Jordan

France carried out “interceptions” of Iranian missiles and drones targeting Israel during the night from Saturday to Sunday from Jordan, confirmed Monday Emmnuel Macron who wants “do everything to avoid conflagration” in the Middle-East. “We have an air base in Jordan (…) Jordanian airspace was violated by these shots. We took off our planes and we intercepted what we had to intercept,” declared the Head of State on BFMTV-RMC channels. By deciding to “hit Israel” from its soil, Iran provoked “a deep break”he also estimated.

“We will do everything to avoid conflagration (…) and therefore try to convince Israel that we should not respond by escalating, but rather isolate Iran, succeed in convincing the countries of the region that Iran is a danger, increase sanctions, increase pressure on nuclear activities and then find a path to peace in the region”did he declare.

Iran calls on Westerners to “appreciate its restraint” towards Israel rather than “accuse” it

Western countries “should appreciate Iran’s restraint” against Israel following the attack carried out by Tehran, declared the diplomatic spokesperson. Western countries “should appreciate Iran’s restraint in recent months”, “instead of making accusations”reacted Nasser Kanani while the United States and European countries condemned the unprecedented Iranian attack targeting Israel this weekend, which Tehran presents as an operation “self-defense”.

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