From Revolutionary Guard Targeting to Cyber ​​Attack, 4 Options on the Table for Israel's Response to Iran

2024-04-17 14:05:23 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

From Revolutionary Guard Targeting to Cyber ​​Attack, 4 Options on the Table

Four options were discussed at Israel's war council table for Tel Aviv's response to Iran's attack, with the aim of achieving various strategic outcomes ranging from preventing a new attack in the future to avoiding a full-scale war. wide. These options are published by the New York Times.

"Israel does not want Iran to conclude that it can attack Israeli soil in response to an Israeli attack against Iranian interests in a third country. But at the same time, Israel does not want and cannot afford a full-scale conflict with Iran while it is fighting in Gaza and fighting Tehran's satellites on its border," Israeli officials told the NYT. According to the New York Times, members of Israel's war council are considering options strong enough to send a clear message to Iran that such attacks will not go unanswered, but not strong enough to cause major escalation. .

The four options and their disadvantages

– An attack on an Iranian target, such as a Revolutionary Guard base, but outside of Iran, in a country like Syria. The downside is that such an option is disproportionate to a direct attack by Iran on Israeli soil

– A strike on a symbolic target on Iranian soil, but such a move would require consultation with the US at the risk of angering Washington, which has expressed its displeasure with several such strikes.

– A cyber attack on Iranian infrastructure. However, such an action would prematurely expose Israel's capabilities in this type of warfare and would not be a similar response to an airstrike like Iran's.

– Accelerating small-scale attacks on Iranian soil, including targeted assassinations to be carried out by the Mossad. For such attacks, however, Israel does not take responsibility and therefore does not publicly admit a strike like that of Iran that a quick response with the argument of self-defense would give legitimacy to the Tel Aviv attack. "However, it remains unknown why this decision was not finally made," adds the New York Times.

US officials have tried both publicly and privately to convince Israel that there is no need to retaliate against Iran, arguing that Netanyahu can claim victory after successfully intercepting ballistic missiles and drones sent by Tehran. At the same time, however, there are American officials who say they understand it may be impossible to prevent an Israeli counterattack because they understand there are Israeli officials who believe there must be a response that will be seen by all the world.

 

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