• Marwan Bishara
    Marwan Bishara “Prime Minister Netanyahu is the architect of the relationship with the United States, and he's the architect of his coalition government. He is manipulating both of them. As far as he's concerned, he's looking for his best options. I think he is already discussing and negotiating with President Biden about the price for not responding to Iran that some might expect or his ministers want. Now the price could be a number of things: one, more American support. More unconditionality of American support - definitely clearing criticism of Israel's indiscriminately bombing Gaza and so forth. Netanyahu will probably get more money, he will get more aid, he will get more American support.” 19 minutes ago
  • Alon Liel
    Alon Liel “We already know the war cabinet has not approved a response and the Americans had a big share in it, so it looks as if Israel won't respond for a while and we'll go back to our business in Gaza. Prime Minister Netanyahu still needs to resolve two things in Gaza: the release of captives and the Hamas battalions. I think Netanyahu might use this wave of support for Israel during the Iranian attack to go down to Rafah. But he cannot do it without fully coordinating with the Americans. This is the issue that is really bothering him, because without going back to Rafah he cannot describe the war as a victory.” 22 minutes ago
  • Anthony Albanese
    Anthony Albanese “Iran has ignored our call, and those of many others, not to proceed with these reckless attacks. This escalation is a grave threat to the security of Israel and the entire region.” 10 hours ago
  • Lloyd Austin
    Lloyd Austin “We do not seek conflict with Iran, but we will not hesitate to act to protect our forces and support the defense of Israel.” 10 hours ago
  • Daniel Hagari
    Daniel Hagari “Israel's military intercepted 99 percent of the aerial threats launched at it on Saturday. The Nevatim air force base in the Negev desert in southern Israel suffered only light damage and is functioning. Iran thought it would paralyze the base. It failed.” 10 hours ago
  • Dave Des Roches
    Dave Des Roches “It seems that Iranian leaders are determined to take action, but also seen to take action. What that indicates to me is that there are considerations of pride and prestige that are divorced from strategy and tactical utility that may indicate a more dangerous era than we thought. Iran may not have really counted the possibility its attack on Israel could take the focus off Gaza. The pressure that had been building on Israel to restrain from further actions in Gaza, that may have been lifted as a result of this attack.” 11 hours ago
  • Mike Johnson
    Mike Johnson “I will continue to engage with the White House to insist upon a proper response. The Biden Administration's undermining of Israel and appeasement of Iran have contributed to these terrible developments.” 11 hours ago
  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden “I've just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu to reaffirm America's ironclad commitment to the security of Israel. I told him that Israel demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks - sending a clear message to its foes that they cannot effectively threaten the security of Israel.” 11 hours ago
  • Dana Stroul
    Dana Stroul “If Iran's objective was to punish and isolate Israel, it appears to have fallen well short of that objective. The U.S. and Israeli militaries were able to defend against a complex attack. Given how significant this attack was, it is difficult to see how Israel cannot respond.” 12 hours ago
  • Steffen Hebestreit
    Steffen Hebestreit “With this irresponsible and unjustifiable attack, Iran is risking a regional conflagration. In these difficult times, Germany stands closely by Israel. We will now discuss further reactions closely with our G7 partners and allies.” 12 hours ago
  • Stephane Sejourne
    Stephane Sejourne “By deciding on such unprecedented action, Iran has reached a new level in its acts of destabilisation and is risking a military escalation.” 12 hours ago
  • Daniel Hagari
    Daniel Hagari “A number of Iranian missiles fell inside Israeli territory, causing minor damage to a military base with no casualties. Only one little girl has been hurt, and we hope she will be well.” 12 hours ago
  • Justin Trudeau
    Justin Trudeau “These attacks demonstrate yet again the Iranian regime's disregard for peace and stability in the region. We support Israel's right to defend itself and its people from these attacks.” 12 hours ago
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“Biden isn't looking for a Mideast war during an election year. The GOP [Republican Party] are another matter. If, however, Iran were to directly hit targets within Israel or an Israeli embassy somewhere in the world, then Biden would be under huge domestic pressure to respond militarily. If this should happen, we would be on the precipice of a wider regional war, and Netanyahu's plan for instigating this crisis will have come to fruition.”

Associate professor of Middle East and Islamic politics at Georgetown University
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“I think Iran does not want a big Israel-Hezbollah war right now, so any response will not come in the form of a big Hezbollah action. They have many other ways to respond ... for example by trying to blow up an Israeli embassy.”

Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations U.S. think tank
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“Before Monday there were rules of engagement, but now it's an all-out war between Israel and the resistance axis. It is now clear that the trend is towards escalation. We could start to see increased attacks against US bases in Syria, Iraq or elsewhere.”

Director of the Damascus Centre for Strategic Research
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“By targeting an Iranian diplomatic facility, Israel has crossed a line. Iran's dilemma is that failure to respond could signal weakness to Israel, but retaliation risks a harsher US or Israeli action.”

International Crisis Group’s Iran Project Director and Senior Adviser to the President
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“If Iran doesn't respond strongly enough, many here believe it will be seen as a sign of weakness, not only to Israel and the United States, but also to a number of its proxies in the region. If Iran does react strongly, it could risk a full-out confrontation with the US. It's really a tricky moment. The rhetoric coming from Iranian officials, as well as the supreme leader, indicates there will be a strong response.”

Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Tehran
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