ISRAEL, 19 April, 2024 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirms Israel’s prerogative to determine its response to Iran’s recent air assault, dismissing appeals for moderation from allied nations. Iran’s unprecedented attack has elicited a vow of retaliation from Israel, heightening tensions in the region amidst the ongoing Gaza conflict. Despite diplomatic entreaties for restraint, Iran’s President issues stark warnings of severe repercussions for any encroachment on its sovereignty. The weekend barrage, precipitated by an Israeli strike that claimed the lives of two Iranian generals, represents Iran’s inaugural direct military engagement with Israel. Israel maintains that it successfully intercepted the majority of the incoming missiles and drones. Against a backdrop of escalating regional tensions, exacerbated by the recent Israel-Hamas hostilities, the situation remains precarious.