Netanyahu declares Israel will defend itself amid calls for restraint

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed aside calls for restraint in its conflict with Iran and declared that Israel would prioritize defending itself, Reuters reported.

“I want to make it clear – we will make our own decisions, and the State of Israel will do everything necessary to defend itself,” Netanyahu said. 

The statement comes amid pleas from countries from around the world for Israel not to retaliate after a tumultuous April for the two countries.

Iran’s embassy in Damascus, Syria, was hit with an airstrike on April 1. Sixteen people were killed in the attack, including Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi and several Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officers, according to reports. Tehran claimed Israel was behind the attack, and multiple news publications from around the world also blamed Israel. The Israeli government declined to comment on the matter.

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