Daily Review: What We Learned From Iran’s Attack on Israel

Daily Review: What We Learned From Iran’s Attack on Israel
Israeli Iron Dome air defense system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran, April 14, 2024 (AP photo by Tomer Neuberg).

On Saturday night, Iran fired more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel, nearly all of which were intercepted, in a direct response to Israel’s strike earlier this month on an Iranian consular building in Damascus that killed seven Iranian commanders. (Washington Post)

Our Take

Immediately after Iran’s attack, a rigorous debate began over how to interpret it. The sheer amount of drones and missiles that Tehran fired suggests a clear goal of escalation. But there are other aspects of the attack that paint a more nuanced picture of Tehran’s intentions:

Combined, these factors suggest that Tehran’s goal was to respond to Israel’s strike without necessarily provoking further escalation of the conflict.

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