DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Israel must beware all-out war with Iran trends now

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Israel must beware all-out war with Iran trends now
DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Israel must beware all-out war with Iran trends now

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Israel must beware all-out war with Iran trends now

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The world had been waiting with deep foreboding to see how Tehran would respond to Israel's air strike on its consulate in Damascus, killing two Iranian generals and five other soldiers.

Now we know. More than 300 drones, cruise and ballistic missiles launched at Israeli targets from bases within Iran

It was an unprecedented assault, and not just in the sheer volume of hardware.

Iran usually hides behind paid proxies to pursue its bloody feuds – Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, the Houthi rebels and, of course, Hamas

This was the first attack on Israel from its own soil and signals a chilling escalation in the Middle East conflict. The question is: Can it be contained?

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hardly renowned for his moderation and officials warned Iran would 'pay the price' for its aggression.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) is hardly renowned for his moderation and officials warned Iran would 'pay the price' for its aggression

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) is hardly renowned for his moderation and officials warned Iran would 'pay the price' for its aggression

However, while there is certainly just cause for retaliation, now might be a good time to pause for breath. This would not be weakness but common sense.

For the first time in months, Israel has regained the sympathy of the international community. 

After widespread criticism over the death and destruction caused in Gaza, it is now the one under attack.

The US has offered Israel 'ironclad' support, as demonstrated by the fact that American jets – along with British and Jordanian fighters – helped intercept missiles and drones launched on Saturday.

Thanks to that and Israel's own highly effective air defences, the assault caused limited damage and no apparent fatalities. 

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