Iran Downplays Isfahan Attack As ‘Infiltration’, Israel Calls It ‘Message To Iran’


JERUSALEM (VINnews) —Explosions echoed over the Iranian city of Isfahan Friday in what sources described as an Israeli attack, but Tehran played down the incident and indicated it had no plans for retaliation – a response that appeared gauged toward averting region-wide war.

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The limited scale of the attack (which apparently targeted an old airfield with F-14 planes from prior to the 1979 revolution, as well as a weapons manufacturing installation) and Iran’s muted response both appeared to signal a successful effort by diplomats, who have been working round the clock to avert all-out war since an Iranian drone and missile attack on Israel last Saturday

For its part, Israel took responsibility for the attack, with an Israeli official telling the Washington Post that the strike on Iran “was intended to signal to Iran that Israel had the ability to strike inside the country.”

Iranian media and officials described a small number of explosions, which they claimed resulted from Iran’s air defenses hitting three drones over the city of Isfahan. Notably, they referred to the incident as an attack by “infiltrators” and did not blame Israel, thus obviating the need for retaliation.

An Iranian official told Reuters there were no plans to respond against Israel for the incident.

“The foreign source of the incident has not been confirmed. We have not received any external attack, and the discussion leans more toward infiltration than attack,” the official said.

Israel and Iran have been heading toward direct confrontation since a presumed Israeli airstrike on April 1 that destroyed a building in Iran’s embassy compound in Damascus and killed several Iranian officers including a senior general in the Revolutionary Guards.

Iran’s response, with a direct attack on Israel, was unprecedented but caused no deaths and only minor damage because Israel and its allies shot down hundreds of missiles and drones.

Allies including the United States had since been pressing hard to ensure any further retaliation would be calibrated not to provoke a spiral of hostilities. The British and German foreign ministers visited Jerusalem this week, and Western countries tightened sanctions on Iran to mollify Israel.

In a sign of pressure within Israel’s government for a stronger response, Itamar Ben-Gvir, the right-wing national security minister tweeted a single word after Friday’s strikes: “Feeble!”.

Countries around the world called on Friday for both sides to avert further escalation.

“It is absolutely necessary that the region remains stable and that all sides restrain from further action,” EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said. Similar calls came from Beijing and from Arab states in the region.

Within Iran, news reports on Friday’s incident made no mention of Israel, and state television carried analysts and pundits who appeared dismissive about the scale.
An analyst told state TV that mini drones flown by “infiltrators from inside Iran” had been shot down by air defenses in Isfahan. Shortly after midnight, “three drones were observed in the sky over Isfahan. The air defense system became active and destroyed these drones in the sky,” Iranian state TV said.

Senior army commander Siavosh Mihandoust was quoted by state TV as saying air defense systems had targeted a “suspicious object”.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had warned Israel before Friday’s strike that Tehran would deliver a “severe response” to any attack on its territory.

Iran told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Israel “must be compelled to stop any further military adventurism against our interests” as the U.N. secretary-general warned that the Middle East was in a “moment of maximum peril”. By morning, Iran had reopened airports and airspace that were shut during the strikes.

Still, there was alarm over security in Israel and elsewhere. The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem restricted U.S. government employees from travel outside Jerusalem, greater Tel Aviv and Beersheba “out of an abundance of caution”.

In a statement, the embassy warned U.S. citizens of a “continued need for caution and increased personal security awareness as security incidents often take place without warning”.


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1 month ago

Iranians like all Arabs are big talkers BLA BLA….they saw again what Israel is capable, they are scared to death ימ״ש

1 month ago

Like David who snuck into Saul’s camp and removed his spear and water jug the Israelis hit them near home in a major city with a major air base and nuclear research and development center and hope away
It reminds them that they are not immune from retaliation and devastation.

Bernhard H. Rosenberg
Bernhard H. Rosenberg
1 month ago

. Eventually I predict the college demonstrations on behalf of Hamas and against Jews and Israel on college campuses and other places will turn violent and the police will not be able to handle those who which to physically hurt Jews and Israels. Wake up. We need an active JDL with a mass number of members throughout. the world. Jews must unite, learn self-defense and create neighborhood watch groups. This is no joke. We might experience major pogroms against JEWS. WE MUST BE BRAVE, COURAGEOUS AND FIGHT BACK. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

1 month ago

It seems the Iranians have more sense than the Israelis. They know the Israelis attacked and in the game of tit for tat deserve to be smacked again but also see that like Hamas it is better to play the game than play the fool.