Israeli defence minister says a direct Iranian attack would require appropriate response

By Thomson Reuters Apr 11, 2024 | 4:12 PM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said on Thursday that Israel would respond directly to any attack by Iran.

“A direct Iranian attack will require an appropriate Israeli response against Iran,” Gallant told U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, according to remarks issued by his office.

The Pentagon said the two discussed the United States’ “iron-clad” commitment to Israel’s security against threats from Iran and its proxies.

It added that a visit by the top U.S. general for the Middle East, Army General Michael “Erik” Kurilla, to Israel had been moved up so he could meet with Israeli military leadership and discuss “current security threats.” Kurilla has been travelling to Israel regularly in recent months.

(Reporting by James Mackenzie. Additional reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler and Josie Kao)