Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 19 April 2024

What actually happened isn’t yet clear, but this is the Mail version: Israel strikes back at Iran: Explosions rock airbase in city linked to Tehran’s nuke program but US denies nuclear facilities were targeted after Netanyahu launched attack in defiance of Biden

Israel has conducted strikes in Iran in retaliation for Tehran’s unprecedented drone-and-missile assault earlier this week, defying US President Joe Biden‘s warning that more attacks could plunge the Middle East further into conflict.

The city of Isfahan in central Iran was struck at 5am local time, with Israeli projectiles reported to have targeted an Air Force base near Isfahan which long has been home to Iran’s fleet of American-made F-14 Tomcats – purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

A base near the city hosts one of Iran’s nuclear facilities, although US military sources reportedly said the target was not believed to be nuclear.

Iran sought to downplay any significant damage to its military facilities and outright denied any nuclear plants were destroyed, claiming that ‘so far, no large-scale strikes or explosions by any air threat have been reported.’

Iranian state TV this morning released footage of an undisturbed Isfahan city scape to cast doubt on reports the city had been hit.

Today’s early morning strike comes after Iran launched a barrage of hundreds of drones and rockets at Israel on Saturday, which was largely thwarted by Israel and its international allies. Isfahan was one of several launch sites used in the attack.

Earlier this week, Biden warned Israel not to retaliate to Saturday’s foiled strikes and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ‘take the win’.

But the measured nature of Israel’s response appears to have been poorly received by the hard-right elements of Netanyahu’s war cabinet.

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, who previously said his country should ‘go beserk’ on Iran, posted a one-word statement on X following the strikes – ‘Feeble!’.

Iranian officials meanwhile told Reuters that Tehran has no plan for immediate retaliation against Israel, contradicting statements made by several senior politicians earlier this week.

‘The foreign source of the incident has not been confirmed. We have not received any external attack, and the discussion leans more towards infiltration than attack,’ one Iranian official said on condition of anonymity.

No official comment has been released by Israel or the US, but the explosions in Iran will heighten fears of a stronger tit-for-tat retaliation.

Iranian National Security Committee official Abolfazl Amoue declared earlier this week that Tehran is ‘prepared to use a weapon that we have never used’ if Israel responds further.

And Iran’s foreign minister told CNN yesterday that Tehran’s response to an Israeli strike would be immediate.

‘If the Israeli regime commits the great error once again our response will be decisive, definitive and regretful for them,’ Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.

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