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A heated debate has reportedly begun in Benjamin Netanyahu's military cabinet over how to respond to the attack on Tehran. There appears to be disagreement among members over the speed and extent of the response, with all determined to retaliate but disagreeing on the details.

Among the options being considered is an attack on an Iranian facility, which would send a strong message but avoid casualties, an Israeli official said.

Israeli military sources have revealed to Western media that Israel is delaying its plans to resume its ground offensive in Rafah after it came under an unprecedented Iranian missile attack over the weekend.

The Jewish state's air force was set to begin dropping leaflets on parts of the southernmost city of Gaza, but these plans have been put on hold, CNN reported, citing Israeli sources.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the Israel Defense Forces to present options for targets in Iran in response to a recent Iranian attack.

The strikes are meant to "send a signal" to Iran but not cause casualties, and options could include targets in Tehran or a cyber attack, the Washington Post said.

- Israel's military cabinet discussed on Monday how to respond to the unprecedented Iranian airstrike ... Netanyahu asked the Israeli army to present options for the attack. Israel is looking for options that will "send a signal" without causing casualties. Such options include a possible attack on a facility in Tehran or a cyber attack, the Washington Post reports.

At the same time, the American newspaper adds, Israel is considering such a response to the Iranian attack in order not to anger international allies and not to lose the opportunity to build an alliance of states against Tehran.

– Our allies do not want us to overreact. We love working with them, especially after the success we've had. We should not cause casualties, but it is important to respond because it sends a message to all those who want to harm us - said a source familiar with the discussions in the military cabinet, Western media reported.

Despite US President Biden's publicly presented position yesterday that he does not support possible Israeli retaliatory action against Iran, however, US officials have said they expect a possible Israeli response to an Iranian attack to be limited in scope and likely to include strikes against Iranian military forces and Iranian facilities. allies outside Iran, US officials told NBC News.

The assessment is based on conversations between US and Israeli officials that took place before Iran fired more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel on Saturday night. As Israel prepared for a possible Iranian attack last week, Israeli officials briefed US officials on possible response options, US officials said.

US officials stressed that they had not been briefed on Israel's final decision on how to respond and that options could change after the weekend attack. They also said it was unclear when Israel's response would occur, but that it could happen at any time. President Joe Biden and other senior Western officials called for restraint after Israel vowed to respond to Saturday's Iranian strike, which was in retaliation for an April 1 Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria that killed two senior Iranian army generals.

"Since the Iranian attack did not result in Israeli casualties or mass destruction, US officials believe that Israel can respond with one of its less aggressive options – strikes outside of Iran.

Options could include strikes in Syria, said U.S. officials, who do not expect the response to target senior Iranian officials but instead to attack weapons depots being shipped from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The US has no intention of engaging in a military response, the officials added. They expect Israel to share information about actions with Washington in advance, especially if it could have negative consequences for the Americans in the region.

An Israeli official said Monday after a meeting of Israel's military cabinet that an Israeli response to an Iranian attack could be "imminent," noting that decision-makers believe it is important that any response be in the form of a counter-attack. An Israeli official said several diplomatic and military options were discussed at the meeting.

The US and other allies assisted Israel during the attack, helping to intercept most of the drones and missiles fired on the ground. But in a phone call on Saturday, President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would not participate in offensive operations against Iran.

The UN says it condemns Iran's attack, while warning of further escalation in the region. "I call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military conflicts on multiple fronts in the Middle East," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a Security Council meeting on Sunday. Gilad Erdan, Israel's UN representative, told the meeting that Israel "reserves its legal right to retaliate."

In a statement from the Foreign Ministry, Iran said the attacks were carried out "in order to exercise its inherent right of self-defense." The statement said Iran "will not hesitate to take additional necessary defensive measures" to protect its legitimate interests against any act of military aggression or unlawful use of force.

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