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Israel decides to retaliate against Iran’s attacks, Pentagon says

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Retaliation against Iran’s attack on Saturday will be a decision made by Israel, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday.

“I don’t want to get into theories. At this point, whether Israel responds to Iran’s attack or not, of course, is something for Israel to discuss and decide,” said Maj Gen. Pat Ryder to reporters.

When asked if Israel has informed the Pentagon that it planned to respond to the attack by Iran, Ryder said he is not going to speak for Israel.

The United States does not want to see an escalation, he stressed, adding that Washington will take the necessary measures to protect its forces in the region and to protect Israel.

Reiterating that the United States is not seeking conflict with Iran, Ryder said: “When it comes to any kind of Israeli response, again, I’m not going to speak for the Israelis. That’s a decision for them to make from in terms of what they do, if they do it and how they do it.”

Iran launched more than 300 missile and drone attacks across Israel on Saturday night in retaliation for an air strike on the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on April 1 that killed seven members of the Revolutionary Guard including two generals.

Ryder said the US was not informed by Iran in advance of Saturday’s attack.

“We didn’t get details from Iran, as far as I know, any details in terms of exact times, dates,” he added. “Obviously we have a robust intelligence network that provides signs and warning. But to answer your specific question: No, Iran did not tell us when and where they were going to attack”.

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