Reactions to Israel’s reported military response to Iran’s attack on Israel

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Israel carried out an attack on Iranian soil on Friday, sources said, days after Iran struck Israel with a barrage of drones and missiles.

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Here are reactions to the Israeli military response, from official statements and postings on social media:

Israel’s hard-right security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir

“Feeble!”, Ben-Gvir said on social media platform X.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

“It is absolutely necessary that the region remains stable and that all sides restrain from further action.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

“It is high time to stop the dangerous cycle of retaliation in the Middle East. The Secretary-General condemns any act of retaliation and appeals to the international community to work together to prevent any further development that could lead to devastating consequences for the entire region and beyond.”

Deputy French Foreign Minister Jean-Noel Barrot

“All I can say is that France’s position is to call on all actors for de-escalation and restraint.”

Ben Saul, UN special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights

“Israel’s latest strikes on Iran are another violation of the prohibition on the use of military force under international law & the UN Charter, and threaten the human right to life.”

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi

“Japan is deeply concerned about the situation in the Middle East and strongly condemn any actions that lead to the escalation of the situation.

“Japan will continue to make all necessary diplomatic efforts to prevent the situation from worsening further.”

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson

China opposes any action escalating tensions in the Middle East after the Israeli attack on Iran.


Egypt’s foreign ministry said it was deeply concerned about an escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran and warned of the consequences of expanding the conflict and instability in the region.


Oman’s foreign ministry condemned the reported Israeli attack.

Oman “condemns the Israeli attack this morning on Isfahan... it also condemns and denounces Israel’s repeated military attacks in the region,” said a foreign ministry statement released on X, formerly Twitter.


Turkey also called on all sides to refrain from steps that could lead to a wider conflict in the Middle East after Israel reportedly attacked Iran.

In a statement, Turkey’s foreign ministry said the priority of the international community should be “to stop the massacre in Gaza and to ensure lasting peace” in the region by establishing a Palestinian state.

“It is becoming increasingly evident that the tensions that were initially caused by Israel’s illegal attack on the Iranian Embassy in Damascus risk turning into a permanent conflict,” it said.


The United Arab Emirates’ foreign ministry expressed concern about regional tensions in a statement, calling for “utmost restraint” to avoid serious repercussions.


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for de-escalation following the reported strike on the Iranian city of Isfahan and said Berlin would work with its partners in this direction.

“De-escalation remains the order of the day in the near future. And we will also talk about this with all our friends and allies, and work together with them in this direction,” Scholz told reporters.


Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Israeli-Iranian retaliations must end, warning against danger of regional escalation.


G7 foreign ministers urged “all parties” to “work to prevent further escalation” in the Middle East.

“In light of reports of strikes on April 19th, we urge all parties to work to prevent further escalation. The G7 will continue to work to this end,” the Group of Seven nations said in a statement after a meeting on the Italian island of Capri.

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