Will Iran’s retaliatory attack on Israel trigger a wider regional war? | In Focus podcast

Stanly Johny joins us to provide a deeper analysis of Iran’s retaliatory strike on Israel, delving into its strategic implications. He also tells us how this could escalate and where this leaves the ongoing negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza.

April 17, 2024 06:22 pm | Updated 06:22 pm IST

It was expected that Iran would respond to the bombing of its consulate in Syria on April 1 in an Israeli strike. The retaliation came last Saturday when Iran launched a direct attack on Israel. Israel claims to have intercepted 99% of the 300-odd drones and missiles fired by Iran, but a few of the missiles did sneak through its defences and hit sensitive military targets on Israeli territory.

Iran has said that it would take no further action unless Israel chooses to escalate. Israel has vowed to “exact the price from Iran” when the time is right. What are the strategic implications of Iran’s unprecedented direct strikes on Israel? How serious are the risks of a wider regional war, and where does this leave the ongoing negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza?

Guest: Stanly Johny, The Hindu’s International Affairs Editor.

Host: G. Sampath, Social Affairs Editor, The Hindu.

Edited by Jude Francis Weston

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