Bezalel Smotrich said the Israeli reaction should make Iranians regret the “moment they thought about firing.”

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said Tel Aviv must respond “disproportionate” to Iran for the attack carried out on Saturday (13 April). He gave a statement to Israeli Army Radio, according to information from CNN.

According to Smotrich, the Israeli reaction should make Iranians regret the “the moment they thought about shooting” under Israeli territory. For him, Israel’s response would shape the country’s position in the Middle East.

[A resposta] it should shake Tehran, so that everyone there realizes that they shouldn’t mess with us.”declared Smotrich.

The Finance Minister is not part of the war cabinet, responsible for defining reactions against Iran. Smotrich, however, highlighted that Israel must maintain the USA as a strategic partner.


The April 13, 2024, Iranian attack was expected. The country had promised to retaliate against the Israelis for the bombing that killed 8 people at the Iranian embassy in Damascus (Syria), on April 1, including a Revolutionary Guard general. Countries blamed Israel, despite the country not taking responsibility, although in the international community it is taken for granted that the order came from Tel Aviv.

According to the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), around 300 drones and missiles were launched by Iran. Israel claims that fighters from the country and allies, such as the USA and the United Kingdom, and the Iron Dome defense system intercepted 99% of the aerial targets.

Next, read more about the attack and its reflexes:

  • What did Israel say? – who will respond at the right time;
  • What did Iran say? – who acted in self-defense;
  • reactions around the world – the G7, a group with 7 of the largest economies on the planet, condemned the attack “unprecedented” and reinforced its commitment to Israel’s security;
  • Brazil’s reaction – Itamaraty said it was monitoring the situation with “concern” and did not condemn Iranian action; later, Minister Mauro Vieira (Foreign Affairs) stated that the Lula government condemns any act of violence when questioned by journalists;
  • Brazil disappointed – Israel’s ambassador to Brazil, Daniel Zonshine, told Poder360 who was disappointed with the Brazilian note;
  • Brazil got it right – for former minister and career diplomat Rubens Ricupero, Itamaraty got the tone right. Spoke to Poder360 that there are no reasons for the country “take a position on one side or the other”;
  • non-oil impact – a possible war between Iran and Israel should increase the price of the commodity and pressure Petrobras to increase fuel;
  • videos – see images of the Iranian attack.


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