In his first post-attack statement on Israel, Khamenei talks about Iranian “successes”.

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly praised Iran’s armed forces for their remarkable performance during the April 13 attack on Israel. This offensive, which marks a significant escalation in regional tensions, is described by Khamenei as proof of Iran’s “greatness” on the world stage.

Addressing top military commanders, Khamenei expressed pride in the “successes achieved” which have not only strengthened the sense of national pride but also raised Iran’s image in the eyes of the international community. This attack, involving the use of drones and missiles, was a response to a previous assault attributed to Israel against an Iranian consulate.

The immediate context of this military confrontation arises from an attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus on April 1, attributed to Israel, which cost the lives of several members of the Revolutionary Guards, including two generals. In response, Iran launched a significant offensive, targeting what it claims are Israeli military installations.

From Iran’s point of view, the importance of this attack transcends the simple count of missiles launched or intercepted. According to Khamenei, this reaffirms Iran’s resolve and ability to establish itself as a dominant power in the region, especially in these times of increased tensions in the Middle East, notably with the war between Israel and Hamas.

The reaction of Israel and its allies, mainly the United States, who intercepted the majority of the projectiles, shows the extent of the ongoing standoff. This context of continuous war between Israel and Hamas since October 7 adds a layer of complexity to the analysis of the intentions and strategies of the different regional actors.

Khamenei’s lack of comment on recent attacks on central Iran underscores Tehran’s cautious approach to escalations. This suggests an Iranian strategy that, while aggressive, remains calculated in the face of the constantly evolving geopolitical challenges of the Middle East.

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