Trump Asserts: Iran's Attack on Israel Wouldn't Happen Under His Watch

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.14 - 2024 11:44 AM CET

Photo: Evan El-Amin /
Photo: Evan El-Amin /
Donald Trump claims an Iranian attack on Israel would not have occurred under his presidency, as tensions in the Middle East reach a boiling point.

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Over the weekend a significant conflict unfolded as Iran launched a major aerial assault on Israel, the first direct confrontation in years.

Former President Donald Trump, speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania, claimed that such an attack would not have occurred under his administration. This bold assertion comes as the international community reels from the scale of the conflict and the potential for further escalation.

"Unbelievable Weakness"

During his speech, Trump critiqued the current administration's foreign policy approach, labeling it as a display of "unbelievable weakness." His remarks, amplified by videos on his social media platform Truth Social, underscored his position that his leadership style would have deterred such aggressive actions by Iran.

Iran executed an extensive bombing campaign involving 170 drones, over 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles aimed at Israeli military bases, as described by IDF Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari. Despite the severity of the attack, the impacts were reportedly minimal, with "minor damage" noted at a southern military facility.

Iran Claims Self-Defense

In a statement justifying the attack, Tehran declared it was exercising its "inherent right of self-defense," responding to what it perceives as ongoing Israeli military aggressions.

This includes an alleged Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus earlier in the month, which Iran attributes to the deaths of several members of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The international community has not stood by idly. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reported that American forces intercepted numerous missiles and drones targeting Israel from Iran and its allies.

President Joe Biden has also taken steps by deploying additional U.S. military assets to the region to bolster Israel's defense capabilities.

Both Secretary Austin and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant condemned the attacks, with Gallant emphasizing the joint efforts that thwarted the assault and warning that the military campaign might not yet be over.

Amidst these developments, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep concern over the potential for a broader regional conflict. He has called for maximum restraint from all parties to prevent a major military confrontation in the Middle East, a sentiment echoing global fears of a possible extensive war.