Israeli army chief warns Iran of consequences following attack

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army’s chief of staff warned Iran on Monday that it will “face the consequences for its actions” following a significant attack on Israel over the weekend.

In a video statement released amid international calls for restraint, Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi did not specify the repercussions but emphasized the severity of the situation. The location and date of the recording were not independently verified.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his war cabinet for the second time in less than 24 hours to deliberate responses to Iran’s unprecedented direct assault on Israel, according to a government source.

The Iranian operation, which involved more than 300 missiles and drones, was reportedly in retaliation for a suspected Israeli airstrike that targeted the Iranian embassy compound in Damascus on April 1.

Amid heightened fears of a broader conflict in the Middle East, President Joe Biden informed Netanyahu on Sunday that the United States would not engage in any potential Israeli counter-offensive against Iran.

Tensions have escalated since Oct. 7, when the war in Gaza began, leading to skirmishes involving Israel and Iran-aligned factions in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. Israeli officials reported that four soldiers were wounded inside Lebanese territory overnight.