Why Iran Attack On Israel?

Reason of War

Iran does not recognise Israel's right to exist and seeks its eradication. 

Weapons used in War

Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel after vowing retaliation for a deadly strike on its consulate in the Syrian capital Damascus. 

Direct Attack By Iran For 1st Time

Previously Israel and Iran had been engaged in a years-long shadow war - attacking each other's assets without admitting responsibility.

1 April air strike 

Iran says Saturday night's bombardment of Israel is a response to the 1 April air strike on an Iranian consulate building in the Syrian capital Damascus, which killed senior Iranian commanders. 

Iran blames Israel 

Iran blames Israel for the air strike, which it saw as a violation of its sovereignty. Israel has not said it carried it out but is widely assumed to have done so.

Years-long shadow war  

The country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has previously called Israel a "cancerous tumour" that "will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed". 

Senior IRGC commanders 

The consulate attack follows a pattern of air strikes against Iranian targets widely attributed to Israel. Several senior IRGC commanders have been killed in air strikes in Syria in recent months. 

Challenging US and Israeli 

Iran has built up a network of allies and proxy forces in the Middle East that it says form part of an "axis of resistance" challenging US and Israeli interests in the region. It supports them to varying degrees. 


Syria is Iran's most important ally. Iran, along with Russia, helped the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad survive the country's decade-long civil war.