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Daily Briefing Apr 14: Day 191 – How Israel and allies foiled first direct Iranian attack

Editor David Horovitz and military reporter Emanuel Fabian explain the timeline of Tehran’s assault and the helping hands needed from the international community

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

It is day 191 of the war with Hamas. Editor David Horovitz and military reporter Emanuel Fabian join host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

Late Saturday night, Iran launched a large wave of some 300 attack drones and missiles from its territory toward the Jewish state, in the first-ever direct attack on Israel by the Islamic Republic, triggering air raid sirens throughout the country early Sunday as the military worked to intercept the Iranian projectiles.

Fabian walks us through the timeline of the Iranian attack and explains what appears to have been Iran’s goal. We hear which allies helped out in foiling the attack and how the long-range Arrow air defense system managed to knock down the “vast majority” of the 120 ballistic missiles, according to the IDF, although some penetrated Israel’s defenses and struck the Nevatim Airbase in southern Israel.

We hear about some sense of the IDF’s next steps and how it may retaliate.

The United States took a lead role in staving off the attack on Israel. Horovitz weighs in on what this means for the reportedly fraying Israel-US relationship, as well as Israel’s ties with other allies, including Jordan.

For the latest updates, please see The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Live blog April 14, 2024

Waiting for the drones and the missiles, at the opening of a regional conflict

Iran fires some 300 drones, missiles at Israel in first-ever direct attack; 99% downed

As Israel waits for potential attack, what are Iran’s missile and drone capabilities?

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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