The New York Times reported that the Israeli military and political leadership misjudged the Iranian response to the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, which resulted in the deaths of two generals and several officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

According to the report, this conclusion was drawn from testimony provided by American officials involved in discussions following the attack, as well as from a senior Israeli official. The Israelis allegedly informed the US about the impending strike just minutes before it occurred.

The New York Times states that the planning for the April 1 strike spanned approximately two months, with the War Cabinet approving it on March 22.

The report suggests that none of the options considered for Iran's response included the possibility of launching 300 unmanned aerial vehicles and missiles at Israel. Initially, it was believed that Iran would launch a maximum of 10 missiles; however, last week, the estimate was revised to 60-70.