Iran-Israel attack: Rishi Sunak calls for ‘calmer heads to prevail’

Speaking to the House of Commons this afternoon, prime minister Rishi Sunak said that Iran sought to “plunge the Middle East into a new crisis” with its attack on Israel over the weekend.

The attack was “without precedent”, the PM said, adding that had it succeeded, the “fallout for regional security and the toll on Israeli citizens would have been catastrophic”.

Anticipating Israel’s response, the prime minister called for “calmer heads to prevail”.

He said: “We are working urgently with our allies to de-escalate the situation and prevent further bloodshed. We want to see calmer heads prevail and we are directing all our diplomatic efforts to that end.

“Yesterday I spoke to my fellow G7 leaders. We are united in our condemnation of this attack”, he added. is the UK’s leading digital-only political website, providing comprehensive coverage of UK politics. Subscribe to our daily newsletter here.