Israel-Iran crisis LIVE: Tehran suffered ‘double defeat’ with missile blitz, says Cameron as Israel considers whether to ‘go big’

Israel is considering whether to “intervene majorly” in its retaliatory measures against Iran despite fears of a full-scale conflict in the Middle East, reports said, after the Islamic republic launched hundreds of missiles at the Jewish state this weekend.

The country’s war cabinet met on Sunday to decide between military retaliation or responding to Iran’s attack in a more measured manner, the Financial Times said – citing an Israeli figure familiar with the government’s deliberations .

Nationalist figures in Israel called on the five-member cabinet – which also includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – to choose the former, despite allies’ fears of a “catastrophic escalation” that would lead to a wider war in the Middle East and the Third World War.