(Alliance News) - Israel is "making the decision to act" in response to Saturday's attack by Iran, the UK foreign secretary has said as he visits the country for talks with its leaders.

Cameron travelled to Israel late on Tuesday to discuss Tel Aviv's response the drone and missile barrage, having previously urged Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu to show restraint.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivered a similar message to Netanyahu in a phone call on Tuesday, saying it was "time for calm heads to prevail".

However, speaking to broadcasters in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the foreign secretary said Israel appeared to be preparing to retaliate.

He said: "It is right to have made our views clear about what should happen next, but it is clear the Israelis are making the decision to act.

"We hope they do so in a way that does as little to escalate this as possible and in a way that, as I said yesterday, is smart as well as tough."

The foreign secretary is expected to hold meetings with senior Israeli figures, including Netanayahu, as well as visit the West Bank before heading to a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy.

Cameron said he hoped the G7 meeting would result in further "co-ordinated sanctions" against Iran, saying Tehran needed to be sent "a clear and unequivocal message".

The UK has already sanctioned several Iranians along with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

But the government has so far resisted calls from MPs to proscribe the IRGC as a terrorist organisation, with ministers saying such a move could jeopardise Britain's ability to engage with Tehran diplomatically.

The UK joined allies in defending Israel when Iran launched about 350 drones and missiles at Israel on Saturday, with British jets shooting down a number of drones.

The onslaught followed Israel's targeting of an Iranian diplomatic compound in Syria earlier this month.

Israel's government has said the attack "will be met with a response", while world leaders have sought to dissuade Netanyahu from retaliating.

By Christopher McKeon, PA Political Correspondent

Press Association: News

source: PA

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