TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- The head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Quds Force says no matter how much pressures and sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic, it will never let Palestine be alone in its confrontation with the Zionist regime.
Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani made the remarks in separate letters on Thursday to Muhammad Deif, the commander of Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of Hamas, and Akram al-Ajouri, who heads Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
“I reiterate here that we abide by the promise made to you by martyred commander Hajj Qassem Soleimani. No matter how much pressure mounts and to what degree sanctions are intensified, we will never let Palestine be alone,” the letter to Deif said.
General Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, was assassinated along with his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, in a U.S. drone strike ordered by ex-president Donald Trump near Baghdad airport on January 3, 2020.
“We will not stop until the usurping Zionist regime is annihilated and every inch of the land of Palestine is liberated,” the Iranian commander said.
“The Operation al-Quds Sword has clearly proven that those who were involved in the process of selling out Palestine did this on their own behalf and will soon regret what they have done,” General Qa’ani said in a clear reference to normalization deals signed between a number of Arab countries’ governments and Israel during past months through agreements brokered by Trump.
Elsewhere in his letter to Deif, General Qa’ani said that today, “the enemy is well aware that Palestine is not alone, but the resistance front is getting more extended and stronger with every passing day.”
Noting that Palestinian resistance groups have pulled off a huge epic task
through their steadfastness, and proven the weakness of the enemy, the Quds Force’s commander added, “Al-Quds continues to be the compass of the resistance front and the qiblah of its jihad.”
In his letter to Ajouri, Qa’ani lauded the unity and steadfastness of Palestinian resistance groups, which in his words “brought humiliation to the Zionist army” of Israel.
Qa’ani noted that capabilities of resistance groups are much higher than the enemy has seen so far or can even imagine. “We will stand with you with our soul and spirit... We have no doubt that we will enter Al-Aqsa Mosque and say prayer in it with power and dignity.”
“I kiss the hands of all those fighters who made possible this brilliant victory,” he added.
On Wednesday, IRGC chief General Hussein Salami said Iran supports Palestinians’ fight against the occupying regime of Israel.
“Tehran backs the Palestinians’ fight against the Zionist regime),” he said.
“Today we are witnessing the birth of a new Palestine... fighting with missiles,” Gen. Salami said at a pro-Palestinian rally in central Tehran’s Imam Hussein Square.
“A new Israel has also emerged, one that is broken, frustrated, downcast, that has lost confidence in itself,” said the general.
Gen. Salami said the suspension last week of international flights to Tel Aviv airport because of rocket fire was “a first”.
“The battle for Palestine is not only one of the Palestinians against the Israelis,” he said, but one that “symbolizes the battle of Muslims against world arrogance”, he said.