TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hussein Salami on Saturday reaffirmed Iran’s support for the Palestinian nation after resistance factions in Gaza emerged victorious in the face of Israeli military aggression.
Salami made the remarks in separate telephone conversations with Ismail Haniyeh and Ziyad al-Nakhalah, leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements.
Speaking to Haniyeh, Salami praised the latest achievement made by the Palestinian resistance groups, saying, “Iran is ready to provide all kinds of assistance to the Palestinian nation and resistance forces in all areas and it will spare no effort in this regard.”
Haniyeh, for his part, deeply appreciated Iran’s firm stance on the Palestinians’ rights in various political and field areas as well as its standing alongside the Palestinians and resistance groups.
“The Palestinian resistance created a heroic epic and defeated the Zionist bullying,” he said. “The balance of power has changed on the battlefield, and the Palestinian nation across the country and even abroad have rejected the occupation as well as its policies and actions.”
During the call with Nakhalah, Salmai stressed that the IRGC “will never leave the Palestinian nation alone.”
The Islamic Jihad leader, for his part, thanked General Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, for his efforts to achieve and consolidate the resistance victory. General Soleimani, Iran’s legendary anti-terror commander, was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad International Airport last year.
“You were with us in all fields, you are our partner in the realization of victory, and [in the future] you will be with us for the liberation of Jerusalem Al-Quds,” Nakhalah said.
He also noted that the latest conflict with the Zionist enemy led to “an unprecedented alliance” among Palestinian groups.
“This battle took place within the framework of a cohesive and coordinated front that believes in the liberation of Al-Quds and tries to defend it,” he added.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, congratulated the Palestinians on their victory against the Zionist regime.
“I congratulate all the honorable people of Palestine, fighters, the resistance front, and especially the families of martyrs, on this great success and historic victory that proved the false aura of the usurping and occupying Zionist regime. Undoubtedly, the continuation of resistance and struggle against the Zionist enemy and the growing trend of victories from the beginning of the third millennium will herald the final victories of the Muslim Ummah over the fake, empty and usurping Zionist regime,” he said
“The Islamic Republic of Iran declared its resolve to fully support the oppressed people of Palestine, the Intifada and all the brave fighters on the frontline, commanders and leaders in phone calls with the leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and ... during this cruel war. It should be emphasized once again that the decisive policy of the Islamic Republic regarding the most important issue of the Muslim world, namely Palestine, is a fixed and unchangeable policy, with a final victory ending the aggression and occupation of the Islamic holy land.”
He added, “Muslims and freedom-seekers are witnessing once again that the Intifada, which began with stones at the beginning of the 21st century, shifted the balance of power in favor of the oppressed people of Palestine with its growing missile power.”
“The armed to teeth regime surrendered to the will and resistance of the brave Palestinian nation, who selflessly stood up to uphold their inalienable rights.”
The chairman of the chiefs of staff of the Iranian armed forces also congratulated the Palestinian people over their victory, saying
the life of the occupying regime of Israel is in the hands of Palestinian fighters.
In a message, Major General Muhammad Baqeri said the latest asymmetrical battle between the oppressive Zionist regime and Palestine was a manifestation of the regime’s defeat against Palestinians and a promising event heralding the final victory of Palestine.
“We are confident that the countdown to the promised collapse of the oppressive, is imposing its rightful iron will more powerfully than any other era on the despicable usurpers of al-Quds and has placed them in a position of weakness and powerlessness,” Baqeri said.
“We send our regards to the zealous Palestinian warriors and fighters who sacrificed their lives in the epic and asymmetrical 12-day battle and pierced … the so-called Iron Dome shield to tighten the noose on the Zionists.”
The top Iranian general also warned the Zionist regime’s supporters as well as the “despicable and corrupt rulers of certain Arab countries,” who betrayed the Palestinian cause by normalizing their relations with Israel, to take a deeper look into the recent developments and stop supporting the regime “lest someday you be the target of the flames of revenge and the holy rage of the Palestinian people and the faithful fighters of the world.”
Iran’s Constitutional Council also issued a statement on Saturday, congratulating Palestinians for the realization of God’s promise of “the victory of good over evil.”
“The heroic defense and the admirable resistance of the oppressed Muslim Palestinian people in the face of the tyranny of the usurping Zionist regime once again dealt a heavy blow to the fake Zionist regime and proved the more-than-ever inability of the Zionists and their supporters,” the Council said.
It called on Islamic countries to offer political and financial support to the Palestinian people and said the Islamic Republic is duty-bound to send humanitarian aid to Gaza with the help of international organizations and Islamic countries.
Parliament speaker Muhammad-Baqer Qalibaf also said Iran will spare no effort to give all-out support to Palestinians.
“The children of the heroic nation of Abraham (PBUH) and Muhammad (PBUH) in oppressed Palestine took the Zionists, who are the greatest enemies of God and humanity in our time, down a peg” Qalibaf tweeted.
“From now on, the whole Palestine will be Gaza,” he added.