TEHRAN -- President-elect Ebrahim Raisi has reiterated Iran’s support for the Palestinian nation until the liberation of Jerusalem Al-Quds from Israeli occupation.
Raisi had telephone conversations with Ismail Haniyeh and Ziad Nakhala, leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian resistance movements based in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported.
“Rest assured that Iran will continue to defend Palestine and support its nation until the liberation of Jerusalem Al-Quds,” the president-elect told the resistance leaders.
Raisi also congratulated the Palestinians on their victory against the Zionist regime during the latest war on Gaza, stressing that the Palestinian nation and the heroic resistance of Palestine once again shone in a decisive test as they forced Israel to retreat in their push towards liberating Al-Quds al-Sharif.
Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against Gaza on May 10, after Palestinians retaliated against violent raids on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem Al-Quds.
Apparently caught off guard by unprecedented rocket barrages from Gaza as part of Operation Al-Quds Sword, the occupying regime of Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire on May 21, which Palestinian resistance groups accepted with Egyptian mediation.
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, at least 260 Palestinians were martyred in the Israeli offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1948 others were wounded.
Haniyeh, for his part, congratulated Raisi on his victory in Iran’s presidential election and appreciated the Islamic Republic’s support for Palestine.
Similarly, Nakhala wished success for Raisi and thanked Iran for backing the Palestinian nation and its resistance movement.
During the May war, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad fired thousands of rockets into Occupied Palestine, many of which caught the Zionist regime’s much vaunted Iron Dome missile system napping and forced Israel to call for a ceasefire.
After the 11-day conflict, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on Muslim states then to support Palestinians militarily and financially and help rebuild Gaza.
After the war, Nakhala and Haniyeh sent messages of thanks to the Leader following the victory of the Palestinian resistance.
“Your continued support at all levels played the greatest and most prominent role in what the Palestinian people achieved in the battle of Saif Al-Quds (Operation Al-Quds Sword),” Nakhala had written in his message.