Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili has congratulated the people of Gaza on their victory over Israel, saying Israel’s defeat shows the growing power of resistance. "The Islamic Republic of Iran congratulates the downtrodden people of Palestine on this victory and calls on all the resistance groups to vigorously pursue the demands of the people with unity and by reliance on resistance as the only way to liberate Palestine," Jalili said in a statement on Thursday. He added that the victory of the people of Gaza over Israel indicates that the Palestinian resistance is growing more and more powerful and that the Israeli regime’s power is waning.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support the [Palestinian] resistance with honor and solidity as it did in the past and warns the United States and other Western allies of the Zionist regime [of Israel] against supporting the criminals acts of this regime,” Jalili noted.He further urged the Muslim countries to play their role in liberating al-Quds (Jerusalem) by taking effective measures. On November 14, the Israeli regime launched a deadly offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip, which killed more than 160 Palestinians and injured some 1,200 others. In retaliation, Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into the Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis. On Wednesday, Egypt announced that the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas had reached a ceasefire agreement. Under the deal, the Palestinians and Israelis agreed to end all hostilities against each other. But the Israeli regime did not agree to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip. Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living among the population of about 1.7 million Palestinians. TNP/SS/IS