The victory of Gaza highlights the necessity to continue resistance and Jihad against the Zionist regime (Israel). With their patience and perseverance, the people of Gaza showed that the only way to confront the Zionist regime is Jihad and resistance.” Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali LarijaniFollowing the victory of the Palestinian resistance movement over Israel in the recent war on the Gaza Strip, Iran and Lebanon have urged continued support for the Islamic resistance in Lebanon and Palestine. “The victory of Gaza highlights the necessity to continue resistance and Jihad against the Zionist regime (Israel). With their patience and perseverance, the people of Gaza showed that the only way to confront the Zionist regime is Jihad and resistance,” Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Nabih Berri in Beirut on Friday. He slammed the stance of certain Muslim countries on Palestine, adding, “Political gesture will not resolve the Palestinian people’s problem. The Palestinian people would like Muslim countries to provide them with real help.” Larijani emphasized that support for such movements in the region is a matter of honor for Iran as they are resisting against Israel’s expansionist nature. The top Iranian parliamentarian expressed optimism about political developments in the region and said Tehran would stand by Palestine and Lebanon. Berri, for his part, expressed hope that the Palestinian resistance movement’s victory against Israel would be a turning point for regional countries to support resistance. He lauded Iran’s support for the Lebanese government and people. On November 14, the Israeli regime launched a deadly offensive against 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 Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis. An Egyptian-mediated ceasefire agreement, which took effect on Wednesday, ended the Israeli onslaught on Gaza. Under the deal, the Palestinians and Israelis agreed to end all hostilities. But the Israeli regime did not agree to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The Iranian Majlis speaker, who is on a three-leg regional tour, met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus earlier on Friday.Larijani said the Islamic Republic would continue its support for the Syrian government and nation. Earlier in the day, Larijani emphasized that Iran strongly opposes adventurism in Syria, urging a political solution to the unrest in the Arab country. The unrest in Syria began in March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the insurgents are foreign nationals. SF/HJL/MA