The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the final collapse of the Zionist regime in Tel Aviv is not just an aspiration, but a reality, which will materialize in the near future.
Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks in separate meetings on Monday with Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the political bureau of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and the secretary general of the Islamic Jihad movement, Ziyad al-Nakhalah, in Tehran.
During the meetings, the Iranian commander congratulated the Palestinian resistance movements on their achievements in the recent Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip, saying, “In view of undeniable realities on the ground, we believe that the collapse and fall of the Zionist regime is far beyond a mere aspiration and is a reality, which will be realized in the near future.”
He said the balance of power between the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance groups in “Operation al-Quds Sword” was quite different in comparison with previous wars, adding that the Palestinian front was more powerful and achieved a victory beyond just a military triumph.
Tel Aviv launched a brutal bombing campaign against the besieged Gaza Strip on May 10, following Palestinian retaliation against violent raids on worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds.
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 260 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli offensive, including 66 children and 40 women. At least 1,948 others were also wounded.
In response, Palestinian resistance movements, chief among them Hamas, launched Operation al-Quds Sword and fired more than 4,000 rockets and missiles into the occupied territories, killing 12 Israelis.
Apparently caught off guard by the unprecedented barrage of rockets from Gaza, Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire on May 21, which Palestinian resistance movements accepted with Egyptian mediation.
Elsewhere in his remark, Salami said only power can harness the rebellious Zionists and emphasized that strengthening Palestine is a strategy that should never be stopped.
The recent developments in Palestine, particularly Operation al-Quds Sword, shattered the idea of the Israeli regime's invincibility, which has been promoted by hegemonic and Zionist rulers as well as arrogant media, suggesting that Muslim and Arab countries have no option but to engage in a peaceful coexistence with occupiers of al-Quds, he added.
"This battle (Operation al-Quds Sword) showed that it is Palestine that has become more powerful and that the elimination and collapse of the fake Zionist regime is definite," the IRGC chief commander pointed out.
Nakhalah, for his part, described Iran and the IRGC as a defense shield for the Muslim world and the resistance front in the region.
The world today is witnessing the reality that the balance of power is tilting in favor of the Palestinian resistance while the Zionists are extremely concerned about the outcome of Palestinians' increasing power in the occupied territories.
Haniyeh also hailed Iran's decisive role and stance in supporting the Palestinian resistance and said the Israeli regime is suffering a terrible nightmare after its defeat in Operation al-Quds Sword.
"Today, the Zionist regime is more than ever in a nightmare after the defeat in Operation al-Quds Sword, and the Palestinian Islamic Resistance, at the peak of its power and using past experiences, seeks to continue its successes and victories in the future," he added.
The situation in the region is changing in favor of the resistance, the Palestinian resistance leader said, and assured Muslim nations that the resistance front's fighters are prepared to strongly face any possible struggle in the future.