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Ceasefire reached because Israel ‘only understands language of force’: Iran FM

Rockets are fired from Gaza City towards Israeli-occupied territories, on August 7, 2022. (File photo by AFP)

Israel only understands the language of force, says Iran’s foreign minister after Israel agreed to a ceasefire with Gaza-based Palestinian resistance forces who fired a barrage of rockets in retaliation for the regime’s attack against the besieged enclave.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Israel launches “blind attacks against women and children” in order to “cover up the multi-layered crises in the occupied territories,” but the assaults fail every time and further lead to its isolation.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a post on his Instagram account early on Monday after holding separate phone calls with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his Qatari, Syrian and Lebanese counterparts to discuss Israel’s recent deadly attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

In his post, Iran’s top diplomat said the Islamic Republic condemns the Israeli crimes and reiterated its support for an “active resistance that stops the malice of the occupiers” during talks with its allies and neighboring counties.

The Iranian foreign minister also reiterated his earlier remarks that the Israeli regime “only understands the language of force.”

Tel Aviv has been trying to “change the balance of power and terror” since the 33-Day war in Lebanon in July 2006, during which Israel was forced to accept a ceasefire without achieving any of its declared goals, he said.

“Only just, wise observers can testify whether they have won or have been defeated”, Amir-Abdollahian said, adding that the ceasefire took effect “because the Zionists only understand the language of force.”

On Friday, the Israeli regime launched airstrikes targeting residential areas in the Gaza City, killing dozens of people, including Taysir al-Jabari, a senior commander of the Palestinian resistance movement of Islamic Jihad, and fifteen children.

The Israeli strikes prompted the al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, to respond by firing hundreds of rockets toward the occupied territories, forcing Tel Aviv to seek out a ceasefire in order to stop the retaliatory attacks.

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