Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Israel will receive “a heavier slap” for the regime's ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip.
“The Zionists should know that with the massacre of the people of Gaza, they will receive a heavier slap,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a joint graduation ceremony of the cadets of the armed forces at the Imam Ali Army Officer University in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Leader emphasized that the Gaza massacre will “bring a greater calamity to the Zionists” after they suffered “an irreparable defeat both in terms of military and intelligence”.
Israel ferociously pounded buildings in Gaza Tuesday as battles continued in southern towns which Palestinian resistance fighters overran in a blitzkrieg on Saturday.
“In this Oct. 7 incident, the usurping Zionist regime suffered an irreparable defeat both in terms of military and intelligence. Everyone admitted the defeat but I emphasize irreparability.
“I say that this devastating earthquake has managed to destroy some of the main structures of the usurping regime's governance, which cannot be rebuilt so easily,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the Palestinian youth for single-handedly pulling off a stunning upset over the Israeli army.
“We kiss the foreheads and arms of the skillful and intelligent designers and Palestinian youth, but those who say that the recent epic is the work of non-Palestinians suffer from miscalculation,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Israelis are to blame themselves for the defeat, but they have opted to play the victim instead.
“The actions of the Zionists brought this disaster on them. When cruelty and crime passes the limit, when rapacity reaches its peak, one should wait for the storm," he said.
The Leader said no Muslim nation in contemporary history has ever faced as much hostile and cruel regime as Israel. Neither has any nation been under as much pressure, siege and shortage as the Palestinian nation.
“In addition, America and England have not supported any cruel government as much as the fake regime” of Israel, he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the Israelis’ killing of Palestinian men, women, children and the elderly, their desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque, their attack on worshipers and vandalism by settlers.
“Does the chivalrous and thousands-year-old Palestinian nation have any other solution to all these atrocities and crimes than unleashing a storm?” the Leader asked, referring to “Operation al-Aqsa Storm”.
“The brave and selfless act of the Palestinians was a response to the crime of the usurper enemy, which had been going on for years and had increased in intensity in recent months and the current government ruling the usurping Zionist regime is to blame,” the Leader said.
However, now that the evil and cruel enemy has received the slap, it has started a policy of playing the victim, he said, adding "others also help it, the media of the world arrogance helps it”.
“This self-victimization is 100% untrue and false, since the Palestinian combatants were able to break the siege of Gaza and reach the military and civilian centers of the Zionists.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Whatever it is, this usurping regime is not a victim. It is cruel, aggressive, ignorant, and irrelevant, but it is not oppressed, it is an oppressor and no one can make the face of an oppressed out of this devilish monster.”
The Leader said the Israeli regime is playing the victim card in order to double down on its oppression and justify its “attack on people's houses, attack on civilians, and its massacre and mass killing of Gazans”.
“This is also a wrong calculation. Let the heads and decision makers of the usurping regime and their supporters know that this will bring a bigger disaster on them. Let them know that the reaction to these atrocities will be a heavier slap in their ugly faces.”
The Palestinian Health Ministry said Tuesday the Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 704 people and injured more than 3,900 people since the unprecedented operation by Hamas.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Israeli atrocities will make the Palestinian youth more determined and strengthen them.
“Gone is the day when certain people would come and try to eke out a position for themselves in Palestine with a forked tongue and liaison with the oppressor,” he said, referring to concessionist leaders.
“Today, Palestinians are awake, young people are awake and Palestinian planners are working with full skill. Hence, this calculation of the enemy which thinks it can continue its criminal attacks by playing the victim is wrong.”