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Consulate attack indicates Israel mired in Gaza quagmire, seeks to widen war: Iran's parliament

Posters depicting victims of an airstrike on the consular annex of the Iranian embassy's headquarters in Damascus are displayed during a memorial service for them at the premises in the Syrian capital on April 3, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

A senior Iranian lawmaker has reacted to the recent Israeli terrorist attack against the Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital of Damascus, saying the deadly strike shows the "growing weakness" of the Tel Aviv regime as a result of its failure in the war on the Gaza Strip.

Vahid Jalalzadeh, head of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Iranian state television on Wednesday.

He said the Israeli military has not been able to defeat Palestinian resistance groups during its genocidal war on Gaza, adding that it is now seeking to play the “blame game” with carrying out such “terrorist” attacks.

Jalalzadeh warned that by carrying out such terrorist attacks the Israeli regime intends to spread the war to other countries in the region and the world.

He also said the Israeli regime seeks to whitewash its human rights violations following the evacuation of al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and the harrowing incidents that unfolded.

Condemning the West’s double standards on this terrorist attack, Jalalzadeh further noted that it was unlikely that the international community would respond seriously to the crimes of Israel.

He also stressed that the Islamic Republic will respond “at the right time and place” to this huge crime without providing further details.

Jalalzadeh said the Damascus attack shows the growing weakness of the Israeli regime due to the stalemate in Gaza. After six months, the regime, which claimed to have the fifth largest army in the world, could not defeat a number of Palestinian resistance groups, he added.

"Through these operations, which are state terrorism, the regime violated all international conventions regarding embassies in the capitals of the world. Unfortunately, we continue to witness the double standards of international bodies and Western countries regarding this terrorist attack,"

He also denounced the UN’s inaction vis-à-vis the Israeli regime's ongoing atrocities, saying what new crime the regime needs to carry out so that the world body takes a serious action.

On Monday afternoon, Israeli warplanes bombed the Iranian consulate, situated next to the embassy building in Damascus’s Mezzeh district.

The air raid killed two Iranian military generals who were on an advisory mission to Syria as well as five of their accompanying officers.

Iranian officials have emphasized the country’s right to deliver a firm response to the Israeli crime that violated all international obligations and conventions.

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