Raeisi had telephone conversations with Ismail Haniyeh and Ziyad al-Nakhalah, leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian resistance movements based in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV channel reported on Tuesday.
“Rest assured that Iran will continue to defend Palestine and support its nation until the liberation of Jerusalem al-Quds,” the president-elect told the resistance leaders.
Raeisi also congratulated the Palestinians on their victory against the Israeli regime during the latest war on Gaza, stressing that the oppressed nation and the heroic resistance of Palestine once again shone in a decisive test as they forced Israel to retreat in their push towards liberating al-Quds al-Sharif.
Tel Aviv launched the bombing campaign against Gaza on May 10, after Palestinians retaliated against violent raids on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem al-Quds
Apparently caught off guard by unprecedented rocket barrages from Gaza as part of Operation al-Quds Sword, Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire on May 21, which Palestinian resistance groups accepted with Egyptian mediation.
According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, at least 260 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli offensive, including 66 children and 39 women, and 1948 others were wounded.
Haniyeh, for his part, congratulated Raeisi on his victory in Iran’s presidential election and appreciated the Islamic Republic’s support for the Palestine issue.
Similarly, Nakhalah wished success for Raeisi and thanked Iran for backing the Palestinian nation and its resistance movement.