Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan pointed to the recent “humiliating” defeat of Israel in the war against the Palestinians, and said the Zionist regime will never again taste victory in any war in future.
“The usurper Zionist regime will no more win any war and it doesn’t even have the power to take a decision about entering a new war and their threatening rhetoric is also no more than a political bluff,” Dehqan said, addressing the meeting of the defense ministry’s strategic council in Tehran on Monday.
He described the “humiliating” defeat of the Zionist regime in the recent Gaza war as the failure of the US policies in the region, and said it is now the time for the Americans to accept the regional realities and rescue themselves from the whirlpool created by the Zionists by stopping their interference and support for Zionism and terrorism.
“Today the resistance enjoys the capabilities which can confront any threat of the Zionist regime with even an upper hand and materialize its goals and demands,” Dehqan said.
Last week, joyous Palestinians streamed into the streets of Gaza and celebrated victory after seven weeks of resistance against the Israeli offensive.
On Tuesday, Palestinian groups and Egyptian mediators confirmed that the Cairo-based talks ended in truce.
Palestinian and Egyptian officials said the deal calls for an indefinite halt to the war, the immediate opening of Gaza’s blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt and a widening of the territory’s fishing zone in the Mediterranean.
Under a second stage of the truce that would begin a month later, Israel and the Palestinians would discuss the construction of a Gaza sea port and Israel’s release of Hamas prisoners in the occupied West Bank.
After the ceasefire began, crowds and traffic filled the Gaza streets. Car horns blared and recorded chants praising God sounded from mosque loudspeakers.
“Today we declare the victory of the resistance, today we declare the victory of Gaza,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.
More than 2,150 Palestinians, including around 570 children, have been killed since Israel launched its onslaught on Gaza on July 8. Some 11,100 others have been wounded.
The United Nations says over 80 percent of the killed Palestinians have been civilians.