Addressing a forum in Tehran on Wednesday, Zarif blasted certain Arab states, specially Saudi Arabia, for pinning hope on Israel to defend the country.
“They still hope that the Zionist regime which has occupied the houses of their brothers and sisters for 70 years and its Iron Dome cannot even resist against Hamas missiles, could support them,” he said.
Elsewhere, Zarif underlined Iran’s capability to defend its security, saying that the westerners practice terrorism against ordinary people by imposing sanctions against Tehran.
He referred to the US and its allies’ pressures to zero Iran’s oil sale, and stressed that his country is able to provide food and medicine for its people through methods that surprise the westerners.
In relevant remarks in May, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had also said that the Palestinian people were able to respond to Israel’s missile attacks with home-made missiles.
“The Palestinian people once had stones to defend themselves but today, with their efforts, sacrifice and indigenized industry, they have instruments to give a crushing response to the Israelis and today, missile is the response of missile,” Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran.
He added that the Palestinians recently forced the Zionists to stop their attacks after 48 hours and Israel’s “Iron Dome” failed against missiles fired by the Palestinian resistance groups.
The Gaza escalation erupted earlier in May following the deaths of four Palestinians in an Israeli air raid on the coastal sliver and the regime’s live fire targeting Gaza protesters.
Israeli warplanes struck some 350 sites in Gaza, claiming the lives of 27 Palestinian people.
In response, the Palestinians fired some 700 rockets at the occupied lands, killing four Israelis and injuring 200 others.
Israel’s “Iron Dome” only intercepted 240 of the 690 projectiles fired from Gaza, raising serious questions about the effectiveness of the missile system.
After the deadly Israeli airstrikes and retaliatory Palestinian rocket attacks, the two sides reached a ceasefire agreement on Monday with the help of Egyptian and Qatari mediators.