IRGC Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami said given the biased ceasefire plan proposed by Egypt, continued resistance and war against Israel is now the best possible option for the Palestinians, adding that Hamas enjoys hidden war equipment and capabilities which will be used in later stages of the war.
“The plan proposed by Egypt meets the Zionist regime’s interests and is not acceptable as it seeks to disarm the resistance, but we know that the damage inflicted on the Palestinians by a ceasefire is more than war,” Salami said in a live interview with Iran’s state-run TV on Saturday night.
Stressing that the Zionist regime has been defeated in close-range and street war against Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups, he said the Zionist army cannot move on the ground no matter Palestinian tunnels are there or not.
“Their fighter jets can just bomb the Palestinians, and these bombardments are responded by the resistance’s missile attacks,” he added.
He also referred to the Israeli “iron dome” missile shield built to intercept and destroy the Palestinian missiles, and said the shield has proved efficient in only 20% of cases.
Salami underlined that the resistance missiles now have a range of 160km which means that the entire occupied territories can be covered by the resistance missiles and the Zionist regime is not able to stand against the flood of Palestinian missiles.
He said that despite the advanced technologies and equipment that the Zionist regime enjoys and its extensive intelligence operations, the Palestinians have been able to dig hundreds of kilometers of tunnels and the resistance’s key leaders have escaped assassination which shows the Palestinian resistance’s intelligence maturity and superiority.
Salami referred to the situation in the West Bank, and said, “Certainly, the West Bank will move on the same track paved by the Gaza Strip and will certainly be armed and turned into a battle ground, of course, they are now fighting with stone but Gaza also fought with stone and now has acquired missiles and drones and this will also happen there.”
He also pointed to the opposition of certain Arab states with the resistance, and said the resistance questions the legitimacy of the Arab regimes which want Palestine, Lebanon and Syria to be killed by the Zionist regime so that they can be a regional actor and retain their legitimacy.
Salami said that the Zionist regime has misused the Muslim world’s negligence and attacked Gaza in a bid to clear the world public opinion of its previous failures against the Palestinians.
Israel has been pounding the blockaded Gaza for 34 consecutive days, killing over 1,900 people and injuring more than 11,000 others.
Four out of every five Palestinians killed during Israel’s ongoing military offensive in Gaza have been civilians, including dozens of women and children.