Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah lauded Iran’s support for Palestinian resistance groups, saying that Iran has backed these groups without any condition or expectation.
“Iran has helped Palestine’s resistance (groups) for 30 years without any condition and has not expected even a simple appreciation. All what Iran wants is seeing Palestine retake its land and nothing more,” Nasrallah said on Sunday.
He further added that Lebanon stands by Iran in the Palestinian issue. “Therefore, we say that we stand beside you and move behind you for the sake of Palestine.”
Elsewhere, Nasrallah rejected allegations on disputes between Iran and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, and said that there were some analyses that Hamas has preferred Arab countries, but not Iran, “but based on experiences we know that these are all hopes and wishes and are not real”.
“To all those who talked during the Gaza War about Hamas’ relations with Hezbollah and Iran, our relations with everyone are normal,” Middle-East Online quoted Nasrallah as saying.
“Iran did not interfere with the Palestinian resistance and its structure and decisions, it only offered support. It was only doing its duty for Gaza,” he said, adding, “Day after day, it is confirmed that Iran is an ally of Arabs and Muslims… and this was confirmed during the recent confrontation in Gaza and before that in Lebanon.”
“There are Arab and Islamic countries working to offer Israel a friend and Iran an enemy,” he said, referring to some Persian Gulf neighboring states.
Different Palestinian resistance groups including Hamas have already appreciated Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei for supporting the groups and foiling the plots hatched to sow discord between Iran and Hamas.
In a statement last Wednesday, Hamas thanked the Iranian Supreme Leader for his support, saying, “Right at a time when the region is passing through the most difficult times and faces different plots, religious schemes at top of them, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei with his unifying and insightful statements in the International Conference of Muslim Scholars and Islamic Awakening, drew attention to the main problem in the region and the source of plots and devilishness, that is the filthy Quds Occupying Regime (Israel).”
During the International Conference of Muslim Scholars and Islamic Awakening held in Tehran last Tuesday, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei lauded Palestinians for their recent victory over the Zionist regime in the 8-day Israeli war on Gaza, and said the war once again showed the necessity for unity among Muslims.
He also praised the “braveries” shown by the Palestinians groups, specially Hamas and Islamic Jihad Movements, in the Gaza war.
The Leader said that the Gaza war had important lessons for the Palestinian people and other Muslims, and stated, “The Gaza war showed that if all sides unite with each other and be patient against hardships, God’s promise for emergence of comfort after termination of hardships will come true.”
Israel triggered an 8-day fighting by assassinating the military chief of the ruling Hamas group on November 14 followed by dozens of airstrikes on Gaza.
In response, Palestinian groups fired over 1,500 missiles and rockets at Israel.
Palestinian resistance groups targeted Tel Aviv and areas near Jerusalem for the first time in the history of confrontations between the two sides, launching a rocket attack in a major escalation of hostilities as Israel pressed forward with relentless airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Israel called up thousands of reservists and massed troops along the border with Gaza, signaling a ground invasion of the densely populated seaside strip could be imminent.
But the rocket attacks on areas deep in the occupied territories (Israel) frightened the Israeli regime, and made it drop its aggression plans and ask for third party mediation.
Eventually, a Cairo-mediated ceasefire agreement, which took effect on Wednesday November 21, ended the Israeli attacks, which killed more than 165 Palestinians and injured about 1,269 others.