Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani underlined that the Palestinians’ missile power has forced the Zionist regime to accept defeat in its recent war on the Gaza Strip.
In separate phone talks with Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shalah and Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Mashaal on Thursday, Shamkhani felicitated Palestinian resistance leaders on victory of the Gazans over the Zionist regime.
He reiterated Tehran’s permanent support for the Palestinian resistance movement, and said, “The Zionist regime’s military commanders admitted their defeat when they saw the missile power of the Palestinian resistance.”
The Iranian official said that the victory of the Gazans is the beginning of liberation of the Holy Quds.
In a relevant development on Wednesday, also the Iranian parliament in a statement felicitated the Palestinian nation for its victory after 51 days of resistance against Israeli attacks, and said the ceasefire in Gaza is a prelude to the final victory of the Palestinians over the Quds Occupying Regime.
“Gaza has gained victory and the Zionist regime was defeated and this is the most important political news of the Muslim world today. 51 days of brave resistance by the zealous people of Gaza with 2,135 martyrs, 11,000 wounded, one thousand injured children and thousands of destroyed residential units yielded results and we are witnessing the victory of the people of Gaza, the Muslim nations and freedom-seekers,” the statement read by MP Zarqam Sadeqi said.
The Iranian parliamentarians congratulated and greeted the people of Gaza and the resistance groups’ leaders, and said, “The final victory is underway and God willing, we will do prayers in Beit al-Moqaddas (Jerusalem), the occupied territories will be freed and the Zionist regime will be sent to history archives.”
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.
The Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have also earlier hailed the Palestinian people in Gaza for keeping their spirits high despite the Zionist regime’s aggression, and said this is while the Israelis are feeling growing fear of the resistance forces’ attacks.
Addressing a gathering of clerics in Tehran late July, President Rouhani referred to the fear felt by the Zionist regime of the Palestinians’ attacks, and said during the last days of war Tel Aviv has come under the Gazans’ missile attacks for the first time, Ben Gurion airport has been closed and over 4 millions of Israelis went to the basements for the first time to save themselves from the Palestinians’ missile attacks.
Hamas’s hitting of Ben Gurion air port made air carriers in the United States and Europe halt flights to Tel Aviv after warnings from governmental agencies concerned about passenger safety.
“The carriers are making the right call,” said Robert Mann, an airline consultant in Port Washington, New York, at the time. “They are ultimately legally responsible for their operations and thus, they have to be at least as cautious and in many cases more cautious than any guideline that they are given.”
The Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, called for US airlines to resume flights to Israel.
But a senior Obama administration official said, “We’re not going to overrule the FAA, period… when a rocket lands a mile from that airport, that kind of trips their wire.”
Strictly speaking Ben Gurion airport, near Tel Aviv, belongs to the Palestinians anyway. It was formerly Lydda airport; and Lydda, a major town in its own right during the British mandate, was designated Palestinian in the 1947 UN Partition. In July 1948 Israeli terrorist troops seized Lydda, shot up the town and drove out the population as part of their ethnic cleansing program. In the process they massacred 426 men, women, and children. 176 of them were slaughtered in the town’s main mosque.