All Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied territories will soon join forces and transform the West Bank into a “hell” for the Zionist regime, an Iranian commander says.
“The Palestinians in the West Bank will not abandon their ideals and someday, not very far from now, the West Bank will turn into a hell for the security of the Zionists, as the sons of the West Bank and Gaza Strip will join hands,” the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s second-in-command, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, said on Saturday.
He downplayed the effectiveness of US support for Israel against the Palestinian resistance, saying, “The US is not capable of providing security for the Zionist regime [of Israel], because the entire occupied Palestinian lands are a focal point of [missiles] fired by [Lebanon’s resistance movement] Hezbollah, [Palestinian resistance movements] Hamas and [Islamic] Jihad.”
On November 25, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei reaffirmed Iran’s support for the Palestinians in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied territories, adding the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank should be armed to defend their land, just like the Gazans.
“We are not entangled in religious divisions, and we will provide Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Palestine with the same assistance we offered to Shia Hezbollah in Lebanon,” the Leader noted.
Over the past weeks, the occupied West Bank has been the scene of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces over the regime’s recent desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque as well as Israel’s new settlement construction plans.
Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds (Jerusalem) over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.