In a speech at the IRGC’s Air and Space Forces Center, Khamenei claimed that Israel had failed in the Gaza Strip. In his opinion, Israeli forces have “failed so far” in achieving their goal of destroying Hamas “despite the intense bombardment.”
The Iranian leader also said it showed the weakness of “the United States and Western countries” that support Israel, the Times of Israel reported. The newspaper reported that the Iranian authorities had determined this Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel on October 7 He described it as a “success” but denied any involvement in it.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Sunday that Iran-linked organizations are “smartly adjusting pressure” on Israel and its allies. The official media quoted the minister as saying that “resistance groups still possess untapped capabilities to put pressure on Israel.”
The Iranian authorities call the network of organizations they support the “Axis of Resistance” against Israel, while the Israeli government calls it the “Axis of Evil.” These include, among others: Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah The Houthi movement in Yemen.
According to Reuters, Tehran informed Hamas leaders that it would not join the war. High-level Palestinian and Iranian sources said that Iran, which has long protected Hamas, will continue to provide political and moral support to the movement but will not interfere directly.
Hezbollah, which operates in Lebanon, has not announced its direct participation in the conflict. After the Hamas attack However, it intensified the bombing of the northern part of IsraelTo which the Israeli army responded with fire.
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