(August 8, 2021 / JNS) The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRCG) praised the head of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah on Saturday for its might in the face of the “Zionist enemy.”
“While the strength of Hezbollah is increasing, the enemy’s power is in decline,” IRCG Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami told Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem during a meeting in Tehran, according to Iranian media.
Raisi, who met with Qassem on Friday, also lauded the terrorist group.
“Lebanon’s Hezbollah has succeeded in displaying effective deterrence against the Zionist enemy,” Raisi told Qassem.
Qassem expressed gratitude to Iran, particularly the IRCG, for supporting the “Islamic resistance in Lebanon,” the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars reported.
Also in Tehran to attend Raisi’s official entry into office were representatives of Palestinian terrorist factions in the Gaza Strip, the enclave ruled by Hamas, whose political bureau chief, Ismail Haniyeh, met separately on Saturday with Raisi and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkani.
Shamkani congratulated Haniyeh for what Fars called the “brilliant achievements” of the “Palestinian resistance movements” in the latest round of fighting in May, and the “pivotal role of [Palestinian] Islamic Jihad and Hamas in fighting the Israeli regime and inflicting defeat on the occupiers.”
“The collapse of this fake regime is possible in the near future if all resistance groups unite under the cause of Palestine and Holy Quds [Jerusalem],” Shamkhani said, as Hamas launched arson balloon attacks from Gaza into Israel.
Raisi expressed a similar sentiment during his own meeting with Haniyeh. According to Fars, the newly instated Iranian president stressed that the Islamic Republic would continue to support Palestine, which “has been and will be the first issue of the Muslim world.”
“We have never had and will never have any doubt about this policy,” said Raisi.
Haniyeh responded by acknowledging Iran’s support for the “oppressed Palestinian people,” stating that, as a result, “today, the Zionist regime is weaker, more confused and more desperate than ever.”
Referring indirectly to the Abraham Accords, reached last summer between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain—with others following suit—Haniyeh criticized those Islamic countries who claimed to support the Palestinian cause, but have “established relations with the Zionist regime, whether overtly or covertly.”
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