By J. Levitt
Palestinian Authority Envoy to Tehran Salah al-Zawawi told supporters of Gaza on Tuesday that “Israel’s annihilation has begun and the new generation in Iran will certainly witness our victory over Israel,” according to Iranian semi-official state news agency Fars.”The U.S. and the Western countries have created a fake regime in Palestine to get rid of it and have supplied it with the most advanced weapons and are seeking to create an Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates,” Zawawi said.
On Monday, Hamas Envoy to Tehran Khaled Al-Qadoumi told a conference of Gaza supporters that, “The only mechanism for liberating Palestine is resistance and we have no option other than supporting the resistance,” according to Fars, which also cited him as saying “that Hamas will not talk to those who are willing to make compromise and have negotiations with Israel.”
As the Iranian press flouted the regime’s support of Hamas, to which it sent Fajr-5 missiles and Ababil drones for use against Israel, Al-Qadoumi recognized Iran’s support, saying, “We hope to be able to make our missiles more advanced with the help of the knowledgeable Iranians.”
During Operation Protective Edge, Iranian military commanders called for a formal alliance among Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza to fight “the Zionist enemy.” On Monday, the deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Army called for an armed Palestinian Intifada in the West Bank.