Despite sanctions, pressures we will never let Palestine be alone: Iran’s Quds Force

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Following the ceasefire agreement between Palestine and Israel, halting a deadly 11-day war that led to widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip, brought life in much of Israel to a standstill and claimed over 200 lives in Gaza, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says no matter how much pressures and sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic, it will never let Palestine be alone in its confrontation with the Zionist regime.

According to Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen news network, Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani made the remarks in separate letters on Thursday to Mohammed Deif, chief of staff and supreme commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of Hamas resistance movement, and Akram al-Ajouri, who heads al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

“I reiterate here that we abide by the promise made to you by [former] martyred commander [of the Quds Force] Hajj Qassem Soleimani. No matter how much pressure mounts [on Iran] and to what degree sanctions are intensified, we will never let Palestine be alone,” the Iranian commander said in his letter to Deif.

General Soleimani, the former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, was assassinated along with his Iraqi trench mate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, in a US drone strike ordered by ex-president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

The leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement says Israel has been caught in the biggest crisis it has ever faced in the past 70 years.

“We will not stop until the usurping Zionist regime is annihilated and every inch of the land of Palestine is liberated,” the Iranian commander said.

“The Operation al-Quds Sword has clearly proven that those who were involved in the process of selling out Palestine did this on their own behalf and will soon regret what they have done,” General Qa’ani said in a clear reference to normalization deals signed between a number of Arab countries’ governments and Israel during past months through agreements brokered by Trump.

Elsewhere in his letter to Deif, General Qa’ani said that today, “the enemy is well aware that Palestine is not alone, but the resistance front is getting more extended and stronger with every passing day.”

In the ‘final’ warning, Hamas military wing says Israel to ‘pay heavy price’ if it fails to end aggression in Sheikh Jarrah.

The military wing of Hamas warns that Israel will “pay a heavy price” if it keeps up its acts of aggression against fellow Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Noting that Palestinian resistance groups have pulled off a huge epic task through their steadfastness, and proven the weakness of the enemy, the Quds Force’s commander added, “al-Quds continues to be the compass of the resistance front and the Kiblah of its jihad.”

In his letter to Ajouri, the commander of IRGC’s Quds Force lauded the unity and steadfastness of Palestinian resistance groups, which in his words “brought humiliation to the Zionist army” of Israel.

Qa’ani noted that the capabilities of resistance groups are much higher than the enemy has seen so far or can even imagine, saying, “We will stand with you with our soul and spirit… We have no doubt that we will [finally] enter al-Aqsa Mosque and say a prayer in it with power and dignity.”

He concluded his letter to Ajouri by saying, “I kiss the hands of all those fighters who made possible this brilliant victory.”

Pertinently, the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, came into force early today. Each side said it stood ready to retaliate for any truce violations by the other.


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