Jul 28, 2014, 10:52 AM
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Hamas says no to extension of Gaza blockade

Tehran, July 28, IRNA - Despite the so-called “unilateral ceasefire extension”, the criminal Zionist regime continues the carnage of the besieged city of Strip with air and artillery strikes, 'Kayhan International' wrote in its Viewpoint column published Monday.

The government of Hamas has rejected Israel’s unilateral ceasefire, saying that no ceasefire would be valid without a withdrawal of invasion forces. Hamas also argues that the partial pause isn’t stopping the Israeli attacks on civilians, and ultimately, they don’t want these brief pauses, but a settlement of the war that ends years of Israeli blockade and occupation, pointed out the English-language paper.

It’s an echo of the recent comments made by Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who has said that armed resistance by Palestinians is the only way to confront the Zionist regime of Israel.

Ayatollah Khamenei says, "Tel Aviv’s unimaginable crimes show the innate reality of Israel, whose only cure is annihilation. Of course until then, Palestinians’ resolute, armed resistance and its expansion to the West Bank is the only way to confront this savage regime. We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine’s destiny should act in this regard.”

The Leader stated that the annihilation of Israel does not mean the massacre of Jews, though: "Through a referendum, the people living and belonging in the region would select their desired government.”

Ayatollah Khamenei’s latest remarks carry with them a number of important messages that would need a closer look:

The first message is that Iran has a rational, fair and humane plan that could help resolve the Palestinian conflict once and for all. Just as importantly, the most pressing need for the Muslim world and the Islamic states is to return to their roots i.e., the path of the righteous and Islamic governance. But this can only be the case if they can fully exploit all their geopolitical advantages and resources while remaining resilient and unified.

The second message is that it is because of the Islamic Revolution that Iran is now a front-runner in the fight against Zionist violence and impunity. Also the nation takes pride in the fact that it is standing firm against Zionist/Western aggression, occupation and discrimination.

The third message is that it is as a consequence of discord in the Muslim world that the Palestinian people are now suffering immensely under Zionist occupation. More to the point, the Zionist aggressors, backed by the Western states and media propaganda, continue to harass and kill Palestinians or steal their lands under the ‘watchful’ eyes of the United Nations. The criminal regime of Israel has destroyed a nation and the so-called supporters of human rights in the West are not doing anything about it.

The fourth message is that in the wake of the ongoing carnage and genocide in the Gaza Strip, only through armed resistance will it be possible for the Palestinians to secure their freedom and rid themselves of occupation. To this end, all Palestinians, particularly those in the West Bank, have no option but to take arms if they want to liberate their lands and build their nation state.

Despite the baseless allegations of Western media outlets, the Islamic Republic of Iran has no intension to use military warfare to wipe out the Zionist regime. Quite the opposite, it has come up with a rational, fair, just and humane plan in the form of referendum that could help peacefully and permanently resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That was the final message of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

But until then, seeing that Israel has resumed its disproportionate pounding of the Gaza Strip amid the so-called "unilateral ceasefire”, it is indeed evident that armed resistance is the only choice for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to repel the Zionist aggressor and rid themselves of decades of occupation and humiliation.