Larijani calls Palestinian leaders on phone, voices Iranian nation's support

Tehran, July 18, IRNA – Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in separate phone calls to two Palestinian leaders voiced Iranian nation's full support for their oppressed nation's righteous struggle for the liberation of their homeland.

In his phone calls to the Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Movement Ramadan Abdullah and Head of the Hamas Political Office Khalid Mashaal, Larijani also stressed the need for setting aside of all differences of opinion among the Islamic countries and their solid support for the Palestinian nation.

Larijani also exchanged viewpoints with the two Palestinian about the latest status in Gaza and the Palestinian nation.

'Beyond doubt, the Palestinian nation will emerge victorious from this Jihadi resistance and play a decisive role in deciding the future of the region,' said Larijani, referring to the brutal invasion of the occupier regime of the Holy Qods against the Gaza civilians.

Larijani said that the countries that had been thus far rejecting the resistance initiative as the only way to liberate Palestine from the Zionists' occupation gained a proper understanding about the power of resistance in the course of this war.

'Although the Zionist regime acted quite beastly in these invasions, but due to its miscalculations about the nature of the resistance forces and their steadfastness it faced a severe defeat,' he said.

The Islamic Parliament Speaker said that by ending the disputes among themselves the Islamic countries should under the prevailing conditions unanimously support the oppressed resistance of the Palestinian nation.

He reiterated that the great Iranian nation has under every possible condition remained a supporter of the oppressed Palestinian nation's righteous liberation struggle.

Ramadan Abdullah in his phone talk with the Iranian Parliament Speaker stressed the power of resistance in the campaign against the Zionist regime, emphasizing, 'The Palestinian people will emerge victorious from this war with the Zionist regime and feel the results of the resistance and its fruits.'

He appreciated the supports of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the oppressed Palestinian nation, arguing, 'The unconditional and unlimited support of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the resistance of the Palestinian nation, and particularly the resistance forces has played a decisive role in their liberation movement.'

'This movement will in very near future lead to the victory of the Palestinian nation and the regional countries should support the Palestinian nation with their support for this righteous struggled for the liberation of their occupied territories,' he ensured Larijnai.

He added that the resistance forces, including the Islamic Jihad of Palestine, Hamas Islamic movement, and the other combatant forces are fully united and cooperating with one another in their brave confrontation with the all encompassing and inhumane invasion of the Zionist enemy, and they will, God willing emerge victorious from this war.

Khalid Mashaal, too, said in his phone talk with Larijani that it is high time for the Islamic countries to set aside their disputes and take sides with the Palestinian people, especially the Gaza residents in this blood-stained campaign for liberty and liberation of their motherland.

He meanwhile asked the Iranian Parliament Speaker to convey his warm greetings to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and to the Iranian president.

The racist Zionist regime of Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of most inhumane bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop the brave Palestinian resistance forces rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.

Israel signaled the invasion would be limited in scope - targeting tunnels dug by gunmen - and said it was not intended to topple Hamas, the Gaza Strip's dominant Islamist group.

Explosions lit up the sky in the early hours of Friday and residents in several areas of the densely populated strip of 1.8 million Palestinians said they saw small numbers of Israeli tanks that had crossed the border from Israel.

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office late on Thursday said he had given orders to destroy tunnels that militants use to infiltrate Israel and carry out attacks.

An Israeli military spokesman said that the Zionist regime was not out to try to topple Hamas.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri responded with defiance to Israel's invasion announcement, telling Reuters: 'We warn Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act.'

Gaza residents and medical officials reported heavy shelling along the eastern border from the southern town of Rafah to the north of the strip.

Orange flashes lit up the eastern Gaza Strip as Israeli gunboats off the Mediterranean coast fired shells and tracer bullets. Israeli artillery pounded the area and helicopters fired across the border, Reuters witnesses said.

Rockets streaked from Gaza toward the southern Israeli towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon. Live television showed interceptions by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, and no casualties were reported.

The occupier Zionist regime last mounted a large-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip during a three-week war in late 2008 and early 2009 that claimed 1,400 Palestinian and 13 Israeli lives.

No time frame was announced for the new operation, and the length and intensity of Israel's assaults could depend on the scale of civilian deaths - casualties likely to boost international pressure for a ceasefire.

The current conflict was largely triggered by the killing of three Israeli teens in the occupied West Bank last month and the death on July 2 of a Palestinian youth in a suspected revenge murder.

Israel briefly held its fire on Tuesday after Egypt, which is also Gaza's neighbor, announced a truce plan, but Hamas and other militant groups rejected the proposal, saying it had not addressed their demands, but they respected the truce all the same and it was Tel Aviv that breached it.

Several hours after the announcement, two residents of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, said they could see a small number of Israeli tanks inside Palestinian territory.

A witness in northern Gaza said that several tanks had rolled through Israel's Erez border crossing to the Palestinian side but had stopped short of residential areas, and that no clashes had ensued.