After Hamas and its allies launched a huge attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi stated that Israel was about to collapse.
The first invasion into Israel since the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the operation—dubbed Al-Aqsa Flood by the Palestinian militants—started a new phase of hostilities in the area.
Al Jazeera reports that Raisi spoke to a sizable gathering of supporters in Kerman, the city where he was born and where scores of people were killed by two explosions on Wednesday. The anniversary of the US drone strike in Baghdad last year that killed Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, fell on the same day as the explosions.
Echoing the remarks of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Raisi declared, “The victory of the righteous and the elimination of the wicked is a divine promise.” He denounced the “Zionist regime” for its atrocities against the Muslim world and applauded the Palestinian resistance.
He declared that the Palestinian fighters, who allegedly killed over a thousand Israeli soldiers and civilians and seized hundreds more, had routed the Israeli forces. In addition, he issued a warning, saying that Iran will defend its partners in the area and take revenge on any US invasion.