Earlier this month, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called israel a “terrorist garrison”, adding that it is the “collective responsibility” and duty of all Muslims to fight against the Jewish state. The call came amid the worst escalation of the Israel-Hamas conflict in recent years.
Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, has rejected Israel’s military threats against Tehran as “nothing but nonsense”.
In an interview with the Arabic-language news channel al-Masirah on Saturday, Hajizadeh claimed that “[even] the besieged Gaza Strip imposed a severe defeat” on Israel, in an apparent reference to last week’s ceasefire deal between israel and the Islamist group Hamas.
Hajizadeh was echoed by Esmaeil Qaani, commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, who said the Israelis should leave what he described as the occupied Palestinian territories and repurchase the properties they had sold in Europe and America.
For decades, Israel has been in conflict with the Palestinians, who have been seeking diplomatic recognition for an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli government refuses to recognise the Palestinian Authority as an independent political and diplomatic entity, continuing to build settlements in the areas controlled by the Jewish state despite…