Resistance ‘most effective strategy’ to end Israeli occupation of Palestine

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has said resistance is the most effective strategy to end more than seven decades of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Ali Akbar Ahmadian made the statement in a meeting with the head of the political bureau of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, Ismail Haniyeh, and his accompanying delegation in Tehran on Monday as they exchanged views about the latest developments in the region and ways to strengthen unity among Palestinian resistance groups.

Pointing to the ongoing developments in the occupied territories and the internal chaos in the Israeli regime, Ahmadian said, “Resistance is the most efficient strategy to put an end to more than 75 years of the occupation of Palestine.”

The SNSC chief added, “Palestine is the prime issue of the Muslim world, and strengthening unity among Muslims, especially the regional players of resistance [front], will inflict the most severe damage on the Zionist enemy and its supporters.”

Touching upon the enemies’ attempts to sow division among the resistance groups, Ahmadian said, “The unity and support of the resistance groups for the Islamic Jihad movement in the recent war disappointed the Zionist enemy[‘s plans] to [realize] the plot.”

The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council praised the resistance of Hamas against the Israeli regime and said, “The Palestinian resistance, which once fought to defend itself in Gaza, has achieved a level of preparedness that is now consolidating its presence in the West Bank.”

The Tel Aviv regime launched a deadly bombing campaign on Gaza on May 9, sparking the firing of over 1,000 rockets by the Islamic Jihad toward the occupied territories. The two sides agreed after five days of fighting to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that took effect on May 13.

Israeli aerial assaults killed at least 33 Palestinians in Gaza, including six children, and wounded 147, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Several Islamic Jihad leaders were also among the Palestinian victims of the latest conflict, which marked the worst episode of fighting between Gaza’s resistance factions and Israel since a 10-day war in 2021.

Haniyeh, for his part, expressed his gratitude for the outstanding and effective role of Iran in strengthening unity and cooperation in the Muslim world and the Palestinian resistance groups.

The head of the political bureau of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement also briefed the Iranian official on political and field developments in Palestine as well as plans by the resistance to maintain and strengthen initiative measures in the face of the occupying regime.

Over the past months, the Israeli regime has intensified attacks against Palestinian towns and cities throughout the occupied territories. As a result of these attacks, dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested.

Most of the raids have targeted the cities of Nablus and Jenin in the occupied West Bank, where the regime’s forces have been trying to stifle a growing Palestinian resistance against the occupation.

One of the objectives of Israeli raids on various locations across the occupied West Bank has been to raze the structures that belong to the Palestinians, whom the regime accuses of killing Zionist settlers.

As a result of these attacks, over 160 Palestinians, including 28 children, have lost their lives and many others have been arrested in 2023.