Amid violence in Israel and Gaza, the IRGC issued a statement calling the U.S. “guarantors of the Zionist regime’s atrocities and deplorable crimes”, and pledged that “it continues to support and accompany [the Palestinians] with greater intelligence and power than ever before”. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spoke with the secretary general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) expressing Iran’s “preparedness to support the Palestinian people and resistance”. In related remarks a day earlier, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei condemned what he described as “malicious behaviour” by Israel and opined that “only can only talk with the language of strength with these criminals. [The Palestinians] must increase their strength, stand strong and confront them”.
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