Ayatollah Khamenei praises Palestinian Islamic Jihad for ‘rubbing enemy’s nose to the ground’

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has hailed the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement for its spirited steadfastness and resilience during the recent three-day-long Israeli military onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip, stating that the group proved that any segment of the resistance front can rub the Tel Aviv regime’s nose to the ground.

Ayatollah Khamenei, in a Thursday letter addressed to Secretary General of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad movement Ziad al-Nakhala, said the heroic and courageous perseverance of the group elevated its status among other Palestinian resistance factions, thwarted the plots of the usurping Tel Aviv regime and took the Zionists down a peg.

The Leader also underlined the need for maintaining unity among all Palestinian groups.

“The usurping enemy is getting weaker, at the same time that the Palestinian resistance front is getting stronger,” Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out.

Earlier this week, Nakhalah had written to Ayatollah Khamenei about the presence of Palestinian fighters throughout the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank in a united front against the Israeli aggression.

In his letter, the Islamic Jihad chief had stated that Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip vigorously withstood the latest Israeli aggression on the besieged enclave.

“We dubbed the recent bout of violence ‘Wahda al-Sahat’ (Unity of the Fields) to emphasize the unity of our nation against the enemy, which is trying to wreck it through all available means and conspiracies,” Nakhalah wrote.

He emphasized that the entire Israeli-occupied territories were within the range of Islamic Jihad missiles during the Israeli military campaign.

He stated that the movement’s resilience threw out Israeli calculations, compelled the regime to call for a ceasefire only after three days, and forced it to yield to the Palestinian resistance front’s demands.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the secretary general of the Islamic Jihad denounced the Israeli regime’s attempts to sow seeds of division among Palestinian groups.

“They (Israelis) declared that the sole target of the war is Islamic Jihad. However, Islamic Jihad, thanks to its powerful and courageous struggle, inspired the awe and support of all resistance forces in the region and worldwide. It was backed by the entire Palestinian nation and all resistance movements, above all Hamas,” Nakhala said.

He described the latest victory of the Palestinian resistance front as a prelude to other triumphs in the future, extending gratitude to Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement led by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the Islamic Republic of Iran for their unwavering and generous support to Palestinians.

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