TEHRAN: A top Iranian commander on Saturday said it is time for the Israelis to think about leaving Palestine and redeem their homes in Europe and the US.
“Before your homes you sold in Europe, America and elsewhere become more expensive, go back and re-buy and rebuild them,” said General Ismail Qa’ani, head of Iran’s revolutionary guard’s elite Quds force.
“From now on, the message of the resistance to the Palestinian children is that ‘your plans must be for the administration of the whole of Palestine’, and without a doubt, the Zionist regime must think of a time when this land will no longer be under their control,” General Qa’ani said.
Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy, is a sponsor of Palestinian resistance groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jehad.
Both groups have publicly praised Iran for its assistance, which experts say now primarily takes the form of blueprints, engineering know-how, motor tests and other technical expertise.
The U.S. State Department reports that Iran provides $100 million a year to Palestinian armed groups.
Qa’ani said: “In the first three days of the Palestinian war with the Zionist regime, we fired as many missiles at the occupied territories as the entire 22-day war. This is the power of the Resistance Front,” General Qa’ani said, referring to the war that began on December 27, 2008.
According to the general, “more than 3,000 missiles fired by the resistance into the occupied territories were produced in the same geographic area” which was pulverized in 2008 under a ferocious Israeli aerial campaign and came to be known as the Gaza massacre.
Qa’ani’s comments come in the wake of an 11-day war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.
During the fighting, Gaza militants fired more than 4,000 rockets at Israel, while Israel bombed hundreds of targets linked to militants in Gaza.
More than 250 people, the majority Palestinians, were killed in the war which ended a week ago.
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