Iran’s foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, emphasized in a recent televised interview that if the Israeli government’s actions in the Gaza Strip persist without a political resolution, various possibilities, including preemptive actions by the resistance front, could be considered.
Amir-Abdollahian made these statements following a regional tour that included visits to Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Qatar.
He highlighted that during his regional meetings with leaders from the resistance front, the consensus was to explore political solutions to put an end to Israel’s aggressive attacks on the heavily blockaded Gaza Strip. However, he also noted that if the Israeli government continues its war crimes against civilians, all options remain on the table.
In response to Operation al-Aqsa Storm initiated by Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza last Saturday, the Israeli government mobilized an unprecedented 300,000 reservists, announcing an extended conflict. This operation was a response to the Israeli regime’s long history of violence and devastation against Palestinians, resulting in over 2,800 Palestinian casualties and nearly 11,000 injuries in the besieged region.
Highlighting that resistance groups, including Lebanese Hezbollah, have carefully considered all potential scenarios, Iran’s top diplomat emphasized that they have made meticulous calculations.
He stated, “The leaders of the resistance are determined not to permit the Israeli regime to act without restraint in the region.” He issued a warning, saying, “Every possible preemptive action is under consideration in the upcoming hours.”
The top diplomat also stressed the importance of defending Gaza today, as failure to do so could require defending their own cities in the future. He referred to a statement by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who expressed that if the movement doesn’t take preemptive measures against Israel, they might find themselves battling Israeli forces in Beirut in the future.
Amir-Abdollahian pointed out that the events in the occupied territories, particularly Operation al-Aqsa Storm, have severely shaken the Israeli regime, resulting in the deaths of around 1,200 Israeli forces and illegal settlers, with close to 200 others taken captive.
The Iranian foreign minister then referred to his previous conversations with some of his counterparts from Muslim nations.
He stated, “We have jointly concluded that if the limited and restricted options available to the United Nations are not utilized, the likelihood of initiating new conflicts against the Israeli government is becoming increasingly unavoidable.” Amir-Abdollahian went on to mention that a broad-scale war led by the resistance front against Israel “would bring about a transformation in the geographical landscape of the occupying regime in al-Quds.”
Iran’s chief diplomat also criticized the United States for simultaneously calling for restraint in the ongoing conflict in Gaza while providing support to the Israeli government.
He expressed, “We have made it clear to American officials, and I am stating it here, that they cannot urge all parties to exercise restraint while extending their full support to Israeli wrongdoers.” Amir-Abdollahian continued, saying, “The time for the United States to convey such messages is nearing its end,” and he issued a warning, “I urge you to put a stop to the suffering of women and children in Gaza instead of sending insincere messages.”