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Israeli regime 'knocked out' by Hamas' Al-Aqsa Storm: Leader

Nov 22, 2023, 10:44 AM
News ID: 809579
Israeli regime 'knocked out' by Hamas' Al-Aqsa Storm: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Israeli regime suffered a “technical fault” during the Operation al-Aqsa Storm last month.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian sports champions and medal winners of the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games at the Imam Khomeini (ra) Hussainiyah on Wednesday morning.

The Iranian sports caravan won 2nd place in the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China, and 7th place in the Asian Games from among participating countries.

“If I am going to offer you a breakdown on the recent developments, it goes as, the Zionist regime was knocked out in Al-Aqsa Storm,” the Leader said.

“[The Palestinian Resistance Movement] Hamas, not as a government and country with ample facilities, but as a combatant group, managed to deal a knockout blow to the usurping Zionists with all those facilities.”

Ayatollah Khamenei hailed those athletes who expressed their support for Palestine and the Palestinian cause, and withdrew from competing with the occupying regime’s representatives in Hangzhou’s international sports tournament, saying the veracity of their act is now manifested more than ever before in the wake of Israel’s genocide in Gaza.

“Today, the whole world has realized why the Iranian athlete will not agree to face the Zionist side on the field,” the Leader said. “Because [the Zionist athlete] is a criminal and he is doing sports and going to the field for a criminal state; [therefore,] helping him is helping a terrorist and criminal regime.”

Stressing that the Israeli regime is still reeling from the burden and disgrace of a heavy defeat after Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, the Leader said, “Yes, they are showcasing power; but where? This show of power has no value when it comes to the hospitals for patients in Gaza, to the schools in Gaza, on the heads of the homeless people of Gaza.”

Ayatollah Khamenei added, “It’s as if an athlete loses on the field, and then in revenge for that loss, he attacks the fans of the opposing team, insults them, and beats them up.”

Pointing to the Israeli regime’s incessant shelling of Gaza over the past 47 days, the Leader said, “There is nothing more ignominious than what the Zionist regime has perpetrated. The Zionist regime’s heavy defeat will not be compensated by these bombings; such bombardment campaigns will only shorten the life of the occupying regime; [and] this tyranny and cruelty will not go unanswered.”

Elsewhere in his address, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution censured the politicization of sports and the double-standard approach by certain international organizations.

“They say sports are not political, but when they need to politicize sports, they politicize it in the worst way. At the slightest excuse, a country is banned from participating in all international sports events. Why? [Because] You fought somewhere; but they, themselves, ignore the 5,000 martyred children in Gaza,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

He further stressed that they ban a country on the pretext of war while ignoring another country’s war, war crimes, and even genocide. / MEHR


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