The annihilation of the state of Israel has begun, said the official Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) envoy to Tehran, Salah al-Zawawi.

“The US and the western countries have created a fake regime in Palestine to get rid of it and have supplied it with the most advanced weapons and are seeking to create an Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates,” Zawawi, whose organization dominates the Palestinian Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, was quoted as saying by the Iranian semi-official news agency Fars on Tuesday.

“Israel’s annihilation has begun and the new generation in Iran will certainly witness our victory over Israel,” he said during a gathering in Tehran in support of Gaza on Tuesday.

The Hamas representative in Iran, Khaled al-Kadoumi, said that the resistance must go on and that he hopes its weapons will become more advanced with the help of the Iranians.

“The only mechanism for liberating Palestine is resistance and we have no option other than supporting the resistance,” he said on Monday, according to Fars.

“We hope to be able to make our missiles more advanced with the help of the knowledgeable Iranians,” he went on at an event in support of Gaza.

Kadoumi said the reason Hamas accepted the 72-hour ceasefire with Israel this week was for humanitarian pruposes.

“One of the reasons for accepting the truce by Hamas was enabling us to reopen ways for transferring the injured Palestinians and achieving our other goals,” he said.

“The places that have been targeted by the Zionist regime were protected areas according to the international law that Israel should not have targeted them,” he went on.

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8 to stop Hamas’s and other group’s indiscriminate rocket fire on Israeli cities and destroy Hamas’s tunnels that infiltrate into Israeli territory.