The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ extraterritorial Quds Force on Saturday issued fresh threats against Israel.
“I advise all Zionists to go back and repurchase the houses they have sold in Europe, the US and elsewhere to come to the Palestinian territories before the houses become more expensive than today,” Esmail Ghaani said, according to Fars News.
Ghaani, who replaced Qassem Soleimani as head of the Quds Force after the latter was killed in a US strike in Baghdad in January 2020, added that “the Palestinian resistance acted in such a way that from the first day, the Zionist regime begged its friendly countries to call on the Palestinians to stop the war.”
He further claimed that “many of the infrastructural facilities [in Israel] were within the reach of Palestinian missiles and could be targeted,” but that Gaza terror groups chose not to do so “because it will not take long until Palestinians use these facilities.”
Ghaani added: “The message of the Palestinian resistance and global resistance to the children of Palestine is to plan for ruling the whole Palestine.”
During the conflict in Gaza, known in Israel as Operation Guardian of the Walls, Iranian state television reported that Ghaani spoke by phone with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh to laud the Islamist terror organization’s attacks on Israel.
Ghaani reportedly praised Hamas as offering a “unique and successful answer” to Israel.
Israel accuses Iran of providing support and technical assistance to terror groups throughout the Middle East, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which receives most of its funding from Tehran, as well as Hamas, which also gets weapons and other help from the Islamic Republic.
According to a Lebanese journalist associated with Hezbollah, Iran and Hezbollah set up a joint war room with Hamas in Beirut during the Gaza conflict, and coordinated the fighting there.
Ibrahim Al-Amine, editor of the pro-Hezbollah Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, claimed Ghaani, visited the operations center twice during the military hostilities.