Iran will not allow Israel to defeat Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the head of Iran’s expeditionary Quds Force writes in a message to the commander of the Hamas military wing.
However, Gen. Esmail Ghaani stops short of saying Tehran will join the battle in order to rescue Hamas.
Ghaani’s letter was addressed to Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of the Hamas military wing in Gaza, and was published by Iran’s state news agency IRNA.
Ghaani says Iran, the main Hamas sponsor, and its allies “will carry out all our duties in this historic battle” and will not allow Israel to “reach its dirty goals” of defeating Hamas.
He praises Hamas’s October 7 brutal assault, saying it showed Israel was “weaker than a spider’s web.” He adds that Israel retaliated with “unprecedented brutal war crimes” against civilians.