Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Israel has suffered a “defeat” in its war against Hamas, and that it was “a fact.”
In a speech at an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace force center in Tehran, Khamenei says “the defeat of the Zionist regime [Israel] in Gaza is a fact.”
“Advancing and entering hospitals or people’s homes is not a victory, because victory means defeating the other side,” he says.
Khamenei charges that Israel “has so far failed” in achieving its declared goal of destroying Hamas “despite the massive bombings” of Gaza. “This incapacity reflects the inability of the United States and Western countries” that back Israel, he adds.
Iran, which supports Hamas financially and militarily, has hailed the terror group’s murderous October 7 onslaught as a “success” but denied any direct involvement.