“The Zionists should know that with the massacre of the people of Gaza, they will receive a heavier slap,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a joint graduation ceremony of the cadets of the armed forces at the Imam Ali Army Officer University in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Leader emphasized that the Gaza massacre will “bring a greater calamity to the Zionists” after they suffered “an irreparable failure both in terms of military and intelligence”.
Israel ferociously pounded buildings in Gaza Tuesday as battles continued in southern towns which Palestinian resistance fighters overran in a blitzkrieg on Saturday.
“In this Oct. 7 incident, the usurping Zionist regime suffered an irreparable defeat both in terms of military and intelligence. Everyone admitted the defeat but I emphasize irreparability.
“I say that this devastating earthquake has managed to destroy some of the main structures of the usurping regime’s governance, which cannot be rebuilt so easily,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the Palestinian youth for single-handedly pulling off a stunning upset over the Israeli army.
“We kiss the foreheads and arms of ski;lful and intelligent designers and Palestinian youth, but those who say that the recent epic is the work of non-Palestinians suffer from miscalculation.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Israelis are to blame themselves for the defeat, but they have opted to play the victim.
“The actions of the Zionists brought this disaster on them. When cruelty and crime passes the limit, when rapacity reaches its peak, one should wait for the storm.
“The brave and selfless act of the Palestinians was a response to the crime of the usurper enemy, which had been going on for years and had increased in intensity in recent months and the current government ruling the usurping Zionist regime is to blame,” the Leader said.
“Now that the evil and cruel enemy has received the slap, it has started a policy of playing the victim. Others also help it, the media of the world arrogance helps it,” he said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said the Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 704 people and injured more than 3,900 people since the Hamas operation.
[This is a developing story.]