IRGC Chief: US Not to Let Crisis-Hit Israel Consider Ceasefire in Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said on Tuesday that Israel has been mired in a crisis in the Gaza Strip and is desperately craving for a truce but the United States is prohibiting the regime from striking a ceasefire with Palestinian movement Hamas.
Addressing a conference in Tehran on Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Salami stated “the anxiety among the Zionists” is “much deadlier” than what is unfolding in the blockaded territory.
“The Zionists are desperately craving for a ceasefire as they are mired in a crisis, but the Americans do not allow such a thing to happen,” he declared.
The top general stressed Hamas military operation against Israel, dubbed “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm”, shattered the credit of Washington, Tel Aviv and their Western allies.
“No matter how hard the US had tried to wield its own political clout and propagate its bogus crimes by means of soft war and mainstream media, its attempts fell short all at once following Operation Al-Aqsa Storm,” Salami said.
The IRGC chief added that the military operation laid bare the true nature of the US, Israel and the West.
American officials, including President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, have publicly ruled out any possibility of achieving a lasting ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the besieged enclave.
Washington’s unconditional support for Tel Aviv has sparked growing criticism and accusations of disregarding the atrocities being committed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against the civilian population of Gaza.
American public support for Israel's war in Gaza has also reached a new low, with a fresh survey showing that less than a third of respondents support the war, and the majority of those polled think that Israel should call for a ceasefire to the conflict, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
Iranian officials say Israeli authorities are yearning for the cessation of their military operation in the Gaza Strip and declaration of a ceasefire in the Palestinian territory, but White House statesmen do not agree.
In early October, Hamas launched a multi-pronged surprise military operation via land, sea and air against Israel. The group announced it was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians. The attacks have so far killed more than 1,200 and injured over 5,500, according to Israeli officials. Hamas also announced it is holding between at least 200 and 250 hostages.
Following the multi-front attack by Hamas, Israel carried out heavy bombardment across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 13,300 Palestinians, including at least 5,500 children and over 3,500 women, and wounding over 30,000 others, and levelling entire neighbourhoods. The bombing, as well as enforced displacement orders by the Israeli Army, has also pushed 1.6 million people out of their homes.
Tel Aviv has also imposed a "complete siege" on Gaza, cutting off food, electricity, fuel and water supplies. The move has plunged the blockaded territory into a humanitarian crisis.
The Gaza Health Ministry has confirmed that the healthcare system in the besieged territory has “totally collapsed due to the Israeli war”. Dozens of hospitals and tens of medical centers are out of service due to Israeli raids, according to the enclave's health ministry. The UN agencies have also warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is "catastrophic", calling for more international help as conditions deteriorate in the densely populated besieged enclave.
Iranian officials have in recent weeks cautioned that the current status in West Asia resembled a powder keg which could spiral out of control. They warned that if diplomatic pushes to stop Israeli assault are unsuccessful, there is a risk of the conflict escalating uncontrollably, with multiple regional players joining the fight.
Iranian officials say the Palestinian resistance movements do not face a shortage in munitions and other military equipment and are ready for a long battle with Israel and they are currently considering various options in response to the Zionist regime act of aggression and relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
Tehran says the history of Israel is full of assassinations, massacre, torture and killing of Palestinian kids, and described Tel Aviv regime's atrocities and massacre of Palestinian women and children as indicative of the destitute of Zionists. Iranian officials say Tel Aviv has been struggling for more than 70 years to exit its identity crisis which has been mixed with genocide, plunder, forced displacement and scores of other inhumane moves.