Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has denied Iran’s involvement in the recent incursion in Israel. However, he praised the attackers for causing what he termed as Israel’s “irreparable” military and intelligence defeat.
- Statement by Khamenei: “We kiss the foreheads and arms of the resourceful and intelligent designers” of the attack. He further added, “Those who say that the recent saga is the work of non-Palestinians have miscalculated.”
- Iran’s Denial: This is the latest in a series of denials by the Iranian government regarding their involvement in the incursion.
- Israeli Officials: They have not yet determined if Iran, a known supporter of Palestinian militant groups including Hamas, was behind the attack.
In his first televised speech since the cross-border assault from Gaza on Saturday, Khamenei praised the attackers but denied Iran’s involvement. Nasser Kanaani, a spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, echoed this sentiment, stating that attempts to blame Tehran were merely a “political attempt to justify support for Israel.”
While Israeli officials are still investigating the origins of the attack, the White House also mentioned that they have no evidence pointing to Tehran’s direct involvement in planning or executing the assault.
It’s worth noting that Iran does not recognize the state of Israel and has been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause. Khamenei frequently refers to Israel as “the Zionist regime” and warned of repercussions if Israel continues its deadly strikes against Palestinians.
Original article source: DNYUZ