Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi posted said Israel has now crossed the red line as Israeli forces ground deeper into Gaza on Sunday.
Raisi said in a post on X:
“Zionist regime’s crimes have crossed the red lines, which may force everyone to take action. Washington asks us to not do anything, but they keep giving widespread support to Israel.’
“The US sent messages to the Axis of Resistance but received a clear response on the battlefield,” Raisi said, referring to Iran-backed groups that are opposed to Israel and the US.
Zionist regime’s crimes have crossed the red lines, which may force everyone to take action. Washington asks us to not do anything, but they keep giving widespread support to Israel. The US sent messages to the Axis of Resistance but received a clear response on the battlefield.— سید ابراهیم رئیسی (@raisi_com) October 29, 2023
According to a recent statement from Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, Raisi said the US was hypocritical in supporting Israel in its war on Hamas.
The statement said:
“Americans who claim human rights, who equip and support this fake and anti-human regime with military equipment for crimes in Gaza, what answer do they have to their nation and the nations of the world for these actions?”
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Raisi sought to put some distance between Iran and the militia groups it supplies during an interview with Al Jazeera on Saturday.
“Iran considers it its duty to support the resistance groups, but … the resistance groups are independent in their opinion, decision, and action,” he said, according to France 24.
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“The United States knows very well our current capabilities and knows that they are impossible to overcome,” he said.
The Jerusalem Post reported that Raisi said Iran-linked groups conducted attacks on US forces in response to messages received from the US.
Raisi went on to claim Israel’s ground troops in Gaza were defeated” and were retreating.
IDF says troops killed a number of Hamas terrorists who exited a tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip, close to the Erez Crossing. A number of other Palestinian gunmen were killed in separate battles nearby, the IDF adds. Also, a drone struck a Hamas staging ground, killing several… pic.twitter.com/nqj7GV8DyL— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) October 29, 2023
But Israel Defense Forces claimed that ground forces were cleaning out Hamas fighters as they moved towards northern Gaza, the Times of Israel reported.
Israel continued to urge Gaza residents who have not fled to do so.
“To the residents of the Gaza Strip: The Gaza governorate (Gaza City) has become a battlefield. Shelters in northern Gaza and Gaza governorate are not safe,” leaflets dropped by Israeli planes said.
Last week, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian warned the US it would “not be spared” if it continues to support Israel during a UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Thursday.
“I say frankly to the American statesmen, who are now managing the genocide in Palestine, that we do not welcome expansion of the war in the region,” Amirabdollahian told the UN General Assembly.
“But if the genocide in Gaza continues, they will not be spared from this fire.”
During the same week, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, the head of the Iranian Armed Forces, said the American support for Israel could “make other actors intervene” as the president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, said the “termination of Israel is imminent.
“Our strategy towards the Zionist entity never changes: the removal of the Zionist entity,” Iranian Armed Forces Spokesman Brigadier-General Abolfazl Shekarchi said in 2021.
“Israel must be eliminated,” he added.