The official Iranian news agency IRNA has reported that during a meeting in Tehran with Hamas political bureau leader Khaled Mash'al, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that "the Zionist enemy has become helpless in confronting the Palestinian people."
According to the report, Khamenei expressed his appreciation for the heroic resistance of the Palestinian people, the resistance forces, and the Hamas government in "confronting the atrocities of the Zionist regime, the bullying powers, and their allies," and stressed that "the Zionist enemy" had become helpless in fighting the "lonely, innocent, but resistant nation of Palestine."
Continuing in his praise of Hamas, Khamenei said that the only way to liberate the occupied territories of Palestine was through resistance and reliance on God, and that Hamas officials, particularly "the prime minister of the popularly elected government of Hamas" Isma'il Haniya, had adopted brave stances in the face of the enemy.
He added, "If you help the divine religion and resist in this path, God will help you and make you victorious."
Source: IRNA, Iran, May 27, 2008
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