Iranian General Calls for Islamic Unity Following Israeli Offensive on Rafah

"Iran has blocked the enemy's path in the eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea. We are expanding the front to break the enemy," said Major General Hossein Salami

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Iranian General Calls for Islamic Unity Following Israeli Offensive on Rafah
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Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hossein Salami, has decided to react to recent events in Palestine. Namely, Israel has begun its operation in Rafah despite warnings from major powers and reactions.

Israelis show no intention of backing down, making it difficult to draw a definitive conclusion about the current situation in this Middle Eastern country. 

Today, a response followed from the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Hossein Salami, who emphasized that by expanding the front, they aim to send a message to the enemy, alluding to Israel.


"Iran has blocked the enemy's path in the eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea. We are expanding the front to break the enemy," said Major General Hossein Salami.


It has been over a month since the Israelis attacked the Iranian embassy in Damascus. Although Iran responded shortly thereafter, it was not as immediate and forceful. The Israelis also reacted again, similarly to Iran, not so strongly. Iranians are frustrated by Israeli behavior regarding Palestine, considering Israel's actions as genocide. 

The large number of civilian casualties since the beginning of the conflict has caused great concern among the Iranian population, which has been on the side of Palestine from the beginning. Hossein Salami believes that these are moments when Muslims must demonstrate unity to protect their assets and identities. His intention is for Muslims to unite against Israel and other enemies, given their similar and tough history. 

Hossein expects Iranian forces to prevent the intrusion of other countries if necessary. The goal is to protect their own country and others to ensure the security and dignity of Muslims. He is not pleased with the reactions of the USA, believing that they have caused chaos and brought about poverty and massacre. Iranians consider themselves a bulwark of defense and security for the Muslim world in the Middle East.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has previously stated that Iranians intend to be one of the key countries for peace in the Middle East. Considering the military strength of this country, Iran ranks among the three most militarily advanced Islamic countries. The government of this state invests a huge amount of money every year to make Iranians one of the major military forces in the world. They are aware that danger arises when least expected. Iranians do not want certain events from the past to repeat themselves.

Israel has taken control of the Rafah border crossing

What may concern Iranians are the news that is coming in. Namely, Israeli forces have today taken control of the Rafah border crossing. Interestingly, the Israeli army had no conflict with the Egyptians. 

Israeli soldiers rest near an artillery unit near the border with the southern part of the Gaza Strip on May 2, 2024 in Southern
Israeli soldiers rest near an artillery unit near the border with the southern part of the Gaza Strip on May 2, 2024 in Southern© Amir Levy / Getty Images
 

The Israeli army headed towards Rafah, its ultimate goal. 

A large number of Palestinians are in this city, and there is great concern for the fate of the people in this city. Although it seemed last night that a ceasefire had been reached between Israel and Palestine, the situation appears to be somewhat different. Palestinians have accepted the proposal for peace, but Israel has denied that they have done the same.

Egypt angered by Israeli behavior

Iran isn't the only country angered by the behavior of the Israelis. Egyptians have also reacted to these events in Rafah, considering Israel's move as a "dangerous escalation." The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted that Israelis have endangered the lives of over a million Palestinians who rely on the crossing as the main lifeline for the Gaza Strip. Israelis have taken control of the Palestinian side of the crossing between Gaza and Egypt, from where humanitarian aid also comes.

This could only deepen the crisis and lead to catastrophic consequences. Although week after week it was hoped that things would improve and become more peaceful in the Middle East, the situation is becoming increasingly chaotic, with consequences that many could not imagine. Egypt calls on Israelis to look at the situation rationally and to stop the policy that leads to killing and displacement. 

Egyptians are among those who have been working the most since the beginning of the war to achieve peace between Palestine and Israel, with the aim of finally ending this conflict. Another country working together with Egypt is Qatar, ready to assist both countries in embracing peace.

It is difficult to predict the events in the coming weeks, but truly, after all, it is hard to be optimistic in a situation where there is less and less optimism. Palestinians are left to themselves, and it is unknown what will happen to them. The reaction of the leaders of the major countries is there, but there is no concrete response at this time.

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