(CNSNews.com) – The head of Iran’s shadowy Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force, responsible for the regime’s terror operations abroad, has issued a fiery message to all the militant factions in the Gaza Strip, underlining support for their violent campaign against the Jewish state.
Gen. Ghasem Soleimani also called on Allah to “damn” those who support Israel, “especially the United States who is the chief propagator of injustice and oppression in the world.”
According to Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs senior analyst Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, Soleimani’s message was published late last week by the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen network, which is affiliated to Hezbollah and Iran.
It was addressed by name to the five key terror groups operating in Gaza – the military wings of Hamas (Izzadin al-Qassam), Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Al-Quds Brigades), Fatah (Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades), Popular Resistance Committees (al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Abu Ali Mustapha Brigades), “and all the mujahedeen and resistance movements on the ground.”
“Just like in the past we have put into action our religious duty to support the resistance, we will continue this duty and will push on with our support and aid until the moment of victory, until the resistance on the ground, in the air and sea will be transformed into a hell for the Zionists,” the message said.
Soleimani called on Allah to “damn any oppressor who has in the past and still defends and supports this criminal regime, especially the United States who is the chief propagator of injustice and oppression in the world ...”
“We tell all that we are in love with martyr death – and that martyr death for the sake of Palestine, and for the sake of Quds [Jerusalem] is not only the aspiration of every honorable Muslim, but also a source of pride for every freedom-loving human being.”
“We will not, for one moment, set down our promise to support the Palestinian people’s resistance until they are victorious,” he said.
Employing flowery language, Soleimani described Palestine as a “divine volcano that cannot be extinguished” and “the heart that pumps blood to the arteries of humanity.”
He scoffed at calls for Gaza to be demilitarized, calling it “an unattainable illusion and a deranged dream which will not see the light of realization.”
The message ends with an exhortation from the Qur’an: “Kill them wherever you find them, and expel them from wherever they have expelled you …”
According to Segall, Soleimani masterminded the transfer of rockets and technology to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad during the Israeli military’s operation against the terror groups in Gaza in 2012 and the current operation.
“Soleimani is Iran’s top behind-the-scenes strategist and coordinator of special and subversion activities throughout the Middle East and beyond (Africa, South America). He is also the man tasked with Assad’s survival and Iran’s deadly special ops in Iraq.”
Soleimani has been designated three times under a U.S. executive order designed to disrupt funding to terrorists – in 2007, to punish the Qods Force and IRGC for supporting terrorism and nuclear activities; in May 2011, for supporting the Assad regime’s repression; and in Oct, 2011, when he was one of five Iranians designated for their roles in an alleged plot to carry out terror attacks in the U.S., beginning with the assassination of the Saudi ambassador.
Aside from the Palestinian groups, the Treasury Department says the Qods Force “provides training, logistical assistance and material and financial support” to other terror organizations, including Hezbollah and the Taliban.
Meanwhile a senior Iranian official acknowledged publicly Monday that Tehran is providing rocket technology to Hamas.
“Palestinian resistance missiles are the blessings of Iran’s transfer of technology,” Mohsen Rezai, secretary of the Expediency Council – a body that advises the supreme leader – told Iran’s Arabic language state broadcaster, Al-Alam.
He also urged Hamas to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
Asked during Monday’s daily press briefing to comment on Rezai’s claims, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the administration has “long known that Iran provides weapons training and funding to Hamas,” and added “that remains a concern of ours.”
“Obviously, as you know, our focus remains with Iran on the nuclear program and the nuclear negotiations,” she said. “It doesn’t mean we don’t have existing concerns outside of that.”
Rezai is a former IRGC commander who is wanted by Argentine authorities in connection with a 1994 suicide truck bombing at a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people.
At Argentina request, he is one of five senior Iranians subject to an Interpol “red notice,” roughly its equivalent of a most-wanted list.