Israel KO’d in Al-Aqsa Storm Operation: Ayatollah Khamenei

Israel KO’d in Al-Aqsa Storm Operation: Ayatollah Khamenei

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the Zionist regime has been knocked out by Hamas fighters in the Al-Aqsa Storm operation on October 7.

Iran’s sports champions and medal winners of the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games met with Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran on Wednesday.

Pointing to the developments in Palestine and the Israeli regime’s brutal onslaught against Gaza after October 7, the Leader said the conclusion of the recent events is that “the Zionist regime was knocked out in the Al-Aqsa Storm operation.”

Hamas, not as a state or a government with great capacities, but acting as a fighting group, could knock out the usurping Zionist regime with all of its capabilities, Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Pointing to the inability of the Zionist regime to pull itself out of the pressure and disgrace of this shameful defeat, Ayatollah Khamenei added, "They flex their muscles in a show of retaliation by bombing hospitals and schools in Gaza. This is similar to an athlete who loses a competition and retaliates by physically attacking and swearing at the fans of the opposing team."

The Leader stressed that the heavy defeat that the Zionist regime suffered will not be compensated by these crimes. "They should know that this oppression and these atrocities will not go unanswered and the bombings will shorten the life of the usurping regime."

During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei lauded the Iranian athletes who refrained from competing with the Zionist regime’s representatives. "Today, the entire world has understood the reason why our athletes have done this. It is because those people (athletes representing the Zionist regime) are competing on behalf of a criminal, terrorist regime."

The Leader also criticized the officials of international sports centers that are controlled by the Arrogant Powers. "Those who, in a political measure under the pretext of war, ban a country from participating in all sporting fields, are now choosing to ignore around 5,000 Palestinian children who have been martyred in Gaza. They refrain from banning and condemning the Zionist regime for genocide and war crimes under the pretext of avoiding political interference in sports. We hope that one day these discriminatory acts will be attended to in a just manner."

Ayatollah Khamenei extended his gratitude to Iran’s national football team, who, showed their support for the Palestinian cause by wearing keffiyehs when they came onto the field during the 2023 Jordan football tournament.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to the athletes who donated their medals to the children of Gaza and the martyrs who were killed in a hospital by the atrocious acts of the Zionists. I would also like to thank the athletes who refused to compete with the athletes of the Zionist regime,” he added.

Elsewhere in his speech, the Leader hailed the Iranian medalists for determination and hard work, reported.

“I would like to sincerely thank the respected lady, who bore the flag of Iran’s sports caravan in the Asian Games, while wearing a full hijab. I would also like to thank the sportswoman who refused to shake hands with a non-mahram man during the awarding of her medal, as well as the lady who went to the podium with her child and highlighted the respect that families and mothers should be given around the world via the demonstration of this symbolic gesture.”

 Ayatollah Khamenei also thanked a number of teenagers and youth in the meeting for their remarkable display of Iran’s ‘Varzesh Bastani’ (ancient sport), adding that it has the potential to become an international sport and that efforts should be made for this to occur.

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