Iran has issued a warning to Israel regarding the potential consequences of a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stated that if diplomatic efforts fail to stop Israeli airstrikes and prevent a ground offensive, there is a risk of the conflict escalating with multiple regional players joining the fight.
Amir-Abdollahian reiterated this warning during an interview with Al Jazeera, stating that if Israeli attacks continue to kill children in Gaza without any immediate resolution, it is highly likely that other fronts will be opened. He emphasized that if Israel decides to enter Gaza, the resistance leaders will turn it into a graveyard for Israeli soldiers. The resistance leaders he referred to include Hamas, also known as the Islamic Resistance Movement.
During his diplomatic tour of the region, Amir-Abdollahian met with Ismail Hanieyh, a top political leader of Hamas, in Doha, Qatar. In this meeting, he rallied other Islamic countries to support Palestine and assured them that Iran will continue its efforts to stop what he called “war crimes committed by the Zionists.” He stressed that Iran will not waver in its support for the Palestinian nation.
In an effort to find a resolution to the Gaza crisis, Amir-Abdollahian discussed the sensitive situation in the region with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He urged China to use its influence in the United Nations Security Council to halt the deaths and suffering of Gaza residents, emphasizing the need for a humanitarian corridor.
Iranian President Ebrahim Rayeesi also took action by initiating phone calls with multiple Muslim leaders on Sunday. He raised alarm about the dire situation in Gaza and called for decisive and immediate action by the Arab League and other international bodies to stop what he described as the Israeli “killing machine.”
Meanwhile, the United States has deployed a second aircraft carrier armada to the Eastern Mediterranean in an attempt to pressure Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and other pro-Palestinian forces to stay out of the Israel-Gaza conflict. However, President Joe Biden acknowledged that there is currently no clear evidence that Iran knew about or assisted Hamas in planning the attack on Israel.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also weighed in on the situation, urging Muslim countries to come to the aid of Palestinians. He expressed confidence that the movement in Palestine will lead to a complete victory for the Palestinians.
It is clear that tensions in the region remain high, with Iran and other countries warning against further escalation and urging international intervention to protect the people of Gaza. The international community continues to grapple with finding a peaceful resolution to the crisis while avoiding wider regional conflict.