While Iran claims it is not involved in the Hamas-Israel war, and while Iranian proxy Hezbollah has not engaged along the northern Israeli border beyond tit-for-tat artillery strikes in the Shebaa Farms area, Iran’s state-censored media is engaged in a heavy propaganda war against Israel.
October 8: In a summary of official Iranian reactions to the war, reformist Shargh Daily reported:
“Yahya Rahim Safavi, an advisor to the supreme leader and former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps chief commander … declared his support for yesterday’s operation conducted by the resistance forces and said the ‘axis of resistance,’” referencing Iran’s proxies throughout the region, “supports the operation.” Safavi also congratulated “Palestinian holy warriors” and reportedly said the souls of “martyred defenders of the shrines,” meaning Iranian and allied forces killed in the civil war in Syria, “and great martyrs, such as Qassim Suleimani, have joined these holy warriors. We shall remain alongside the Palestinian holy warriors until the liberation of Palestine and Quds,” or Jerusalem.
Ayatollah Mohammad-Hassan Akhtari, head of the Committee Supporting the Islamic Revolution of the People of Palestine, said: “Our dear ones in the resistance expect support from all Muslim and free people of the globe and all those awaiting” the return of the Shia Messiah. “We must support them” in their struggle against “the brigands of the Zionist regime.”
Nasser Kanani, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, congratulated the “Palestinian nation and all the groups of the resistance” for the October 6 attack, referred to as “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm.”
Ali Bahadori Jahromi, the Cabinet’s spokesperson, using the hashtag “losing horse” on X, formerly known as Twitter, wrote: “The powerful response of Palestinian youth in the Al-Aqsa Storm operation proved to the infanticidal regime that, today, the Zionist regime is more prone to defeat than any time before. The initiative is now in the hands of the Palestinian youth.”
Iranian parliamentarians opened their session by chanting, “death to Israel,” “death to America,” “death to England,” and “Israel is annihilated; Palestine is victorious.”
October 8: Technocratic Donya-ye Eqtesad’s summary of the war read: “Yesterday, Israel witnessed the apocalypse with its own eyes!” Reformist Etemad Daily’s front page used a similar phrase: “Apocalypse of Zionism.”
October 8: IRGC mouthpiece Javan newspaper’s editorial read:
“The promised land became the land of the destruction of the Zionists. A thousand” Israelis “killed in just one day,” although Israeli sources reported lower casualties, “show the power of the Palestinian resistance, which has astonished the world. The Zionists and London-based networks,” referencing the reportedly Saudi-owned Iran International television channel, “try to directly or indirectly connect this war to Iran to escape the humiliation of being destroyed by a Palestinian group. But in doing so, they unwittingly admit to the prowess of Iran, which, even in its role as a spectator, has power.”
October 8: Hard-line Kayhan’s editorial used the Quranic quote from the Surah Al-Hashr, which in Marmaduke Pickthall’s English translation reads: “Ye deemed not that they would go forth, while they deemed that their strongholds would protect them from Allah. But Allah reached them from a place whereof they recked not, and cast terror in their hearts so that they ruined their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers. So learn a lesson, O ye who have eyes!”
October 9: According to IRGC mouthpiece Mashregh News, Ayatollah Abbas Kaabi, a member of the Assembly of Experts, used “the mysterious words ‘Vahdat al-Sahat,’” or magical unity, when talking of the war. According to Kaabi, this phrase means that “all resistance brigades, be it Islamic Jihad, Hamas, or other forces of the resistance, are participating in the operations” against Israel, “and the entire resistance front in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the entire region is carefully monitoring developments and is ready to participate.”
October 9: Kanaani, as quoted by IRGC mouthpiece Tasnim News, warned that “any stupid threat against Iran will receive a ruinous response.”
October 9: According to Tasnim, Mohammad Yazbek, a member of the religious council of Lebanese Hezbollah, warned Israel against “crossing the redline of the resistance … Should the redline be crossed, we shall be fighting on the side of the Palestinian resistance in the Al-Aqsa Storm operation.” Referencing Hezbollah’s shelling of Israeli positions in the disputed Shebaa Farms October 8, Yazbek said: “By targeting the positions of the occupying Zionist regime in Shebaa Farms, we meant to send our message of gratitude to the resistance fighters of Palestine. We are telling the entire world so everyone knows that in the axis of resistance, we will not abandon the free-spirited people of the world or Palestine.”
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