Iran thrusts Israel into geopolitical cul-de-sac: Defense Minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan

Tel Aviv has descended into a geopolitical cul-de-sac thanks to the sway of the Islamic Republic, Iran’s Defense Minister says.

“The regional power of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies has made the Zionist regime [Israel], which until yesterday fantasized about extending its dominion to the Nile and the Euphrates, now resort to a separation barrier to provide its security and hit a geopolitical impasse in the confrontation with the Palestinian people’s Intifada [uprising] and the fierce resistance of the Gazans,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in an address to a gathering in Tehran of Iranian ambassadors and envoys on Tuesday.

Israeli military launched a deadly offensive on the Gaza strip on July 8. Over 1,940 Palestinians, including 470 children, have so far lost their lives and nearly 10,000 wounded since the onslaught.

The Palestinian resistance forces have been fighting off the Israeli onslaughts in the enclave. The Israeli army says around 65 Israelis have been killed in the conflict, but the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas puts the number at more than 150.

Dehqan further stressed the importance of Iran’s geopolitical and geostrategical position and added that Iranian Armed Forces’ defense and deterrence power buttresses the country’s foreign policy.

“After the victory of the Islamic Revolution [in 1979], the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a regional power, has played a leading and influential role in the regional and international scene,” the Iranian minister said.

He emphasized that Iran’s forces backed by popular support are presently capable of giving a “decisive response” to any threat by the arrogant powers.

Iran’s Defense Ministry has managed to turn sanctions imposed by enemies on the country over its nuclear energy program into opportunities and enable the country’s Armed Forces to show an appropriate reaction to threats, he further reiterated.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.

By Press TV


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