Potential for Regional Escalation: Tehran’s Warning on Gaza Conflict

The Gaza war could lead to a regional explosion, warned Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian at the Doha Forum. Amirabdollahian stated that the conflict has expanded to include Lebanon and Yemen, indicating the possibility of a big explosion in the region that is beyond anyone’s control. He highlighted attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria, Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea, and violence on Israel’s northern border as evidence of the escalating regional violence. Amirabdollahian also criticized Israel and its inability to defeat Hamas, claiming that Hamas is prepared to fight for years and can produce and procure weapons.

Iran has supported Hamas’s infiltration into southern Israel, which resulted in the killing of 1,200 people and the hostage-taking of 250 others. Amirabdollahian condemned the creation of Israel 75 years ago and does not recognize it as a legitimate government. He accused Israel of using disproportionate force in Gaza and pledged support for resistance groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad.

Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Amirabdollahian proposed a referendum for the residents of the territory, but stated that Iran does not believe in a two-state solution. He accused Israel of wanting to forcibly displace Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank to Egypt and Jordan, and also criticized countries that have normalized ties with Israel. When asked about releasing Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi, Amirabdollahian refused to answer.

Overall, Amirabdollahian’s statements at the Doha Forum underscored Iran’s strong support for resistance groups and its opposition to Israel’s actions in the region.