Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian warns of a possible “preemptive action” once Israel attacks Gaza
10/22/2023 // Laura Harris // Views

Iran has warned Israel about a possible "preemptive action" once the latter attacks Gaza.

"The possibility of preemptive action by the resistance axis is expected in the coming hours," Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a live TV broadcast on October 16.

Moreover, Amir-Abdollahian said in a separate statement that "the resistance leaders" will not allow Israel to do whatever it wants in Gaza. "If we don't defend Gaza today, tomorrow we have to defend against these (phosphorus) bombs in the children's hospital of our own country," he added.

Hezbollah, a pro-Palestinian militant group in Lebanon, has also declared its readiness to join Hamas and other Palestinian groups in their ongoing conflict against Israel. (Related: Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah ready to “join the battle” in Gaza, warns Hamas leader.)

Lebanese Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem promised that Hezbollah would fully participate "when the time comes for action."

"The behind-the-scenes calls with us by great powers, Arab countries, envoys of the United Nations, directly and indirectly telling us not to interfere will have no effect. Hezbollah knows its duties perfectly well. We are prepared and ready, fully ready, and we are following developments moment by moment," Qassem stated as he addressed supporters in a Beirut suburb.

Qassem went on to clarify the role of Hezbollah in the ongoing conflict. "The question being asked, which everyone is waiting for, is what Hezbollah will do and what will its contribution be? We will contribute to the confrontation within our plan — when the time comes for any action, we will carry it out."

Iranian officials meet with allies for an anti-Israel response

While Iran denied any direct involvement in the Hamas attack against Israel on October 7, Iranian officials are now meeting with allies all over the region to coordinate an anti-Israel response.

"Lebanon's security and peace is important to us. One of the goals of our trip is to stress on Lebanon's security," Amir-Abdollahian said after meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

"If the systemic war crimes of the Zionist regime do not stop immediately, any possibility is conceivable," he added.

Amir-Abdollahian has met with Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to discuss the ongoing conflict in Gaza. The result of the meeting remains unclear, but he did note afterward that the U.S. would need to rein in Israel to prevent an escalation in the conflict.

"America wants to give Israel a chance to destroy Gaza, and this is a grave mistake. If the Americans want to prevent the war in the region from developing, they must control Israel," Amir-Abdollahian said.

Amir-Abdollahian is also expected to meet with Syrian officials. He has previously met with officials in Egypt and the United Nations about allowing the humanitarian aid to enter Gaza.

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