Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad phoned Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh to congratulate him on the terror organization’s victory in the terrorists-for-Shalit deal with Israel, which he described as the „fruit of strong and continued resistance against the Zionist regime.“
„No doubt this is a great victory for the Palestinian nation and all Muslims and for freedom- and justice-seeking people of the world, and independent nations are as happy as the oppressed Palestinian people over this issue,“ Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.
According to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, Ahmadinejad reportedly added that, despite the world’s „bullying powers“ supporting the Zionist regime while Gaza was under siege, Hamas had „broken the awe of the regime“ and humiliated Israel.
Of particular note was Ahmajinejad’s reference to Haniyeh as the „Palestinian Prime Minister“ without any reference to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who Iranian officials have previously accused Abbas of „advancing Israeli plots.“
Haniyeh, for his part, lauded the Iranian nation and government for their support for the „Palestinian people,“ and said the victory which is gained after years of resistance is a great Muslim and national achievement.