The Zionist entity's days are numbered, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said in a meeting with senior Hamas member Khaled Mashal, according to an Islamic Republic News Agency report.
The agency said that in a report released by the Iranian Expediency Council, headed by Rafsanjani, the former leader pointed to the political standstill facing the ‘Zionist’ regime and its withdrawal from some of the territories as reasons for its backward movement.
"The high spirit, resistance and hopefulness of the Palestinian people for restoration of their violated rights are among the factors leading to the current situation encountered by the Zionists," he said.
Rafsanjani said Iran would continue with its fundamental policy of supporting the ‘oppressed’ Palestinian people, adding that resistance is the only option left for the Palestinians in order to restore their rights.
Politics cannot replace resistance
He said the Palestinians bear the basic burden of countering the aggressive goals of the ‘Zionist’ regime upon their shoulders.
"One of the reasons for the pressures currently being exerted on some of the regional states, including Iran, Syria and Lebanon is to prevent their support for the oppressed Palestinian people,” Rafsanjani claimed.
For his part, Mashal said that the ‘Zionist’ regime has lost its power for imposing the ‘occupation’ on the Palestinians.
He noted that political, social and other campaigns launched by ‘resistance’ movements such as Hamas aim to restore the Palestinians rights, but added that, "Politics cannot replace resistance, but can only complement it."