Iran: Response of Resistance Factions Will Only Stop with Immediate End to War on Gaza

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani. (Iran Foreign Ministry)
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani. (Iran Foreign Ministry)
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Iran: Response of Resistance Factions Will Only Stop with Immediate End to War on Gaza

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani. (Iran Foreign Ministry)
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani. (Iran Foreign Ministry)

The response of the resistance factions will end once the war in Gaza has stopped, announced Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani on Monday.

"We have repeatedly said that the resistance groups represent their nations and make decisions and act independently based on the interests of their nations," he added.

Israel cannot accept the "strategic defeat" by a resistance group in Gaza, so it is trying to justify its shocking loss by pinning blame on Iran, he added.

The spokesman indicated that the "continuation and escalation of the clashes are due to the United States’ absolute support of the Zionist regime's criminal acts."

Kanaani stated that the resistance groups had repeatedly warned that they would not stand idly by if the military attacks did not end.

The widespread global wave of opposition to the war on Gaza shows that people around the world also reject the aggression and want to bring an end to the atrocities, said the spokesman.

"The US and the Zionist regime must understand that they can escape the situation only by stopping the war completely and immediately, allowing the dispatch of humanitarian aid [to the coastal enclave], and ending the forced displacement of the people of Gaza," he stressed

Meanwhile, President Ebrahim Raisi sent separate messages to the leaders and presidents of 50 countries, including Russia, China, Türkiye, South Africa, and Jordan, calling for unity in the course of lifting the siege on Gaza and ending the Zionist atrocities in Palestine.

In his letter, Raisi said they should use diplomatic and economic channels to pressure Israel to stop its crimes in Gaza.

He noted the brutal crimes and massacres carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip over a period of 45 days, which have resulted in the killing of over 13,000 persons, according to the Iranian News Agency (IRNA).

Raisi criticized the double standards adopted by some Western governments and their deliberate neglect of the principles of humanity, ethics, and rights.

He stressed that "today is the day of the divine and human test of all governments," calling on the nations to use all the available tools for pressure, including stopping commercial and political cooperation and communications with Israel.



Biden Battles COVID and Democrats as Crisis Grows

President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Biden Battles COVID and Democrats as Crisis Grows

President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Joe Biden walks down the steps of Air Force One at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Joe Biden holed up at his beach house Thursday, battling both a bout of COVID and calls by senior allies for him to abandon his 2024 reelection bid.

While rival Donald Trump prepared for his star turn at the Republican National Convention, the 81-year-old US president found himself in both personal and political isolation.

The top Democrats in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, both reportedly met with Biden in recent days to warn that his candidacy threatens his party's prospects in November's election.

Influential former House speaker Nancy Pelosi added to his woes by privately telling Biden he cannot win and could harm Democrats' chances of recapturing the lower chamber, CNN reported.

Several party figures were meanwhile quoted anonymously by the Axios news outlet as saying that they believed the pressure would persuade Biden to drop out as soon as this weekend.

Biden has insisted he is not backing down, adamant that he is the candidate who beat Trump before and will do it again this year. Pressed about reports that Biden might be softening to the idea of leaving the race, his deputy campaign manager Quentin Fulks said Thursday: “He is not wavering on anything.”

"He's staying in the race," Fulks told a press conference on the sidelines of the Republican convention in Milwaukee.

"Our campaign is not working through any scenarios where President Biden is not the top of the ticket -- he is and will be the Democratic nominee."

California Senator Alex Padilla said Biden was "not skipping a beat."

"I know having spoken to him personally he's committed to the campaign," he added.

Using mountains of data showing Biden’s standing could wipe out the ranks of Democrats in Congress, frank conversations in public and private, and now, the president’s own time off the campaign trail after testing positive for COVID-19, many Democrats see an opportunity to encourage a reassessment.

Biden told reporters on Wednesday that he was "doing well."

His COVID diagnosis however came at the worst possible time for his campaign, forcing him to cut short a trip to Las Vegas and isolate at his holiday home in Rehoboth, Delaware.

The split-screen with Trump could not have been more stark, with Trump set to formally accept the Republican nomination in Milwaukee.

US networks showed images of frail looking Biden gingerly descending the steps of Air Force One in Delaware, in a week when Trump is lauded by supporters each night at a packed party convention.

Former president Trump, who at 78 is just three years younger than Biden, is riding a wave of support from his party after surviving an assassination attempt on Saturday that left him with a bandaged ear.

The United States could now be approaching the climax of an extraordinary three weeks in politics, which started when Biden gave a disastrous performance during a televised debate with Trump.

Biden blamed jet lag and a cold, but the fact that America's commander-in-chief has now fallen ill for a second time just as fears grow about his fitness for the job has merely intensified the panic in Democratic ranks.