“Your brothers in the axis of al-Quds and the resistance are united with you, and they will not allow the enemy to reach its dirty goals in Gaza and Palestine,” Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani said in a message to the Qassam Brigades commander Mohammed Deif on Thursday.
The Axis of Resistance refers to an alliance among Iran, Syria and anti-Israeli groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere which have hit Israeli and US targets in recent weeks in solidarity with Gaza.
Gen. Ghaani hailed Operation al-Aqsa Storm by Palestinian resistance fighters on Oct. 7 which caught Israel off guard and shattered the regime’s myth of superiority in everything from military to intelligence power.
“You created a great epic called the al-Aqsa Storm, which was accomplished with the help of God and by the holy fighters of the al-Qassam Brigades and the holy fighters of the resistance in Gaza,” he said.
“Palestine and the region after the al-Aqsa Storm will not be the same as before,” Gen. Ghaani stated. 
“You clearly showed the weakness and fragility of the usurping Zionist regime and you showed in a practical and decisive way that the regime is weaker than a spider’s web,” he said in another part of his message.
The message came after Western media claimed that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh had got a dressing-down from Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran.
On Thursday, senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan dismissed claims to this effect as “pure lies and slander”, saying the British news agency “has published worthless lies instead of news”.