Four days before Hamas brutally murdered 1,400 Israeli men, women and children, Iran’s supreme leader released a chilling message.
Iran’s head of state and commander-in-chief of its armed forces, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said: “The Zionist regime is dying.”
An Iranian state account shared the post along with a symbol of the Palestinian flag.
In the October 3 post on X, formerly Twitter, Khamenei added: “The usurper regime is coming to an end.”
“Today, Palestinian youth and the anti-oppression and anti-occupation movement in Palestine are more energetic, more vibrant and better prepared than at any time in the last 70 or 80 years.”
“God willing, the movement will achieve its goals.”
Four days later, on October 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas unleashed its terror against Israel with a “surprise attack” during a Jewish holiday.
Around 260 bodies were discovered at a music festival in Israel after Hamas terrorists cut through the bodyand opened fire on civilians.
Tensions in the Middle East have since risen as the “second phase” of the war begins in Gaza this weekend.
TheMore than 8,000 people have died in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip since Israel began its retaliatory measures against the terror group, according to the ministry.
Khamenei reiterated his earlier message that the Palestinian movement was “better prepared than ever” on the day the conflict began on October 7.
There is now increasing evidence that Tehran may have been directly involved in the planning and execution of the attack.
Iran denies involvement in the massacre but has previously described it as “highly autonomous and steadfast in line with the legitimate interests of the Palestinian people.”
According to Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, it is Hamas’s main sponsor and has helped arm and train its terrorists for many years, with support worth $70 million (£58 million) a year.
The US accused Iran of being “in the broadest sense complicit” in Hamas’ first attack on Israel.
A Whitehall source told the Sunday Times that the deadly operation had “the fingerprints” of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said after the massacre: “We have said from the beginning that Iran is complicit in the broadest sense because it has provided the lion’s share of funding for the military wing of Hamas.”
“They’ve provided training, they’ve provided skills, they’ve provided support, and they’ve worked and been in contact with Hamas over the years, and all of that helped contribute to what we saw.”
Neither the US nor any other government has publicly blamed Tehran – but some analysts believe this was a tactical decision by the West to avoid triggering a full-scale war.
Israel Defense Forces Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said Iran continues to help Hamas with intelligence.
There are fears that Iran-backed militias will unite and invade Israel after a sinister message emerged on the Lebanese-Israeli border.
A chilling mural depicting terror groups including Hamas and Hezbollah was painted on the Lebanese side of the wall this week.
It comes at a time when Iran is conducting a massive war game with 200 helicopters and rocket launchers called “Authority 1402.”
Commander-in-Chief of the IraniansAbdolrahim Mousavi said: “We are always ready to deal with threats.”
There are fears that the country could intervene in the Gaza conflict either directly or through its proxy terror groups.
Khamenei shared a series of other cryptic posts on October 3, days before Hamas launched its attack on Israelis.
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One said: “Which country will not be able to plunder and show aggression when the Muslim countries are united?” The USA.”
“If countries like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others pursue unified policies on fundamental issues, aggressive powers will not be able to interfere in their affairs.”