Martyr Soleimani ; martyr of Quds
The importance of the role of Martyr Soleimani can be examined in different dimensions. As Iran’s senior international commander, he has dealt with regional threats such as various crises in Iran’s neighboring countries and terrorist threats that affected Iran’s eastern and western borders after September 11, 2001. One of the most important roles of this commander is in confronting the occupation of the Zionist regime and liberating Quds. Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’s political office stated at the martyr’s funeral, ” Commander Martyr Soleimani gave his whole life in support of Palestine, and I declare that he is the great commander of Quds”.
Apart from these words, it seems that the goals and actions of Martyr Soleimani were the most indicative of his status as Martyr of Quds.
Martyr Soleimani had revolutionary spirit in fight against occupation
A look at the principles and goals of the Islamic Revolution shows that confronting the Zionist regime was one of its main goals from the beginning. The principle of supporting the oppressed is considered an addendum to anti-arrogance and anti-tyranny. Based on this, the Islamic Republic, in parallel with the fight against arrogance and colonialism, considers itself obliged to support the oppressed of the world who are fighting against the arrogant. Imam Khomeini (RA)also stated that “we are in favor of the oppressed. whoever is oppressed in any pole, we are in favor of it”.
Martyr Soleimani’s revolutionary spirit in defending Quds is according to the statement of the leader of the revolution.
Martyr Soleimani considered fighting against the Zionist regime as the only solution to the Palestinian issue. At the ceremony of the 40th day of Martyrdom of Martyr Morteza Hosseinpour in 2017, referring to the need to resist the Zionist regime, he said “Palestine has no choice but to resist; It has no choice but to stand. There is no other way except sacrifice”.
He also said at the martyrdom ceremony of Imad Mughniyeh in February 2018 “Today, Gaza and Lebanon are constant sources of anxiety for Israel, and every missile fired from Palestine can be seen with Imad Mughniyeh’s fingerprints.”
In a statement addressed to the commander of the Qassam forces, Soleimani wrote “Assure everyone that Islamic Iran, no matter how much the pressures increase and its siege tightens, will not leave Palestine alone”.
“Defending Palestine is a matter of honor and we will never give up this religious duty in exchange for the luxuriance of this world. Defending Palestine is a real example of defending Islam and the Quran”, he noted.
Martyr Soleimani perceives Quds as main conflict between Islam, West
Another feature that depends on the role of Martyr Soleimani as Martyr of Quds is the importance of the Palestine issue for him. Martyr Soleimani was the commander of the Quds Force as part of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic, but he considered the issue of Quds and Palestine not a foreign policy issue, but a religious issue related to the entire Islamic world.
The Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziad Al-Nakhale, says that the occupied city of Quds was always in the heart of General Soleimani, and in all the battles in which Martyr Soleimani was present in the region, the compass was the Quds War; Because the goal was to maintain resistance.
Martyr Soleimani said in a speech “All our fights in the Islamic world with the West are over a mosque. All our unity in the Islamic world is based on one mosque. All this war is over Al-Aqsa Mosque. All these conspiracies around the Islamic world are based on this mosque, and everything that could and can unite the Islamic world is a mosque.”
Martyr Soleimani leads mission of Quds Force towards issue of Palestine
Martyr Soleimani fulfilled the goals of the Quds Force in the form of the orders of Imam Khomeini (RA) and the leadership of the revolution in line with the main goal of confronting the Zionist regime as the main threat against the Islamic Republic and the Islamic world from the beginning of his activity as the commander of the Quds Force in 1997 until his martyrdom on January 3, 2020.
The purpose of the Quds Force before his command was more focused on directly confronting concentrated threats. While during the period of General Soleimani, these actions gradually led to overlap with the goals of the Resistance. Since Soleimani’s martyrdom, his actions in the Palestine issue at the beginning of his tenure in the Quds Force received more attention.
General Hassan Ravandeh considers devoting to Quds Day and being in the front line of the resistance as the two most important actions of the martyr. He says that the first important action of Martyr Soleimani was to pay special attention to the celebration of International Quds Day, noting that during his 23 years as a commander in the Quds Force, he paid special attention to the celebration of International Quds Day and personally followed the programs of the Quds Day in all parts of the world.
The second action was to be on the front line of the fight against the Zionist regime, he stated, pointing out that before the presence of General Soleimani in the Quds Force, they did not have any serious military work, and all actions were defensive and security, but with the arrival of General Soleimani as the commander of the Quds Force, the shape and image of the work changed and with an extensive visit to the resistance area, he checked the facilities personally.
“Filling the hands of the Palestinians”, is an interpretation by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and is the most telling proposition for the actions of of Martyr Soleimani in the Palestinian issue.
One aspect of this proposition is military support for the Palestinian Resistance. The result of Martyr Soleimani’s support for Palestine and Quds is that Hamas has access to conventional weapons such as kornet missiles, suicide drones, and remote control equipment.
In the Al-Aqsa Storm Operation, the equipping tunnels and missile launch systems failed the Zionist regime in many attacks on these targets.
After the martyrdom of General Soleimani, the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad said “This issue was like a miracle and it was very difficult in terms of technical, security, and feasibility, but in the end, the weapons sent by General Soleimani to the Gaza Strip, with the same missiles, opened the way for the bombing of Tel Aviv”.
Another aspect of this “filling the hands of the Palestinians” includes the unity of the power of the Resistance groups around the issue of Palestine and Gaza. Soleimani not only upgraded the operational capacity of the Palestinian forces from stone to modern weapons, including the ability to build rockets but also used the entire geography of the Resistance to defend Al-Quds.
The Resistance groups, which were separate parts until a decade ago, in recent years have become a coalition with specific goals, the result of which was to establish a balance of terror against the Zionist regime. It is in this direction that the Al-Aqsa Storm Operation has faced the support of Iraqi groups, Lebanese Hezbollah, and the Yemeni National Army.
In general, it should be said that the title “Martyr of Quds” was an indication of the priority of confronting the Zionist regime and is synonymous with “Quds Freedom” in the opinions of Martyr Soleimani. Martyr Soleimani put confronting the regime’s occupation at the top of his agenda with the spirit born from the Islamic Revolution. Also, within the framework of the general goals of the decision-makers of the Islamic Republic’s establishment, the mission of the Quds Force was focused on providing weapons support to the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. (MNA)