Khamenei stated in an address at an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace force facility in Tehran that "the defeat of the Zionist regime (Israel) in Gaza is a fact." "Advancing and entering hospitals or people's homes is not a victory, because victory means defeating the other side," that's what he stated. Khamenei said that "despite massive bombings" of Gaza, israel had "so far failed" to achieve its professed goal of eliminating Hamas.
"This incapacity reflects the inability of the united states and Western countries" that support israel, he continued.
Iran, which financially and militarily supports Hamas, lauded the october 7 bombings as a "success" but denied any direct involvement.
Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Tehran has made support for the Palestinian cause a cornerstone of its foreign policy.
According to Khamenei, israel has "killed thousands of children without remorse" because "Zionists consider themselves to be a superior race."
During his visit, the Revolutionary Guard's aerospace force displayed new defense systems and drones, according to state media, and Khamenei examined a "Gaza" drone.
According to the official news agency IRNA, the army also displayed Fattah 2, an enhanced version of a hypersonic missile that debuted in June.
"Some Islamic governments... have not yet condemned (Israel's actions in Gaza), but this is not acceptable," he went on to say.