Iran’s speaker of Parliament has urged Muslim countries to adopt policies to put an end to Israel's “apartheid policy and genocide of Palestinian people” according to Iran’s state media. That outlandish claim, made by Iran’s regime which is in the midst of its own presidential election, is just the tip of the iceberg of an emerging narrative in Iran which positions itself front and center for the Palestinians.
Iran has long tried to hijack and use the Palestinian issue for its own ends. This is not that much different than what regimes like the Nasser government of Egypt did in the 1950s or even what Turkey’s current regime does. But it is different in that Hamas uses Iranian technology for its drones and missiles.
The state-owned news network goes on to note that “a Hamas official has said the Palestinians won the latest war against Israel thanks to the support provided by Iran.” It then explains that “in an interview with Press TV on Monday, Hamas representative in Iran Khaled al-Qaddoumi said rockets fired from Gaza were in response to Israeli atrocities against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.”
Iran has already explained that Hamas didn’t need to win a victory over Israel in this war. All it had to do was survive. It set a low bar. Israel had more to lose by not winning. “It is not the matter of who is the victor. It’s the matter of how much the resistance fighters managed to thwart the goals of the Israeli regime and to convey the message of the Palestinian people to the international community,” the Hamas representative said. “The Zionist regime's narrative is starting to be isolated,” he said.
A key part of the Hamas narrative, which has now been replicated in message discipline by Iran and Hezbollah members, is that Israel is not telling the whole story about its own losses. This could appear as a conspiracy, but it is key to the narrative. “The fatalities were higher than the official numbers,” Press TV says.