The following is Hamas leader Ismail Haniya's letter to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in which he appreciates Iran's support for the people of Palestine.
In the Name of God the Compassionate and the Merciful
To the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
"Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings"
It is with great honor that I extend the appreciation of the government and the nation of Palestine as well as the wounded but victorious Gaza to your Excellency for your courageous and exceptional stance which indicated the wisdom of Islamic Iran's leadership and the compassion of the Iranian nation.
Your words and messages before the offensive against Gaza and during the difficult days of war breathed the spirit of resistance, dignity and pride into the people of Gaza and its resistance fighters, encouraging them to stand firm against the enemy.
Under your guidance, the Islamic Republic of Iran played an active role in issues such as the Doha Summit on Gaza. These efforts came to the aid of the defenseless people of Palestine and brought them new hope.
With its all-out support, Iran has helped the people of Palestine on the path of resistance. The victory of Gazans in the recent war, is in fact, the second victory for the Islamic resistance, the first being that of the 2006 war on southern Lebanon. May God bless you and the Iranian nation for your efforts and for your support.
The Iranian nation, in light of your leadership, has made every effort to come to the aid of Palestinians. These efforts make us proud and we are grateful for them.
The people of Palestine and especially Gazans are now in dire need of political and non-political as well as popular support in order to reconstruct Gaza.
The Palestinian nation desires a life of freedom and dignity, a life free of occupation and blockades. In order for us to achieve this, aside from divine assistance, the continuing support of your Excellency and the Iranian nation is required to enable us to stand against the US and the criminal Zionist regime.
Once again, I would like to extend the Palestinian nation's and my own appreciation to your Excellency and the nation of Iran.
Your brother Ismail Haniya,