Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament and a key figure in the government, met with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus for several hours while both men reviewed the situation in Gaza and ways in which Iran could support efforts to assist those opposing the Israel attack. Iran’s Supreme Leadler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the Muslim world failure to halt Israel now will be a great humiliation and it will only encourage Israel to expand attacks on other Muslim nations. Israeli President Shimon Peres assured Muslim nations that his country had no designs on territorial expansion. “With this operation there is a chance for peace.”
Khamenei warned that while Iran in the past has assisted the Palestinian people, it might have to do even more since other Arab nations were standing by while slaughter in Gaza takes place.