Iran constitutes the Palestinians' strategic depth, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared on a visit to Tehran this weekend.
He also reiterated that Hamas would never recognize Israel or accept past Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
Speaking to thousands of students at the University of Tehran on Friday, Haniyeh said: "The braggart of the world [the United States] and the Zionists ... want us to accept the theft of Palestinian lands, stop the jihad and the resistance and accept the agreements signed with the Zionist enemy. We will never recognize the Zionist government. We will continue the jihad until Jerusalem is liberated."