K.S. Rajan (13 Feb 2012)
"report by BILL KOENIG"

Hamas PM Haniyeh shakes hands with Iranian VP Reza Rahimi
Photo / AP
Iran pledged Friday to back Palestinian resistance against Israel, saying "soon the Zionist regime will be punished...," AFP reported Iran's first vice-president Mohammad Reza Rahimi as saying. Rahimi made the remarks to visiting Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who arrived Friday for three-day trip.
"Iran will not retreat one iota from its position on defending the rights of the Palestinian people," AFP quoted Rahimi as saying. "The Palestinian issue is a red line for us," he said, vowing that Tehran would use "everything at its disposal" to support the "oppressed" Palestinians