Reaffirming Support for Palestinian Resistance

Reaffirming Support for Palestinian Resistance Reaffirming Support for Palestinian Resistance

Top Iranian officials reiterated Iran’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause in phone conversions with leaders of Palestinian factions, amid high tensions in Palestine in the wake of last week’s US announcement recognizing Beit-ul-Moqaddas as capital of the Israeli regime.

Iran has been implacable in its opposition to the Israeli regime and provided extensive support to Palestinian resistance groups since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Speaking in a Monday phone talk with Ismail Haniyeh, the head of political bureau of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, the Iranian president said the Islamic Republic will continue to stand by Palestinians.

“We praise the great Palestinian nation for their resistance and jihad against the Zionist enemy and we are confident that the new intifada [uprising] will continue to follow its right path to restore their rights,” the presidential website quoted Rouhani as saying.

The US decision was announced last Wednesday by US President Donald Trump who said he has ordered his administration to begin preparations for relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Beit-ul-Moqaddas.

The controversial remarks drew widespread international opposition and sparked days of protest across the Middle East and elsewhere.

Nearly all members of the international community, even US allies in Europe and other regions, denounced the move that could crush their hopes for the so-called “two-state solution” to the seven-decade conflict in Palestine.

The US declaration inflamed the conflict and provoked what has been described as the third intifada (uprising), leading to ongoing confrontations between Israeli forces and protesters in Beit-ul-Moqaddas, West Bank and Gaza, which have left a few people dead and hundreds injured.

Rouhani said the Trump move unmasked the true face of the US and Israel.

“This incorrect measure showed to the world the nature of the US and Zionist regime more than ever and proved that they do not want to recognize the rights of Palestinians,” he said.

  Need for United Response

Rouhani described the declaration a “plot against Palestine and the Muslim world” that can be thwarted with a united reaction from Muslims, saying they face a crucial test.

“In the first step, Palestinian factions should give a tough response by becoming united and in the second step, the Muslim world should join hands to stand against the evil plot,” he said.

Haniyeh expressed his gratitude for Iran’s unflagging support for the Palestinian cause, saying they are determined to deal a blow to their adversaries.

“This intifada ... will continue in full force and we are determined to defeat the US-Zionist plan,” he said.

Haniyeh said the US move is a “flagrant aggression against the Muslim ummah”, and Muslim governments must take “firm decisions” in the upcoming summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to support their Palestinian brothers.

OIC is to hold a special summit today in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss the issue, which will be attended by Rouhani and heads of government from other Muslim states.

Separately, a senior military commander announced Iran’s readiness to extend support to resistance groups in Palestine.

Qasem Soleimani, who commands the IRGC’s Quds Force that is in charge of the body’s exterior operations, made the statement in phone calls with commanders of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades and the Islamic Jihad movement on Monday.


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