News ID: 256177
Published: 0934 GMT July 22, 2019

Leader vows Iran not to give up on Palestine

Leader vows Iran not to give up on Palestine

Political Desk

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that Iran won't give up its stand on Palestine.

"Supporting Palestine is an ideological and religious matter," Ayatollah Khamenei said during a meeting with a delegation from the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

"We have always stated our views on Palestine clearly and transparently, and even our friends which disagree with us on this issue in the international arena know that the Islamic Republic is quite serious on the Palestinian issue."

Palestine, the Leader said, is one of the major causes of hostility with the Islamic Republic of Iran, "but these hostilities and pressures will not make Iran retreat from its position, because supporting Palestine is an ideological and religious issue".

Ayatollah Khamenei said if the Muslim world had been united on the issue of Palestine, the Palestinian people would have been better off.

"The detachment of some countries following America, like Saudi Arabia, from the Palestinian issue was an idiocy, because if they had supported Palestine, they would have been able to get concessions from the United States."

The Hamas delegation, headed by its deputy head, Saleh al-Arouri, handed a letter from Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh to Iran’s Leader. The visit to Tehran followed a visit by senior Iranian parliamentary official Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to Lebanon last week. Iran backs both Hamas and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.


US ‘treacherous’ plot

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the "treacherous" initiative proposed by US President Donald Trump, dubbed as the "deal of the century", saying there is need for promotional, cultural and intellectual work to confront it.

He called Trump's peace plan a “dangerous conspiracy” that aims to “eliminate the Palestinian identity using money."

“This dangerous conspiracy aims to eliminate Palestinian identity among the Palestinian people ... This is the main point that one should resist, and not allow them to eliminate the Palestinian identity using money,” he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Another way of resisting this conspiracy is to make the people of Palestine feel progress that has happened altogether, thanks to God."

"In the not too distant past, the Palestinians fought with rocks, but today instead of rocks, they are equipped with precision-guided missiles, and this means the feeling of progress," he added.

Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is returning to the Mideast at month's end to promote America’s $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians.

The Palestinians have overwhelmingly rejected the plan because it ignores their political demands. Instead, it relies heavily on private sector investment in the West Bank, Gaza as well as Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the Palestinian people’s “stunning resistance”, saying it heralds a “definite” victory against Israel.

“Victory will not be achieved without resistance and struggle, and we believe according to the indubitable divine promise that the issue of Palestine will definitely be in the interest of the Palestinian people and the Islamic world,” the Leader said.

“Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s saying that ‘God willing, I will say my prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque’ is a completely practical and realizable hope for us,” the Leader said of the Hezbollah chief’s longing.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the resistance of the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank promises "victory and conquest".

"God has promised assistance and victory to those who are steadfast in His path. However, the fulfillment of this promise has requirements, the most important of which is Jihad, struggle and tireless effort in various political, cultural, intellectual, economic and military dimensions."

AP, Reuters and Press TV contributed to this story.






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