0151 GMT August 18, 2022
In a meeting with Secretary General of the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad movement Ziad al-Nakhala in Tehran on Tuesday evening, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also called for unity and solidarity between Islamic countries in the face of the Israeli regime’s acts of aggression against Palestinians, according to Press TV.
Commenting on the failures of Israel and the United States against the Palestinian resistance, the chief Iranian diplomat expressed hope that the enemies would be further undermined through increased harmony and unity among Muslim countries.
For his part, Nakhala appreciated Iran’s support for the Palestinian people’s resistance and lauded the country’s constructive role in regional developments and its active diplomacy toward other states.
Iran’s achievements, in fact, belong to the entire Muslim community, he said.
Nakhala also regretted certain efforts in the region to exert pressure on the Islamic Republic and downplay the real threat the Israeli regime poses to the Muslim community and Palestinians, in particular.
Late in 2020, four Arab countries – the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco – signed normalization deals with the Israeli regime. The deals, also called the Abraham Accords, were pushed by former U.S. president Donald Trump.
Palestinians and their regional and international supporters have denounced the agreements as a “stab in the back” of the Palestinian cause of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression.
At the same time, the United States and Israel have garnered support from certain regional states to counter what they call “Iran’s malign activities” in the region.
The Islamic Jihad leader, however, said the endeavors and stances of the Islamic Republic in confronting the world’s hegemonic powers and supporting the oppressed nations against the occupiers and foreign powers herald blessings and strength for the resistant nation of Palestine and weakness for the enemies of the Muslim world.
He underlined the need for further unity between Palestinian groups, saying resistance is the only way to push out the occupiers from Palestine.
'Israel doomed to fall apart'
Also in a meeting with Nakhalah on Tuesday, Kamal Kharrazi, the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, said Israel has been caught off guard and is encircled by the resistance front, adding that normalization of ties between the Tel Aviv regime and some Arab states laid bare relations that had developed behind the scenes.
Kharrazi, also a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, described Israel as an apartheid regime and said such illegal entities are doomed to fall apart.
“The Zionist regime is an apartheid regime, and the fact that the United Nations has described the regime as apartheid is of paramount significance from an international perspective. According to natural law, apartheid regimes are doomed to failure,” the former Iranian foreign minister asserted.
He described Iran’s support for Palestinian resistance groups as the main pillar of the Islamic Republic’s grand strategy.
“Today, the Zionist regime is surrounded by the resistance front. If you put yourself in their shoes, it is easy to realize how concerned they [the Zionists] are about their survival,” Kharrazi said.
Pointing to longstanding secret ties between the Israeli regime and some Arab states, Kharrazi said what was being referred to as the normalization of relations between some Arab countries and Israel is merely the exposé of [long-running] clandestine ties with the Zionist regime.
“In the past, those countries did not openly support Palestine, but facilitated normalization with Israel,” the former top Iranian diplomat hastened to add.
He said U.S. President Joe Biden did not achieve anything other than failure from his visit to the Middle East, stressing that Israeli officials’ political exploitation of the visit clearly shows the internal problems facing the Tel Aviv regime.
Nakhalah appreciated Iran’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause and Palestinian resistance movements.
He expressed confidence that resistance fighters in the Middle East region will eventually emerge victorious against Israel.