Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the Palestinian people to continue their fight against Israeli security forces and has condemned the policy of normalizing relations with Israel.
“Polls show that almost 70% of Palestinians in the 1948 and 1967 countries and in the surrounding camps encourage Palestinian leaders to carry out attacks on the Zionist regime. This is an important phenomenon because it shows the Palestinians’ complete willingness to confront the usurping regime and it frees the mujahideen organizations to take military action whenever they deem necessary,” he said when addressing to the Iranian people on the occasion of the Quds Day celebrations in Tehran on March 29.
“Iran endorses and supports the resistance camp. She endorses and supports the Palestinian resistance,” Supreme Leader Khamenei’s official website quoted as saying.
He also condemned the policy of normalizing relations with Israel, calling it a “treason.” “Some Arab governments have asked the US to expedite the matter of resolving the Palestinian issue. If they think that before leaving the region, the US should remove all obstacles standing in the way of the Zionist regime, then first of all they have behaved treacherously and brought shame to the Arab world,” the Iranian leader said.
Khamenei added that “no scheme or plan regarding Palestine is workable without Palestine or against the consent of its owners, the Palestinians.”
In 1979, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, declared the last Friday of Ramadan to be “International Quds Day” in support of the Palestinian people’s struggle against Israel. Tens of thousands of Iranians took part in nationwide rallies on April 29, burning Israeli flags and chanting anti-Israeli slogans. The rallies were canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Iran and Israel have for years been embroiled in a proxy conflict that began in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Tehran has reportedly provided military and financial aid against Palestinian groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which have been fighting Israel in recent years. Nathan Sales, a counterterrorism expert at the US State Department, said in November 2018 that Tehran is funding Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups by the order of $100 million a year.
Israeli-Palestinian tensions have skyrocketed following the recent deadly attacks in Israel and subsequent casualties in Palestine during Israeli raids.
Address to ambassadors of Muslim countries and representatives in Tehran at a meeting on 28.04, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that “the Zionist usurper regime still poses a serious threat to the Islamic ummah. Oppressed Palestine is the key to the unity of the Islamic ummah”.
The President said that Israel’s “sinister and expansionist intentions” threaten the entire region and the identity of the Islamic world in all countries in the region, adding that “countries trying to normalize their relations with the bloodthirsty Zionist regime, like anyone who has a snake growing up his sleeve”.
The head of the intelligence organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hossein Taeb, said in a statement on March 29 nears the abyss of its decline and is no longer able to defend himself and keep himself safe”.
“Dissenting voices can be heard from the occupied territories and we are aware that the Zionist authorities have lost their sleep at the swords drawn by the resistance and are also collapsing from within,” he added.
The Iranian government has criticized Arab states such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, which have called for normalization of relations with Israel over the past two years.
On April 21, Iran warned Israel that Tehran had information about the locations of nuclear weapons sites and that if the country’s armed forces aggressed against the Islamic Republic, they would attack sensitive targets in the occupied territories.
“Tehran had sent photos and photos to Israel through a European country Maps of Israeli nuclear weapons Business,” Qatari television news network Al Jazeera quoted an unnamed Iranian source as saying.
Israel has previously changed the locations of its strategic warehouses, but the file sent from Tehran included the locations of the new stores, the report added.
Earlier on April 18, Iran’s President warned Israel that if the country takes the “smallest step against the Iranian nation, it must be assured that after that step will be the target of our armed forces.” Center of the Zionist regime“.
He noted that despite the fact that Israel is normalizing relations with a number of countries in the region, even the smallest movement would be detected by Iranian intelligence.