UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that Iran would support Palestinian armed groups to the best of their ability and urged the Palestinians to confront a US peace plan with the Israelis.
“We believe that the armed Palestinian organizations will stand up and continue to resist and the Islamic Republic believes that it is their duty to support Palestinian groups,” Khamenei said in a speech posted on his website.
“Therefore, it will support it wherever possible and as much as possible, and this support comes at the request of the Islamic regime and the Iranian nation,” he added.
US President Donald Trump announced a US plan last month calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state on strict terms and allowing Israel to annex long-disputed Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian leaders rejected the plan, saying it was biased towards Israel.
According to his official website, Khamenei said that Trump’s plan would harm America and the Palestinians should confront it by expelling the Israelis and Americans through jihad.
Tensions between Iran and the United States escalated after the killing of a prominent Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a US plane strike on March 3 in Baghdad, which prompted the Islamic Republic to respond with a missile attack on a US base in Iraq days later.
Khamenei criticized the Arab leaders who supported the Trump plan.
“Welcome and applause by a number of traitorous Arab leaders who have no value or rationale among their people, have no significance,” Khamenei said, according to his official website.
On the other hand, Khamenei called for a massive turnout in the February 21 parliamentary elections, which are widely seen as a measure of support for the authorities after an all-out war nearly erupted with the United States last month.
“It is possible that no one likes me, but if they love Iran, they should go to the polls,” Khamenei said, according to his website. He indicated that the elections might help solve Iran’s international problems.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week criticized the conservatives for excluding a large number of candidates for the elections.
Iran’s economy has suffered severely since Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic in 2018 and imposed sanctions.
Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on official television on Wednesday that America’s attempt to pressure Iran to negotiate through sanctions would be of no use.
“They thought we would ask to negotiate with America. Negotiating according to the concept they want, not the concept that we want .. They want us to surrender through cruel, unfair and degrading negotiations. This is impossible for the Iranian people.”
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