Iran’s supreme chief stated it was an “Islamic responsibility” to combat for the “liberation of Palestine” in a landmark speech Friday amid rising tensions with regional arch-enemy Israel.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at Western governments and their Arab “puppets” for supporting the Jewish state, in his first-ever handle marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day.
The 80-year-old chief additionally appeared to verify for the primary time that Iran has helped to offer Palestinians with arms.
The remarks got here on the finish of every week that noticed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launch a Twitter tirade towards Khamenei and experiences that the 2 sides carried out cyber assaults on one another.
“The goal of this battle is the liberation of the whole Palestinian land” and “the return of all Palestinians to their nation,” Khamenei stated within the speech broadcast stay on state tv.
“The coverage of normalising the presence of the Zionist regime within the area is likely one of the main insurance policies of america of America,” he stated.
“Some Arab governments within the area, which play the position of US puppets, have supplied the required preconditions for this, comparable to financial ties and the like; these efforts are utterly fruitless and sterile.
“Everybody should fill the hand of the Palestinian fighter and strengthen his again.
“We are going to proudly do our greatest on this means.
“In the future we realised that the one drawback of the Palestinian fighter… was the shortage of weapons.
“We deliberate” to resolve this subject, and “the result’s that the steadiness of energy in Palestine has modified: at present Gaza can stand as much as the Zionist enemy’s army aggression and win.”
Yearly for the reason that 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has marked Quds Day on the final Friday of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, in solidarity with the Palestinians.
Khamenei was talking on the occasion for the primary time in additional than 30 years as supreme chief, though he has repeatedly referred to the Palestinian trigger as “the principle drawback of the Muslim world”.
Iran has cancelled its Quds Day rallies this 12 months to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus, which first emerged within the nation in February.
This 12 months’s commemoration comes after the assassination in January of Qasem Soleimani, the highly effective commander of the Quds Pressure, the overseas operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Netanyahu on Wednesday blasted Khamenei on Twitter after the Iranian chief’s personal account posted quotes from a speech he made in November.
Within the tweet on Khamenei’s account, the Iranian chief was quoted as saying that “eliminating the Zionist regime does not imply eliminating Jews”.
Netanyahu responded by saying: “He ought to know that any regime that threatens Israel with extermination will discover itself in related hazard”.
The Iranian chief’s tweets have been additionally condemned by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the European Union.
The subsequent day Israelis woke to a collection of cyber assaults focusing on web sites of companies, municipalities and non-governmental organisations with a message in Hebrew and English: “the countdown to the destruction of Israel started way back”.
Earlier within the week, The Washington Submit reported Israel had launched a cyber assault towards the Iranian port of Shahid Rajaee, positioned on the Strait of Hormuz, an important route for worldwide oil visitors.
This assault was considered in retaliation for a cyber assault towards civil hydraulic installations in Israel.
In his speech, Khamenei additionally criticised the UN for failing to do its job in Center East bother spots.
“The primary coverage of vanity and Zionism is to downplay the Palestinian subject within the minds of Muslim communities and to drive it into oblivion,” he stated.
Khamenei stated the Syrian battle, the Saudi-led warfare on Yemen’s Iran-backed Huthi rebels and the destruction of Iraq “are all tips to entertain the resistance entrance and provides the Zionist regime the possibility”.
On the eve of his speech, the Arab League issued a press release condemning “Iranian interference within the inside affairs of Arab international locations”.
The Cairo-based organisation stated such motion “whether or not via direct intervention or via Iran’s brokers… constitutes a menace to regional stability”.
ALSO READ | Iran’s Khamenei denounces Israel as ‘tumour’ that will likely be eradicated
ALSO WATCH | US vs China: Disagreement over coronavirus disaster