Iran’s supreme chief stated it was an “Islamic duty” to struggle 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 nations and their Arab “puppets” for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever tackle marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day.
The 80-year-old chief additionally appeared to verify for the primary time that Iran has helped to supply Palestinians with arms.
The remarks got here on the finish of every week that noticed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launch a Twitter tirade in opposition to Khamenei and the 2 sides accuse one another of cyber assaults.
“The aim of this struggle is the liberation of the entire Palestinian land” and “the return of all Palestinians to their country,” Khamenei stated within the speech broadcast stay on state tv.
“The policy of normalising the presence of the Zionist regime in the region is one of the major policies of the United States of America,” he stated.
“Some Arab governments within the area, which play the function of US puppets, have offered the mandatory preconditions for this, similar to financial ties and the like; these efforts are fully fruitless and sterile.
“Everyone should fill the hand of the Palestinian fighter and strengthen his again.
“We will proudly do our best in this way.”
“One day we realised that the only problem of the Palestinian fighter… was the lack of weapons.”
“We planned” to resolve this problem, and “the result is that the balance of power in Palestine has changed: today Gaza can stand up to the Zionist enemy’s military aggression and win.”
Every 12 months because the 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 main problem of the Muslim world”.
The Islamic republic has cancelled this 12 months’s Quds Day rallies to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus, which first emerged within the nation in February.
This 12 months’s Quds Day comes after the assassination in January of Qasem Soleimani, the highly effective commander of the Quds Force, the international 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.
In the tweet on Khamenei’s account, the Iranian chief was quoted as saying that “eliminating the Zionist regime doesn’t mean eliminating Jews”.
Netanyahu responded by saying: “He should know that any regime that threatens Israel with extermination will find itself in similar danger”.
The Iranian chief’s tweets had been additionally condemned by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who referred to as them “anti-Semitic”.
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 began long ago”.
Earlier within the week, The Washington Post reported Israel had launched a cyber assault in opposition to the Iranian port of Shahid Rajaee, positioned on the Strait of Hormuz, a significant route for worldwide oil visitors.
This assault was considered in retaliation for a cyber assault in opposition to civil hydraulic installations in Israel.
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