Rejecting Trump Peace Deal, Ayatollah Vows Support for Palestinian Terrorists; Zarif Talks to Them

By Patrick Goodenough | February 7, 2020 | 4:48am EST
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses a gathering in Tehran on Wednesday. (Office of the Supreme Leader)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses a gathering in Tehran on Wednesday. (Office of the Supreme Leader)

(CNSNews.com) – In a speech this week, Iran’s supreme leader rejected President Trump’s recently-unveiled Mideast peace plan and declared that “the solution is resistance” – Iranian regime-speak for terrorism.

“The Palestinian armed organizations are going to resist,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering in Tehran. “They will continue the resistance. The solution is resistance.”

“The Palestinian nation, personages and organizations should force out the Zionists and the U.S. with their selfless jihad,” Khamenei said. “This is the only effective solution. All the Muslim world should also help and support the Palestinians.”

Khamenei also reiterated the regime’s support for the Palestinian terrorist groups.

“We, the system of the Islamic Republic, consider it to be our duty to support the Palestinian resistance groups,” he said. “We are going to support them, as much as we can and with all the means at our disposal.”

The same day, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spoke by phone to the leaders of two U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations with strongholds in Gaza, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), assuring them of Tehran’s continued support.

In his conversations with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and PIJ leader Ziad al-Nakhala, Zarif, according to the foreign ministry, “expounded on Iran’s stances in support of the Palestinian people’s rightful and legitimate struggle against the Zionist occupiers, and highlighted the widespread popular and governmental movements against such cruel American-Zionist project.”

Members of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's audience react as he addresses a gathering in Tehran on Wednesday. (Office of the Supreme Leader)
Members of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's audience react as he addresses a gathering in Tehran on Wednesday. (Office of the Supreme Leader)

In the Iranian regime’s lexicon, “resistance” covers armed actions against enemies. Hamas and PIJ have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings, shootings, and rocket attacks in recent decades.

The “resistance front” is a commonly-used term for an axis led by the regime, and including terrorist groups such as Hamas and PIJ in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Syria’s Assad regime, and proxy Shi’ite militias in Iraq and Yemen.

“The resistance is not exclusive to the Palestinians in the West Asian region today,” said Khamenei. “The resistance exists in a wider circle beyond Palestine, and will continue to grow day by day, by Allah’s grace.”

Khamenei derided Trump’s peace vision, saying it would die even before the American president does.

He said the plan was stupid, vicious, and would backfire on its creators.

“Why is it stupid? Because this plan will certainly achieve no results. This plan will die before Trump dies. Therefore, it is foolish to come and sit, spend money, invite [participation], create an uproar, and unveil a plan that is doomed to failure.”

“Secondly, this plan is indicative of the U.S. government's viciousness and manipulation. Why? Because they have come to negotiate with the Zionists over what does not even belong to them. Palestine belongs to the Palestinians. Who are you to make a decision on it?”

Thirdly, he said, the plan would end up being detrimental to the U.S. and Israel, since its unveiling has “revived the question of Palestine,” with “all the world” talking about the issue and condemning Trump’s plan – “except for a few traitorous Arab rulers.”

Khamenei said the U.S. and Israel would try to win support through bribery and threats.

“What is the remedy? The remedy is bold resistance.”

The ayatollah also revisited a proposal he has made periodically for years – that all those “of Palestinian origin” living in the area, Muslims, Christians and Jews, hold a referendum to decide what system they want to live under. He made clear, as he always does, that he does not include “those who later came to settle in the occupied territories” – which the regime contends includes all of present-day Israel.




 

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