TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and defending their rights in the battle with the occupying regime of Israel.
In a message to Ismail Haniyeh, the chief of the political bureau of Islamic resistance movement Hamas, Ayatollah Khamenei has assured Palestine that the Islamic Republic feels bound on religious and humanitarian grounds to keep supporting the Palestinian people.
In the message, Ayatollah Khamenei said he had carefully read a letter from Haniyeh about the recent developments in Palestinej.
"I thank Almighty God for the fact that the Palestinian resistance movement’s fortitude and perseverance against the plots hatched by the U.S. and the Zionist regime has led to their weakness and failure and, conversely, has resulted in the dignity and glory for the Islamic Ummah, and I express gratitude to you brave strugglers,” the Leader wrote.
"The weak enemy, which has suffered irreparable defeats on the field, is pursuing its policy of expansionism and violation of the inalienable rights of Palestinians, first through economic pressures and blockade of the oppressed Gaza, and then with the trick of negotiation and the plan for peace and compromise, but the resistance current and the courageous Palestinian nation did not tolerate their threat and allurement with the logic of wisdom and experience, took the path to dignity and honor with their exemplary fortitude like the past, and will keep to this direct path from now on too,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei also reminded Haniyeh that "vigilance, unity and solidarity” among the Palestinian people and groups will help them thwart the evil hostile plots and will result in divine victory.
"Like before, the Islamic Republic, according to religious and humanitarian duties and based upon the valued principles of the Islamic Revolution, will spare no effort to support the oppressed people of Palestine, restore their rights, and also to combat the evil of the fake and usurping Zionist regime,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Haniyeh had recently sent letters to more than 120 Arab and Muslim leaders, calling on them to join hands to defend the Palestinian cause, and devise mechanisms to stop the occupying regime of Israel’s plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.
Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the plan to annex 30 percent of the occupied Palestinian territory -- namely the areas upon which the regime has built its illegal settlements as well as the Jordan Valley -- after U.S. President Donald Trump backed the annexation in January.
Trump pledged the support while unveiling some details of the "deal of the century.”
The highly controversial scheme
allegedly seeks to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but is heavily tilted in favor of the occupying regime. As well as backing the annexation, the scheme re-endorses Washington’s incendiary recognition in late 2017 of Jerusalem al-Quds as "Israel’s capital,” although Palestinians want the occupied holy city’s eastern part to serve as the capital of their future state.
Palestinians have roundly rejected either the American design or the Zionist plan, with President Mahmoud Abbas warning the occupying regime against annexing even "an inch” of the West Bank.