The leader of Yemen's Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, has condemned Israel as a menace to the entire Muslim world as well as regional and global peace and security.
“Our nation regards the Israeli enemy as a threat to the entire Islamic Ummah as well as regional and international peace and security,” Houthi said in remarks in a televised speech on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming International Quds Day.
International Quds Day is the last Friday of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which was designated by the late founder of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 to express support for and solidarity with the people of Palestine in the face of Israel's acts of aggression.
“The Israeli regime is a usurping regime that is devoid of any legitimacy and is a cancerous tumor that must be eliminated,” Houthi added.
He pointed to normalization agreements between Israel and certain Arab countries and said the move by certain countries to normalize ties with Israel and their joining of the enemy camp amounts to “sheer hypocrisy and a betrayal of Islam and Muslims.”
In September 2020, the United Arab Emirates was the first country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel as part of an agreement brokered by former US President Donald Trump.
Bahrain also signed the accord with Israel, followed by Morocco and Sudan.
The deals sparked outrage across Muslim countries that denounced it as a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause.
In defiance of global criticism, Trump, the most pro-Israel American president, had also relocated the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds in December 2017, calling the holy occupied city Israel’s “capital.”
Emboldened by Trumps’ support, Israel intensified its acts of aggression against the Palestinians during the hawkish president’s time in office, pressing ahead with its much-criticized policies, including construction of new settler units on occupied Palestinian land.
Showing he will not be much better for Palestinians than Trump, his predecessor, Joe Biden, in a phone call on Tuesday with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, underlined the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, the White House said in a statement.
Biden "underlined the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel," it said, adding that Biden "expressed his full support for strengthening and expanding these arrangements."
Elsewhere in his remarks, Houthi said the Yemeni people will continue their unswerving support for the Palestinian people and liberation of Israeli occupied territories.
He reiterated that the position of the Yemeni people in advocating for Palestine stems from the principles of faith and religious and human values, and that it cannot be abandoned or undone.
"Our people today … are ready to play their role at all levels and with everything they can, and they will not be neutral … towards the cause of Muslims and the battle to confront the enemy of Muslims," he said.