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Pres. Raeisi: Resistance only viable path to saving Palestine from Israeli occupation; negotiations proven futile

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi speaks at the 36th International Conference on Islamic Unity on October 12, 2022. (Photo by IRNA)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has hailed resistance as the only viable path to confronting the Israeli regime, saying those who assumed that negotiations with illogical parties would save Palestine have been proven wrong.

Speaking at the 36th International Conference on Islamic Unity on Wednesday morning, Raeisi said resisting the Israeli enemy is the path Palestinian and Lebanese resistance groups have successfully carved.

“Those who thought the way to save Palestine passes through the negotiating table and talking and sitting with those who do not understand logic, they were wrong and they saw that the process of compromising with the Zionists failed and, instead, the process of resistance emerged victorious,” he said.

Referring to the previous deals reached with the Tel Aviv regime on the issue of Palestine, the president said, “Does the Zionist regime understand deals and agreements at all? If they did, they would have been committed to agreements.”

He also criticized the Arab governments that normalized their ties with Israel.

“One should ask whether the nations also accept this normalization,” he said. “In no way will the nations of the region accept normalization with the Zionists. The Americans and the Zionists think that this would create security [for them], but it will never create security.”

Raeisi was referring to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, which normalized with Israel in late 2020 under deals pushed by former US president Donald Trump.

Since the beginning of the normalization process, Iran has reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian cause and slammed the deals as treachery.

The Islamic Republic also maintains that holding a referendum involving all the people of Palestine is the sole political solution to the Palestinian issue.

Raeisi said the US and Israel seek to provoke divisions in countries, create an arms market, take over the interests of the countries, and marginalize the issue of Palestine and al-Quds as the top priority of of the Muslim world.

He said Iran’s policy is to fight oppression, terrorism, and takfirism.

“The Americans say they are after fighting terrorism as well, but who does not know that it was the heroes of the fight against terrorism in the world, Qassem Soleimani, martyr Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and regional mojahedin forces who cleared the region of Daesh?” he asked.

The Iranian president also called the US and its European allies the biggest human rights violators in the world despite their claim to be the champions of human rights.

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