The leader of the Palestinian resistance movement thanked Iran for its military and financial support during the recent conflict with Israel in a televised speech on Friday.
Just hours after Israel and the Palestinian authorities agreed to a ceasefire, Ismail Haniyeh, a leading figure in Hamas, warned that he would continue to “defend” Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem remains the center of the conflict,” he said according to a report from The Jerusalem Post, suggesting that fighting in the region will continue.
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Haniyeh thanked “the Islamic Republic of Iran; which did not hold back with money, weapons and technical support”.
“We will also use help from other Arab countries,” he added.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to Friday’s remarks as a reason why the United States should not lift Iranian sanctions as the Biden administration tries to enter into a nuclear deal.
“America is set to provide Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief to continue,” Pompeo said on Twitter. “For the security of America and for that of Israel, this is dangerous.”
Haniyeh’s comments coincided with remarks made Friday by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who called on Muslim nations to take up arms in support of the Palestinians.
“Muslim states must sincerely support the Palestinian people, through military support … or financial … or in rebuilding Gaza’s infrastructure,” Khamenei said in a statement, Reuters first reported. time.
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The Iranian leader urged Muslims to demand that their government support the Palestinians and called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be “prosecuted by international and independent courts”.
Khamenei’s comments follow reports of unrest in other Gulf countries as violent exchanges between Israel and the Palestinian territories continued for 11 days.
Muslim nations newly linked to Israel under the Trump-era Abraham Accords, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Sudan, and Morocco, felt new pressure to help stop the fighting.
Civil society groups have urged the Bahraini government to expel its Israeli ambassador and protests for Palestinian rights have taken place in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait.
Iran’s foreign ministry claimed the Palestinians had won a “historic victory” over Israel.
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“Congratulations to our Palestinian sisters and brothers on this historic victory. Your resistance has forced the aggressor to retreat,” ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement. Tweeter.
Iran also showed an Iranian-made drone that is said to have a range of over 1,200 miles and named it “Gaza,” Reuters reported on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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