On this last Wednesday, Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that his country would support the Palestinians against Israel “in any way we can”, and rejected U.S. accusations that a recent wave of Palestinian knife and car-ramming attacks amounted to “terrorism”.
“We will defend the movement of the Palestinian people with all of our existence, and in any way and as long as we can,” Khamenei reportedly told a gathering of the Basij, Iran’s volunteer militia.
“Despite all the efforts of the Arrogance (the United States) … and even with cooperation from Arab countries, the Palestinian intifada has started in the occupied West Bank,” state television quoted Khamenei as saying.
According to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), Khamenei criticized those who call Palestinians “terrorists”, saying they are people protesting the occupation of their land.
“About 60 years have passed since the occupation of Palestine and these people have changed for a number of generations, but the cause of Palestine still exists,” Khamenei added.
Ali Khamenei showed his support with the Palestinians just a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and stated that the spate of attacks as “terrorism” and that it should be condemned.
According to Haaretz, the Israeli and the American governments have long accused Iran of supplying arms to Hamas. Tehran says it gives only moral, financial and humanitarian support.