Iran ‘Will Support’ Anyone Fighting Israel: Ayatollah Khamenei

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Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei

TEHRAN- Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei said on the eve of annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day while a poster showing Palestinian flag raised over Al-Aqsa Mosque was released on his official website. The image depicts Jerusalem being captured from Zionist state by the Iran led resistance axis.

“We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this,” Iran leader said in a post on his official English-language Twitter account.

Iran, Israel’s arch-enemy in the Middle East, has been a key supporter of Syria, a frontline Arab country bordering Israel and resistance groups like Hamas and Hezbollah in Gaza and Lebanon.

Israel, which monitors neighboring Syria intensively, has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria targeting suspected arms and troop movements by Iran and Hezbollah guerrillas that have bases across areas bordering Israel now.

Earlier his website displayed a poster and text above the image says: “Palestine Will Be Free. The final solution: Resistance until referendum.”

The poster evoked a sharp reaction from US and Israeli officials including Benjamin Netanyahu and US secretary of State Mike Pomeo.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iran’s enmity toward Israel was not the same as hostility toward Jewish people.

“The elimination of the government of Israel does not mean the elimination of Jews. We don’t have an issue with Jewish people,” he said.

“‘Elimination of Israel’ means the Muslim, Christian and Jewish people of Palestine choose their own government themselves and push out foreigners and thugs like [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” the post added.

Iran leader is scheduled to speak on Friday to commemorate Quds Day.

Iranian leaders have frequently called for the abolition of the state of Israel which was formed in 1948.

In a statement on Thursday Iran;s Revolutionary Guard or the IRGC condemned the continued occupation of Palestine and said, “This old wound continues to afflict Muslim and freedom-seeking nations around the world, and the issue of Palestine still tops (our) major regional, international and Islamic concerns.” 

The statement further referred to US President Donald Trump’s so-called deal of the century plan and the Tel Aviv’s land theft policies, describing them as two “dangerous” plots that will get nowhere.

These two schemes “will not lead to any achievements” for the occupying regime, but will, in fact, hasten the death of the Zionist entity, it said.

What is evident on the ground is that the liberation of Holy Al-Quds is close, the statement said.

In a related development multiple Israeli websites were the target of a cyberattack on Thursday, their home pages being replaced with an anti-Israel video and message in Hebrew and English: “The countdown of Israel destruction has begun.”

The bottom of the page credited a group called “Hackers_Of_Savior” for the attack. The page title was changed to “Be Ready for a Big Surprise” in Hebrew. Visitors to the sites were asked to allow access to their cameras.

“This is a combined attack that tries to harm Israeli sites and to disturb the economy from operating,” Avitar Gat, Digital Systems Operator at the Zeliger Shomron PR agency was quoted as saying by The Jerusalem Post.

Lotem Finkelstein, head of the Cyber Intelligence Department at Checkpoint Software Technologies, explained that as Al-Quds Day began on Thursday, hackers from the Muslim world – including Turkey, North Africa and the Gaza Strip – began organizing to attack Israeli sites and replace them with the anti-Israel video and text.

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