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Tehran has given its support to the Palestinian resistance movements and urged them to continue with the “intifada”, in response to the decision of the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Iranian Presidency and the Guardians of the Revolution have given them a boost to the Palestinian resistance movements and have urged them to continue with the “intifada”, in response to the decision of the US President, Donald Trump, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “We are proud of the great people of Palestine for their resistance and sacrifice against the Zionist enemy (Israel), and we are confident that the new” intifada “will continue on its right path,” he said in a telephone conversation with the political leader of the Islamist movement. Hamas, Ismail Haniye
Last Thursday (7.12.2017), Haniye called on the Palestinians to start a third “intifada” or popular uprising, although the protests have not been far-reaching. “Without a doubt, the oppressed people of Palestine and the Islamic community will stand united against this Zionist-American conspiracy and they will frustrate it,” Rohaní said in a statement. The Iranian president considered that, given this situation, “the first step is for all Palestinian movements to stay united, and give a decisive response to the Zionist regime and the United States.”
For its part, the influential commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, Qasem Soleimaní, spoke with commanders of the Azedín al Kasam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad group. Soleimaní announced the readiness of the Islamic Republic to provide “all the necessary support” to the Palestinian resistance forces. He also indicated that other resistance groups, which he did not cite, can help protect the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest place of Islam after Mecca and Medina. Iran leads the so-called “axis of resistance” against Israel and supports both the Palestinian Hamas movement and the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah.
Almost simultaneously, the Israeli army was bombarding positions of the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip in response to the firing of shells at Israel by Palestinian militias, a military statement said. “In response to the missile fired at Israel, an Israeli Army and aviation tank reached Hamas military posts in the northern Gaza Strip,” the statement confirmed. The projectile launched around 23.30 (20.30 GMT) fired the antiaircraft alarms in several communities of the city of Ashkelon and the Regional Council of Ashkelon, and was intercepted by the anti-missile system Iron Dome.
Since the US president referred on Wednesday (6.12.2017) to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Palestinian militias have launched several projectiles from Gaza that the Army has responded with retaliatory bombings on targets of the Islamist movement, which controls the enclave for a decade. “The army blames Hamas for these aggressive actions that originate in the Gaza Strip,” military spokesmen said. Israel has responded to the firing of rockets since Saturday, attacking military infrastructures in Gaza, and since then, two Gaza militants have been killed and 15 others have been injured.