United States President Donald Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will only accelerate the imminent destruction of the Jewish state, Iranian leaders have warned.
They plan to play a key role in that destruction.
During a conference of senior Iranian military officials on December 11, Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami reportedly said that President Trump’s decision “will hasten the destruction of [Israel] and will double unity among Muslims.” He pledged Iran’s full support of militant Palestinians, saying, “The occupying regime of Israel knows the illegitimate actions of the U.S. government will bring no change to al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the Palestinian people and the freedom-loving people of the world will become more determined than ever to become united and stand up for liberation of Jerusalem and the land of Palestine.”
That same day, Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force, telephoned Palestinian leaders from the armed wing of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement and pledged Iran’s “complete support for Palestinian Islamic resistance movements.”
Suleimani’s Quds Force is an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (irgc) that answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is responsible for covert operations in other countries. News watchers know that General Suleimani and the Quds Force have advanced Iran’s hegemonic ambitions in Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan more than anyone or anything else. A refocus of their attention on Israel is extremely significant.
Bloomberg News paraphrased Suleimani as also saying that “other forces in the region are ready to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.” By invoking al-Aqsa and religion, Iranian leaders are working to gain maximum traction their incitements. Those “other forces” include Hezbollah, whose leader called on militant Islamists in the region to devise a unified strategy to fight for Jerusalem.
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