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IRGC Quds Commander: US Sees Israel as Criterion for Interaction with Regional States

1 September 2015 16:38


Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani blasted the US double-standards in the Middle East, saying that Washington sees its ties with Israel as a yardstick for interacting with other countries.

“Israel is the benchmark for US interaction with the regional countries,” Major General Soleimani said, addressing the opening ceremony of the 18th meeting of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Tuesday.

The IRGC Quds commander, meantime, briefed the audience about the regional conditions, specially Iraq and Syria, and said that all the US strategies have failed in the region due to Islamic Revolution of Iran.

Yesterday, Iranian Parliament’s Vice-Speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard renewed Tehran’s support for all the movements fighting against the Israeli-sponsored state terrorism.

“We will support any movement that confronts the Zionist regime and its state terrorism,” Aboutorabifard told reporters.

He underlined that Iran supports the Islamic currents that are fighting against terrorism and the Zionists and it takes honor in such support.

Aboutorabifard reiterated that the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement is in the frontline of war against the Zionists, and said, “The Islamic resistance of Lebanon is regarded a terrorist group by Mossad and CIA because the Zionist regime that had institutionalized state terrorism in the region is fighting against it.”

He referred to the Iraqi and the Syrian nations’ fight against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran fully supports Iraq’s great nation in its fight against terrorism and ISIL Takfiri terrorists while it also supports the Syrian nation in its anti-ISIL fight.”

Also yesterday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted Israel for its crimes against the Palestinians and support for the terrorist groups, and said the regime was created and continues its life based on terrorism.

“Certain governments are created based on terrorism and see their survival in light of terrorism and its clear instance is the fake Zionist regime in the Palestinian territories,” Rouhani said, addressing a congress in Tehran to commemorate the Iranians martyred by the terrorist groups.

“The (Israeli) government and regime basically started its job based on intimidation, terrorism and occupation and today it is continuing the same anti-human path,” he added.

Elsewhere, Rouhani blasted the western states’ double-standard approach towards terrorism, and said, “Terrorism will not be annihilated as long as collective determination and real resolve is not created in the world.”

“Today, there are powers in Europe and the US which keep mum on a terrorist grouplet and support a terrorist regime but are opposed to another terrorist group,” he said.

Rouhani referred to the spread of terrorism in the world since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 despite the western powers’ mottoes about campaign against terrorist groups, and asked how the world powers claim that they are unaware of the way the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria make revenues through crude sales to the regional countries, while the same powers say that they can identify the vehicles’ plate numbers with the help of their satellites.

He also voiced regret that certain regional Muslim states support terrorism and supply the terrorist groups with weapons and financial resource, and said, “Don’t they think that one day it will be their turn? No doubt that any regional country that helps the terrorists and massacre of innocents and Muslims, terrorism will backfire on them sooner or later.”

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