Former Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi said the Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s emphasis on arming the West Bank for confronting the Zionist regime ignited flames of the 3rd Intifada in the region.
“The emphasis on arming the West Bank came after the recent 51-day war ended with the resistance’s victory, and after that we witnessed Palestinians’ outstanding moves in the West Bank,” Roknabadi told FNA on Saturday.
He underlined that the first sparkles of the 3rd Intifada in the Palestinian territories started after Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s order to arm the West Bank.
“The Palestinian nation have declared their preparedness for restoring their trampled rights after the first sparkles, and arming the West Bank will help them more to this end,” Roknabadi said.
On the International Quds Day, Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei strongly condemned the 51-day Israeli attacks on the Gaza people, and underlined that there needed to be a change in the war strategy against the Israeli regime, stressing that all Palestinians, including those in the West Bank, should be armed to accompany Gazans in their armed struggle against Tel Aviv.
“We believe the West Bank, too, should be armed just like Gaza and those who are interested in the fate of the Palestinians must work in this respect so that the pains and miseries of the Palestinian people will be decreased due to their mighty hands and the weakness of the Zionist enemy,” Supreme Leader underlined in July.
Following the Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s order, many Iranian officials, specially senior commanders, followed suit and underscored the necessity for arming the Palestinians in the West Bank, saying that the move would lead to Israel’s collapse.
Also last Tuesday, Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei reiterated Iran’s continued support for the Palestinian nation, and said arming the West Bank was necessary for confronting the Zionist regime.
“The Iranian nation and youth support the Palestinian people from the bottom of their hearts and love fighting the Zionists,” Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said, addressing the political and religious figures participating in the ‘International Congress on Takfiri Streams in the Eyes of the Islamic Ulema’ in Tehran.
“Thanks God, the Islamic Republic of Iran has not been entangled in religious boundaries and differences and as it helps the Shiite Hezbollah in Lebanon, it provides assistance to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Sunni groups in Palestine and will continue this assistance,” Supreme Leader added.
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei described strengthening the Palestinian brothers in Gaza as an instance of Iran’s assistance to the Palestinian people, and stressed, “As we have announced earlier, the West Bank should be armed and ready for defending itself and this will certainly happen.”