A leader of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, Ismail Haniyeh, has sent a letter to Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Seyyed Imam Ali Khamenei, praising Iran’s stance on Jerusalem al-Quds.
According to an IRNA report on Thursday, Haniyeh, who is the chief of Hamas’ political bureau, said in his letter that the Palestinian nation praised Iran’s “unflinching and valuable” positions on the issue of Jerusalem al-Quds.
He thanked the support offered by the Iranian nation and the guidance provided by Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Seyyed Imam Ali Khamenei for the resistance movement.
He pointed to the “dimensions of the big conspiracy” by global hegemonic powers against al-Quds and the people of Palestine, which he said were aimed at taking down the Gaza Strip as “the fortress of resistance” and terminating the battle against the Israeli regime, and bringing about the normalization of relations between the regional puppet regimes and Israel.
Haniyeh also referred to the dangerous conspiracies underway against the Ummah meant to crush their resistance, saying that the plots have recently become more flagrant because of the policies adopted by US President Donald Trump towards Iran, Hamas, the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, and the Jerusalem al-Quds.
He also recounted the suffering of the Palestinian people caused by an Israeli-imposed blockade on the Gaza Strip.
“The US and some defeated leaders are seeking to end the issue of Palestine and resistance against the occupying regime [of Israel] so that the leaders that pine for gratifying the US and Israel could normalize their relations with the Zionist regime and make them public,” he said.
The Hamas official further described Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem al-Quds the “capital” of Israel as a step toward disarming the resistance and removing the impediments to the Arab-Israeli alliance.
He appreciated Iran’s support for Palestine and the resistance in difficult times, saying the guidance provided by the Leader has reinforced the Palestinian resistance fighters in their battle.
He also stressed that the Palestinian Intifada (uprising) was the only way to foil the conspiracy against Palestine and al-Quds.
“With the outbreak of the roaring popular Intifada in the West Bank and al-Quds, we will foil with God’s permission the conspiracy of the tyrant of the time and the rulers of hypocrisy in the capitals near and far, who want to put an end to the Palestinian issue.”
Last month, Trump said Washington was recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and planning to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. The announcement drew widespread condemnation and led to mass protests against the US and Israel.
The United Nations General Assembly rejected Trump’s Jerusalem al-Quds move in a vote on December 21, 2017.
Israel lays claim to the whole of Jerusalem al-Quds, but the international community views the ancient city’s eastern sector as occupied land and Palestinians consider it as the capital of their future state.