Majority of Palestinians favor armed resistance against Israel: Envoy

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Palestinian Islamic Jihad representative in Tehran said the majority of Palestinians support armed resistance against the Zionist regime of Israel.

Despite all the hardships the Palestinian nation is enduring, the new Intifada (uprising) against Israel will continue and may be intensified further, the representative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement in Tehran, Nasser Abu Sharif, told the Tasnim News Agency Sunday.

He stressed that 96 percent of the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip are in favor of armed resistance against the Israeli regime.

Referring to new efforts aimed at reviving Israel-Palestinian talks for a two-state solution, he stressed that talks with the Zionist regime have been a fruitless attempt for the past 20 years.

Abu Sharif added that the resistance is the only way to liberate the oppressed Palestinian nation.

Last year in July, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a speech described armed resistance as the only way to confront the Zionist regime.

Tel Aviv’s “unimaginable crimes” show the “innate reality” of Israel, whose “only cure is annihilation,” he said at the time.

“Of course until then, Palestinians’ resolute, armed resistance and its expansion to the West Bank is the only way to confront this savage regime,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

In another speech in 2015, the Leader reiterated the necessity for supporting Palestinian resistance groups in their fight against the Israeli regime, saying that the US is seeking to disarm Palestinians to help Israel suppress them easily.

“Unlike the view and effort of supporters of ‘the child-murderer Zionist regime’, the whole world and the Islamic world in particular, have an obligation to arm the Palestinian nation as much as possible,” the Leader said.

By Tasnim News Agency