FNA- Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri announced that US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital heralds the start of a new Intifada.
“The usurper (Israeli) regime has chosen the path of oppression, aggression and child-killing during its short life since 1948 until today,” General Baqeri said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Monday.
“Declaring Quds as the capital (of Israel) is the start of a major Intifada and it (the decision) can’t be digested even by the US allies; this wrong decision will be the start of auspicious events (with regard to Muslim unity and resistance),” he added.
His remarks came after Top Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said the United States’ recent decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital will fail to materialize its planned objectives, promising that the city would become the graveyard of the Zionists.
“The main goal of the Untied States and the Zionist regime is destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but God willing, Quds will be the place where the Zionist regime will be buried,” General Jafari said at a meeting with the IRGC General Staff personnel here in Tehran on Saturday.
He further warned that the Muslim world is needed to take rapid action against “this devilish plot” as it could be late tomorrow, but meantime stressed that Washington and Tel Aviv “have embarked on historic foolishness”.
“This decision of the Untied States is a prelude to the full denial of a Palestinian state and Palestinians’ right to live in their own country,” the General said, and added, “To achieve this goal they have even ignored and humiliated their own ex-friends in the Fatah Movement.”
The IRGC commander further blamed Riyadh for its complicity in the US-Israeli move against the Palestinians. “We have been informed that this decision has been the product of behind-the-stage consultations, agreements and coordination with certain Arab states, specially Saudi Arabia, and they had been informed of the move since several months earlier.”
He also pointed out that the verbal opposition shown by Riyadh is only meant to lead the antagonistic efforts against the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in order to contain opposition to words and avoid action.
“They have struck an agreement with Israel and the US in a bid to block any practical move to protect Quds and exclude the Palestinian issue from the domain of the Muslim world’s interests and sensitivities.”
Jafari, yet, reminded the failure of the US and Saudi schemes in Kurdistan, Lebanon and Yemen, and said, “Frequent failures in the region have disturbed the enemies’ calculation and decision-making systems; under such circumstances, the best thing the Muslim world can do is to make the best and prompt use of these opportunities.”
The US president last Wednesday defied global warnings, and said Washington formally recognizes Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel, and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the occupied city, breaking with decades of American policy despite widespread international opposition.
In anticipation of Trump’s move, 151 members of the UN General Assembly voted last week to adopt a rare resolution that denounced Israel as the “occupying power” of Jerusalem al-Quds, a city that is holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike.
The city has seen heightened tensions since 2015, when the Israeli military introduced restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque — Islam’s third holiest site.
Over 300 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli soldiers ever since.
Israel lays claim to the entirety of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital while Palestinians want its Eastern part as the capital of a future state for themselves.
Palestinian leaders have warned that the potential relocation would fuel strong reaction in the region and deliver a death blow to any prospect of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Trump’s move which overturns decades of US foreign policy has triggered a fresh wave of unrest in the Middle East.