Iran: US repeating mistakes in Middle-East

FNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi warned the US against consequences of its decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, describing the move as an egregious mistake.

“We consider this measure as repetition of the egregious mistakes that the US has made in the region and it is still entangled in (the consequences of) its past mistakes and certainly this issue will entangle the US in this part of the world and possibly a major part of the world,” Qassemi told FNA on Wednesday.

He referred to the Islamic and non-Islamic countries’ demand from Washington to give up this view and policy, and said Iran pursues developments related to Palestine and al-Quds precisely.

“Given the support we have always had for the oppressed Palestinian people, we will continue possible measures in this regard as far as conventional,” Qassemi said.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned his US counterpart Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, stressing that the city belongs to the Palestinians.

“Quds is the holy territory of all Muslims and will be the capital of a Palestinian state and we will never forget this important and holy goal,” President Rouhani told reporters before departing Tehran for Turkey to participate in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit.

He underlined that the Muslim leaders should condemn the US decision in all international bodies and circles, specially the UN and declare it as incorrect.

“This (Trump’s) decision will spark fresh tension in the region and if Muslims keep united and stand against this decision, it will be a major victory for the Muslims and the Palestinians,” President Rouhani said.

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.