Resistance front’s victories led to UN Quds vote, Iran’s Velayati says

Tasnim – Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, said recent victories of the anti-Israeli Resistance Front in the region caused even Washington’s staunch allies to oppose its decision to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday, Velayati pointed to a recent United Nations General Assembly vote that called on the US to withdraw its decision about Quds and said even Washington’s close allies opposed the decision.

The reason behind the change in the stances of the US supporters is the recent victories of the Resistance Front in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, he said, adding US allies are concerned that siding with Washington would spark the third intifada (Palestinian uprising).

Velayati also said over the past years, the US, Israel and reactionary regimes in the region (Saudi Arabia) have formed an alliance to depict Iran as the main enemy of the Muslim world.

However, recent developments of the Islamic world and the unprecedented victories of the resistance forces in the region caused even those countries that created Israel to vote for the UN resolution condemning the US decision on Quds.

More than 100 countries defied Trump on Thursday and voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Quds as Israel’s capital.

Trump announced the decision in a speech at the White House on December 6, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.

Trump said his administration would also begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy.

Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.

Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.