Basij commander: Deal of century already failed

FNA – Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Commander Brigadier General Gholamhossein Gheibparvar said on Friday that the US-devised plan, known as the “Deal of the Century”, is a flop from the very beginning.

Speaking to FNA on the sidelines of the International Quds Day rallies in Tehran today, ,Brigadier General Gheibparvar said that the “Deal of the Century” is already broken for various reasons.

“Firstly, people in the region have developed faith in the etiquette of resistance, and the people of Quds and Palestine have figured out that compromise and negotiations will not lead them to victory,” he underlined.

“Second, we have witnessed in the past couple of decades that the decisions made by the reactionary leaders of the region are not effective,” Gheibparvar added.

On Thursday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani, in a video address to a conference in the Gaza Strip under the title of “No to Deal of Century”, reassured that the Palestinian nation will defeat the US-devised plot, dubbed “the deal of the century,” through resistance.

“The deal of century will be defeated at the hands of the resisting people of Palestine,” Shamkhani, added.

The United States has kept the plan, which it says is aimed at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, under wraps. Leaked information, however, indicate that it features serious violations of the Palestinian’s age-old demands.

Shamkhani said the plan aims at “complete elimination of Palestine,” speaking via video link at the event, which was held in Gaza City in the coastal enclave with senior leaders of Palestinian resistance groups in attendance.

Using the scheme, Washington is trying to abuse the “ignorance, laxity, and the treacherous nature” of some of its vassal states to “permanently do away with the issues of the Palestinian refugees’ return [to their homeland] and formation of an independent Palestinian state,” he added.

Also joining the conference were Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the political bureau of Hamas resistance movement, Yahya Sinwar, the Palestinian resistance movement’s leader in Gaza, and Ziyad al-Nakhaleh, the leader of the Islamic Jihad resistance group.

The conference came in the run-up to International Quds Day.

The day was so named, Shamkhani said, as a token of support for anti-Israeli resistance until the ultimate liberation of the entirety of the occupied Palestinian territories.

“Iran stands with all the nations that resist oppressors,” Iran’s security chief said, citing Imam Khomeini as saying, “As long as there is oppression in the world, there is struggle too. And as long as there is struggle, we stand up too.”

“In line with the viewpoint of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, we once again in the Islamic Republic insist on supporting the resistance, especially in the occupied Palestine, and will not cease this support despite all hardships, political pressures and economic sanctions, as the Islamic Republic considers supporting the resistance fighters a religious obligation,” Shamkhani added.

The Iranian official then highlighted how the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979 was followed by creation of resistance movements that defeated Israel in all their confrontations with the regime, liberating Gaza and southern Lebanon. He saluted the resistance fighters, who brought about the victories.

Further in the conference, the leader of Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip, Yehya al-Sinwar, said the US-devised “deal of the century” will not go ahead.

He also asserted that the Palestinian resistance front will not abandon the Palestinian cause, including liberation of all Israel-occupied territories, most notably the holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds.

“We will not sell al-Quds …We believe liberation of al-Quds will come soon,” he noted.

The Hamas leader urged all Muslims to participate in International Quds Day rallies on Friday, and thanked the Islamic Republic for its support for Palestinians in the face of Israeli aggression.

The resistance outfits, Sinwar said, are undaunted by Israeli threats and military equipment, noting how Palestinians had managed to develop missiles domestically.

Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh, also addressed the conference, warning the Israeli regime against resorting to renewed military aggression against the enclave.

He said the resistance will be targeting Tel Aviv if the regime attacks the Gaza Strip, adding, “We will target Israel with more missiles if a new war erupts.”

“In every battle, we will impose a new equation on enemy,” Nakhaleh stated.

He asserted Palestinians’ rejection of all US plots targeting the Palestinian cause, adding that Palestinians are all united in the cause of thwarting American conspiracies.

Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad also welcomed the stance of Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, against “the deal of the century,” and denounced an upcoming US-sponsored event in Bahrain aimed at promoting the economic aspects of the plot. ‎

On Thursday, the Iranian foreign ministry issued a statement, asking all Muslims across the world to unite against the US-sponsored “Deal of Century”.

The Iranian foreign ministry called on Islamic nations to form a united front against the plots hatched by the Israeli regime to sow discord among Muslims and divert attention from the Palestinian cause.

The ministry warned against a US-devised plan to be unveiled on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a related Washington-led conference in Bahrain in June, saying the plan, if implemented, will be an “eternal loss” for Palestine and a major gain for its occupiers.

“The current circumstances in Palestine and the region require Muslim nations and governments to maintain their unity, solidarity and integrity against the Zionist regime more than ever,” the statement said.

“While exercising maximum vigilance against this common enemy, Muslim countries need to resist the conspiracies (hatched) by the regime and its supporters to create division in the ranks of the Muslim Ummah and make the issue of Palestine — the top priority in the Muslim world — slip into oblivion,” the statement said.

Iran believes that the establishment of lasting peace and stability in the region will not be fulfilled without the restoration of the rights of the innocent Palestinian nation, it said.

This will be achieved, the statement said, through the return of Palestinian refugees to their motherland and holding of a referendum with the participation of all the real residents of this territory.

In a statement on Wednesday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri blasted the US-sponsored “Deal of the Century” plan, saying that the International Quds Day rallies will foil all plots against the Palestinians.

He added that the rallies will shatter the illusion of the US in imposing the already-failed “Deal of the Century” and destroying Palestine like its other dreams, including “the Greater Middle East” and “Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates”.

The International Quds Day is an annual event opposing Israel’s occupation of Beitul-Muqaddas. Anti-Zionist rallies and demonstrations are held on the last Friday of Ramadan in Muslim and Arab countries around the world, specially in Iran, as well as a large number of non-Muslim states.

The International Quds Day was started by the late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in 1979 as a way of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and underscoring importance of the holy Quds to Muslims.