Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh Sunday, and addressed the attempt to ignore the Palestinian issue over the past 60 years.
He promised that "through a struggle, the Palestinians can retrieve all their territories, each and every part, and can establish a Palestinian government on them. No doubt– It will happen."
IRNA news agency, the official Iranian news agency, reported Khamenei's words. The Iranian leader said that "the Palestinian nation is taking a step forward each day and I am sure that the day will come when that land is run by Palestinians."
Khamenei expressed Iran's support for the Palestinian government following statements made by Haniyeh over the weekend, including saying that his government will not recognize Israel, or any agreements signed by Israel.
Honoring Hanyieh in Tehran (Photo: Reuters)
Haniyeh chose his words carefully, both in the political aspect and the religious one. Haniyeh told Khamenei that he would "continue in the path of Imam Khumaini, you have always supported the Palestinian people and I hope to meet you at al-Aqsa mosque in the near future."
Haniyeh continued to say that "the generation that is fighting the Zionists today and that started the first and second intifadas is a young, highly motivated generation. This is the generation that will free Palestine."
The Palestinian PM emphasized that the current Palestinian government would never recognize the Zionist regime.
According to Haniyeh, the armed struggle against Israel is part of Hamas and the Palestinian people's strategy: "The resistance is the only way to free Palestine. All the Palestinians chose this way as serious, and not tactical."