Iran hosts Palestinian terror leaders, vows to continue fighting Israel
Iran has previously been declared a state sponsor of terrorism, but the latest hosting of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group reinforces Iran’s opposition to Israel, and indicates its support of terror groups aligned with that mission, The Washington Free Beacon reported Wednesday.
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) group is designated as a terror group by the U.S. State Department, and has been sanctioned over their use of Iranian funds to carry out terror attacks.
U.S. officials who monitored activity between the group and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the meeting could indicate that they’re plotting new attacks against Israel.
“One does not have to wonder what was talked about in the meeting between Iranian foreign minister Zarif and the head of Islamic Jihad—nothing good,” one senior official told the Free Beacon. “This meeting between a state sponsor of terror and terrorists likely revolved on how to continue to undermine peace efforts and sow greater instability in the region.”
The group’s leaders also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who declared, “The jihad of the Palestinians must continue until the Zionist enemy [surrenders] to the rights of the Palestinian nation,” according to an official Iranian government statement.
“Despite the Madrid and Oslo [peace] meetings and agreements, the Israelis have never accepted the rights of the Palestinians and therefore, the only way is to fight and resist,” Rouhani said.
“The entire peoples of the region must consider the Zionist Regime not just the enemy of the Palestinian nation, but also the enemy of the entire region,” he added.
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