Hours after Israel and the Palestinian authorities agreed to a ceasefire, Ismail Haniyeh, a prominent Hamas leader, warned that he would continue to “defend” Jerusalem.
In a report published in the newspaper “Al-Quds”, he declared that “Jerusalem remains the center of the conflict”. The Jerusalem Post, Referring to the ongoing fighting in the region.
Haniyeh thanked “the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has not backed down with money, arms and technical support.”
“We will also use help from other Arab countries,” he added.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited comments on Friday as the reason the United States failed to lift Iranian sanctions when the Biden administration attempted to strike another nuclear deal.
“America is set to provide Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions to continue this,” Pompeo said on Twitter. It is a dangerous thing for the security of America and Israel. “
Haniyeh’s statements coincided with statements made Friday by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling on Islamic countries to take up arms in support of the Palestinians.
“Islamic countries must sincerely support the Palestinian people, with military or financial support … or in rebuilding the infrastructure of the Gaza Strip,” Khamenei said in a statement. Reuters.
The Iranian leader urged Muslims to call on their government to support the Palestinians and called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “stand trial by international and independent courts”.
Khamenei’s comments follow reports of unrest in other Gulf states, as the violent exchanges between Israel and the Palestinian territories lasted for 11 days.
Islamic countries recently allied with Israel during the Trump era under the Abrahamic Accords, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.And the Morocco felt new pressure to help stop the fighting.
Civil society organizations have urged the government of Bahrain to oust its Israeli ambassador and protests have been staged in support of Palestinian rights in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait.
Iran’s foreign ministry claimed the Palestinians had won a “historic victory” over Israel.
“We congratulate our Palestinian sisters and brothers on this historic victory. Your opposition has forced the aggressor to withdraw, ”Minister Saeed Khatibzadeh’s spokesman said in a statement. Tweeter.
Iran also offered an Iranian-made drone with a range of over 1,200 miles, and it was called “Gaza,” Reuters reported on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.