Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has strongly criticized US President Barack Obama for considering Israel's security as his red line. "The US president says that Israel's security is his red line. [What has drawn this red line] the interests of the American nation or Obama's need for the money and support of Zionist companies to secure his second term in office?"
From left: Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Judiciary Head Sadeq Larijani at the 5th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada in the Iranian capital, Tehran, October 1, 2011.
In a Saturday address at the International Conference on Palestinian Intifada in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday, the Leader said Obama's red line would be crossed by the awakened Muslim nations.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that the real threat to Israel was the resolve of Muslim nations who no longer want or will allow the US, Europe or their puppets to rule over their countries.
Khamenei speaking at the conference
The Leader urged Muslim countries to end all ties with Israel as no logic can justify the continuation of relations with the Zionist regime after witnessing Muslim nations taking anti-Zionist stances.
Ayatollah Khamenei rejected any plan seeking to split Palestine and called for the liberation of all lands belonging to Palestinians.
The Leader said that a solution suggesting the existence of a Palestinian state along an Israeli one amounted to the violation of Palestinian rights, adding that any plan needed to be based on the principle of "All of Palestine for all Palestinians."
Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran's suggestion is that all Palestinians across the world participate in a referendum to determine their fate.
The 5th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada opened in Tehran on Saturday.
The conference focuses on the restoration of Palestinian rights, including their right to return and determine their fate as well as the liberation the territories occupied by Israel.
Representatives, parliament speakers and scholars from different countries as well as a number of Palestinian leaders are attending the two-day event.
Secretary General of the conference, Hossein Sheikholeslam, said earlier that 16 parliament speakers as well as eight deputy speakers had indicated their readiness to attend the conference.
He added that parliamentary delegations from more than 70 states and independent figures from 100 countries have also been invited to the conference.
Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal has once again highlighted the role of resistance as the 'sole path' for the liberation of Palestine.
Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal in Tehran
Speaking at the fifth International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada in the Iranian capital of Tehran, Meshaal said resistance will continue against the occupation of the Palestinian territories until the complete freedom of the entire Palestinian lands.
Hamas Political Bureau Chief hailed the Islamic Republic for taking the initiative in the instigation of the international conference in support of the Palestinians, reiterating that "today the choice (resistance) has become the only option as all other alternatives have failed" to bear fruit for the Palestinians.
He also made reference to the recent bid by Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chief Mahmud Abbas for the UN recognition of a Palestinian state and noted that apart from the 'symbolic move,' an independent Palestinian state could only be established on liberated territories and not on lands seized by Israeli settlers.
Meshaal further called on all Palestinian factions to unite and adopt a unified strategy in light of the recent developments to 'get rid of the Zionist (Israeli) occupation.'
"We must hold a serious national meeting to have a deep re-evaluation" of the status quo in the Palestinian territories, said the Hamas Political Bureau chief.
A view of the 5th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada in Tehran
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says the Judaization of al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the "central goal" of settlement activities of Israel.
Israel aims to take away the "true identity of al-Quds" through constructing new settlements in the holy city, Berri said in a speech at the 5th International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada which was convened in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Saturday.
The number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank has passed half a million and "the area of the settlements has doubled," he said.
Berri added that Israel's policy of constructing the illegal settlements "is in contradiction to all international laws."
He noted that Israel seeks to sow the seed of discord among Palestinian groups and wants their division to continue.
The Lebanese speaker said that Israel "is not interested in peace." Berri also praised Iran's support for the Palestinian cause.
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