Fists firmly clenched in Teheran. But for the Obambi-Clitman administration that means progress, because the mullahs normally call for “death to the Jews, death to Amerikkie” and Ahmad-in-jihad tops it off with “wiping Israel off the map”…
Â Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “resistance” was the only way…Â
by Jay Deshmukh
TEHRAN (AFP) â€“ Iran’s supreme leaderÂ Ayatollah Ali KhameneiÂ urged world Muslims on Wednesday to join the Palestinian “resistance” againstÂ Israel, but his call was dismissed by Palestinian presidentÂ Mahmud Abbas.
“The only way to save Palestine is resistance,” Khamenei said in an address to a global summit organised byÂ TehranÂ in aid of the war-batteredÂ Gaza StripÂ and the Palestinians.
“Support and help to Palestinians is a mandatory duty of all Muslims. I now tell all Muslim brothers and sisters to join forces and break the immunity of the Zionist criminals.”
Iran‘s top military commanderÂ Mohammad Ali JafariÂ also declared that theÂ Islamic republicÂ has long-range missiles that can reach Israeli nuclear sites.
“Today the Islamic republic has missiles with a range of more than 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) and… all the land of the Zionist regime, including its nuclear installations, is within our range,” Jafari, the head ofÂ Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, told theÂ ISNA news agency.
He said the Islamic republic could “firmly retaliate” if it was attacked by Israel, which considers Iran its biggest threat.
Khamenei said any negotiations to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict were fruitless, adding that the United States andÂ BritainÂ committed the “crime of creation and supporting this cancerous tumour (Israel).”
“Even theÂ new president of the United StatesÂ who came to power with the motto of changing the (George W.) Bush administration’s policies talks about unconditional commitment to secure Israel. This is defending terrorism by a government.”
But Khamenei’s call was bluntly dismissed by Abbas after he met US Secretary of StateÂ Hillary Clinton, on her visit to the region since taking office.
“We are sending a message to the Iranians and others — stop interfering in our affairs,” Abbas said. “They are interfering only to deepen the rift between Palestinians.”
Musa Abu Marzuk and Abu Zahar from the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza and who attended the Tehran summit acknowledged the role Iran played in tackling the Middle East problem.
ZaharÂ openly said Iran and other countries have been offering aid to Palestinians, which included “paying salaries of our employees since we came to power in 2006.”
Iran does not recognise Israel, and Khamenei has repeatedly rejected aÂ two-state solutionÂ to solve the decades-old conflict.
Shiite Iran’s efforts to tackle the issue have received sceptical response from much of theÂ Muslim world, especially from the neighbouring Sunni-ruled Arab states which are also wary of Tehran’s nuclear programme.
On Tuesday, SaudiÂ Foreign MinisterÂ Prince Saud al-Faisal called for a joint Arab strategy to deal with the “Iranian challenge” at a meeting of ArabÂ foreign ministers.
In his address at the Tehran summit,Â Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud AhmadinejadÂ called for the creation of a “global anti-Zionist front.”
“On the other hand we must seriously pursue punishing the Zionist criminals, so that by saving Palestine and the establishment of a popularly chosen government, the world gets rid of racism, lies and occupation forever.”
Prominent lawmaker Khazem Jalili said theÂ Tehran conferenceÂ will suggest setting up aÂ common fundÂ of participating nations to channel the donations.
But “unfortunately, the route for delivering the aid is not open,” he said referring to the Israeli blockade ofÂ Gaza.
The summit, attended by officials from such neighbours asÂ KuwaitÂ andÂ Bahrain, as wellÂ South AfricaÂ andÂ Nigeria, comes two days after global donors meeting inEgyptÂ pledged around 4.5 billion dollars to rebuild Gaza.