Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP) (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Khamenei accused the US, Israel and other countries of actively plotting to destroy Islamic civilization, while Iran provides pivotal support for the ongoing Palestinian war against Israel.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a group of Palestinian terrorists that the West, led by the United States, is making an effort to dominate the region through a large-scale and extensive war with Islam. While the US was the primary enemy, he said, the “Zionist regime,” Israel, was their back-up.

In a meeting on Sunday with Ramadan Abdullah, the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and his delegation, Khamenei noted, “the large-scale war” under way in the Middle East is the continuation of a war that “started 37 years ago against the Islamic Republic of Iran and in this confrontation, the issue of Palestine is the main and pivotal issue, and just in the same way that the Islamic Republic of Iran considered supporting Palestine as its duty from the beginning, it will continue to fulfill this duty in the future as well,” Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

At the start of this meeting, Abdullah offered his gratitude to Iran for its support of their war on Israel.

Khamenei emphasized Iran’s support of the Palestinians, and said that “the necessity of countering the Zionist regime” is among Iran’s top priorities. “Therefore, defending the Palestinian cause is naturally enshrined in the nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Khamenei declared.

Decades Long War Between Islam and West

Khamenei described a prolonged religious war in the region between Islam and the West, spearheaded by the Islamic Republic, which is emerging victorious.

Khamenei alleged that main objective behind the ongoing extensive war supposedly waged by the West against the Islamic front is to dominate the region, adding, “The developments in the region must be studied and analyzed from this viewpoint, and within this framework, the issues of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Hezbollah are part of this large-scale confrontation.”

Based on this view of regional affairs, Khamenei said Iran considers the US as its main enemy and the Zionist regime of Israel as its backup.

“Defending Palestine symbolizes defending Islam,” Khamenei added.

He further alleged that the sanctions imposed by the West on Iran were meant to “dissuade the Islamic Republic of Iran from the path it has taken, but they have failed to realize their goals, and they will not achieve their [desired] result in the future either.”

“Based on divine promises, we believe that we will emerge winner from this extensive confrontation and we have been victorious so far, because the enemies were seeking to annihilate the Islamic Republic, but now not only does the Islamic establishment continue to exist, but has been also making progress in different sectors and taken deeper root on a daily basis,” declared Ayatollah Khamenei.

Stressing that the divine tradition promises the victory of what he termed as the Front of Truth, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said, “This victory is definitive despite ups and downs, and twists and turns, but the divine promise for those assisting the religion of God is unbreakable.”

This theme of a global clash between Islam and the West is a recurring one in Khamenei’s addresses. He has repeatedly warned of US influence in the Middle East and has worked to thwart further warming of ties between Iran and the West in wake of the nuclear deal signed with the Islamic Republic in July.

By: United with Israel Staff