Iran's Rouhani calls for uprising on US Jerusalem move

Cheryl Sanders
December 7, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, and instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

US plans to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem are a sign of incompetence and failure, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday, reported Reuters.

"Palestine today tops the political issues facing the Islamic Ummah (people) and everyone is duty-bound to make endeavors towards its freedom and salvage", Khamenei was quoted by Press TV as saying.

The city of Quds, locating the al-Aqsa Mosque as the first Muslim Qiblah, is an integral part of Palestine and is considered one of the most important holy places of Islam which holds a special position among Muslims.

Iran has long supported its Shia Muslim allies in the Palestinian territories.

Iran stated that the move threatened a "new intifada", or uprising. "American government officials have said themselves that we have to start a war in the region to protect the security of the Zionist regime", Khamenei said.

Given the fact that Jerusalem (al-Quds) is recognized as an occupied land by the United Nations resolutions, the U.S. move is in stark violation of the worldwide resolutions.

The Iranian president went on to say: "We have to be aware and ready in the face of the USA, the Zionist entity and their tails".

"Iran strongly condemns this move and urges the worldwide community, influential countries and especially Islamic countries to prevent the implementation of this United States action, which is only of benefit to the Zionist regime, to preserve the stability of the region".

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