Imam Khamenei: Imam Khamenei to Americans: Gulf Our Home, Go back to Bay of Pigs,Those Standing against Syria Hostile to Islam

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The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei warned the United States against keeping a military presence in the Persian Gulf and vowed that the Islamic Republic will continue to carry out a range of war drills in the area, despite warnings, according to recent comments.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Ali Khamenei

His Eminence further blasted the US military presence in the Persian Gulf in wide-ranging remarks that ordered America to return its forces “back to the Bay of Pigs.”

He also said that Iran has the military know-how to eradicate American forces from the region.

“Today, the enemies utter words bigger than their mouths; for instance they develop plans to bring to a halt Iran’s military wargames in the Persian Gulf, what a foolish remark,” the Leader was quoted as saying on Monday.

In parallel, His Eminence stated: “The Persian Gulf is the Iranian nation’s home and the Persian Gulf and a large section of the Sea of Oman belong to this powerful nation.”

“Therefore, we should be present in the region, hold wargames and display our power and it is the Americans who should say why they have come from that side of the world and stage drills in here. What are you doing here? Go back to the Bay of Pigs. Go and hold exercises there. What are you doing in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf is our home.”

Imam Khamenei said Iran must respond to perceived provocations with military action.

“The excessive demands of the powers should be confronted this way,” he added.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

03-05-2016 | 10:31

Imam Khamenei: Those Standing against Syria Hostile to Islam


Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, stressed his country’s firm support to Palestine and Syria.

Imam Khamenei received  the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement Ramadan Abdullah Shallah and his accompanying delegation on Sunday.Imam Khamenei receives Islamic Jihad movement chief Ramadan Abdallah Shallah

“Since from the very beginning, the Islamic Republic of Iran considered supporting Palestine as a duty, it will continue to fulfill its obligation in the future as well,” the leader said.

The Leader added that “defending the Palestinian cause” is enshrined in the very nature of the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Imam Khamenei said that the Western governments, led by the United States, have initiated a war against the Islamic front in a bid to dominate the region.

“The [ongoing] developments in the region must be studied and analyzed from such a viewpoint, and within this framework, the issues of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Hezbollah are part of this large-scale confrontation,” the Leader said.

His eminence said the Islamic Republic continues to support the Syrian government “because those standing against Syria are in fact hostile to Islam in principle and are serving the interests of the US and the Zionist regime.”

The Leader also highlighted the strength of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, saying the Israeli regime is more “fearful” of Hezbollah than before.

Source: Agencies

02-05-2016 – 08:54 Last updated 02-05-2016 – 08:54

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Hamas Inches Toward Return to the Resistance Axis

A masked member of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, attends a news conference held by representatives of local militant factions on February 5, 2015 in Gaza City to condemn the decision of an Egyptian court to ban the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement. AFP/Mohammed Abed
Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
Iran and Hamas have almost mended their relationship, even though Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has yet to visit Tehran. The two sides held long discussions in the last few days, which culminated with the Hamas delegation passing on the requests of their military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades. These included requests for supplies of Iranian weapons in preparation for any future conflicts.
Hamas’ political experience with the so-called “moderate Arabs,” and those close to the Muslim Brotherhood, has shown that Iranian support for the Palestinian cause and resistance to the Israeli occupation is more consistent. According to Hamas leaders, the last Israeli attack on Gaza — the third in six years — showed that the axis of Arab moderates, with which the organization tried to establish closer relations, stood against Hamas during the war.
Accordingly, meetings between Hamas leaders and those involved with the Palestinian question in Beirut and Tehran intensified after the end of the war. In Tehran, Iran and Hamas reached what has been called a “memorandum of understanding.” Perhaps the most important point, among the several covered, was preventing the Syrian conflict from affecting the relationship between Hamas and the resistance axis, and that it should not prevent the funding and arming of the Palestinian resistance — specifically the al-Qassam Brigades — with state of the art weapons to confront any new attack. In the past few days, Israeli media announced repeatedly that the Islamic Republic resumed sending money to Hamas “after two years of interruption.”
For Palestinians, this memorandum of understanding was the result of a “long internal evaluation by Hamas” concluding that “most of the Arab countries stood against Gaza in the last war.” That is why a Hamas leader said: “Our interests require us to stand with those who supply us with weapons.” As such, the Hamas delegation asked Iran to arm al-Qassam Brigades with high-precision surface to surface rockets and anti-aircraft missiles.

For Palestinians, this memorandum of understanding was the result of a “long internal evaluation by Hamas” concluding that “most of the Arab countries stood against Gaza in the last war.”

 A source familiar with the details of the visit said, “The Iranians agreed to our request because our experience with the war and an evaluation of the course it took confirmed that we need guided missiles that can hit targets inside Israel and cause more damage. Indiscriminate rockets will no longer do.”
These missiles have become a necessity for al-Qassam fighters, as they intend to train and arm themselves as though a war is going to break out tomorrow. Hamas officials expect “a war with the enemy in the near future because of the pressure on Gazans.” The organization’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri suggested as much yesterday, saying: “Continuing the siege will push Hamas to actions that might be described as insane.”
Besides the need for arms, the discussion centered around the Arab countries’ stand against Hamas and the role they played in prolonging the war on Gaza. Furthermore, they discussed Saudi pressure on Qatar to cut off relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, despite Doha’s repeated assurances to Hamas leaders that their bilateral relationship would not be affected by these pressures. All of this prompted Hamas to reposition itself, and the group has since made good progress with both Iran and Hezbollah. Now, the one remaining step is for the chairman of the political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, to visit Tehran.
The same sources say that “the visit almost happened but was delayed due to a disagreement between Tehran and Hamas over determining the agenda of the visit.” Hamas wants Meshaal to receive a proper reception. “A visit in which Abu al-Walid (Meshaal) does not meet the supreme leader (Khamenei) and the president is like praying without performing ablutions,” as one Hamas official put it. The Iranians reassured the visiting delegation that “Meshaal will receive a reception befitting his status.” However, Hamas’ concern that no such meeting would take place “postponed the visit until they are sure that Abu al-Walid will meet with the supreme leader.” The sources continue: “We demand this not for Meshaal’s sake, per se, but because he represents a movement with a significant presence on the ground.”
While Iranian sources in Beirut confirm that “Tehran’s relationship with Hamas is very good,” Israel’s assassination of six Hezbollah fighters in Syria’s Quneitra is proving to be another test for the relationship between the group and the resistance axis. Al-Qassam leader, Mohammed al-Daif, responded with a letter of condolences to Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. The letter, however, unleashed a political storm from outside and even from within Hamas that reached the point of denying the letter’s existence.
The letter’s language intended to demonstrate the warmth of the relationship between the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, in addition to the strategy they are both formulating for future confrontations with Israel. Daif wrote: “All the forces of resistance in the nation should wage their next battle united as one, and their fires should intersect over our occupied land.” These words are not mere poetry. After all, they are sent by one military leader to another. Every word in the letter is well thought out, especially that Israel is monitoring Daif’s situation since the attempt on his life. Therefore, sources stress, “when Daif says “their fires should intersect over our occupied land,” he is serious. When Nasrallah says the resistance axis is one, from Iran to Palestine, he is also serious.” In Beirut, the two parties are trying to consolidate their relationship and ease the tension between their supporters. That is why Hamas is planning to hold meetings with its cadres in the coming days to “rehabilitate them, so as to ease the tension among the support base,” according to a party official. These meetings between Hamas’ leaders and cadres are not restricted to Lebanon either. The intention is to engage in “rehabilitation” wherever Hamas is present.

“The Iranian leadership’s rational approach and long-term strategy mean that Iranian support for Hamas will not stop because of their disagreement over Syria.”

Sources inside Hamas acknowledge that “the visit to Iran was facilitated by Nasrallah and Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ramadan Shallah who have been working together to improve relations with Hamas.” One observer says: “The Iranian leadership’s rational approach and long-term strategy mean that Iranian support for Hamas will not stop because of their disagreement over Syria.” He adds: “The Islamic Republic cannot abandon al-Qassam Brigades even if Tehran disagrees with the organization’s political bureau.”
Hamas, however, is facing internal difficulties, which hinder its return to the resistance axis, especially from its supporters inside Syria and the Salafi movement in Gaza. Its supporters in Syria created Facebook pages shaming Hamas for moving in this direction, arguing that the organization is “betraying the will of the Syrian people,” while attacks were leveled at Meshaal by Syrian forces opposed to this move.
Hamas sources stress that all these voices “irrespective of their positions or labels do not resonate with the movement’s leadership, which took a unanimous decision to consolidate the organization’s relationship with the resistance axis regardless of the price.” They point out that “disciplinary measures were taken against them and they will be officially held accountable… As for those close to the Salafi movement, we are not responsible for them and they have no bearing on improving relations.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.


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Resistance movements in the Gaza Stip strengthening ties with Tehran


While Erdogan doesn’t give even one bullet to Palestine, he tries to destroy Syria that suppllies any aids to Palestine

By: Abdel Rahman NassarHani Ibrahim

Published Thursday, October 23, 2014Al-Akhbar

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei greets Ismail Haniya during a meeting in Tehran in February 2012. (Photo: AFP)

More than $250 million dollars were given annually to Hamas by Tehran. This allowed the movement to continue and resist international sanctions. However, this amount has become irrelevant after the latest war, which proved that Palestinians are only able to defend themselves through self-made weapons and supplies by the axis of Resistance to Gaza.
The relationship between Hamas and Iran goes back to 1991 and has grown gradually until the beginning of the crisis in Syria. Hamas took several positions, which distanced it from the axis. But today, the movement admits it has lost so much. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt could no longer be of any help and Gaza does not share borders with Qatar or Turkey. Doha and Ankara’s largest ambitions for a Palestinian state is one inside the 1967 borders, which is the demand of Fatah, while only Iran dares to speak about the total liberation of Palestine.
Although dialogue between Hamas and Iran came after its links with Fatah and Islamic Jihad, their bonds grew during the second intifada and got stronger with the formation of the Hamas government in Gaza and following major financial support from the Islamic Republic.
The honeymoon did not last though, with the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011 and Hamas’ leadership’s exit from Damascus. However, the latest war fought by the movement alongside other factions for 51 days led to a state of Iranian alert. This brought the focus back to bilateral relations and how they can be improved, something that could also be felt within Hamas.
Sources inside Hamas maintained the existence of a trend inside the movement, especially in Gaza, to strengthen relations with Iran. Objectively speaking, however, it will be difficult to convince its popular base of the move, based on the position from Syria and Yemen and the growing belief that locally-made weapons and their own capacity are enough. But the latest developments in Qatar and Turkey could become a useful justification.
According to sources, countries expressing sympathy with Hamas, like Qatar and Turkey, are incapable of playing a military or security role, or even a clear political role. This is especially true for Turkey, “a member of NATO which could suffer embarrassment.” Hamas understood this three years ago, specifically when Ankara declined to host a meeting for the movement’s Shura Council, the sources explained.
As for Qatar, the sources added, the agreement included several understandings entailing a united stance on the current crisis and issues.
Based on this,

“the [Hamas] politburo was allowed to operate in Doha, but the Resistance could not be funded.”

The sources revealed that a number of prisoners deported to Qatar had left the country, recently appearing on al-Aqsa television.

“This was timed with talk about Qatari arrangement to go back into the fold of the Gulf Cooperation Council.”

The war’s repercussions convinced Gaza’s leadership time and again that the only side willing to support Hamas militarily and officially is Iran.

The war’s repercussions convinced Gaza’s leadership time and again that the only side willing to support Hamas militarily and officially is Iran. To that end, additional sources from the Hamas leadership revealed that meetings were held recently between Iranian and Hamas officials in Beirut. They resulted in “steps to enhance bilateral relations.” 
The sources indicated that the move was urged by politburo member Mahmoud al-Zahar. 

“We need to develop our tools of resistance and reorganize our relationships with states who could help and assist without a price.”

Even the pro-Qatar wing recently acknowledged Zahar’s position. The politburo’s second deputy, Moussa Abu Marzouk said that Iran was the major player in “supporting the preparations for al-Asf al-Maakoul operation, through which the Palestinian Resistance faced the occupation using Iranian missiles as well as a locally-made rocket system simulating the Iranian one.”
“The current vision adopted by the Shura Council and some members of the political bureau requires that Hamas improve its relations with Iran in order for matters to return to how they were,” the Hamas sources reiterated. What should be noted is the call to improve the strategic environment of the “moderate countries,” especially Jordan and Egypt, allowing the movement to exit from its current crisis, which is considered the most severe.
Hamas official Ahmed Youssef described “internal discussions stressing the need to restore relationships with the Islamic Republic and Hezbollah.” In a press statement, he maintained that the movement owed Iran and “it is indispensable in any future arrangements.”
Youssef believed that

“Iran’s presence in the Palestinian scene was the most honest and it gave more than many in the region. It provided the Palestinians with millions of dollars without a fuss.”

Regarding its absence from the Gaza reconstruction conference, Youssef said

“whether it attended the conference or not, Iran’s contributions do not require an invitation.”

In a related matter, Islamic Jihad’s secretariat visited Tehran, meeting with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic Ali Khamenei.
Islamic Jihad representative in Lebanon Abu Imad al-Rifai said

it was “an important [visit] to a pivotal state in supporting the Resistance.” It dealt with “issues of extreme priority, such as supporting the resilience of the people of Gaza as an extension of the battle.”

The meeting included Islamic Jihad’s Secretary-General Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, his deputy Ziad al-Nakhaleh, its representative in Tehran, and other officials. The two major points discussed related to Jerusalem and the situation in occupied West Bank. However, Rifai did not believe the visit “on this level and at this time, meant that Islamic Jihad will be replacing Hamas for the Islamic Republic. Although the latest battle increased the strength of the relationship, the media goes too far in its projections.” Concerning the relationship with Iran, “simply, one could say for sure that no one will replace anyone else; everyone has their own role,” Rifai told Al-Akhbar.
Regarding Iranian support for the reconstruction of Gaza, Islamic Jihad sources indicated

“the support will compensate for some aspects and loopholes, which will not be covered by donor countries with certain conditions. It will also include humanitarian matters that are outside the focus of many.” As for delivering the aid, “the Resistance will use any means necessary.”

“After the experience of the three wars [on Gaza], we reached a belief that we could not liberate Palestine from Gaza.” – Abu Imad al-Rifai, Islamic Jihad representative in Lebanon

“Arming the West Bank,” however, raises the question of how and when? “After the experience of the three wars [on Gaza], we reached a belief that we could not liberate Palestine from Gaza,” 
Rifai explains. 

“The goal could only be achieved by arming the occupied West Bank and involving it in the struggle, with a focus on its strategic aspect, which could change the direction of the battle. In fact, the occupation remains in the West Bank to a large degree, through settlements and detention centers, which calls for a constant state of defence.”

What about Iran and Hezbollah
Iranian affairs expert and researcher at the Center of Strategic Studies in Iran and the Middle East, Moussa al-Kanani, said the Islamic Republic has a 

“steady position regarding support to the Palestinian questions and it cannot be changed. According to the constitution, the Supreme Leader forms the strategies and supreme policies of the state, including supporting Palestine.”

According to Kanani,

“centers of power in the Iranian state maintain that political and financial support to Hamas does not stop. Meetings between the two sides do not mention such details in the media, due to political and security measures. Iran is ready to receive Hamas’ politburo.”

Hezbollah expressed a similar viewpoint. Hassan Hobballah, in charge of the Palestinian dossier, maintained that relations will strengthen with all Palestinian factions “regardless of differing opinions, since resistance is a uniting factor.” Hobballah toldAl-Akhbar that meetings were held between Hezbollah and Hamas recently and “there are continuous phone communications between Hassan Nasrallah and Khaled Mishal.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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Palestine resistance should boost defense abilities: Leader

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Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:15AM GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says resistance groups in Palestine should strengthen their defense capabilities in the face of possible fresh aggression by Israel.

“The Resistance current should boost its preparedness day by day and reinforce its power resources inside Gaza,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad of Palestine Ramadan Abdullah in Tehran on Thursday.

The Leader said the Palestinian resistance’s recent victory against the Israeli regime’s 50-day war indicated the realization of the “divine promise”, which will pave the way for greater triumphs.

The Leader also anticipated a promising future for the Palestinian people, saying, “The outlook of the developments is bright and good.”

Ayatollah Khamenei urged Palestinians in the West Bank to get on board in the fight against the Israeli regime, saying,

“Fighting the Zionist regime (Israel) is a war of destiny.”

“The enemy should feel the same worries in the West Bank as it does in Gaza,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei further vowed more support for the Palestinian people, stating,

“The Islamic Republic and the Iranian people are proud of your victory and resistance, and hope that the back-to-back triumphs of resistance [groups] will continue until final victory.”

Abdullah, for his part, extended to the Leader the greetings of senior officials from Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian resistance groups, and presented a report on the latest Israeli war on Gaza.

“Definitely, the victory was achieved with the assistance of the Islamic Republic,” the senior Palestinian official said, adding, “Without Iran’s strategic and efficient help, resistance and victory in Gaza would have been impossible.”

Abdullah further assessed as strategic and effective the Leader’s guidelines on the necessity of arming the West Bank for countering the Israeli regime’s aggression, saying the remarks have re-energized the Palestinian fighters and raised their spirits.

On July 23, Ayatollah Khamenei said armed resistance by Palestinians is “the only way” to confront the Zionist regime.

“We believe that the West Bank should also be armed like Gaza and those who are interested in Palestine’s destiny should act in this regard,” the Leader said at the time.

Israeli launched a deadly onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip on July 8. Gaza health officials say over 2,140 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in the Israeli onslaught. Over 11,100 others, including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were injured. Tens of Israelis were also killed by the Palestinian resistance retaliatory rockets.

The Israeli aggression ended on August 26 with an Egyptian-brokered truce.


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Ramadan Shallah: On Gaza Victory and Great Iranian Support

لقاء خاص _ رمضان عبد الله شلح | العالم


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Islamic Jihad Chief: Gaza Battle Prepares for Mother of Battles, No Bet on Talks

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ShallahThe leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, asserted that the Zionist enemy started Gaza war and that the resistance surprised it with displaying its military readiness to encounter the aggression.

“We must not bet on the path of the negotiations,” Shallah stressed, “Israeli warplanes buried Oslo agreement under the debris of Gaza buildings.”

Shallah noted that Gaza battle is not the last, adding that it will prepare for the mother of the battles.

The leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement greeted the steadfastness of the Gazans and the resistance, highlighting the importance of the Palestinians to encounter the upcoming challenges.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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The Secret Meeting that paved the way for acceptance of the Egyptian Initiative.

Details of the secret meeting inside the “Embassy of Iran” in Lebanon to accept the Egyptian initiative

Rough translation of the Arabic version posted at Sham Times

The meeting was held before the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, headed by Hussein Amir Abdollahian, the Assistant Foreign Minister of Iran, who visited Lebanon with a security and military delegation. 

The meeting was attended by:

  1. Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Ramadan Shallah and his deputy Ziad Nakhali, 
  2. Hamas represented by Osama Hamdan, Mohammed Nasr and Mohammed Baraka, 
  3. Haj Tawfiq Safa the representative of the Lebanese Hezbollah, 

According to the UAE “IRAM”, the Syrian Ambassador arrived with the Russian Ambassador refused to enter the meeting room because of the presence of Osama Hamdan. 

Mohamad Nasr took Hamdan to shake hands with the Syrian Ambassador, but the latter refused and said: 

“will not be met with someone who betrayed Syria “

The meeting was held without Hamdan, 

The Russian ambassador delivered a message from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the situation in Gaza.

According to  Lavrov’s message, Paris conference, at the request of Israel, discussed one thing: 

How to disarm the resistance in Gaza, and studied the prospects of NATO participation.

According to the message: 

The Egyptian initiative must be accepted and Palestinians has the right to amend the initiative and Egypt would not oppose that. 

Those who opposing the initiative should not use that an excuse to attack Egypt and to weaken the Egyptian role in the region 

Lavrov called the resistance to accept the initiative and build on it because you can not defeat Israel by knockout in this war, but to score points and in stages, pointing out that Turkey and Qatar opposed Egypt without providing an alternative to the Egyptian initiative.

For his part, the Iranian Abdollahian supported Egypt’s initiative, and called on the resistance to take it and put its notes on it.

The Syrian ambassador, said that Syria, despite the contrast with the new Egyptian regime in some of the files,  Syria supports the Egyptian initiative and stand in the ranks of the resistance. 

For his part, Ramadan Shallah confirmed the need for consensus on the Egyptian initiative, and the necessity to return to the framework of the PLO to deal with the Egyptian initiative with a unified Palestinian position.

Shallah asked Abdollahian, to ask Hamas leaders in Gaza to study, in depth, the Egyptian initiative and warned of the dangers of the Qatari conspiracy.


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