Saturday, 15 August, 2020

US-Israel alliance promotes insecurity instead of peace: Iran Foreign Ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has hit back at Washington’s claim of “building a more peaceful, more prosperous future together” with Israel, saying the American-Israeli alliance is only boosting insecurity.

“Accurately speaking, the US is committed to an apartheid regime whose existence depends on racism, occupation, terror & aggression, to name a few,” the Ministry said in a post on its Twitter account on Friday.

It added that Washington is cherishing a partnership with Israel which has been built based on “destruction and bloodshed” in Palestine and other parts of the region and the world.

The Ministry emphasized that this alliance only makes the world “insecure.”

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds at President Donald Trump’s direction and said the move was a magnificent tribute to the deep and historic friendship between Washington and Tel Aviv.

“The US is committed to Israel. We’re committed to our alliance, and we are committed to building a more peaceful, more prosperous future together,” he wrote.

The US embassy relocation took place on May 14, 2018 on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe). On this day back in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly evicted from their homeland and Israel proclaimed existence.

The relocation came months after Donald Trump announced that Washington was recognizing the occupied city as the “capital” of Israel.

The announcement sparked widespread condemnation. Protests were held both in Palestinian lands and elsewhere in the world.

Israel lays claim to Jerusalem al-Quds in its entirety, but the international community views the city’s eastern sector as occupied territory and Palestinians consider it as the capital of their future state.

In a statement released on Thursday, on the eve of Nakba Day, the Iranian Foreign Ministry reiterated full support for Palestinians against the Tel Aviv regime’s atrocities, calling on Muslim nations and the entire world community to take immediate and practical steps towards putting an end to decades of Israeli occupation.

It said, “72 years ago, on this day, the Zionist immigrants massacred people of the land of Palestine — including men, women, the youth, the elderly and innocent children — and forced them out of their homes while using deviant and racist ideas and thoughts as a pretext. [That is how] the Palestinian land and the entire West Asia were afflicted with Zionist Nakba.”

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