Khamenei opposes Arab-Israeli ties – World

TEHRAN: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that ongoing efforts to forge a normalization of ties between Israel and Arab countries will not resolve the crisis in the Middle East.

“Some people think that by forcing neighboring countries to normalize their ties (with Israel) the problem will be solved,” Khamenei said.

“You are wrong.” Khamenei’s comments came after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington is almost ready with a security package to offer Saudi Arabia if it normalizes relations with Israel.

Saudi Arabia had been in talks about possible normalization with Israel, but they broke off when the Gaza crisis erupted. Regional tensions have soared since the start of Israeli aggression, drawing in Iranian-backed groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. .

The Islamic republic backs Hamas but has denied any direct involvement in the group’s attack on arch-enemy Israel.

Iran does not recognize Israel and has made support for the Palestinian cause a centerpiece of its foreign policy since the Islamic revolution of 1979. “Palestine should be returned to them (the Palestinians),” Khamenei said.

“They should form their own regime, their own system, and then that system should decide how to deal with the Zionists.”

Published in Dawn, May 2, 2024