Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani compared Israel to apartheid South Africa
and said that the Palestinians would achieve victory through resistance, just as
former South African president Nelson Mandela had done.
regime represents the modern face of fascist racism, and we see again how the
West and the US see themselves indebted to this regime and have pioneered in
all-out support for Israel. And this ridiculous comedy has repeated behind the
same ridiculous face of supporting the human rights at the international level
and massacring the Palestinian nation in their homes,” said Larijani, according
to Iran’s Fars News Agency.
“The West won’t respect the Palestinians’
rights except through resistance,” he added.
Mandela, South Africa’s
first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid and into
multi-racial democracy, died on Thursday at the age of 95 after months of
Meanwhile, Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami, a commander of the Islamic
Revolutionary Guards, said on Saturday that Iran has become the center of world
and regional diplomacy.
“Iran succeeded to change Washington’s strategic
policies relying on the diplomacy of resistance,” he said according to
Salami is referring to what Iran sees as a victory for the “axis of
resistance” – which also includes Hezbollah and Syria – as a result of the
recent deals over the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons and over Iran’s
nuclear weapons program.
The deal over Syria put off a Western-led attack
indefinitely, allowing Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies to continue
fighting against the Sunni-dominated opposition unhindered.
And the deal
regarding Iran’s nuclear program eased sanctions and essentially recognized
Iran’s right to enrich uranium, something that the international community had
long rejected, but that Iran had demanded.
Reuters contributed to this