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Iranian parliament speaker says Palestinians can achieve victory like Mandela did
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON
08/12/2013
The Zionist regime represents the modern face of fascist racism, Iranian speaker Ali Larijani says.
 
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.

“The Zionist 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 illness.

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 Fars.

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 report.
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