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Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians a cover-up for Israeli crimes against the Palestinian nation, Iranian news agency Press TV reported on Friday.
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"The United States and the West just sit back and watch the suppression of the Palestinian nation, and yet they arrange talks for peace, what peace? Between which people?" Khamenei said addressing crowds at Teheran University, where he led Eid al-Fitr prayers.
Khamanei added that the Palestinians are stronger than they were 20 or
30 years ago and their resistance will eventually pay off and they will
dismantle "the phony and fabricated Israeli regime" in the near future.
Last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad derided the peace talks
and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“Who does Abbas represent?” the Iranian leader asked. “Who gave him the
mandate to negotiate on behalf of the Palestinians? What will they talk
about – Palestine? Who has the right to surrender parts of Palestine to
Iran's criticism of the peace talks and Abbas for his part in the
negotiations coincides with the Islamic Republics close ties with Hamas.
Hamas has also denied the legitimacy of the current round of peace
On Friday, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that no one will be
obligated to adhere to a potential peace agreement between Israel and
the Palestinian Authority, according to an Israel Radio report.
Speaking in Gaza, Haniyeh added that any agreement to come out of the
current peace talks would be illegitimate because the Palestinian
Authority has not been authorized by the Palestinian people to negotiate
on their behalf.