Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 311 (R).
(photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)
Iran's supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, came out against a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Saturday, speaking at Iran's fifth International Conference on Palestinian Intifada.
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Khamenei said that the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel amounts to a renouncement of the Palestinian rights, asserting that any solution to the conflict must be based on a principle of "the whole Palestine for all Palestinians," PressTV reported.
He added a suggestion that Palestinians, both in the territories and in
the Diaspora, take part in a referendum to decide on any resolution.
The conference, first held in 1991 after the First Intifada, "focuses on
the restoration of Palestinians' rights, including their rights to
return to their homeland and determine their own fate, and on the
liberation of Palestinian territories occupied by Israel," according to
the Iranian news outlet.
Representatives and participants from some 50 countries were reportedly
taking part in the conference, held under the banner of: "Palestine, a
land only for Palestinians."
Speaking at the opening of the conference, Iranian parliamentary speaker
Ali Larijani said that the Arab Spring had presented a ripe opportunity
for the Palestinians, saying that "very serious measures" should be
taken in order to not pass up those opportunities, IRNA reported.