Trump's Jerusalem move likely to spark 'new Intifada': Iran

ERIC FEFERBERG  AFP

Iran strongly condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Wednesday.

Israel occupied al-Quds in 1967. Iran has long supported a number of Palestinian militant groups in their fight against Israel.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its full sympathy with the Palestinian people and once again underlines the main responsibility of the global community, particularly the United Nations, to put an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the holy Quds and contribute to the Palestinians' efforts to achieve their basic rights.

Speaking to an audience of Iranian officials and ambassadors of Muslim countries to Iran, Khamenei stressed that "Zionists" would be unable to achieve their goals, and that Palestine would be finally liberated.

Meanwhile, the decision will also create outrage among Muslims and fan the flames of a new Intifada, extremist moves, violence, and brutality. "American government officials have said themselves that we have to start a war in the region to protect the security of the Zionist regime", Khamenei said.

The move violates global resolutions, the statement said.

"We believe, given the current conditions, all Islamic nations must become united and take a serious step in countering this wrong, illegal, provocative and gravely risky move by the U.S.", Rouhani said.

"I am determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", said Trump, adding he has judged that "this cause of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

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