Deal of century most dangerous plot against Palestine: Ayatullah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei says the so-called “Deal of the Century” agreement promoted by the US to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the “most dangerous” plot against Palestine’s identity.

Ayatollah Khamenei told a delegation from Palestinian Hamas resistance movement on Monday that the Palestinian issue remained the first and foremost priority of the Islamic world.

He said the deal of the century, pushed by Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was aimed at destroying Palestine’s identity.

“The goal of this dangerous conspiracy is to eliminate the Palestinian identity among the people and youth. There is need to confront this main goal and not allow them to eradicate the Palestinian identity with the use of money.”

The Leader was referring to a two-day conference held in Bahrain last month, which aimed at rallying support for an “investment” plan in the Palestinian Territories as the first part of Kushner’s deal.

The plan has met broad disdain from Palestinians and others in the Arab world although regional US allies such as Saudi Arabia discreetly support it.

“Victory will not be achieved without resistance and struggle, and we believe according to the indubitable divine promise that the issue of Palestine will definitely be in the interest of the Palestinian people and the Islamic world,” the Leader said.

“Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s saying that ‘God willing, I will say my prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque’ is a completely practical and realizable hope for us,” the Leader said of the Hezbollah chief’s longing.

He also blasted Saudi Arabia and several other Islamic countries for distancing themselves from the Palestine conflict.

The Leader hailed Hamas’ strides towards expanding its arsenal of missiles, achievement that overshadowed the recent flare-up between Israel and Gaza.

Hamas and other resistance groups forced Israel to end the war after firing hundreds of missiles at Israeli-occupied lands in less than 48 hours.

Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the resistance of the people in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, saying it warranted “victory and conquest.”

“God has promised assistance and victory to those who are steadfast in His path. However, the fulfillment of this promise has requirements, the most important of which is Jihad, struggle and tireless effort in various political, cultural, intellectual, economic and military dimensions.”