Iran Urges Muslim Nations To Defend Palestinians After Trump Move

Iran Urges Muslim Nations To Defend Palestinians After Trump Move

Qasem Soleimani, who commands the IRGC's Quds Force that is in charge of the body's exterior operations, made the statement in phone calls with commanders of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades and the Islamic Jihad movement on Monday.

The United States is seeking to "maximize Zionist interests" and neglecting legitimate Palestinian demands, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday.

In response, the Israel army said it hit Hamas military positions in the strip with tank and aircraft fire.

USA president's Dec 6 announcement to recognize Beit-ul Moqaddas as the capital city of Israel has faced extensive criticisms all over the world even from the U.S. allies.

Palestinians claim Jerusalem's eastern sector, where the mosque stands, as the capital of a future state, and they oppose the U.S. move.

Iran's defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said the move will only "hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and double the unity of Muslims", state media reported.

Iran, the leading Shi'ite Muslim power, and Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia are competing for influence in the Middle East, where they support rival groups in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

"The global arrogance and the Zionists want to test how the Muslim world reacts". The decision of the American president, Donald Trump, on Jerusalem resulted in a large wave of protests throughout the region, in the world and criticism by the UN Security Council that rejected the measure.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

On December 11, in a fifth day of protests over Trump's decision, Iran's Lebanese ally Hizballah - which fought a war with Israel in 2006 - organized a demonstration in Beirut in which tens of thousands of people chanted "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!"