Iranian president Considers US Decision on Al Quds a Plot

Iranian president also noted that today Jerusalem al-Quds is the third holiest place for Muslims in the world, and if Muslims were silent in face of such an illegal decision, they (the U.S. and the Zionists) would have conspired for more sinister plans later on.

On Monday, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Beirut to protest at a march backed by Hezbollah, the heavily armed Iran-backed Shi'ite group whose leader called last week for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel.

It says any credible future peace deal will place the Israeli capital in Jerusalem, and ditching old policies is needed to revive a peace process frozen since 2014.

A series of cross-border exchanges between Israel and Hamas fighters over missiles fired since Trump announced his decision on December 6 have left at least four Palestinians dead, but no injuries were reported on December 11.

Almost all members of the global community, even U.S. allies in Europe and other regions, denounced the move that could crush their hopes for the so-called "two-state solution" to the seven-decade conflict in Palestine.

Elsewhere, Hatami said that Iran welcomes expansion of cooperation with Turkey in defense area.

He said "the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with all Islamic countries to defend al-Quds, without any considerations and preconditions".

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.

According to the head of state, the measure implies a test for the feelings of the Muslims and against the world.

US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on December 6and instructed the US State Department to launch the process of moving the US Embassy, which is now located in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem.

On December 6, Trump sparked global outrage by declaring that Washington was recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the "capital" of Israel and that he had instructed his administration to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the ancient city. There were also low-level clashes in Hebron and the Gaza Strip.

  • Jon Douglas