Trump’s Jerusalem move: Soleimani says Iran Is ready to back Palestinian forces

Qassem Suleimani , the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards elite the Quds Force, has been described by the intelligence community as the “most powerful operative in the Middle East today and the sole Iranian authority on Iraq.”
Qassem Suleimani , the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards elite the Quds Force, has been described by the intelligence community as the “most powerful operative in the Middle East today and the sole Iranian authority on Iraq.”

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani says his nation is ready to support Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip, days after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Soleimani, commander of the Al Quds force, made the offer in a phone call late Monday with leaders of groups in Gaza, according to the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ website, Sepah News, which didn’t give details of the assistance proffered. Other forces in the region are ready to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Soleimani also told the Gaza faction leaders, without identifying them. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest shrine and a frequent flashpoint for tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinians claim Jerusalem’s eastern sector, where the mosque stands, as the capital of a future state, and they oppose the U.S. move. Hamas has called for another uprising against Israel in response, though so far protests have been limited.

Soleimani spoke a day after the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, called on all “resistance” groups in the region to come up with a unified strategy to take back Jerusalem. Iran’s Quds force operates beyond the country’s borders and has fought Islamic State in Iraq and backed President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Iran also supports proxies such as Hezbollah and Hamas that have warred with Israel.

In announcing his decision, Trump said the move would promote Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Robert Gates, a U.S. defense secretary in the administrations of former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, disagreed.

Trump’s decision is “counter-productive to the administration’s own objectives,” Gates told Bloomberg News.

“There was a sense this administration really thought it had a shot at making some real progress,” he said in an interview in Dubai. This announcement “makes it much tougher to try and get any kind of political progress” between Israel and the Palestinians.

Gates concurred with European and Arab leaders who say it is liable to fuel more conflict in the Middle East. The international community doesn’t recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, whose eastern sector Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

Bloomberg
  • Danny Farah

    Here we go again. Iran wanting to start a new war and they are pushing the Palestinians again. His support will be empty as it was in the past. All words and nothing to show for.

    • Niemals

      And the only one that will suffer of this promise from Soleimani are the Palestinians.

      • Danny Farah

        I agree!

      • Hind Abyad

        Ohhh.. you care soo much about Palestinians..err.. Pally.. hypocrite parasite.

  • Hind Abyad

    ‘Saudi King Salman: Palestinians Have Right to East Jerusalem as Capital’
    Remark comes after Abbas says monarch promised him there will be no peace without Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital
    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.828748

    • Rascal

      Look at you reading n Israeli news site. Now how about a comment on the Iranian commander that wants another Pally bloodbath. Iranians are great at making Arabs fight for them and their colonial dream.

      • Niemals

        Who knows if the Two Arabic men that were arrested on Wednesday suspected of gross murder at the fire attack against the synagogue in Gothenburg wasn’t influenced by this Soleimani.

        http://disq.us/p/1ojin1g
        Only they know it. 🔫

        • Rascal

          What is fact is that Iran has made hits and assassinations against anti-Iranian targets worldwide. Terror from Iran is well financed at the state level and ruthless at an animal level.

      • Hind Abyad

        Of course i read, Ratscall broken record..

  • Rudy1947

    Maybe Gen Salami is assisting Hamas. A rocket was fired at Israel today but destroyed a Gaza public school classroom instead. Perhaps it’s a Farsi-Arabic mistranslation.