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Senior Iranian Legislator: Arming Palestinians A Must

Politics - Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi deplored Israel's continued attacks on the defenseless people in the Gaza Strip, and underlined the necessity for arming the Palestinians with weapons and military systems to enable them to defend themselves.

"Given this bitter historical reality that the Zionist occupiers have occupied the Palestinian territories and have displaced millions of people in the last few decades, legitimate defense for their land and security against the Zionist regime is these people's minimum right," Boroujerdi said in an interview with the parliament's news website on Saturday.

"Therefore, further arming the Palestinian people and Islamic countries' assistance and support to this end is an unavoidable necessity," he added.

Boroujerdi also underlined that Palestinians' defense to protect their lands and security against the Zionist regime is internationally recognized and is an Islamic and logical right and principle.

In relevant remarks last Friday, Commander of the Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan underlined the necessity for all Islamic countries to supply weapons and military tools and equipment to the Palestinians to help them defend themselves against the Israeli attacks.

"This is the duty of the Muslim world to obey the order of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and arm the Palestinian people so that a powerful response will be given to the Zionist regime," Pourdastan told FNA in Tehran while participating in the International Quds Day rallies.

He said that the operational capacities of resistance groups in the region have made the Zionist regime desperate, and added, "The Zionist regime will not sit to the negotiating table unless the language of force is exercised on them and we have witnessed that the rockets fired by the Palestinians have created such a strange fear among the Zionists and they are now after truce."

His remarks came after Ayatollah Khamenei strongly condemned the recent Israeli attacks on the Palestinians, and underlined that Palestinians should continue their armed struggle against Tel Aviv.

"We believe the West Bank, too, should be armed just like Gaza and those who are interested in the fate of the Palestinians must work in this respect so that the pains and miseries of the Palestinian people will be decreased due to their mighty hands and the weakness of the Zionist enemy," he underlined in July.

Also last Friday, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined the continued resistance of the Palestinians against Israeli aggressions, and said no secure place has remained for the Zionists.

"Today, no point in the occupied territories is secure for the Zionists and the 33-day, 22-day and 8-day wars have caused an epic of resistance and today the Palestinian resistance's missiles are beyond the Zionists' expectations," Salami said addressing participants in Tehran's Friday prayers and after the International Quds Day rallies.

He also predicted that the power balance will change to the benefit of the Muslim world soon in future.

Salami warned the Zionists of Muslims' tough reaction and response to their crimes, and said, "We will chase you house by house and take revenge for every drop of our martyrs' blood in Palestine and this is the start of the Muslim nations' awakening for defeating you."

Israel has been pounding the blockaded Gaza for 26 consecutive days, killing at least 1,650 people and injuring more than 9,000 others.

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