Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday (local time) lambasted the US, alleging it was the “main perpetrator” and “accomplice” of Israel in the war against Hamas. He demanded the imposition of oil and goods sanctions on Israel for its military actions in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave ruled by Hamas.
Speaking at an emergency joint Arab-Islamic Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia to discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza, Raisi slammed the US for providing military assistance to Israel and claimed that the Jewish nation dropped bombs equivalent to “seven atomic bombs” on the besieged enclave.
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“The US government is the main perpetrator and accomplice to this crime. Israel is the illegitimate child of America. It is America that has preferred supporting it over the sacred lives of thousands of oppressed Palestinian children. By immediately forming its security cabinet in the occupied territories, America encouraged the Zionist regime to carry out criminal operations against the helpless people of Gaza and called it legitimate defence,” he was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
“The events in the Gaza Strip are a confrontation between the axis of honour and the axis of evil, and everyone must clarify which path they have fallen into,” he said.
He said leaders from the Islamic world had gathered at the summit to “save the Palestinians”.
“The war machine in Gaza is in the hands of America, which is preventing a ceasefire in Gaza and expanding the war. The world must see the true face of America,” Raisi said.
The Iranian President praised Hamas for its “resistance” against Israeli troops.
“There is no other way but to resist Israel. We kiss the hands of Hamas for its resistance against Israel,” Raisi was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.
Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on leaders of Arab countries to “stand up against Hamas”. “It only brought two things to the residents of the Gaza Strip — poverty and blood,” he said.
“Hamas is an integral part of the terror axis that Iran leads and that axis of terror and hatred endangers the whole world and the whole Arab world,” he further added.
Israel has repeatedly accused Iran of funding and supporting Hamas in its fight against its forces in Gaza.
On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing around 1,200 people and taking over 230 as hostages. Israel responded with a deadly counteroffensive, first by launching aerial bombardments before initiating its ground offensive against the Palestinian group in Gaza. More than 11,000 people have died there so far.