TEHRAN (basirat):The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, says If the Resistance had not brought the Zionist regime to its knees, we would now be witness to its transgressions against other regional countries – from Egypt to Jordan, from Iraq, the Persian Gulf region to other areas
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in an
address to the Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian
Intifada in Tehran says If the Resistance had not brought the Zionist regime to
its knees, we would now be witness to its transgressions against other regional
countries – from Egypt to Jordan, from Iraq, the Persian Gulf region to other
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and Allah’s peace and
greetings be upon the Master of All Peoples, Muhammad al-Mustafa, and upon his
immaculate household and chosen companions
Allah the All-Wise said in the Manifest Book [The Holy Quran]: "So be not weary,
nor fall into despair for you shall have the upper hand if you are believers”
[The Holy Quran, 3: 139]. And says the Mightiest of Speakers: "Be not weary
crying for peace, while you have the upper hand and Allah is with you and never
will He put you in loss for your deeds” [The Holy Quran, 47: 35].
In the beginning, I deem it necessary to welcome all you dear guests, the
honorable heads of Islamic organizations, the leaders of various Palestinian
groups, the intellectuals, scholars and outstanding personalities of the world
of Islam and other personalities who fight for freedom. I welcome you for your
presence in this valuable conference.
The sorrowful story of Palestine and the excruciating sadness felt because of
the oppression against this patient, enduring and resistant nation, truly
distresses any individual who seeks freedom, truth and justice and it thrusts an
agonizing pain and suffering upon one’s heart.
The history of Palestine is full of ups and downs, marked by the cruel
occupation of that region, the rendering of millions of individuals homeless,
and the courageous resistance of those heroic people. An intelligent quest in
history shows that no people in any era of history have ever been subject to
such pain, suffering and cruelty. It has never been witnessed that a country is
completely occupied in a supra-regional plot, that a people are driven away from
their home and their country and that another group of people from remote areas
in the world are brought there in order to replace that nation. It has never
been witnessed that a real entity is ignored and that a fake entity takes its
But this is another dirty page in history which will be closed with the
permission and assistance of Allah the Exalted, just like other dirty pages in
history: "Falsehood is bound to perish” [The Holy Quran, 17: 81] and He says:
"My servants the righteous shall inherit the earth” [The Holy Quran, 21: 105].
Your conference is being held under one of the most difficult circumstances in
the world and in the region. These days, our region - which has always supported
the people of Palestine in their fight against a global plot – is undergoing
numerous upheavals and crises. The existing crises in several Islamic countries
in the region have caused the support for the issue of Palestine and the holy
ideal of Quds’ freedom to be undermined. Attention to the result of these crises
helps us to understand which powers benefit from the existence of these crises.
Those who created the Zionist regime in the region with the purpose of hampering
the stability, solidity and progress of the region through imposing a long-term
conflict are behind the seditions that exist in the present time as well. These
are seditions that have culminated in the capabilities of regional nations being
used to foil one another because of engagement in futile and meaningless
When all these capabilities are ruined, the ground will be prepared for
strengthening the usurping Zionist regime on a daily basis. Amid all these, we
are witness to the endeavors of well-intentioned and wise personalities in the
Islamic Ummah. They are diligently trying to resolve these differences. But
unfortunately, the complicated plots of the enemy have managed to impose civil
wars on nations by benefiting from the negligence of some governments. These
plots have managed to pit nations against one another and to counter the effect
of the endeavors that well-intentioned personalities in the Islamic Ummah have
What is significant in this regard is the effort to weaken the position of the
issue of Palestine and to give it the lowest priority. Despite the differences
that exist among Islamic countries – some of these differences are natural, some
originate from the enemy’s plot and the rest are because of negligence – the
issue of Palestine can and should be the pivot of unity for all Islamic
countries. One of the achievements of this valuable conference is announcing the
first priority of the world of Islam and freedom fighters all over the world,
which is the issue of Palestine and the creation of an atmosphere of harmony and
unanimity with the purpose of achieving the lofty goal of supporting the people
of Palestine and their truthful and justice-oriented fight. The significance of
offering political support to the people of Palestine should never be neglected.
This issue has a special priority in today’s world. Even if Muslim and
freedom-seeking nations have different viewpoints and opinions, they can gather
together with one goal which is Palestine and the necessity to liberate it. With
the emergence of signs of the collapse in the Zionist regime and the weakness
that has dominated its main allies – in particular the United States of America
– it is witnessed that the global environment is gradually moving towards
confronting the hostile, illegal and inhuman activities of the Zionist regime.
Of course, the global community and regional countries have not yet managed to
carry out their responsibilities towards this humanitarian matter.
Suppressing the people of Palestine in a brutal manner, arresting numerous
individuals, looting and murdering people, occupying the lands that belong to
the Palestinian nation and building settlements in them, making an effort to
change the appearance and identity of the Holy City of Quds, Masjid al-Aqsa and
other holy Islamic and Christian places, violating the basic rights of citizens
and many other abuses continue to exist. These acts enjoy the all-out support of
the United States of America and some other western governments and
unfortunately, they do not receive a proper response from the world.
The people of Palestine are proud that Allah the Exalted has given them a great
favor by helping them to shoulder the great responsibility of defending this
Holy Land and Masjid al-Aqsa. The people of Palestine have no option other than
keeping the flames of fighting alight by relying on Allah the Exalted and by
relying on their innate capabilities, as they have genuinely done so until
today. The intifada that has begun for the third time in the occupied lands, is
subject to more suppression than the previous two, but it is still moving
forward in a bright and hopeful manner. And by Allah’s permission, we will see
that this intifada will begin a very important chapter in the history of
fighting and that it will inflict another defeat on that usurping regime.
From the beginning, this cancerous tumor has been developing in several phases
until it turned into the current disaster. The cure for this tumor should be
developed in phases as well. Until today, several intifadas and a constant and
continuous resistance have managed to achieve very important phased goals. The
Palestinian intifada continues to gallop forward in a thunderous manner so that
it can achieve its other goals until the complete liberation of Palestine.
The great people of Palestine – who shoulder the heavy burden of confronting
global Zionism and its bullying supporters – have given an opportunity to all
claimants to put their claims to the test and they have done so in a patient yet
vigorous and solid manner. The day when "compromise proposals” were brought up
seriously with the false excuse of realism and the necessity to accept minimum
rights in order to prevent those rights from being violated, the people of
Palestine and all those orientations which were already aware of the inaccuracy
of that viewpoint gave it an opportunity. Of course, from the beginning, the
Islamic Republic of Iran insisted on the incorrectness of compromise strategies
and warned of their harmful effects and heavy damages. The opportunity that was
given to the compromise procedure brought about destructive effects on the path
of resistance and the fighting of the Palestinian nation, but the only benefit
that it had was to prove the inaccuracy of the so-called "realism” outlook in
Fundamentally the Zionist regime was formed in a way that it could not avoid
seeking dominance, suppressing others and violating the true rights of the
Palestinians. This is because its entity and identity are dependent on the
gradual destruction of the identity and entity of Palestine. The illegitimate
entity of the Zionist regime will continue to exist only if it is founded on the
ruins of Palestine’s identity and entity. That is why protecting Palestinian
identity and guarding all the symbols of this truthful and natural identity is a
necessity and a holy jihad.
As long as the name and memory of Palestine and the bright flames of the all-out
resistance of that nation are preserved, it is not possible for the foundations
of that usurping regime to be strengthened. The problem with "compromise” is not
only that it legitimizes a usurping regime by violating the rights of a nation –
of course, this is a grave and unforgivable mistake in itself – rather the
problem is that it is completely at odds with the current condition of Palestine
and that it does not take into account the expansionist, oppressive and greedy
characteristics of the Zionists. However, by grasping their opportunities, these
people have managed to prove the inaccuracy of those who support compromise. As
a result of this, a kind of national consensus has emerged about the correct
methods of fighting for asserting the true rights of the Palestinian nation.
Now, the people of Palestine have experienced two different paradigms in the
past three decades of their history and they have understood the proportion of
those two paradigms in relation to their conditions. The paradigm of heroic and
continuous resistance and holy intifada stands against the compromise paradigm.
The first paradigm has brought about great achievements for that nation. It is
not without reason that these days we witness that the Resistance is being
attacked and that intifada is being questioned by notorious centers.
The enemy is not expected to act otherwise because he is completely aware of the
correctness and fruitfulness of this path. However, we sometimes witness that
some of those orientations and even countries which seemingly advocate the issue
of Palestine but which are trying to divert the true path of those people in
reality, attack the Resistance. Their claim is that in its decade-long life, the
Resistance has not yet managed to help Palestine achieve its freedom and
therefore, this method needs to be reconsidered.
In response, we say that although the Resistance has not yet managed to achieve
its ultimate goal – the complete freedom of Palestine – it has managed to keep
the issue of Palestine alive. We should ask in what condition we would be now if
the Resistance did not exist. The most important achievement of the Resistance
is creating a major barrier in the way of Zionist projects. The Resistance’s
success lies in imposing a war of attrition on the enemy. In other words, it has
managed to defeat the main plan of the Zionist regime, namely dominating the
In this process, the essence of the Resistance and the soldiers who engaged in
resistance from the beginning against the establishment of the Zionist regime
and who held up the flag of resistance and conveyed it to future generations by
laying down their lives- should be praised and commemorated.
The role of the Resistance in post-occupation eras is no secret to anyone and
without a doubt, the victory of the Resistance in the 1973 war cannot be ignored
although it was a narrow victory. Since 1982, the burden of the Resistance fell
practically on the people inside Palestine, but the Islamic Resistance of
Lebanon - Hezbollah - turned to help the Palestinians in the path of their
fight. If the Resistance had not brought the Zionist regime to its knees, we
would now be witness to its transgressions against other regional countries –
from Egypt to Jordan, from Iraq, the Persian Gulf region to other areas.
This achievement is very important, but it is not the only achievement that the
Resistance has made. The liberation of southern Lebanon and Gaza is the
attainment of two important phased goals in the process of Palestine’s
liberation. This has helped reverse the process of the geographical expansion of
the Zionist regime.
Since the early 1980, not only has the Zionist regime not been able to
transgress against new lands, but it has also begun to retreat. This retreat
began with its humiliating withdrawal from southern Lebanon and it continued
with another humiliating withdrawal from Gaza. No one can deny the major and
determining role of the Resistance in the first intifada. In the second intifada
as well, the role of the Resistance was fundamental and outstanding. This was an
intifada which eventually forced the Zionist regime to leave Gaza. The 33-day
war in Lebanon, and the 22-day, 8-day and 51-day wars in Gaza were all shining
pages in the performance sheet of the Resistance. Those wars are a source of
pride for all regional nations, for the world of Islam and for all freedom
fighters in the world.
In the 33-day war, all the ways to help the Lebanese nation and the valiant and
resistant soldiers of Hezbollah had been blocked, but by Allah’s favor and with
reliance on a great force comprised of the resistant people of Lebanon, the
Zionist regime and its main ally – the United States of America – suffered a
humiliating defeat as a result of which they will not dare attack that region
anymore. The continuous resistance attempts made by Gaza – which has now turned
into an invincible fortress – showed in the course of several wars that this
regime is too weak to resist the willpower of a nation.
The main hero during Gaza wars is the courageous and resistant nation which
continues to defend this fortress with reliance on the power of faith despite
enduring many years of economic siege. It is necessary to commemorate all groups
involved in the Palestinian Resistance- including Sarayah al-Quds from Islamic
Jihad, Kataeb al-Izz ad-Din al-Qassam from Hamas, Kataeb al-Shuhada al-Aqsa from
Fath and Kataeb Abu Ali Mustafa from the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine- all of which played valuable roles in these wars.
The dangers originating from the presence of the Zionist regime should never be
ignored! Therefore, the Resistance should benefit from all the necessary tools
for continuing its duty. On this path, all regional nations and governments and
all freedom seekers in the world should meet the main needs of this resistant
nation. The main pivot of the Resistance is the steadfastness and endurance of
the Palestinian people who have raised courageous and resistant children.
Meeting the needs of the Palestinian people and Palestinian resistance is an
important and vital responsibility which should be carried out by all of us.
In doing so, we should not ignore the basic needs of the Resistance in the West
Bank because the West Bank shoulders the main burden of the suppressed intifada.
By learning from its past, the Palestinian Resistance should pay attention to
this important point: the Resistance and Palestine are too lofty and valuable to
get involved in the differences between Islamic and Arab countries or the
domestic, ethnic and denominational differences that exist in different
countries. The Palestinians, particularly Resistance groups, should appreciate
the value of their precious positions and they should avoid entering into these
differences. Islamic and Arab countries and all Islamic and national
orientations should be at the service of the Palestinian ideal.
Supporting the Resistance is the responsibility of all of us. No one has the
right to have special expectations of them in return for assistance. The only
condition for assistance is that such assistance is expended on strengthening
the people of Palestine and the structure of the Resistance. Commitment to the
idea of steadfastness in the face of the enemy and to the Resistance in all its
dimensions guarantees the continuation of this assistance.
Our position on the Resistance is a fundamental position, one which has nothing
to do with any particular group. We are with every group that is steadfast on
this path and every group that abandons this path has drifted away from us. The
depth of our relationship with groups involved in the Islamic Resistance is only
dependent on the level of their commitment to the principle of the Resistance.
Another point that should be raised is the existence of some differences between
various Palestinian groups. The existence of differences of opinion is natural
and understandable due to the diversity of tastes among these organizations and
as long as these differences are confined to this, they will lead to increasing
cooperation and depth in the fight of the Palestinian people. However, the
problem begins when these differences culminate in skirmishes and – God forbid –
If this happens, these various orientations will practically step into a path
that the common enemy of all of them wants. They do so by foiling one another’s
powers and capabilities. The management of disagreements and differences of
opinion is a skill that should be utilized by all main orientations. They should
formulate their various fighting plans in a way that those plans only pressure
the enemy and help the cause to be strengthened. National unity on the basis of
a jihadi plan is a national necessity for Palestine. It is expected that all
orientations try to achieve this unity in line with the requests of all the
people of Palestine.
These days, the Resistance is wrestling with another plot as well which is the
effort of some so-called friends to divert the resistance and intifada of the
people of Palestine from its course and to sell it to the enemies of the
Palestinian nation in their secret transactions with them. However, the
Resistance is so intelligent that it will not fall into this trap. One of the
reasons for this is that the people of Palestine are the true leaders of
fighting and of the Resistance, and past experiences show that by gaining an
accurate understanding of the conditions, they prevent these deviations. God
forbid, if one of the Resistance orientations falls into this trap, they [the
people] can reproduce that need as they have done so in the past. If a group
puts down the flag of Resistance, another group will undoubtedly emerge from the
heart of the people of Palestine to hold it up again.
Without a doubt, in this conference, you honorable participants will only attend
to Palestine which has been subject to lack of proper and necessary attention in
the past few years. Undoubtedly, the existing crises in every part of the region
and the Islamic Ummah deserve attention, but what has caused this gathering to
be held is the issue of Palestine. This conference can be a model for all
Muslims and regional nations to gradually harness their differences by relying
on their common points and to prepare the ground by resolving each and every one
of those differences, for the increasing reinforcement of the Muhammadi (God’s
greetings be upon him) Ummah.
Lastly, I deem it necessary to once more thank all you honorable guests for your
valuable presence. Also, I would like to thank the esteemed Speaker of the
Islamic Consultative Majlis and his colleagues in the tenth Majlis for the
efforts that they made to organize this conference.
I ask God the Benevolent to help all you succeed in serving the issue of
Palestine as the most important issue in the world of Islam and as the pivot of
unity for all Muslims and all liberated individuals in the world.
God’s greetings and mercy be upon the lofty souls of all martyrs, particularly
upon the honorable martyrs of resistance in the face of the Zionist regime, upon
all sincere soldiers of the Resistance front and upon the immaculate soul of the
founder of the Islamic Republic who paid the upmost attention to the issue of
May you be successful and victorious.
Greetings be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.