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Iran's Guards Attack Regional Leaders For 'Normalization Of Relations With Zionists'

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets Hamas deputy chief, Saleh al-Arouri, second right, and the Hamas delegation, in Tehran, July 22, 2019. FILE PHOTO

In a statement issued on Thursday on the eve of Qods Day, Iran's Revolutionary Guard attacked regional leaders for "normalization of their official relations" with Israel, which they called "a cancerous tumor" to be wiped from the face of the earth.

Referring to the regional leaders that have allegedly been seeking to normalize the relations with Israel as "traitors", the statement said the strategy adopted by the "Axis of Resistance" under "Iranian leadership" has had decisive achievements which herald the "fall of the Zionist regime".

"Failure of the fictional plan dubbed as the 'Deal of the Century and the decisive defeat of peace seekers' front is evident," the statement added.

The statement also claimed that the termination of the security agreement between the Palestinian Authority, Israel and the United States by the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday means that Palestinian Authority has chosen "the path of Jihad" against Israel.

Rerferring to the imminent threat of Israeli annexation of land in the West Bank, Abbas declared that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the State of Palestine "were absolved of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the commitments based on these understandings and agreements, including the security ones".

In recent weeks the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly spoken about his intention to annex the occupied West Bank. President Donald Trump and his administration are believed to be willing to support the move.

On the eve of Qods Day, the Islamic Republic has stepped up its anti-Israeli rhetoric but the Revolutionary Guard has had to cancel its annual Qods Day marches and gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, IRGC Spokesman Ramezan Sharif downplayed the cancellation saying that “given the current situation” not holding Qods Day public events will not do any harm and “we should not be concerned about how enemies will judge” the decision.