Days after Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that no Iranian official has ever called for the destruction of Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that “The establishment of a Palestinian government will be realized in Tel Aviv”.
According to official IRNA, Khamenei in a meeting with Ziad al-Nakhala, the general secretary of Palestinian Islamic Jihad on January 31 in Tehran said, "Palestine will stand strong and with divine grace, in a not-so-distant future, the final victory of the Palestinians will be realized”.
Khamenei added, “In recent years the victory of Palestinians has not meant the ability to form a government in Tel Aviv, but this also…will be realized”.
The Iranian ruler told his visitor that Palestinians have been able to bring the Israeli army to its knees, something that Arab armies were not able to accomplish.
Palestinians have always said their aspiration is to set up a government in Jerusalem and Khamenei’s remark about Tel Aviv indirectly means an end to the Jewish state, as Tel Aviv is considered Israel proper and not the disputed capital Jerusalem.
Khamnei also assured the Palestinian militant leader that pressures by the “arrogance front”, a reference to the United States, cannot weaken Iran’s will to give up its “divine duty” to support Palestinians.