Raisi blames Islamic countries for the escalation in Gaza due to their lack of unity

Ebrahim Raisi
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi © Iranian Presidency Office via AP

The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, has blamed Islamic countries for the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, which is constantly being bombed by Israel following attacks by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), for their lack of union against the “Zionist regime”.

Raisi has thus asserted that a “unified position” and “cohesion” in the Islamic world could have avoided “the continued oppression and aggression” of Israel against the Palestinian people, as well as “the excesses of its Western supporters” in the Strip.

The Iranian president has put this idea on the table during two separate meetings with the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, who this Tuesday presented their credentials in Tehran, according to the IRNA news agency.

The role of Iran in this latest escalation, a declared enemy of Israel, has been a matter of debate since the moment Hamas militants launched on October 7 a coordinated and unprecedented attack by land, sea and air against Israeli targets nearby. from the southern Gaza border.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, assured over the weekend that the Palestinian Islamist movement attacked Israel in part to block the Jewish state’s attempts to normalize its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia.

Raisi stated at the end of September that this reconciliation would be “a stab in the back for the Palestinians”, words that came after the normalization of diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which were broken in 2016.

Since 2020, Israel has signed diplomatic deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. To date, Saudi authorities have refused to normalize relations with Israel if there is no agreement that includes the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.


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