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Iran President Calls for “United Front” Against Israel

By Nigar Bayramli April 10, 2023

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a press conference in Tehran on August 29, 2022. / AFP

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has urged for the formation of a “united front of Muslim countries” to support Palestine and oppose Israel. President Raisi made this call during a phone conversation with his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

During the conversation on April 9, Raisi called for the strengthening of ties between Iran and Algeria, and praised their “shared stance on global and regional issues, particularly on the matter of Palestine.”

On the same day, President Raisi also had a phone conversation with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. 

During the call, Iran’s president told his Syrian counterpart that “the crimes of the Zionist regime are a sign of weakness and proof of a bright and promising future for the resistance movement.” President Raisi further added that the world was shifting against “the arrogant powers and the Zionist regime” in favor of the “axis of resistance,” which refers to a group of countries and organizations that oppose Western influence in the Middle East, including Iran and Syria. In turn, Asad said that “today, signs indicate the collapse of the Zionist society, which is the result of the resistance of the Palestinian nation.”

During a cabinet meeting on April 9, President Raisi reiterated his belief in the importance of unity among Islamic countries in defending the Palestinian people against oppression. He added that the “resistance front,” which includes Iran and its allies, would benefit from the “new world order and the disintegration of the Zionist society.”

President Raisi’s statements come amidst increasing violence and tension in the region and Israeli police raids on Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque. As a result, Palestinian militant groups reportedly fired rockets from Syria into the Golan Heights, prompting Israel to respond with multiple strikes on military targets in the area. Israel increased air raids in Syria, which targeted not only Iran-backed militants but also Syrian government and Iranian forces’ positions.

According to Israeli media reports, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi stated last week that Israel was “ready” to attack Iran and can do so even without support from the United States. 

“We are ready to act against Iran. The Israeli army has the ability to strike both in distant countries and near home,” i24NEWS quoted Halevi as telling the IDF’s army radio.

In remarks on April 10, Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi dismissed Halevi’s statement.

“The Zionist entity which is drowning and whose signs of collapse have become clearer than ever is too small to be considered a threat to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mousavi said.