IRGC Chief: Resistance Will Continue until Complete Liberation of Palestine
Until the complete liberation of Palestine, the resistance will continue.
OE Watch Commentary: U.S. policy concerns with regard to the Islamic Republic of Iran have been consistent for more than two decades and across administrations. These concerns revolve around suspicion with regard to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Iranian sponsorship of terrorism, and Tehran’s violent opposition to the Middle East peace process. While diplomats hope that the ongoing negotiations with regard to Iran’s nuclear program can resolve one impasse to closer U.S.-Iran relations, the limited scope of discussions excludes questions relating to terrorism and support for armed resistance—a euphemism for terrorism—against Israel and its interests abroad. Nevertheless, there remains hope in many quarters that diplomats can leverage momentum from a breakthrough on Iran’s nuclear program into progress on other issues. Such hopes might be optimistic if a statement by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) chief Mohammad Ali Jafari, an article about which is excerpted here, is to be believed. Jafari makes clear that Iran’s goal goes beyond supporting Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip or simply using them to force Israel to lift its blockade over the Gaza Strip. Rather, Jafari states that Iran, or at least the IRGC, will continue to support radical Palestinian groups until all of Palestine, a region which includes the entirety of the State of Israel, is liberated. Given that the IRGC is financially autonomous and no longer relies on the Islamic Republic’s official budgetary process, Jafari’s threat must be taken seriously, because the IRGC need not adhere to any deals struck by Iranian diplomats and negotiators who come from outside their ranks. Many in the West may hope that President Hassan Rouhani’s Iran is on the path to moderation, but so long as the IRGC retains a commitment to support groups the United States considers terroristic and embraces maximalist goals and a violent interpretation of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s desire to export Iran’s Islamic Revolution, significant impediments will remain to Iran’s normalization and diplomatic efforts to promote peace, if not reconciliation, throughout the Middle East. End OE Watch Commentary (Rubin)
Source: “Sar Lashgar Jafari: Ta Azadi Kamal Filistin dar Konar Maqavamat Khahim Bud” (“Major-General Jafari: Resistance Will Continue until Complete Liberation of Palestine,”) Resalat, 29 August 2014. http://www.resalat-news.com/Fa/?code=183310
Jafari: Resistance Will Continue until Complete Liberation of Palestine
General Jafari, in a message to the people of Gaza and the resistance commanders emphasized that until the complete liberation of Palestine, the resistance will continue. According to a report by the Mehr News Agency, General Jafari said that following the victory of the Palestinian resistance against the army of the Zionist regime in the 51-day war, he issued a message to the people of Gaza and the leaders of the resistance which stated, without doubt, your 51-day resistance will be regarded as a turning point for annihilation of the savage and baby killer regime and all should double their strength and readiness for a prosperous future.