Khamenei: US is main enemy, ‘Zionist regime’ a close second

In meeting with Palestinian Islamic Jihad chief, Iranian supreme leader says ‘defending Palestine’ is ‘defending Islam’

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that the United States is the Middle East’s main enemy, with the “Zionist regime” a close second.

Speaking at a meeting in Tehran on Sunday with the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ramadan Abdullah, Khamenei said that looking at the turmoil in the region in a “macro” sense, the US was clearly to blame, with Israel following closely behind. PIJ is an Islamist terrorist organization.

Khamenei, said Iran’s Mehr News agency, “reaffirmed that with this perspective in regional issues, Iran sees the United States as main enemy with the Zionist regime standing behind it. He pointed to extensive, unprecedented sanctions of US and its followers against the Islamic establishment in recent years and dubbed the objective of them as discouraging Iran from continuing its path; ‘but they failed to achieve their goals and will fail in future as well’.”

The ongoing unrest in the Middle East, Khamenei alleged, is a continuance of the “war” waged on Iran by US-led Western governments since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 “and the Palestine issue is the key issue,” Khamenei tweeted.

The Iranian leader said Iran was backing embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad “because those standing against Syria are in fact enemies to core of Islam and serve the interests of the US and Zionist regime.”

Full article: Khamenei: US is main enemy, ‘Zionist regime’ a close second (The Times of Israel)

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