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Iranian Leader Says Third Intifada Has Begun Against Israel

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Palestinians are engaged in a third intifada, or uprising, which will inflict “another defeat” on Israel, according to the supreme leader of Iran.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made his remarks during a pro-Palestinian event sponsored being held in Tehran. Iran is hosting the Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 21, and is inviting various anti-Israel leaders and guests from across the globe. The event is held by Iran every four years.

“The intifada that has begun for the third time in the occupied lands, is subject to more suppression than the previous two, but it is still moving forward in a bright and hopeful manner,” said Khamenei during a speech at the event. “And by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very important chapter in the history of fighting and that it will inflict another defeat on that usurping regime.”

Khamenei attacked Israel, calling the country a “fake” nation and a “dirty chapter” in world history. While the Iranian leader often makes anti-Israel comments, his speech at the event was particularly vitriolic.

The Iranian leader referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor” which has been “developing in several phases.” Khamenei added that the destruction of Israel will also require various phases, and that the previous two intifadas — one which lasted from 1987 to 1991 and a second which lasted from 2000 to 2005), along with a “constant and continuous resistance” — are helping reach the goal of destroying Israel.

Khamenei also encouraged the Palestinian people to never compromise with Israel. He noted that a “war of attrition on the enemy” is the best path to victory, and praised Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups for continuing to fight Israel.

Iran has been a key sponsor of Palestinian terrorist groups since the creation of the Islamic Republic in 1979. In response, Israeli leaders often consider Iran to be one of the greatest threats to their country’s national security.

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