Iran says United States seeks to maximize Zionist interests

Posted December 15, 2017

Iran has already harshly criticized the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and threatened consequences, with President Hassan Rowhani saying the holy city represents "more than just politics".

"Unity among Muslim countries is very important and Quds (Jerusalem) should become our top priority".

Other countries had also not said who they would send, Cavusoglu said, adding that the meeting of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries must stand up to what he called Washington's "I am a super power, I can do anything" mentality.

Rouhani also said the United States has never been an honest mediator.

Trump's announcement triggered days of protests across the Muslim world and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

In response, the Israel army said it hit Hamas military positions in the strip with tank and aircraft fire.

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Rouhani expressed Iran's preparedness to cooperate with Muslim countries to defend the Palestinian rights and called on Muslims across the world to unite against Israel's policies. The worldwide community doesn't recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, whose eastern sector Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

"Our message is that the Palestinian cause is the most important issue for the Muslim world".

Iran has been implacable in its opposition to the Israeli regime and provided extensive support to Palestinian resistance groups since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Iran supports several anti-Israel militant groups.

On December 11, in a fifth day of protests over Trump's decision, Iran's Lebanese ally Hizballah - which fought a war with Israel in 2006 - organized a demonstration in Beirut in which tens of thousands of people chanted "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!"

United States president's Dec 6 announcement to recognize Beit-ul Moqaddas as the capital city of Israel has faced extensive criticisms all over the world even from the U.S. allies.