0842 GMT May 23, 2019
The Iranian Foreign Ministry released a statement on Tuesday, on the eve of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), when back in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly evicted from their homeland and when Tel Aviv proclaimed existence, Press TV reported.
“On Nakba Day, an illegitimate entity called the Zionist regime [of Israel] supported by the United States came into being by occupying the Palestinian land and continued to exist with war, crime and occupation, and has turned into the main source of all regional crises and a real threat to international peace and security,” the statement read.
The statement expressed Iran’s support for the Palestinian cause, calling on the international community, the United Nations in particular, to shoulder its responsibility to take major steps to end Israeli occupation and aggression, restore the Palestinian people’s rights, and establish an independent Palestinian state with Al-Quds as its capital.
The Israeli regime has been building settlements deep into occupied territories, defying international demands and complicating the Palestinians’ aspirations for an independent state.
Over the course of nearly two and a half years since it took over, the administration of US President Donald Trump has also taken an aggressive approach against the Palestinians and in favor of the Israeli regime.
The Trump administration has unilaterally recognized Al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and has moved its embassy there, further alienating the Palestinians.