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Muslim countries should cut political ties with Israel for 'limited period': Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei speaks after visiting an exhibition showcasing the latest achievements of the IRGC Aerospace Force on November 19, 2023. (Photo by

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Muslim countries to sever political ties with the Israeli regime for "at least a limited period of time" amid the occupying entity’s ongoing genocide in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Leader made the remarks after touring an exhibition showcasing the latest achievements of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force at the Ashura Aerospace University of Science & Technology on Sunday.

“The Muslim governments should cut their political relations with the Zionist regime at least for a limited period of time,” the Leader said.

The Leader said it was not acceptable that some Muslim states have condemned the crimes of Israel and some have been sitting on the fence.

It is necessary, Ayatollah Khamenei said, to “cut off the lifeline of the Zionist regime” and Muslim countries should work to disrupt Israel’s access to energy and goods.

Ayatollah Khamenei encouraged the continuation of demonstrations in support of the Palestinian cause to prevent the oppression of the Palestinian people from fading into oblivion.

The Leader expressed optimism about the future developments. “We will carry out our duty,” he stated.

Since October 7, Israel has killed at least 12,300 Palestinians, including more than 5,000 children and 3,300 women. 30,000 Palestinians have also been injured.

The regime was caught off-guard on that October day by the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm launched by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas against the occupying entity.

The Leader said the developments in Gaza and the continuation of Israel’s atrocities there blew the lid off many hidden facts, including the Western support for racial discrimination.

The Zionist regime was the epitome of racial discrimination, the Leader stated.

“The Zionists consider themselves the superior race and look down on the rest of the human race, which is why they have massacred several thousand children with no pang of conscience.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the support by the leaders of the United States, Germany, France and Britain for such a “racist regime” also means those governments support racial discrimination.

The Leader called on the people of Europe and America to clearly show they do not advocate racial discrimination.

In addition, the current circumstances in Gaza, Ayatollah Khamenei said, demonstrated Israel’s “military and operational failure.”

The regime has so far failed to achieve its stated objective of eliminating the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, using “all its military power” in more than 40 days notwithstanding.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the bombing of hospitals in Gaza proves Israeli leaders are furious with their failure.

“The defeat of the Zionist regime in Gaza is real. Entering hospitals or people’s homes is not victory, because victory means defeating the opposite side, something that the Zionist regime has not achieved and will not be able to achieve in the future.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said Israel’s failure also lays bare the failure of the United States and the regime’s Western benefactors.

The world is confronted with the reality that a regime armed with advanced and state-of-the-art military equipment has failed to overcome an adversary that has none of such equipment, the Leader said.

Iranian Armed Forces making 'rapid, favorable' progress

The Leader also hailed the favorably fast progress of the Iranian Armed Forces towards more achievements.

Ayatollah Khamenei said despite the "very good" situation in some military sectors, there are shortcomings in some other parts, which the Armed Forces need to detect and work to overcome.

The Leader said the faithful and determined Iranian youths have succeeded in making grand scientific achievements.

"Of course, we should not be satisfied with the current level of success since various military and non-military sectors in the world are making constant progress," the Leader stated.

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