Khamenei: Supporting Palestine is a source of pride for Iran

Khamenei: Supporting Palestine is a source of pride for Iran

RANIAN SUPREME Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the death anniversary of Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in Tehran on June 4, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attacked Israel and its Arab allies in a speech delivered in the run up to Friday’s annual anti-Israel Quds Day marches in Iran and around the world, the semi-official Iranian Students’ News Agency reported Thursday.

"Support for Palestine and the resistance forces facing the Zionist Regime, and defending the independence and territorial integrity of the countries of the region, is a source of pride for the Islamic Republic," Khamenei said at an event Monday. "But our enemies try to castigate it as ‘Iran’s interference in the region.’"

Iranian troops, advisers and Iran-affiliated Shi’ite militias have been instrumental in preserving President Bashar Assad’s regime in the midst of Syria’s ongoing civil war.

Khamenei also threatened rival Arab states that have recently thawed relations with Israel in the face of the perceived Iranian nuclear and missile threat.