Serat News, close to the hardline Kayhan institute has published an article entitled “Mr. Meshaal, Mr. Haniyeh, where is Qatar? Where is Turkey?” The article offers a brief ‘history’ of the Arab-Israeli conflict and then goes on to call Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979 the “turning point in the transformations of Palestine” because “the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran created a renewed motivation in the Palestinian movements for combating the Zionist regime.”
“One of these groups was the Hamas movement, whose original objective and motivation in the formation of this group was the establishment of the goals of the Islamic Revolution in Palestine.”
However, “a review of the dualistic positions of the leaders of this group in recent months is devoid of kindness. One of these leaders is Khaled Meshaal, the head of the Hamas political bureau. He, who has enjoyed the unflinching support of the Islamic Republic in all areas, in relation to the Syria Crisis adopted a different and astonishing position. He supported regime change in Syria when he was the guest of the government of the Assad family for many years. When no country in the West supported this group, Bashar Assad in the capacity of steadfast patron backed him. Recently Meshaal, at the ceremony of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey, addressed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the leader of the Islamic world and stated his support for the biggest enemy of Bashar al-Assad.”
Sepah News, an official outlet of the Revolutionary Guards, reports the comments of Hossein Salami, Deputy Commander of the Revolutionary Guards, stating “our nuclear energy is peaceful and entry into the domain of nuclear weapons is the red line of the defence doctrine and beliefs of the Islamic Republic”.
When asked about the sanctions against Iran Salami added, “the greater the pressure, the [more] spirit of resistance and steadfastness will increase. Our nation sees this occurrence as a form of battle and at this stage the nation of Iran has taken the decision to obey and take inspiration from the Supreme Leader. Iran is entirely capable of crossing this circle besieging it”.
Raja News reports on the speech of the spokesman of the hardline Endurance Front (Jebhe-ye Paidari), Kamran Baqeri Lankarani. Baqeri Lankarani, also a former Minister of Health during Ahmadinejad’s first term, began his talk by stating, “when the Supreme Leader says “in a time without Martyr [Morteza] Motahhari and Martyr [Mohammad] Beheshti, great men like the learned Mesbah [Yazdi] fill the vacuum, because in life we must always judge individuals with respect to religious knowledge”.
Motahhari was one of the founding ideologues of the Islamic state, and Mohammad Beheshti was founder of the Islamic Republican Party and one of the Islamist clergy’s most acute political operators. Both were senior disciples of the theocratic state’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, and assassinated in the early years of the revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei has long sought to portray the right wing cleric and director of the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute in Qom, Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, as the inheritor of Ayatollah Motahhari’s mantle, as the most esteemed and officially sanctioned theoretician and ideologue of the Islamic state.