Iran, Hamas back Syrian efforts to re-take Golan Heights
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday that Israel is not in a position to set conditions for withdrawing from Golan Heights. Mottaki made the remark at a joint press conference with the Head of Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Mashal on Saturday.
Under the current circumstances, Israel has no option but to withdraw from occupied lands including occupied Palestine, Mottaki said, according to IRNA. Tehran backs Damascus in its drive to re-take Golan heights, noted the Iranian minister. "We regard those who support the Zionist regime and the US in particular as accomplices to the crimes being committed by the Zionists in Palestine," Mottaki said.
Iran fully backs the Palestinian people's resistance and their legitimate rights as a means to guarantee restoration of durable stability and tranquility to the region, pointed out the Iranian foreign minister.
Mashal, for his part, said some 11,600 Palestinians have been arrested by Israel in Gaza Strip. Some 160 civilians have been killed in Gaza and 11,000 have lost their jobs in that region, he said.
On Golan heights, he said "We support the liberation of Golan heights as well as other occupied lands and believe that Syria tries to retake its own land and is not to make a compromise on the rights of the Palestinian nation." No body should trust Israel, he said, adding that Syria will remain committed to the legitimate rights of Palestinians and Arabs.