Taghavi: Ayatollah Khamenei is Spiritual Leader of Islamic Groups
Over the past few years, Islamic Republic of Iran has increased support for Islamic militant groups fighting against the Israeli government. In 2010, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei clarified Iran’s readiness for assisting individuals and groups interested in fighting against Israel.
The head of the Policy-Making Council of Iran’s Friday Prayer Leaders, Hojjatoleslam Seyed Reza Taghavi, said on Tuesday that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the spiritual leader of Jihadist groups in Lebanon and Syria. Iran is the main supporter of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestine’s Hamas.
“Iran is currently among the most powerful countries in the world. The Iranian government plays a major role in the regional developments too. Even the Western governments have understood the real power of Iran, as they demand Iran to suggest its plans for the existing crises of the region,” the Iranian politician told state media.
Iranian nationals and opposition parties have repeatedly asked the government to stop raising money for Jihadist groups. According to unofficial sources, Iran reportedly allocates millions of dollars to support the operations of Islamic groups in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
Seyed Reza Taghavi says Iran is becoming more powerful on daily basis. “The Iranian community has managed to achieve its top goals over the past 30 years. As a matter of fact, Iranians should praise Ayatollah Khamenei’s contributions to Islamic Republic of Iran,”
“Unfortunately the Israeli government is trying hard to harm Islamic Republic of Iran. They accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons. However, it is clear that Iran’s military forces are not looking to develop atomic bomb, as it was declared ‘Haram’ by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.” Hojjatoleslam Seyed Reza Taghavi concluded.
Tensions between the two nations increased dramatically under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani seemingly wants to reduce the tensions. Israel and Iran used to enjoy friendly ties during the era of the Pahlavi dynasty.