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News number: 8807201516

16:45 | 2009-10-12

Foriegn Policy

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Diplomat Views Zionist Raid on Al-Aqsa as "Test for Arabs"

TEHRAN (FNA)- A former Iranian envoy to Lebanon said on Monday that the recent raid by the Zionist regime of Israel on the Al-Aqsa mosque was an Israeli tactic to test Arab states' possible reaction.



"A weak reaction by Muslims to the (recent) aggression will lead to the full (Israel's) annexation of Beit ul-Moqadas (Jerusalem)," former Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Irani told FNA.

"If Muslims show a weak reaction, the Eastern Beit ul-Moqadas will be annexed to the occupied territories," Irani noted, adding that a strong response by the Palestinians and Muslims will force Israel to review its strategy for the permanent occupation of the holy site.

Fighting between the Palestinian worshippers and the Israeli forces broke out when a group of tourists entered the mosque compound, which is considered the third-holiest site in Islam, and which has been a central faultline in the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict.

Around a dozen Palestinians were injured during the Zionist raid.

Irani warned that Israel is seeking to exclude the issue of Qods in its negotiations with the Palestinians, "as this has always been on the table together with such other main issues as the return of the Palestinian refugees, borders and water resources".