U.S. will not change its Palestine policy: Larijani

TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani warned Arab countries on Monday not to pin their hopes on the Obama administration to help end Israel’s decades-long atrocities against Palestinians, saying that Washington’s traditional policy toward Palestine will not change.

“Those who are waiting to see change in the U.S. conduct should know that there will not be any change in their policies toward Palestine,” he said in a conference on Palestine in Tehran.


Larijani said, “The U.S. officials have recently talked a lot about change but I do not seriously believe in these subjects and consider them more of a series of tactics.” 


He also said a global hatred of the U.S. government has increased because of the country’s continued support for Israel. 


Over the past sixty years various peace plans have been formulated but none of them have produced any positive results because they were not based on the realities on the ground, Larijani pointed out.


He went on to say that new U.S. peace initiatives will not produce any new result since they are meant to pressure Arab states to “recognize the Zionist regime” and that “peace” is a secondary issue in these plans.


Larijani’s remarks come soon after King Abdullah of Jordan told AFP in an interview on Saturday that the U.S. is expected to unveil a plan to restart Arab-Israeli peace negotiations.


“We expect an announcement from the U.S. administration... of its plan to restart negotiations to achieve a comprehensive solution,” the king said in Shuneh, Jordan.


Larijani said if the United States wishes to make change, it should first recognize the Palestinian nation’s rights.





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