Iran’s parliament speaker criticized Israel on Saturday night following the violent clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border and placed the blame on Israel. “The terrorists who rule Tel Aviv only understand the language of force,” he stated.

Violence near the border (archive)

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Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani has condemned Israel for Friday’s clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border. “The terrorists who rule Tel Aviv only understand the language of force,” Larijani said in a statement released late Saturday night.

“The continuation of the Israeli crimes is being done under the protection of the US government,” Larijani added, apparently connecting the clashes to the American decision to block an anti-Israel UN Security Council draft statement submitted by Kuwait. The Iranian politician also claimed that US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem threatens the stability of the Middle East.

Earlier on Saturday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to blame Israel for the violence. “On the eve of Passover (of all days), which commemorates God liberating Prophet Moses and his people from tyranny, Zionist tyrants murder peaceful Palestinian protesters—whose land they have stolen—as they march to escape their cruel and inhuman apartheid bondage,” he wrote.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Bahram Qassemi, also released a statement against Israel regarding the Gaza border clashes. “Although the Zionist regime [of Israel] has a long record in occupation, killing and [committing] crimes, Mr. Trump and the US ruling elites’ unwavering support as well as shameful efforts by some regional leaders in order to establish overt, covert, disgraceful and ignominious relations with the [Israeli] regime have unfortunately further emboldened Zionist regime leaders to turn Palestinian youth’s peaceful rally into a bloodbath on the Eve of Passover,” he said, according to the ministry’s website.