Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

Supporting resistance is the only way to counter enemies, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said in a meeting with the secretary general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement, Ziad al-Nakhala, and his accompanying delegation, in the Iranian capital Tehran.

He added that backing Palestine will boost security in the region amid US and Israeli efforts to undermine the resistance front.

“Supporting Palestine will help increase security in the region and the Islamic Republic will always back the Palestinian nation and the cause of resistance,” Larijani said.

“Under the current circumstances, the US and the Zionist regime (Israel) follow a strategy of countering and hindering the axis of resistance. But measures and initiatives by Palestinian people such as the Great March of Return foil such acts,” he added.

The top Iranian parliamentarian criticized certain Arab countries for taking steps to officially normalize ties with Israel and rebuked other Arab states for remaining silent, saying such an approach would undermine the Palestinian cause.

For his part, the Palestinian official praised Iran’s support for the Palestinian nation, saying the Islamic Republic backed Palestine at a time when several Arab countries were normalizing ties with Israel.

He said that today the axis of resistance enjoyed great capacities and was in possession of means to counter Israel’s acts of aggression.

“Undoubtedly, the axis of resistance will emerge victorious in the region and this front will counter any act of aggression through coherence,” he said.

Tensions have been running high near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from the Israeli territories since March 30, 2017, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.”