TEL AVIV – Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Wednesday blamed the U.S., U.K., and Israel for the spate of Islamic State bombings that took place over the month of Ramadan.
“Unfortunately, this year’s Eid al-Fitr (the fast-breaking festivities of Muslims at the end of the holy month of Ramadan) in some countries was turned into mourning by those terrorists who want to replace the real Islam with fake Islam at the order of their leaders,” Khamenei said during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran Wednesday.
“This is the result of terrorism nurtured by the security services of America, the Zionist regime, and England,” he added.
Sunday’s suicide bombing in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of more than 250 people, was the most recent attack for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.
Khamenei claimed the attacks were part of a joint plan masterminded by the U.S., U.K., and Israel – what he terms as the “arrogant powers” who “support and promote terrorism” – to push Muslim nations toward civil war and deflect the world’s attention from the Palestinian issue.
“They want to have the Islamic world preoccupied with internal problems so that the Palestinian issue is forgotten and the Zionist regime is given a chance to pursue its wicked goals,” he said, according to a report by Iran’s Press TV.
He added that western powers will eventually pay the price for hatching terrorist plots against Muslims.
“They will be harmed by the things they have created in the Islamic world just as they are gradually seeing the fallout. But this is their sin and their crime which will not be forgotten,” he said.
Khamenei described the Palestinian cause as the “core issue of the world of Islam,” saying no Muslim or non-Muslim country with a conscience is allowed to forget it.
“The Zionist regime will definitely get slapped for the pressures which it metes out to the besieged and oppressed Palestinian nation,” he said.