Iran's top leader: US not good Mideast mediator
APTEHRAN -- Iran's top leader lashed out at the United States on Friday, saying that America is not a good mediator in Mideast peace talks because it allegedly always sides with Israel.
August 10, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came ahead of the second round of U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks next week. The talks resumed after a five-year freeze.
Khamenei argued that the results of any U.S.-hosted talks will eventually damage the Palestinian side and force the Palestinians to “abandon their rights and encourage the occupier.”
“The U.S. is not a real mediator, it stands by the Zionists,” said Khamenei. “Definitely .... it is against the interests of the Palestinians.”
Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, spoke during a prayer ceremony marking the start in Iran of the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Palestinians seek to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. Israel has since built dozens of settlements there that are home to about 560,000 Israelis.