Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei deplored the US attempts to revive ‘peace talks’ between Israel and Palestinians, stressing that such efforts are futile. Addressing a massive crowd of worshippers during Eid al-Fitr prayers at Tehran University on Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The US-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are aimed at undermining the Palestinians’ resistance.” The Supreme Leader blasted the US plan to revive the Middle-East peace talks, saying Washington has invited Palestinians to the talks while Israel continues its illegal settlement construction in the occupied territories. In more than 60 years of the occupation of Palestine, the peace talks have not had the least benefit for the oppressed Palestinians, he said and stressed that any benefit gained all throughout these years, has been the result of resistance and Intifada. Last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that he finally “convinced Israeli
and Palestinian officials to return to the negotiating table.” This is while the prospects for peace appear just as unlikely as before. Head of the Political Bureau of the Palestinian Hamas movement Khalid Mashaal had underlined in May that Washington's efforts to restore peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are doomed to fail since the US secretary of state has not presented any solution to the ongoing crisis. “The US secretary of state has not presented any solution to settle the conflicts between the Palestinians and the Zionist regime and therefore the country’s efforts are doomed to fail similar to the past,” Mashaal said. He complained that John Kerry has not adopted a serious approach to settle the Palestinian issue fairly because it has never pressured Israel as the occupier, and has just pressured the Arab sides and the Palestinian authority and presented some useless projects. The US secretary of state has claimed to be seeking to revive direct peace talks that broke down in
2010 over the issue of Jewish settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. He hailed the Arab League's revised Middle-East peace initiative as "a very big step forward". But Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh at the time rejected the plan, saying outsiders could not decide the fate of the Palestinians. In the meetings held in early May in Washington, Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan, acknowledging that Israelis and Palestinians may have to swap land in any eventual peace deal. Addressing hundreds of worshippers in a Gaza mosque, Haniyeh said it was a concession that other Arabs were not authorized to make. “The so-called new Arab initiative is rejected by our people, by our nation and no one can accept it,” Haniyeh said.