Iran called on countries worldwide to stand up against Israel’s claim to Jerusalem after President Donald Trump declared the disputed city capital of the majority-Jewish state, a move met with widespread protests and violence in the region. The Iranian military’s chief of staff, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, said Thursday that Arab and Muslim nations faced “a historical and decisive test” in their response to Trump’s decision Wednesday regarding Jerusalem, a city religiously significant to Jews, Christians and Muslims and claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Iran, a revolutionary Shiite Muslim power, has long opposed Israel’s de facto control over the holy city, and threatened to respond to the recent move with force. Related: Israel Launches Massive Surprise Military Drill Ahead of Trump’s Jerusalem Speech and After Strikes in Syria “The world of arrogance, and foremost the criminal U.S., should know that the unity of the Muslim world will obstruct this desperate move, and this measure will be defeated with the vigilance of the Muslim world while the Zionist regime will move closer to its annihilation,” Bagheri said, according to Iran’s semiofficial Press TV. “Israel has occupied the Palestinian territory, and the continuation of the Palestinian people’s struggle against this cancerous… Read full this story
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