Although Ali Larijani’s posturing is aimed at Iran’s domestic population, it assumes significance due to its geo-economic ramifications.
On Friday, Iran’s parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani, said security in the Middle East could be threatened if Tehran was cornered by Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Thousands of Iranians rallied across the country, chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America”, to mark Iran’s annual day of solidarity with the Palestinians.
“Israel and Saudi Arabia are the source of chaos in the region. The Saudi Arabia, Israel and American triangle wants to turn the region into a chaotic scene,” said Larijani in Iran’s state television to the demonstrators.
“The region’s security will be threatened if they corner Tehran.”
Israel may have played a role in the U.S. decision to quit the landmark 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran.
The United States has re-imposed sanctions on Iran and demanded that Tehran make sweeping changes ranging from Iran dropping its nuclear program to its pullout from the Syrian civil war.
On Monday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei had ordered preparations to increase the country’s uranium enrichment capacity if the nuclear agreement collapses.
Since its 1979 Islamic revolution, opposition to Israel has been a cornerstone of Iranian foreign policy.
“Israel is failing … the claim of creating a new regional order is a mistake they are making and it is an illusion … It is our responsibility to defend Palestinians,” said Larijani to the marching crowd in Tehran.
Iran has also repeatedly called on Saudi Arabia, its rival, to help ease tensions and improve bilateral relations and work for the stability of the Middle East.
“The regional issues should be resolved by regional people, nations and the government,” said Larijani.