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Iran’s supreme leader: Trump’s Jerusalem plan a sign of incompetence, failure

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday referred to President Trump's plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a sign of "incompetence and failure."

"That they claim they want to announce Jerusalem as the capital of occupied Palestine is because of their incompetence and failure," Khamenei told various Iranian officials according to his official website in comments reported by Reuters. 

"The issue of Palestine today is at the top of the political issues for Muslims and everyone is obligated to work and struggle for the freedom and salvation of the people of Palestine," he continued. 

Iran has long supported its Shia Muslim allies in the Palestinian territories. 

The comments come as Trump is expected to announce on Wednesday that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as its capital instead of Tel Aviv. 

Critics say the move is likely to spur unrest and violence in the already volatile region. 

The international community has traditionally recognized Tel Aviv as Israel's capital, while Israel views Jerusalem as its capital city. Palestinians have demanded that part of Jerusalem be set aside as their capital.

Trump is expected to stop short of moving the U.S. Embassy in the region to Jerusalem through signing a waiver that previous administrations have signed that keeps the embassy temporarily in Tel Aviv. 

--This report was updated at 7:45 a.m.

 

 

 

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