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Message to Ismail Haniya

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei wrote a message Friday to Ismail Haniya, the Premier of the Gaza-based legitimate Palestinian government about the defeat and disgrace of the equipped army of the Zionist regime in the face of the "patience, bravery and sacrifice" of the valiant combatants and the innocent people of Gaza.

Ayatollah Khamenei in the message praised that the dignified perseverance of the Gaza people against one of the most atrocious war crimes in history helped discredit America, the supporters of the Zionist regime and the traitors and hypocrites in the Islamic Ummah.

Ayatollah Khamenei also noted that the perseverance of the Gaza people will hoist the dignity flag of the Islamic Ummah and will growingly deal humiliation to the anti-human enemies.

The text of the message follows.

Bismillah-e Rahman-e Rahim

Dear Ismail Haniya, the Mujahid brother,

"Peace be upon you, for that you were patient" (The Thunder: 24)

Twenty days of perseverance by you, by the valiant and martyrdom-ready combatants and by the people of Gaza from all walks of life in the face of one of the most atrocious war crimes in history and world has helped hoist the flag of dignity over the Islamic Ummah.

You proved that a Muslim heart full of faith in God and in the Day of Resurrection and a solemn and dignified Muslim soul which never bears the humiliation of submission towards bully and oppression would generate such strength against which tyrant and arrogant governments or equipped armies would feel feeble and would suffer indignity.

An army already held stuck for the past twenty days behind the gates of Gaza thank to the strength of your sacrifice and your welcome to martyrdom is that same army which took rein of large tracts of three Arab countries in six days. Take honor in your faith, in your reliance on God and in your honest belief in the Divine Promises and know that all Muslims do too. Your Jihad to date has discredited America, the Zionist regime, their supporters, the United Nations and the hypocrites in the Islamic Ummah.

Today, not only the Muslim nations, but many of the European and American nations have accepted without qualifications that your have been rightful. You are already the victors and through keeping the dignified perseverance, you can push further the abject and anti-humane enemy to humiliation and defeat, God willing. Indeed 'Your Lord has neither forsaken you nor hates you' (The Forenoon: 3) and indeed 'Your Lord shall give you, and you shall be satisfied' (The Forenoon: 5), God willing.

Nonetheless, the bloody and tragic incidents befallen on the Palestinian civilians, especially the innocent children have rent our hearts. The scenes of crimes of the usurpers of Palestine, broadcast several times a day through all our television channels have made our nation sad and bereaved. May God multiply your award and hasten your victory. Indeed the promise of God is true Who said 'Assuredly God will help him who helps Him' (The Hajj: 40) and 'Whosoever struggles, struggles only to his own gain' (The Spider: 6).

The Arab traitors would rather realize that their fate would not go better than that of the Jews in the war of confederates (early in Islam) for whom the Almighty said 'And He brought down those of the People of the Book who supported them from their fortresses' (The Confederates: 26). The nations have sided with the people and the Mujahids of Gaza. Any government which defies the practice would more distance from its nation and the fate of such governments is definite. If they care their life and dignity they must take note of the word of the Commander of the Faithful, Ali (A.S.) who said: 'If you are downtrodden, you life will be but death and if you are dominant, your death will be but life.'

I send my praise to you, to the combatants of Gaza and all your innocent and resistant people and in the company of all the efforts the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran have made as a duty, I pray for you day and night and ask the All-mighty, All-powerful God to confer patience and victory on you.

And Allah's peace, mercy and blessings be on you and on the devout servants of Allah

Sayyed Ali Husseini Khamenei

Muharram 18, 1430

Dey 26, 1387

January 16, 2009


Leader Outlines Policies of 5th Development Plan

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei outlined the general policies of Iran's Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015) in a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday.

Iran's 20-Year Outlook Plan (2005-2025) provides the framework for the general policies of the five-year development plans, the Leader wrote in the letter.

The general policies of the Fifth Development Plan center round cultural, scientific, social, economic, political, defense, and security issues, he added according to MNA.

With the second five years of the 20-Year Outlook Plan fast approaching, it is expected that the parliamentary bill for the Fifth Development Plan will be prepared soon, he noted.

Increasing the country's research budget to 3 percent of the GDP and establishing effective relations between universities and industry are some of the scientific objectives of the Fifth Development Plan, Ayatollah Khamenei explained.

The realization of a sustained annual economic growth rate of 8 percent, diversification of the economy to end the government's dependence on oil and gas revenues, implementation of the general policies necessary for the privatization of state companies envisioned in Article 44 of the Constitution, and the promotion of competitive markets are some of the economic objectives of the Fifth Development Plan, he wrote.

Boosting businesses in border regions, decreasing the chasm between the rich and the poor, and redirecting government subsidies are some of the other economic objectives of the next five-year plan, he added.

In the political, defense, and security spheres, the plan seeks to expand bilateral, regional, and international relations, defend the rights of oppressed Muslim nations, strengthen Iran's relations with friendly states, enhance Iran's defense and deterrent capabilities, and encourage proposals for restructuring the United Nations.

Ayatollah Khamenei has also sent similar letters to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, and Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.


Iran will do whatever needed to help Gaza


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Israel and US by their gut-wrenching atrocities in Gaza actually seek to annihilate the foundation of resistance in the Middle East ....

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Thursday that Israel and America by their gut-wrenching atrocities in Gaza actually seek to annihilate the foundation of resistance in the significant Middle East region and subsequently take rein of its riches and benefits.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the massacre of children, women and the innocent people in Gaza at the hands of the Zionists as a rare tragedy, adding however that the developments will definitely lead to victory of truth over falsehood thanks to God's assistance, the firm resolve of the Palestinian combatants and the presence of nations in the scene.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a public meeting coincided with the Ashura anniversary when the third Shii Imam, Hazrat Hussein ibn Ali (A.S.) was martyred in a battle against the bullying rulers of his time, 13 centuries ago.

The IR Leader said the message of the unforgettable Ashura epic event was that the Islamic ummah must keep vigilant adding that Imam Hussein taught the nations to bear their responsibility of keeping vigilance towards any sort of hidden conspiracies and adopt a timely and brave action to counter them, albeit incurring some necessary price to foil the conspiracies.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Zionist bloodshed in Gaza also has a covert side which enshrouds some conspiracy to annihilate the foundation of resistance in the region and consequently take rein of the riches in the Middle East. Ayatollah Khamenei urged the Muslim nations and government to heed the point and adopt an appropriate action to counter the conspiracy.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Big Satan and the Usurper Israel also sought an identical objective in their 33-day war against Lebanon in summer 2006 but to no avail.

"They sought to produce a kowtow Middle East. Their hodgepodge of dreams failed to realize as brave, sacrificing and faithful Lebanese youths delivered a hard slap in the mouth of America, Israel and all their cronies," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei then touched on an official acknowledgment in the West that the Islamic Republic of Iran had stood model for regional resistance.

"They have admitted too that the Islamic Iran thanks to its people's vigilance is viewed by the regional nations as a spectacular paradigm of resistance and victory. The domineering powers have now targeted the innocent, democratic government of Hamas as a stage of their conspiracy to annihilate the resistance," Ayatollah Khameeni said.

The IR Leader then warned against theindifferent governments in the region that if the enemies of Islam got success at the stage for sure they would not leave alone other parts of the Middle East. "The Islamic states which have refused to help Palestine should understand the dangerous consequences of their mistakes."

Ayatollah Khamenei said the awakening of nations and their presence in the scene was an important factor in boosting the Palestinian resistance.

"I especially thank the faithful youths who gathered in airports and other places and announced their wish to go to Gaza. But I must note that our hands are bound in this regard," the IR Leader added.

"Nevertheless, everybody should know that the Islamic Republic will do whatever needed to help innocent Palestinian people as it has already done in the past," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Islamic Revolution Leader called the efforts of some Islamic governments in support of the people of Gaza as good but insufficient. "By constant political and public pressures, we should force the enemy to withdraw," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the tragedy of Gaza shed the reputation of the wrold's fake human rights advocates.

"The shelterless children and the oppressed women of Gaza fall on the ground every day like autumn leaves while no utterance is heard from the United Nations, or other organizations who claims are advocating human rights or Western governments including the European governments. The bitter reality shows the insincerity and deceit of the organizations and governments who claim they are defending human rights."

Ayatollah Khameeni Expressed deep regret that some intellectuals, press and media within the Islamic world had directed their attacks at Palestine's legal government or had justified the Zionist crimes.

"These people will for sure be responsible in front of God for their complicity with the criminals. Fortunately in the Islamic Iran, the solid unanimity of people and government has led to a laudable support for the oppressed Palestinians."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Gaza developments will definitely lead to victory of truth over falsehood, adding that even if the enemy, God forbid, got success to kill all resistance fighters and Palestinian strugglers, the Palestinian cause would not vanish.

"No doubt, Palestine thanks to its experiences would rise up in front of the enemy very much stronger than before and would finally overcome them," the IR Leader added.

"God willing, all Muslim nations will celebrate their victory in a near future," the IR Leader promised.

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Supreme Leader Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister


The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei met today with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. In this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei said trusting the Iraqi people, developing strong ties with people from different denominations, and strengthening ties with neighboring countries are key factors which will contribute to Iraq's power and stability.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Iraqi government should rely on these three factors in order to achieve its goals and stated that the Iraqi government should consider faith, courage, and national grandeur as vital resources for the country.

Referring to the mutual trust between the Islamic Republic and the Iraqi Prime Minister and government, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Islamic Republic has developed strong ties with the Iraqi people and added: "The efforts of the Islamic Republic are aimed at promoting grandeur, independence, peace, and progress in Iraq. And The Islamic Republic will take all the necessary steps to achieve this goal."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the presence of American and British forces in the region as the main reason behind terrorism and the internal problems of Iraq and said: "The Iraqi people will not be relieved before the American forces leave Iraq."

Ayatollah Khamenei also said that the US is making efforts to dominate other countries and exploit their resources. He further expressed concerns over the US-Iraqi security pact and added: "Americans violate all agreements and are not even loyal to their closest allies in the region. Therefore, none of their promises can be relied on."

Ayatollah Khamenei further stated that maintaining resistance and vigilance are the only ways for opposing the American and British plots in the region and said: "The Iraqi government should prove to the Iraqi people that it will not give up the rights of the Iraqi people due to the enemies' pressure and threats."

Elsewhere in his speech, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that building a permanent American base in the region is one of the main goals of the American government in the region.

At the beginning of this meeting, Mr. Nouri Maliki referred to the cordial relations between the two countries and said that the meeting was highly beneficial for the Iraqi people. He also said that developing mutual relations in political and economic sectors can provide a model of progress for the region.


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