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Egyptian religious leader warned to invoke Jihad if Iran hit

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Sheikh of Egyptian Azmieh cult Aala Mazi Abulazaem

A senior Egyptian religious leader has warned Israel of Jihad in case Tel Aviv embarks on a military strike against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sheikh of Egyptian Azmieh cult, Aala Mazi Abulazaem, warned that his followers in Egypt are prepared to “fight shoulder to shoulder with their Iranian brothers,” in case Israel and the West wage a war against the Islamic Republic, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

It is impossible for the bullying powers, particularly the US, to engage in a military attack against Iran as they are frightened of Tehran’s military might, Abulazaem pointed out.

His comments come in the wake of the recent belligerent rhetoric by Israeli President Shimon Peres who threatened that an attack against Iran is becoming “more and more likely.”

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have reportedly been lobbying to persuade the Israeli cabinet to militarily strike Iran over its nuclear program.

Abulazaem also called on Islamic factions in Egypt to be wary of the plots against the sovereignty and security of the Islamic and Arab countries.

The senior Egyptian cleric expressed regret that while Iran supports the popular resistance in ‘Palestine’ and other Arab countries, some “treacherous” countries are investing efforts to undermine the Islamic Republic.

He emphasized that Tehran is “the capital of the Muslim world,” and warned that Iran is a “red line” against which the Islamic countries will not tolerate any attempt.

Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike, based on their allegation that Iran’s nuclear program may include a covert military aspect.

Iran insists that it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency.


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