Saudi Analyst General (ret.) Abdullah Al-Qahtani said that Iran lured Israel into killing and massacring Palestinians in order to deflect the world attention and sympathy, which was focused on Jerusalem, in Sheikh Jarrah and Al-Aqsa Mosque. He made these remarks in an interview that aired on Russia Today TV on May 15, 2021. General Al-Qahtani said that the leaders in Gaza have forgotten the Palestinian Cause, and now they serve Iran. He added that they have become mouthpieces of Iran, and they accuse Saudi Arabia of aiding this aggression.
General (ret.) Abdullah Al-Qahtani: "The Palestinian issue is nothing new. Palestine is occupied, and the Palestinians are occupied, tortured, imprisoned, and defeated. There is no doubt about it, and it is well known. The question is who is arranging for such actions to happen each time on the last ten days of Ramadan? Who wants the ruthless massacre of Palestinians? Who are these terrorists? Who is trying to drag Israel into killing Palestinians? Palestine and Jerusalem are occupied, this is well known. What will happen on the day after? Will Jerusalem be liberated? My brother..."
Host: "Who exactly do you mean, General Abdullah? Let's be clear about it."
General (ret.) Abdullah Al-Qahtani: "Of course, I mean the Iranian terrorist revolution, which plays a disruptive role, alongside the terrorist militias in the region, which also play a very disruptive role. Let me tell you why. Before this aggression on Gaza, and the killing of the Palestinians, what was the situation? The world was focused on the people of Jerusalem, on Sheikh Jarrah, on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the oppression against the worshippers, on the bombing of the prayer hall, and on the firing of tear gas there. The entire world condemned Israel, and all the media focused on these things. Who tried to deflect the focus?"
General (ret.) Abdullah Al-Qahtani: "It was the terrorist revolution in Iran, and the so called 'Qods Force.'"
Host: "What does Iran have to do with Gaza?"
General (ret.) Abdullah Al-Qahtani: "Unfortunately, our brothers, our loved ones, the leaders in Gaza, have forgotten the Palestinian cause and the Arab cause, as well as the Arab strategic depth, and turned to Iran. Every night, morning and evening they praise and glorify Khamenei and Qasem Soleimani, who unfortunately they crowned as martyr, even though he killed Palestinians and others. It was the Iranian revolution that destroyed this. This is not a secret, and I'm not saying this just to blame, or Gob forbit to focus on this matter, instead of what the Palestinians are going through. However, we can see the facts. We are currently facing the mouthpieces of Iran. Just hear what they are saying about Saudi Arabia. The militias in the Arab region, including senior Hamas members, and Hassan Nasrallah, of course – what are they saying about Saudi Arabia? They are saying that Saudi Arabia has aided this aggression... As a matter of fact, it has become sickening."