(CNSNews.com) – As a U.S. delegation led by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner continues to promote a yet-to-be-unveiled Mideast peace plan, the Iran regime’s supreme leader declared Wednesday that the so-called “deal of the century” will never be accomplished.
On the eve of the annual occasion inaugurated by his predecessor as a way for protesters and regime leaders to express their opposition to Israel’s existence, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told visiting university professors that Quds Day this year was “even more important due to treasonous acts by some cohorts of the U.S. in the region to normalize the deal of the century.”
“The deal of the century will never be realized and the U.S. and its cohorts will certainly be defeated in this matter,” he said.
President Hassan Rouhani called Wednesday for a massive turnout for Quds (Jerusalem) Day on Friday in defiance of the “deal of the century.”
Quds Day official organizer Gen. Ramezan Sharif announced the slogan for this year’s event: “The collapse of deal of the century and stabilization of the Palestinian cause.”
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said in a Quds Day statement the U.S. plan was doomed to failure, adding that the only solution was “ousting the occupiers, and kicking out the Zionists from the occupied lands.”
Weighing in, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that Jerusalem “is neither America’s to give away nor Israel’s to take. And NOT for brutal accomplices to try to buy.”
“Quds belongs to Palestine & Palestinians: history shows that whomever ignores this is condemned to ignominious failure,” he said. “Iran stands with Palestine.”
(In fact, history shows that through Jerusalem’s long history it has never served as the capital of any nation other than the Jews.
Despite its purportedly critical significance to the Palestinian cause, the city is not mentioned once in the founding charter of the PLO, which was adopted in 1964 and revised in 1968.)
Khamenei’s “cohorts” and Zarif’s “brutal accomplices” are likely in reference to Arab states that have expressed support for the U.S. effort.
Bahrain is to host a key U.S.-sponsored meeting next month, and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have confirmed they will attend. Other possible participants in the region include Oman, Qatar and Jordan.
Kushner and his colleagues were in Jordan Wednesday and headed for Israel on Thursday, in preparation for the June 25-26 event, which is being described as a “workshop” aimed at mobilizing investment and providing economic assistance to the Palestinians, a key element of the still-confidential peace plan.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said last week that all Palestinian factions will boycott the event, and that the Palestinians “did not mandate anyone to negotiate on our behalf.”
“Palestine’s full economic potential can only be achieved by ending the Israeli occupation, respecting international law and U.N. resolutions,” said Erekat. Anyone supportive of the Palestinians should “respect” its position.
Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s special representative for Mideast peace negotiations, told the U.N. Security Council last week the workshop would be “the first stage of a process that we want to begin to showcase what could be – how, if we can achieve a political solution to the conflict, we can also transform the lives of the Palestinians.”
“It would be a mistake for the Palestinians not to join us,” Greenblatt said. “They have nothing to lose and much to gain if they do join us. But it is, of course, their choice.”
On Tuesday, Palestinian business groups issuing a lengthy statement explaining why they plan not to take up Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s invitations to attend the workshop
Russia, China not on board
Russia’s foreign ministry this week described the U.S. effort as “imposing momentary unilateral deals from the outside.”
“It is obvious that this is yet another attempt by the United States to shift the priorities on the regional agenda and impose the American vision of the Israeli-Palestinian settlement,” following a “failed” meeting in Poland last February, it said.
“Persistent attempts to substitute the goal of achieving a comprehensive political settlement with a package of economic bonuses while undermining the principle of two states for two people are a matter of grave concern,” the ministry continued.
Moscow said any peace deal must be based on relevant U.N. resolutions and the “land for peace” principle.
For the past 17 years, Russia has been part of the so-called Mideast Quartet – the other three parties are the U.S., the U.N. and the European Union – and it is leery that being excluded from any peace plan would diminish its influence in the strategic region.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters Tuesday that China has yet to receive an invitation to the Bahrain meeting.
But, he continued, “we believe that international consensus and principles including the ‘two-state solution,’ relevant U.N. resolutions, the principle of ‘land for peace’ and the  Arab Peace Initiative should be adhered to.”
“The international community should keep up efforts to promote peace, try its best to build consensus and ensure that the voice and propositions of parties concerned, especially Palestine, are heeded,” Lu added.