Syed Nasrallah Offers Ahmadinejad Israeli Rifle from 2006 War

Offers-Israeli-RifleThe Iranian President ended a historical two-day visit to Lebanon after meeting with Hezbollah Secretary General Syed Hassan Nasrallah who offered Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an Israeli rifle captured during the 2006 July War as an appreciation for Iran’s support to the Islamic resistance in Lebanon.

The overnight meeting took place at the Iranian embassy in Beirut’s Bir Hasan neighborhood where both leaders discussed the general  situation and the outcome of the historic visit of President Ahmadinejad at various levels.

Ahmadinejad visited the presidential palace in Baabda Thursday night (10:00 PM Beirut Timing) in a farewell meeting with President Michel Suleiman.

He was greeted by President Suleiman at the entrance of the palace to hold the meeting in the hall of the ambassadors where they assessed the results of the visit at all levels. They agreed to follow up the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between Lebanon and Iran.

President Suleiman renewed his greeting to his guest. Ahmadinejad thanked the President for the warm hospitality and reiterated Iran’s readiness to help Lebanon in everything and once again extended an invitation to President Suleiman to visit Iran.


Before the late Thursday meeting, Ahmadinejad promised the demise of the Israeli enemy to thunderous applause before a frenzied crowd in Bint Jbeil, only four kilometers (2 miles) from the Zionist entity.

Israel’s Channel 2 Television said echoes of Ahmadinejad’s welcoming ceremony were audible on the Israeli side minutes before he arrived.

“The world should know that eventually the Zionists will be forced to go and will not last long. They are enemies of humanity and will have no choice but to surrender. Palestine will be liberated through the force of faith,” Ahmadinejad said.

The Iranian leader also visited Qana, which suffered numerous violent Israeli attacks in 1996 and 2006 where many civilians and children were martyred under the watching of the United Nations’ UNIFIL. “You are victorious and your enemies are defeated,” Ahmadinejad said.

As Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon ended, Israel remains wary of the strengthening ties with Tehran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that, “Unfortunately, Lebanon is rapidly turning into a satellite of the ayatollahs’ regime. This is tragic for Lebanon, but Israel will know how to defend itself against such developments.” Netanyahu chose to respond to Ahmadinejad from the hall in Tel Aviv where Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared the creation of the Zionist entity in 1948.

Meanwhile, A Hamas official in Gaza, Dr. Khalil Abu Layla told Iranian news agency Fars that the Hamas government hoped Ahmadinejad visits Gaza, just as he visited Lebanon.


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