Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has delivered a rousing speech at a rally organised by Hezbollah near the Israeli frontier. The speech came on the second day of a state visit to Lebanon which has been widely seen in the west as being provocative.
At the rally, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: “If we didn’t resist, we don’t know where the Zionist frontier would stop. You have shown your willingness to oppose the Zionist sabres, tanks and planes.”
Only a few kilometres away, almost within sight of the rally, an Israeli Deputy Minister, Ayoob Kara, had his own message in reply: “The Israeli government does not want to do anything, but I personally, because I speak Arabic, I know how to tell Ahmadinejad in Arabic: leave the region. We want peace in the region, we do not want wars in the region.”
The area Ahmadinejad visited is where the Hezbollah leader Haasan Nasrallah delivered his victory speech after Israel ended 22 years of occupation of South Lebanon in the year 2000.