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Hezbollah’s gift for Ahmadinejad: An Israeli rifle from the 2006 war

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on October 15, 2010

Hezbollah says its leader has given Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an Israeli rifle captured during the militant group’s 2006 war with the Jewish state as a gift to cap off his two-day visit to Lebanon.

Hezbollah says in a statement that Sheik Hassan Nasrallah presented the weapon to Ahmadinejad during a meeting at the Iranian embassy in Beirut late Thursday shortly before the Iranian leader wrapped up his trip.

The 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah broke out after the Shiite militant group captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid. Some 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis were killed in the 34-day war.

Iran is Hezbollah’s top financial backer and is believed to supply it the group with weapons. His visit to the south brought Ahmadinejad the closest he has ever been to Israel and was seen as a joint show of defiance with Hezbollah.

Ahmadinejad predicted the demise of arch-foe Israel from a Hezbollah stronghold in south Lebanon, just miles from the Jewish state.

“The whole world knows that the Zionists are going to disappear,” he said Thursday to thunderous applause before a frenzied crowd in Hezbollah’s bastion of Bint Jbeil, some four kilometres (two miles) from the Israeli border.

“The occupying Zionists today have no choice but to accept reality and go back to their countries of origin,” he added.

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