At Israeli Border Ahmadinejad Tells Hezbollah: "The Zionists Will Not Last Long"
“The whole world should know that the Zionist will eventually disappear and Bint Jbeil will remain alive… The occupier Zionists have no choice but to return to their original homelands.”
Al-Manar Hezbollah TV
October 14, 2010
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived on Thursday afternoon in southern Lebanon near the border with Israel. The visit came a day after Ahmadinejad arrived in Beirut to a hero’s welcome.
Residents of southern Lebanon closed their shops, schools and offices to greet Ahmadinejad at Bint Jbeil stadium.
Bint Jbeil, just four kilometers from Israel’s border, is called “the capital of resistance” as it was a center for Hezbollah guerrilla action against Israel during the regime’s 18-year occupation of the south, from 1982-2000.
Iranian flags and posters lined the main roads in south Lebanon. At the entrance of Bint Jbeil a giant banner read “welcome” in Farsi and Arabic, Reuters reported.
Signs on billboards and banners said: “The south welcomes the protector of the resistance.”
The villages of Bint Jbeil and Maroun al-Ras were at the heart of fighting in the 2006 war between Hezbollah and the Zionist regime, a war which shattered the myth of the invincibility of the Israeli army.
According to Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV the special representatives the Lebanese president, prime minister and parliament speaker are accompanying Ahmadinejad to South Lebanon.
Ahmadinejad announced last month that he will throw rocks into Israel during his visit to Lebanon.
UPDATE: Ahmadinejad told his Hezbollah supporters today in southern Lebanon: “The Zionists will not last long.”