Of course, so is he.
BINT JBEIL, Lebanon (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking on Thursday close to Israel’s northern border, praised what he called Lebanon’s resistance against Israel and declared that “Zionists are mortal.”
Addressing thousands of cheering Hezbollah supporters in Bint Jbeil, scene of fierce fighting between the militant Iranian-backed group and Israeli soldiers in 2006, Ahmadinejad said the town was a symbol of resistance to Israel.
“The world should know the Zionists are mortal … today the Lebanese nation is alive and is a role model for the regional nations,” the Iranian president said.
Ahmadinejad, who has called for the Israeli state to be wiped from the map, told Lebanon’s government on Wednesday that Iran would support it in confronting what he said was Israeli hostility.
Bint Jbeil is just 4 km (2.5 miles) from the border and Israel’s Channel 2 Television said echoes of Ahmadinejad’s welcome ceremony were audible on the Israeli side minutes before he arrived.
The town was heavily bombed in the 34-day conflict four years ago and most of the houses around the stadium where Ahmadinejad spoke had been rebuilt since then.
“I announce that Bint Jbeil is alive and is standing. The world should know that Bint Jbeil is proud and will stand against the enemies till the end,” Ahmadinejad said.
“They (the enemies) have no way but surrender to the nations and go back to their first homes … Palestine will … be freed.”…
Iranian flags and posters lined the main roads leading to Bint Jbeil and at the entrance to the town a giant banner read “welcome” in Farsi and Arabic.
Signs on billboards and banners said: “The south welcomes the protector of the resistance.”