Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ahmadinejad: 'The Zionists will not last long'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addresses people during a rally organized by Hezbollah in the southern border town of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon, on Thursday Oct. 14, 2010

"The Zionists will not last long," Ahmadinejad exclaimed. "Bring defeat to the Zionists."

Ahmadinejad also called for Palestine to be "forcefully freed" and for the Zionists to go "back to where they came from."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a speech to a crowd of thousands in the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil on Thursday, telling his audience that "Lebanese resistance is more powerful than the swords of Zionists."

"Resistance is the key to the Lebanese nations and all the nations in the region," he said. "The people of Lebanon, of all religions and all walks of life, have found the secret to victory."

Lebanon's Hezbollah celebrate the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad during a rally in the south Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil October 14, 2010

Ahmadinejad then called Bint Jbeil, a border village that was bombed by Israel during the Second Lebanon War, "the capital of freedom, the capital of resistance and victory."

"The world knows the Zionists invaded Bint Jbeil to break down the resistance, but today they are nowhere to be found, and Bint Jbeil is still here," Ahmadinejad said. "Bint Jbeil is still alive and standing up against us. Bint Jbeil stands against the enemy to the last minute."


"The Zionists will not last long," Ahmadinejad exclaimed. "Bring defeat to the Zionists."

Ahmadinejad also called for Palestine to be "forcefully freed" and for the Zionists to go "back to where they came from."

The Iranian president lamented the "Palestinians that were kidnapped and put in jail. The Zionists commit war crimes against the Palestinians and Lebanon," Ahmadinejad said.

He also claimed that "The Zionists are responsible for the economic crisis and air pollution in the world."

At the same time, Israelis held a protest in Avivim, a town on the Lebanese border. Demonstrators released blue and white balloons to represent the Israeli flag, and held signs with messages such as: "Ahmadinejad, learn from Cyrus the great and Ahasuerus, the good kings of Iran."

Ahmadinejad calls for interfaith dialogue

Also on Thursday, Ahmadinejad was awarded an honorary doctorate in political sciences from the Lebanese University in Beirut on Thursday, according to a Press TV report. During his speech at the university, Ahmadinejad reportedly accused the West of blocking other countries from accessing peaceful nuclear technology.

“They have deprived other nations of this technology and have monopolized it,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

The Iranian leader also slammed the US for its military policies in the Middle East, accusing Washington of killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan under the guise of the War on Terror.

Earlier on Thursday, Ahmadinejad called on all religious scholars and leaders to come together in solving challenges facing human societies during a meeting with Lebanese scholars, clerics and religious leaders on the second and last day of his visit to Lebanon, Press TV reported.

“Scholars of divine religions can put major challenges facing human societies on the agenda to find … solutions to them,” Ahmadinejad said, according to the Press TV report.

"All divine religions guide mankind to prosperity and invite human societies to monotheism, justice and friendship," he added.

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