Ahmadinejad Congratulates Hezbollah for ‘Beating Paper Tiger Zionist Regime’
The liberation of southern Lebanon by the resistance movement “laid the groundwork for the great victory of the Lebanese nation in the 33-day war with Israel as well as Muslims’ awakening aimed at standing up for their legitimate rights and fighting against oppression, hegemony and occupation,” President Ahmadinejad said in a message to Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday.
The message was submitted by Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi on the 12th anniversary of the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon on May 25, 2000.
In the message, Ahmadinejad congratulated Hezbollah and the Lebanese government and nation on the event and said, “The crushing of the Zionist regime’s (Israel) delusions of grandeur by the brave men of resistance rocked the foundations of occupation, aggression and oppression across the world and brought the glad tidings of the ultimate victory of right against wrong.”
—Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hailed Hezbollah’s resistance against Israel, which has ‘annihilated the Tel Aviv’s regime’s delusions of grandeur.’
The 2006 Lebanon War, also called the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War and known in Lebanon as the July War, (Ḥarb al-Tammouz) was a 33-day military conflict in Lebanon, northern Israel and the Golan Heights. The principal parties were Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israeli military. The conflict started on 12 July 2006, and continued until a United Nations-brokered ceasefire went into effect in the morning on 14 August 2006, though it formally ended on 8 September 2006 when Israel lifted its naval blockade of Lebanon.
The war began with airstrikes and artillery fire of the Zionist regime on targets in Lebanon that damaged Lebanese civilian infrastructure, including Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport, an air and naval blockade, and a ground invasion of southern Lebanon.
Hezbollah then launched rockets into northern Israel and engaged the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in guerrilla warfare from hardened positions.
The conflict killed at least 1,200 people, mostly Lebanese citizens, severely damaged Lebanese civil infrastructure, and displaced approximately one million Lebanese and 300,000–500,000 Israelis.
After the ceasefire, some parts of southern Lebanon remained uninhabitable due to Israeli unexploded cluster bombs.
On 11 August 2006, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved UN Resolution 1701 in an effort to end the hostilities. The resolution, which was approved by both Lebanese and Israeli governments the following days, called for disarmament of Hezbollah, for withdrawal of Israel from Lebanon, and for the deployment of Lebanese soldiers and an enlarged United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in the south.
UNIFIL was given an expanded mandate, including the ability to use force to ensure that their area of operations wasn’t used for hostile activities and to resist attempts by force to prevent them from discharging their duties. The Lebanese army began deploying in southern Lebanon on 17 August 2006. The blockade was lifted on 8 September 2006. On 1 October 2006, most Israeli troops withdrew from Lebanon, though the last of the troops continued to occupy the border-straddling village of Ghajar. In the time since the enactment of UNSCR 1701 both the Lebanese government and UNIFIL have stated that they will not disarm Hezbollah. The remains of the two captured soldiers, whose fates were unknown, were returned to Israel on 16 July 2008 as part of a prisoner exchange.
—Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80149416
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