October 14, 2010
Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled Thursday to the always tense Lebanese border with Israel, showered praise on Lebanon’s unity and cranked up his trademark fiery rhetoric against his nemesis — the Jewish state.
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Ahmadinejad, making his first state visit to Lebanon, delivered a speech to the people of Bint Jbeil, a Hezbollah stronghold that endured much violence during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon.
The Iranian president, who regularly and bluntly delivers strong rhetoric against Israel and Zionism, said the “world must know the Zionists are to be gone” and the “people of Bint Jbeil have made the Zionists taste the bitter taste of defeat.”
He added that the lack of hope allowed Israel by the Lebanese means the “Zionists have no choice but to submit to the will of the people and to return to their first homes.”