"Khamenei: Iran will help anyone confront Israel" - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • commonsense
    • 03.02.12 | 22:40 (IST)

    that's the real story of the day (The Guardian website): "Khamenei affirmed that Iran had assisted militant groups like the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas – a well-known policy, but one that Iranian leaders rarely acknowledge explicitly. "We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006, and in the 22-day war" between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip, he said. Israel's large-scale military incursion against Hamas in 2008-09 in Gaza ended in a ceasefire, with Israel claiming to have inflicted heavy damage on the militant organisation. The war in Lebanon ended with a UN-brokered truce that sent thousands of Lebanese troops and international peacekeepers into southern Lebanon to prevent another outbreak. "From now on, in any place, if any nation or any group confronts the Zionist regime, we will endorse and we will help. We have no fear expressing this," said Khamenei. He said Israel was a "cancerous tumour that should be cut and will be cut"

    from the article: U.S. anxiety grows over possible Israeli plans on Iran
    First published 22:00 03.02.12 | Last updated 22:00 03.02.12
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