Iran leader: Israel gets 'slap in face'
Iran's Supreme Leader Seyed Ali Khamenei referred to recent remarks of US President George W Bush that the Israel's military offensive in Lebanon was a defensive move and that Israel had emerged victorious as an example of this lack of reason and logic.
The Supreme Leader made the remarks on Thursday in a message to the Lebanese Hizbullah's Secretary-General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah.
Concerning Lebanon, Ayatollah Khamenei said that its victory was due to the efforts and courage of its people, and added that the enemy was wrong in thinking that by attacking Lebanon it would target the weakest circle of regional states and thereby realize its sweet dream of a "new Middle East." "The enemies, namely the US and Israel, underestimated the patience, cleverness and courage of the Lebanese nation.
"But the Lebanese people, the courageous Lebanese youth and clever politicians, awakened the enemies with a hard slap on their faces," added the Supreme Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that now the enemies are planning on ways to undermine Lebanon's power and strength by sowing seeds of discord among its politicians and the virus of impatience and skepticism among its people.
Addressing Nasrallah, the Supreme Leader cautioned everyone to be alert to their plots, adding that "thanks to the mercy of God Almighty you will succeed to thwart their conspiracies and gain a second victory."
"Similar to your self-sacrificing jihad in the military battlefield, the jihad you are facing in this new battlefield is significant and your patience, reliance on God, honesty and prudence will be decisive," said Ayatollah Khamenei, according to IRNA.