Hizbollah Chief Warns against 'Dangerous' Israeli Presence in the Region

Published July 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hizbollah group, warned Friday that Israel posed a dangerous presence in the region. 

Nasrallah, who arrived in Iran on Tuesday, was welcomed as a guest of honor at Tehran University, where he spoke on the occasion of Friday prayers. 

Referring to the withdrawal of Israeli forces from south Lebanon on May 24th after a 22-year occupation, Nasrallah, speaking in perfect Farsi, expressed hope that the Palestinian people will "succeed in achieving a great victory, just like the one in Lebanon" and warned against "the great regional danger, Israel." 

He said the Hizbollah movement will "attain a final victory" through a jihad, or Islamic holy war. 

Nasrallah's words were warmly welcomed by a crowd that chanted: "Hizbollah will die (rather) than accept any compromise," and "Death to America, Death to the Zionist regime, Death to Israel!" 

Throughout his visit, his first to Iran since the Israeli withdrawal, Nasrallah met with various high-ranking Iranian officials, including Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 

Founded in the mid-1980's with Iran's support, Hizbollah spearheaded the armed opposition to Israeli occupation. 

The Lebanese government insists Israel still violates the border at certain points, a view partially upheld by the United Nations - TEHRAN (AFP) 


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