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      Ahmadinejad Backs Down on Stone Threat

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not throw a stone at Israel as previously threatened.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 10/9/2010, 9:59 PM / Last Update: 10/9/2010, 10:08 PM

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has backed down from plans to throw a rock at Israel. The Hizbullah television station al-Manar had reported that Iran's president would take part in events near the Lebanon-Israel border, and would "throw a stone towards the Zionist entity."

      However, Iran's IRNA news reported Saturday that Ahmadinejad will not tour the Israeli border.

      Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah confirmed that the Iranian President will not be throwing rocks at Israel in a speech he gave Saturday. "If President Ahmadinejad asks my opinion, I shall say: 'A stone? You are capable of throwing more than a stone,'" he said.

      Iranian politicians stressed Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon as an important step in strengthening anti-Israel terrorist groups. Lebanon is "on the frontline of the resistance" and Ahmadinejad's visit "will positively impact the movement to resist the occupation," Iranian MP Alaeddin Broujerdi told IRNA.

      Iran is heavily involved in funding and arming the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah, which has gained power in recent years and is now part of the Lebanese government. Hizbullah will guide Ahmadinejad on his tour of the country.