Expert: A'jad Trying to Show 'Israel Lacks Guts to Shoot Him'
Iranian leader's visit to Lebanon signifies the complete Iranian takeover of the country via Hizbullah, says Middle East expert Mordechai Kedar.
By Gil Ronen & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 10/13/2010, 9:55 PM / Last Update: 10/13/2010, 10:28 PM
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to visit the southern Lebanese border with Israel to show that Israel “doesn't have the guts” to shoot him, according to Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University.
During his planned tour of southern Lebanon, the expert said, Ahmadinejad can be expected to extoll the “resistance” of Lebanon against Israel and to express a wish that Israel will one day completely vanish.
Ahmadinejad's visit is "an embodiment" of the Iranian takeover of Lebanon through Hizbullah, Kedar told Arutz Sheva TV. While there are still institutions like the cabinet, parliament and courts in Lebanon, he explained, these are all “marionettes.”
Sunni Muslims in Lebanon are opposed to the visit but there is nothing they can do about it, says the expert. UNIFIL, too, is powerless, and Iran has effectively turned Lebanon into “Ayatollah Nasrallah's” state.“Lebanon is definitely under Iranian rule.”
The visit by Ahmadinejad also signifies the fact that Iran has taken the lead over Syria as far as control of Lebanon is concerned, Kedar said.
Hizbullah is concerned that the United Nations inquiry into the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 might implicate it in the deed. If this happens, Kedar predicted, Hizbullah will probably carry out a swift coup d'etat in Lebanon.