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Iran 'Predicts' Clash between Lebanon, Israel

An Iranian government paper predicts a “large-scale security incident” involving Lebanon and Israel.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 10/14/2010, 11:04 PM / Last Update: 10/15/2010, 9:17 AM

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There will soon be a “large-scale security incident” involving Lebanon and Israel, according to the Iranian weekly paper Sobh-e Sadeq, which is affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guards. The “prediction” was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Iran funds, arms and trains the Hizbullah terrorist group based in southern Lebanon. Hizbullah would be unlikely to provoke a “security incident” without Iran's approval.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is currently visiting Lebanon. Hizbullah has led the Iranian president on a tour of southern Lebanon. There he met with residents of the area and praised them for attacking Israel, saying, “You fought at the front line against the aggressors and Zionist occupiers... the Zionists will go back to the place they came from.”

Sobh-e Sadeq also warned the Lebanese government against continuing to implicate Hizbullah in the assassination of Rafiq Al-Hariri. Accusing Hizbullah of involvement in the slaying “will make it impossible for the Lebanese government to operate,” the paper stated.