Iranian Lawmakers Tour Lebanon-Israel Border
The visit, on “Naksa Day,” was led by an adviser and son-in-law of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/6/2011, 9:19 PM / Last Update: 6/6/2011, 9:48 PM
Lebanon prevented rioters from coming near Israel’s border on “Naksa Day” Sunday, but allowed an Iranian parliamentary delegation to tour the Lebanese-Israeli border.
The delegation was led by Ghulam Ali Hadad Adel, a member of the Iranian Majlis (parliament), who is also an adviser to Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini, and is married to Khameini’s daughter.
Accompanied by Iran’s Beirut ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi, the delegation visited the town of Maroun a-Ras, where heavy fighting took place between Hizbullah and the IDF in the 2006 Lebanon War. Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also made a point of visiting the town on his Lebanese tour last year.
Adel waved the PLO flag and gave a speech expressing his “appreciation and admiration for the martyrs and the Palestinian nation for their determination to return to their homes and land.” Iran, he said, would continue to support “the resistance in Lebanon and
Palestine” – a reference to Hizbullah and Hamas.
Ambassador Roknabadi said that “the Palestinian nation is determined to achieve its rights in any way and by any means, after it turned out that the United Nations Security Council cannot implement its resolutions on refugees.”