Iran vows to stand by Hezbollah
Tehran - Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says if the Israelis launch a new war against Lebanon's Hezbollah, the militant group should retaliate and "close their case once and for all".
The state news agency says Ahmadinejad vowed his support for Hezbollah in a telephone conversation with Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday. The comments bring Iran into a heated exchange of rhetoric between Israel and Lebanon and Syria in recent weeks.
The IRNA report says Ahmadinejad told Nasrallah to prepare his forces so that if "they (the Israelis) want to repeat the mistakes of the past, then their case should be closed once and for all and the region delivered from their evil ways forever."
Iran is a key supporter of Hezbollah.