Ahmadinejad warns Islamic Jihad: Israel gaining strength

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met on Thursday with Islamic Jihad director-general, Ramadan Abdullah Shalahm, in Damascus and stressed to him the importance of unity amongst Palestinian factions. Ahmadinejad called on neighboring nations to stay alert to Israel's attempts to rehabilitate itself after its "failure" during the Second Lebanon War.


The IRNA news agency reported Ahmadinejad as saying that Iran's role in the region was to "support the armed struggle of the Palestinian people." (Dudi Cohen)