Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a summit in Damascus that "the Zionist regime is not capable of starting a new war, and is only engaging in psychological warfare in order to sow fear and violence in the region".
Ahmadinejad concluded his visit to Syria Friday with after meeting Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad jointly. He reiterated his vision of "a new Middle East – without Zionists or colonialists".
Damascus summit (Photo: AP)
Nasrallah updated Ahmadinejad on occurrences in the region and said he was "certain the Zionist regime's threats would never bear fruit".
The Iranian president repeated that Israel was "headed for ruin" and that victory was close at hand, in a possible bid to encourage terror organizations in the area and deepen his government's ties with them as it faces new sanctions from the West for its nuclear program.
"The Iranian nation supports resistance by the region's people, and if the Zionist regime repeats its mistake and begins a new conflict it must be uprooted in order to save the region from its hostility," he told Nasrallah. "As we progress, the free nations and the region nears victory."
Earlier Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a meeting with his American counterpart Robert Gates that Iran is not only Israel's problem and tough sanctions are needed in order to stop it from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Barak's remarks follow an earlier announcement by a US spokesman suggesting that Washington will not be seeking crippling sanctions against Tehran.