Lebanese and Iranian media outlets are again highlighting cables sent from Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani to Hezbollah, supporting the Iran-backed terror group and praising it for waging “jihad” against Israel. Lebanon’s Al-Nahar characterized the cable as support for Hezbollah’s “jihad.” Iran’s FARS outlet was more effusive:
“No doubt, your tireless and dedicated efforts and those of Hezbollah warriors on the scene of resistance promise the decisive victory of the resistant Lebanese and Palestinian nations over the Zionist regime, which has always been supported by the Islamic Republic,” Rouhani said, responding to a felicitation message of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on his victory in Iran’s June 14 presidential election.
Other Iranian state media outlets had reported on the cable when it was first sent. The FARS report this week was presumably for emphasis.
Iranian lawmakers have recently stressed that Rouhani would deepen Tehran’s policy of supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, which with Hezbollah support has succeeded in recent weeks in eroding two years of opposition gains. They’ve also declared that Rouhani’s administration would seek to reinforce the regime’s ideology domestically and internationally.
Iranian conservatives this week rallied in support of Rouhani and in anticipation of his August 4 inauguration.
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