Ahmadinjead gets rifle from Nasrallah.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah proudly presented Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad with a rifle last week during the latter’s visit to Lebanon, and
claimed the gun had been used by an IDF soldier during the 2006 Lebanon
But the army said on Sunday that the firearm had gone out of service
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A photograph released by Hizbullah on Thursday showed a beaming
Ahmadinejad receiving the firearm and an accompanying case from Nasrallah, a
parting gift at the end of the president’s two-day visit.
“This is almost
certainly an FN Fal 7.62 rifle, which has not been used by the IDF since 1974,”
an IDF spokeswoman said. “We can therefore conclude that it was not taken from
the Second Lebanon War.”
The rifle came with a row of bullets in a large
dark red case, which was affixed with a Hizbullah emblem.
visit, Ahmadinejad met with Nasrallah on several occasions, offering praise for
the Iranian-backed Shi’ite organization while threatening that Israel would soon
On Sunday, Ahmadinejad continued his anti-Israel rhetoric from
Iran, saying that “the Zionist regime is going to hell,” according to the
Iranian Student News Agency.
Addressing crowds during a
governmentorganized rally in Ardebil, in northwest Iran, Ahmadinejad said, “You
see how much they put Lebanese people under pressure over [having invited] an
Iranian? What happened following the pressures? What came in Lebanon will change
all equations in the Middle East and in the world.”