Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Hezbollah: Hands off Israel

By JTA
May 17, 2012 16:36

 
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WASHINGTON - An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander reportedly ordered Hezbollah not to attack Israel.

"Today, the Zionist regime is in total isolation and is facing a serious legitimacy crisis," Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards' special Quds Force, is quoted as telling Hassan Nasrallah, the commander of Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist group.

"Any attack would depict them as victims and us as unjust aggressors, which would mobilize the public sympathy for them," Suleimani is quoted as saying in remarks translated by Ali Alfoneh, an Iran expert at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington-based think tank. "This would harm us."

Alfoneh, writing Wednesday on the American Enterprise Institute blog, says the report originally appeared this week on the website of Botia News, a regional outlet affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, and was picked up by other news outlets affiliated with the Guards.

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