The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, forced the Israeli army out of southern Lebanon in 2000. The liberation laid the groundwork for the triumph of the Lebanese nation in the 33-day war with Israel in 2006."Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has congratulated the Lebanese nation, officials, and resistance movement Hezbollah on the anniversary of the liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation in 2000. In a Thursday message to Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, Larijani hailed the courage of the Lebanese resistance fighters in driving away the occupying forces of Israel from parts of the Lebanese soil.
“This awe-inspiring victory showed the importance and role of [anti-Israel] resistance in the political scene of Lebanon and the region,” he said.With regards to the sensitive situation in the Middle East and Syria, Larijani added, the people in the region have fully realized that “the cancerous tumor of the Zionist regime” is not content with the occupation of Palestine and Lebanon. The Iranian official further highlighted the Tel Aviv regime’s recent acts of aggression against Syria, saying the situation in the crisis-hit state has doubled the need for the Lebanese people and officials to stay vigilant. On May 5, Syria said the Israeli regime had carried out an airstrike targeting a research center in a suburb of Damascus, following heavy losses inflicted upon al-Qaeda-affiliated groups by the Syrian army. The Jamraya facility had been targeted in another Israeli airstrike in January. Larijani also stated that the resistance front against Israel is now stronger than ever, while the Tel Aviv regime is in a shaky position. In a separate message, Larijani also congratulated his Lebanese counterpart, Nabih Berri, on the occasion. The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, forced the Israeli army out of southern Lebanon in 2000. The liberation laid the groundwork for the triumph of the Lebanese nation in the 33-day war with Israel in 2006. MKA/SS/HMV