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´Threats against Iran, Hezbollah reflect Zionist fear,´ Iranian official says (ISRAEL HAYOM) David Baron, Shlomo Cesana, Eli Leon, Lilach Shoval, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff 08/06/12) Source: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=5303
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Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warns against foreign intervention in Syria, saying, "The fire that has been ignited in Syria will take the fearful [Israel] with it" • Larijani says U.S. arms for Syrian rebels part of "plan of villains.”
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Israeli threats against Iran and Hezbollah are rooted in fear, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday during an open session of the Majlis parliament.
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"Although the Zionists have not watched their tongues [when talking] about Hezbollah and Iran over the past few days, the Zionists’ fear is palpable in those tough words,” Larijani was quoted as saying by the Tehran Times.
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Larijani, who is a close confidant of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is expected to run for president next year, called on Israel to moderate its rhetoric against Iran.
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He also accused the U.S. and regional countries he did not name of providing military support to rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Iran.
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Syria has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of backing the rebels and fueling the violence. Iran has supported Assad´s efforts to crush the 17-month revolt and has accused Western countries and Israel of interfering in the crisis.
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"The fire that has been ignited in Syria will take the fearful [Israel] with it," Larijani said on Sunday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.
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“Kofi Annan’s resignation and U.S. officials’ contacts with certain politicians in the region and the military and arms support [for the Syrian rebels] meant to throw Syria into chaos is a sign of a new plan of international villains,” he was quoted as saying by the Tehran Times.
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“What has allowed these countries to meddle in Syria? At least obey your wishy-washy [U.N.] Security Council. When the Security Council has not adopted any resolution, your interference in Syria is nothing but international malevolence,” Larijani declared. “When the West does not abide by the mechanisms of international rights, why should others observe them? Thus, it is normal that the flames of the turmoil [in Syria] should be worrying for the Zionists."
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Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, a key ally of Khamenei and father-in-law to the ayatollah’s son, Mojtaba, said on Sunday the people of Syria should not allow the U.S. and Israel to break the "resistance front," IRNA reported.
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"Since the Americans and [Israelis] do not want to solve the Syrian issue, they continue to make the ... region insecure," Haddad Adel was quoted as saying.
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On Friday, following his visit to Moscow to discuss Syria, Iran´s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said "terrorist groups" supported by foreign forces were operating in Damascus and Aleppo, IRNA reported.
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Amir-Abdollahian said "tens of thousands of weapons" had entered Syria from neighboring countries and were being used by groups including al-Qaida.
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"Unfortunately America and regional countries ... do not take steps to control the borders," he was quoted as saying.
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Amir-Abdollahian said he did not believe Syria would be attacked by foreign powers, but that if it was, it would not need Iran´s help in defending itself.
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"Syria has been ready for years to respond to any military attack against it by [Israel] or other countries, and can respond strongly to any military action by itself and with complete readiness," he was quoted as saying.
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