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Iran: Supreme Leader calls Bush's claims on victory of Israel ridiculous

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA-Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyed Ali Khamenei referred to recent remarks of US President George W Bush that the Zionist regime's military offensive in Lebanon was a defensive move and that Israel had emerged victorious as an example of this lack of reason and logic.

The Supreme Leader made the remarks here Thursday in a message to the Lebanese Hezbollah's Secretary-General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Concerning Lebanon, Ayatollah Khamenei said that its victory was due to the efforts and courage of its people, and added that the enemy was wrong in thinking that by attacking Lebanon it would target the weakest circle of regional states and thereby realize its sweet dream of a "new Middle East."

"The enemies, namely the US and Israel, underestimated the patience, cleverness and courage of the Lebanese nation.

"But the Lebanese people, the courageous Lebanese youth and clever politicians, awakened the enemies with a hard slap on their faces," added the Supreme Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that now the enemies are planning on ways to undermine Lebanon's power and strength by sowing seeds of discord among its politicians and the virus of impatience and skepticism among its people.

Addressing Nasrallah, the Supreme Leader cautioned everyone to be alert to their plots, adding that "thanks to the mercy of God Almighty you will succeed to thwart their conspiracies and gain a second victory."

"Similar to your self-sacrificing jihad in the military battlefield, the jihad you are facing in this new battlefield is significant and your patience, reliance on God, honesty and prudence will be decisive," said Ayatollah Khamenei.

Iranian MPs calls on Annan to bring to justice Israeli officials for war crimes in Lebanon

Tehran, Aug 16, IRNA-Some 243 Member of Parliament (MPs) in an open letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Wednesday called for bringing to justice Israeli leaders for the war crimes they perpetrated against Lebanese civilians and oblige the occupying regime of Israel to pay reparations for the extensive damages it inflicted on Lebanese infrastructure.

Member of Majlis presiding board Hossein Nejabat read out the letter in formal session of Majlis on Wednesday.

"You are expected to fulfill your responsibility for establishment of international peace and security and defending the rights of nations who have been exposed to aggression," part of the letter said.

"Unfortunately, certain articles of the Security Council Resolution 1701 have been composed in a bias way in favor of the aggressor."

The MPs added in their letter that, Israel imposed in an unequal war on Lebanon in contradiction with the international law and regulations with bombing Lebanon's civilian targets.

"The occupying regime and its supporters that unleashed the full-scale war on Lebanon aiming to establish a new Middle East, they could not achieve their military goal thanks to Lebanese fierce resistance, so they attempted to score political victory by passing a resolution in favor of the aggressor," the MPs said in the letter to Annan.

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