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November 8, 2016 1:45 pm

Israel ‘Greatest Threat to Humanity,’ Iranian FM Tells Palestinian Terrorist Leaders in Beirut

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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during an April 2016 meeting. Photo: US State Department.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during an April 2016 meeting. Photo: US State Department.

Israel is the greatest threat to humanity, Iran’s top diplomat said on Tuesday, during a meeting in Beirut with leaders of Palestinian terrorist groups.

According to the Iranian regime-aligned Tasnim news agency, Mohammad Javad Zarif — the Islamic Republic’s foreign minister — called the Jewish state a “colonial phenomenon” that is the “source of all threats to peace, security and human rights.”

Zarif — who also met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah and new Lebanese President Michel Aoun while in Beirut — was quoted by Iran’s semi-official Fars state news agency as slamming Sunni anti-Assad regime groups in Syria for not attacking Israel.

“While terrorism has set fire to our region and has shed bloods [sic], it is interesting that the Takfiri [apostate] terrorists haven’t posed any danger and threat to the Israeli regime,” said Zarif, Iran’s chief negotiator of the nuclear deal signed with world powers in July 2015. “These two threats are interwoven and we, as the supporters of resistance against the danger of Zionism and terrorism, have no way out, but unity to confront these threats.”

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After Aoun’s election last week, the 81-year-old Maronite Christian political ally of Shi’ite Hezbollah vowed to “liberate what is left of our lands from the Israeli occupation,” an apparent reference to the disputed Shebaa Farms area (known in Israel as Mount Dov) along the border between the Jewish state and Lebanon.

Speaking with The Algemeiner last week, Lebanese journalist Hanin Ghaddar — the Friedmann Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank — described Aoun’s victory as a “sign of strength” for Hezbollah, but noted that the Shiite terrorist group and its Iranian patron “won Lebanon way before this, and Aoun is just another small victory.”

“The president is not a powerful post,” she explained. “The way the government will be formed and the upcoming military and security appointments are more important to Hezbollah than the president.”

According to a pre-election analysis published by the Middle East Media Research Center (MEMRI) last month, an Aoun victory would “definitely serve future pro-Iran interests in Lebanon at the expense of Sunni interests in Lebanon, and also at the expense of Saudi Arabia.”

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