Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday told Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a phone call that if the Israelis launch a new war against Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the militant group should be prepared to retaliate and wipe this (Israeli) entity out of existence.

Ahmadinejad’s comments were the latest in a heated exchange of rhetoric between Israel and Lebanon and Syria this months in which all sides have been warning the other not to start a war.

“The preparations should be of the level that, if they (the Israelis) want to repeated the mistakes of the past (by attacking), then their case should be closed once and for all and the region delivered from their evil ways forever,” the Iranian president said, according to the state news agency IRNA.

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