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Israel Cautious About New Lebanese President

Lebanese President Michel Aoun (Photo: wikicommons/Imadmhj)

In Daily Dispatches earlier this week, we told you of impending new leadership for one of Israel's neighbors. Now, with the election of Lebanon's new president, The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim reports that Israel is worried about pro-Hezbollah Michel Aoun's vow to "release what is left of our lands from Israeli occupation":

It took nearly two years, but Lebanon finally has a new President: Hezbollah-friendly Michel Aoun.

A prominent but divisive figure with shifting alliances, the election of the 81-year old retired general is seen by many as a clear victory for the pro-Iranian axis in the Middle East.

One of the first congratulatory phone calls Aoun received after his election was from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who said that Aoun has been elected at “a time that the region faces the two threats of the growth of Takfiri [apostate] movements and terrorist groups as well as the indulgence of the Zionist regime of Israel,” adding that Iran is “confident” that “Lebanon’s resistance front will be strengthened.”

Aoun has not forgotten about his southerly neighbor, Israel, vowing to “release what is left of our lands from the Israeli occupation,” words directed towards the Shi’ite terror group with whom he entered into an alliance with in 2006 and has backed ever since...

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