President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blander seg inn i Libanon-konflikten, og bekrefter mistanken om at Iran er aktivt med i kulissene. Saudi-Arabia ytrer seg svært skeptisk til iscenesettelsen av konfrontasjonen med Israel, og ser ut til å frykte motivet.

«If the Zionist regime commits another stupid move and attacks Syria, this will be considered like attacking the whole Islamic world and this regime will receive a very fierce response,» Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Saudi Arabia on Thursday blamed «elements» inside Lebanon for the violence with Israel, in unusually frank language directed at guerrilla group Hezbollah and its Iranian backers.

«A distinction must be made between legitimate resistance and uncalculated adventures undertaken by elements inside (Lebanon) and those behind them without recourse to the legal authorities and consulting and coordinating with Arab nations,» a statement carried by the official news agency SPA said.

«These elements should bear the responsibility for their irresponsible actions and they alone should end the crisis they have created.»