Report: Iran Commander Visited Lebanon, Asked Nasrallah Not to Provoke Israel


The new chief of Iran's Quds Force, General Esmail Ghaani, asked Hizbullah during a recent secret visit to Lebanon to “avoid provoking Israel,” a media report said on Monday.

“Ghaani, who succeeded General Qasem Soleimani as the head of the Quds Force, the elite unit of Iranian Revolutionary Guards in charge of foreign operations, has paid a secret visit to the southern suburbs of Beirut in recent days and has spoken with (Hizbullah chief Sayyed) Hassan Nasrallah and other political and military officials of the party,” Lebanon’s French-language daily L'Orient-Le Jour reported.

“The Iranian official stressed the need to remain on alert for any eventuality, while telling his interlocutors that it was necessary to avoid any action that could be seen as escalation and exploited by Israel to launch a major operation,” the newspaper added.

Two senior Iraqi Shiite politicians had recently told the Associated Press that Ghaani had visited Iraq in recent weeks to tell Iranian-backed Iraqi militia factions and Shiite politicians to avoid provoking tensions with the U.S. that could give an outgoing Trump administration cause to launch attacks in the U.S. president's final weeks in office.

Around that time, Nasrallah himself warned followers and allies to be vigilant during Trump's remaining time in power.

"All of us ... should be on high alert in these next two months so that it passes peacefully," Nasrallah said in televised remarks earlier this month even as he urged followers to "be prepared to face any danger, aggression or harm" and to respond in kind "if the U.S. or Israel's follies go that far."

Comments 9
Thumb justin 30 November 2020, 22:09

This why Lebanon is now so isolated. Allowing characters like this one to enter Lebanon makes Lebanon a rogue state.

Thumb ansarullah 30 November 2020, 22:28

God bless the new Shia chief of Iran's Quds Force, General Esmail Ghaani for visiting Lebanon, his second home, and for meeting with Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The brotherly strategic ties between Lebanon and the Islamic Republic of Iran get stronger by the day especially these days where an iron clad alliance is needed against the Saudi-American-Israeli-Sudani-Bahraini-Emirati coalition.

The Shia of Lebanon welcome such a great and legendary commander who is destined to Liberate Al Quds through Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Shea Shia Shea !!!

Default-user-icon Arash (Guest) 30 November 2020, 22:29

Shot up justin!!
He is our commander.

Missing un520 01 December 2020, 02:45

Seems like Israel has got their man in the Qods Force: "Please dont attack Israel!"

Missing opinion101 01 December 2020, 04:28

Smartest guy in Iran

Missing arturo 01 December 2020, 02:48

Nasrallah should be appointed PM and formally take responsibility for the decisions he makes for the Lebanese people.

Thumb warrior 01 December 2020, 08:51

Lebanon and its Strong presidency should be ashamed to have a terrorist visit the country.

Missing kazan 01 December 2020, 11:51

Netanyahu, Nasrallah and Iranian regime, I don't believe they are the best friends, but for individual interest I do believe they need each other

Missing phillipo 01 December 2020, 14:13

"Asked" or "Ordered"?