TEHRAN, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told his Syrian counterpart that Israel should be resisted and finished off if it launched military action in the region, state broadcaster IRIB reported on Thursday.
We have reliable information ... that the Zionist regime is after finding a way to compensate for its ridiculous defeats from the people of Gaza and Lebanon's Hezbollah, he told Syria's Bashar al-Assad.
If the Zionist regime should repeat its mistakes and initiate a military operation, then it must be resisted with full force to put an end to it once and for all, Ahmadinejad said in the telephone conversation on Wednesday evening.
Ahmadinejad, who has often predicted the imminent demise of the Jewish state, said Iran would remain on the side of regional nations including Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.
The Islamic Republic does not recognize Israel, which it refers to as the Zionist regime. Israel sees Iran's nuclear programme as an existential threat. (Reporting by Hossein Jaseb and Hashem Kalantari; writing by Fredrik Dahl; editing by Matthew Jones)