During his first state visit to Lebanon in October 2010 – Iranian President Dr. Ahmadinejad went to Bint Jbeil, a village at Israel-Lebanon border. It’s the place where fierce battles between Hizbullah and the Jewish Army were fought. In addition to praising the courage of the Lebanese nation against the powerful enemy supported by the US, France, Germany and Britain – Dr. ahmadinejad also performed the inauguration ceremony of the “Iran Park” at Maroun al-Ras border area where streets are named after the Iranian cities.
The Iranian government has funded and designed a lush park near the site of the battle, on the mountainside directly overlooking Israel. In the parking, visitors can stand at an observation point beside an Iranian flag fluttering in the wind, and look directly down at the Israeli hamlets of Avivim and Yir’on.
Through an arcade of ponsiana trees and an arch, past a commemorative plaque crediting President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad with gifting the park to the Lebanese, visitors find terraced playgrounds and picnic spots refreshed with the mountain breeze.
There’s soft-serve ice-cream trucks, grills, and replica of the Haram al-Sharif (Al-Quds Mosque) in Jerusalem – naturally, topped with an Iranian flag as well. Presumably, Israelis down in the valley can look up and see the Iranian flags and the replica Al-Quds mosque.
Along the path, detailed placards provided educational information about Iran – its population, its provinces, the neighborhoods of Tehran, and so on.