Iran's president has taunted arch-enemy Israel from just across the tense border in Lebanon, rallying tens of thousands of Hezbollah supporters as Israeli attack helicopters buzzed nearby.
"The world should know that the Zionists will perish," declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, echoing previous verbal attacks in which he has said Israel should be wiped off the map.
"Occupied Palestine will be liberated from the filth of occupation by the strength of resistance and through the faith of the resistance," the Iranian leader vowed as cheers went up from the crowd, waving a sea of Lebanese, Iranian and Hezbollah flags.
The fiery speech was delivered in the border village of Bint Jbeil, which was nearly destroyed by Israeli bombs in the 2006 war with Hezbollah and rebuilt with the help of Iranian cash. A stronghold of the Shiite militant group, Mr Ahmadinejad's visit to the southern Lebanese area was denounced by Washington and Israel as a provocation.
The Iranian president's first state visit to Lebanon was turned into a show of strength by Hezbollah, Iran's close ally in Lebanon, which shares power in a fragile unity government with a Western-backed coalition. By contrast, Lebanon's pro-Western leaders have been pushed to the background, underscoring their eroding position - and suggesting the competition over influence in Lebanon may be tipping in favour of Iran and its ally Syria, away from the US and its Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Mr Ahmadinejad's border visit by saying Israel knew how to protect itself.
"We heard the cursing and invectives from the Lebanese border. The best answer to the deriders was given here 62 years ago - the state and all that we've built and created since," Mr Netanyahu said."Look what a nation, what a state and what an army the state of Israel has. We will continue building, we will continue to create our state and we will know well how to defend ourselves."
Throughout his visit, the Iranian leader has stressed unity among Lebanese, aiming to depict Iran as an ally of the entire nation, not just Hezbollah. But the Western-backed coalition has warned that Mr Ahmadinejad is seeking to transform Lebanon into "an Iranian base on the Mediterranean".
Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister said the country was ready to resume talks about its nuclear programme with the international community within a matter of weeks.
"From our point of view October or November is a good time for the re-establishment of negotiations," said Manouchehr Mottaki Mottaki. He spoke to reporters as he arrived in Brussels for a meeting of the so-called Friends of Democratic Pakistan group, formed two years ago to support the country's moves toward democracy. Participants are discussing increased aid to Islamabad in the aftermath of the devastation caused by this summer's floods.