Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was greeted like a rock star Wednesday in Lebanon. He's in the country to show his support for Hezbollah.
Thousands of Shiites -- mostly Hezbollah supporters -- threw rose petals as Ahmadinejad's motorcade slowly passed by to welcome the Iranian leader.
His two-day visit underscores the growing power of Tehran and its funding of Hezbollah.
"Iran's domination of Lebanon through its proxy Hezbollah has destroyed any chance for peace, has turned Lebanon into an Iranian satellite and made Lebanon a hub for regional terror and instability," said Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev.
Some students even skipped classes to join the roaring crowds.
"Ahmadinejad has done a lot for Lebanon, this is just a thanks" to him, said Fatima Mazeh, an 18-year-old engineering student. "He's not controlling Lebanon, he is helping. Everyone has a mind and can think for himself. We are here to stand with him during the hardest times."
Hezbollah currently has an arsenal of missiles aimed at Israel -- most of which were paid for and delivered by Iran.