Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has expressly praised and justified the terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas, which rules in the Gaza Strip. Nasrallah also threatened to take part in the war with Israel.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed the public on Friday for the first time since the Gaza war broke out on October 7. Nasrallah threatened that his movement in Lebanon would become even more involved in the war with Israel. “All options are on the table,” Nasrallah said in a speech. “All possibilities on our Lebanese fronts are within reach.” An escalation depends on the course of the war in the Gaza Strip and on Israel’s behavior towards Lebanon. The interests and soldiers of the United States – Israel’s most important ally – would be victims and biggest losers of such an escalation in the event of a regional war.
He added that the Al-Aqsa flood operation was planned to be 100 percent Palestinian. The operation was kept secret from the “Axis of Resistance.” “The fact that no one knew about it proves that this battle is entirely Palestinian in nature,” Nasrallah said.
According to Nasrallah, a victory for the Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip over Israel is also in the interests of neighboring Arab countries. “The victory of Gaza today is also in the national interest of Egypt, Jordan and Syria,” Nasrallah said in a speech.
Above all, a Hamas victory is “in Lebanon’s national interest.” Israel threatens Lebanon and its people. The two goals in the war are now an “end to aggression” and a victory for the “Palestinian resistance” and Hamas, which rules in the Gaza Strip, said the Hezbollah chief.
Lebanon: Thousands watch Hezbollah chief’s speech
Nasrallah accused the US of bearing sole responsibility for the ongoing Gaza war. Israel is only an “executive instrument,” said Nasrallah. The USA is the “big devil,” according to the Hezbollah chief. “The United States is the main responsible for all the massacres, from Hiroshima to Vietnam to Afghanistan,” he said. “They must pay the price for their aggression.”
In his speech, Nasrallah warned of a “big battle” on Lebanon’s border with Israel. The fighting between the Hezbollah militia and the Israeli military had an impact, he said. It is a “realistic possibility” that the “Lebanese front will turn into a major battle.” “Some may see what is happening on our front as moderate, but we will not be satisfied with that,” Nasrallah said.
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The Hezbollah Secretary General addressed his supporters via video message. There were gatherings across the country to hear the speech together. In the southern suburbs of Beirut alone, thousands of supporters of the Shiite organization gathered with waving Hezbollah and Palestine flags or pictures of the Secretary General. They shouted “God bless Nasrallah”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is warning Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah not to open another front in the conflict between Israel and the Islamist Hamas. “We are committed to deterring aggression from any side,” he said on Friday during a visit to Israel. He also referred to the stationing of several warships in the eastern Mediterranean. He did not say whether the USA would intervene in the conflict if a second front were opened.
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also warns the Shiite Hezbollah in Lebanon against a large-scale attack on Israel. The people of Lebanon also just want to live in peace and no further escalation in the region, the Green politician said on Friday after a meeting with her Armenian colleague Ararat Mirsoyan in the capital Yerevan. She added: “That’s why it’s so incredibly important that all actors work together to prevent a wildfire in the region.”
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