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|Nasrallah: Hezbollah's next victory over Israel will be indisputable
~By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent and News Agencies Last update - 18:17
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday that the
Lebanon-based militant group would respond in a firm and decisive manner to
any future Israeli aggression against Lebanon, and that its future victory
over Israel would be "indisputable."
Nasrallah warned that the results and repercussions of another war will
exceed that of the 34-day Second Lebanon War, which took place in the summer
More than 1,200 Lebanese - most of them civilians - were killed in the 2006
war, which began after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed
three others in a cross-border raid.
Nasrallah's televised remarks, aired on Hezbollah's Al-Manar Television at a
graduation ceremony, came after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said last Tuesday
that Israel would "unleash all its force" if Hezbollah guerillas attacked
Olmert said Israel would utilize the massive firepower at its disposal if
Lebanon were to become a terrorist state under the domination of Hezbollah.
Nasrallah responded Sunday, saying, "I tell you as someone who knows the
resistance [Hezbollah] and its arsenal, and its quantitative and qualitative
development following the July 2006 war... The Zionists will think not one
thousand times but tens of thousands of times before they attack Lebanon."
Meanwhile, the head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc on Sunday said that
Israel will be targeted by thousands of rockets if it attacks Iran.
There has been speculation that either the United States or Israel could
attack Iran's nuclear facilities, although both have said force should be a
last recourse in curbing Tehran's nuclear program, which they suspect aims
to build atomic weapons.
Iran, which says its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity, is
the main backer of Hezbollah.
"The first shot fired from the Zionist entity toward Iran will be met by a
response of 11,000 rockets in the direction of the Zionist entity. This is
what military leaders in the Islamic republic have confirmed," said the
Hezbollah official Mohammed Raad. His remarks were reported by Lebanon's
National News Agency.
Hezbollah has not said what it would do in the event of a conflict between
Iran and Israel. Analysts count Hezbollah, which shares Iran's Shi'ite
Islamist ideology, as a major asset for the Islamic republic in the event of
Tehran has said it will respond severely to any attack. Israel staged an air
force exercise in June that triggered speculation about a possible assault
on its nuclear sites.
Both Hezbollah and Israel have said the group has expanded its missile
capability since the 2006 conflict.
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