Nasrallah Says Recent Unrest Out of Hizbullah's Control, Vows to Make Israelis Lives 'Hell' if Attackedإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday noted that “what happened in the past two days was out of Hizbullah and AMAL’s control,” warning that his group would make lives of Israelis "a living hell" if Lebanon is attacked.
“It’s untrue that Hassan al-Meqdad is a Hizbullah member,” Nasrallah said of a Lebanese man abducted near Damascus on Tuesday by a Syrian armed group which claimed that he is a Hizbullah sniper.
Al-Meqdad clan, which has also denied the claims, said Wednesday that its “military wing” kidnapped more than 20 Syrians and a Turkish national to try to secure Hassan’s release.
On Wednesday, dozens of Syrians were kidnapped and Syrian-owned shops vandalized in Beirut’s southern suburbs after unconfirmed reports that several Lebanese taken hostage in Syria had been killed in an airstrike on the Aleppo town of Aazaz.
Addressing the issue of the 11 Lebanese pilgrims who were abducted in Aazaz on May 22, Nasrallah said: “Ever since the failure of their release, Hizbullah maintained silence over this issue for the sake of the captives because we feared the exploitation of our statements.”
“We do not know who kidnapped them. We remained silent hoping that the government will exert sufficient efforts to ensure their release,” Hizbullah’s leader added in a televised speech marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day.
Nasrallah lambasted the Lebanese media for playing a “tragic role” in covering the events of the past two days. Some media outlets said four Lebanese hostages were killed in Aazaz while others said all of the 11 pilgrims died in the airstrike.
Lebanese television networks have also been criticized for their extensive coverage of the abductions and the public threats voiced by al-Meqdad clan and several angry protesters.
“What happened in the past two days was out of Hizbullah and AMAL’s control,” stressed Nasrallah, warning that “the situation is spiraling out of control due to the media and political chaos.”
“We tried to deter the protesters from blocking the airport road to no avail,” he noted.
“The issue of the abductees has become a humanitarian tragedy, a media charade and the source of major political blackmailing,” Nasrallah added.
Turning to the issue of the conflict with Israel, Nasrallah warned that his Iranian-backed group would make lives of Israelis "a living hell" if it is attacked.
"There are targets in occupied Palestine (Israel) which could be targeted by a small number of missiles," Nasrallah said.
"If we are forced to use them to protect our people and our country, we will not hesitate to do so... and that will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell," he added.
Nasrallah warned of "tens of thousands of deaths, and not just 300 to 500 dead," adding that Hizbullah had chosen its targets.
In case of any Israeli attack on Iran over its controversial nuclear program, "the response will be enormous," he warned. Any such action would present the Islamic republic with "the opportunity is has been dreaming of" since it was founded in 1979.
Last month, an Israeli general warned that Hizbullah would pay dearly if it fired rockets at the Jewish state.
"If we get to another war, Israel will hit Hizbullah decisively, quickly, as fast as we can in order to stop the fire from Lebanon to Israel," commander of Israel's northern division, Brigadier General Herzi Halevi, said at a briefing.
He also said that towns in southern Lebanon used as launching bases for Hizbullah rocket attacks would be "destroyed."
Last month, Israel accused Iran and Hizbullah of planning attacks in "over 20 countries" in remarks just days after a deadly attack in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and their local bus driver.
Iran denied the charges but Hizbullah refused to comment.
Hizbullah follows the example of Tehran in marking Quds Day, a show of support for the Palestinians over the disputed holy city of Jerusalem.
17 August 2012, 15:43
Nasrallah: We have limited options, but the least we can do is treat the issue with some respect and humanity.
17 August 2012, 15:42
Nasrallah: The situation is spiraling out of control due to the media and political chaos. We tried to deter the protesters from blocking the airport road, but failed.
17 August 2012, 15:41
Nasrallah: What happened in the past two days is out of Hizbullah and AMAL’s control. You should act on this piece of information as you like.
17 August 2012, 15:39
Nasrallah: The Lebanese media played a tragic role in covering this issue, approaching it as a media coup.
17 August 2012, 15:38
Nasrallah: We do not know who kidnapped them. We remained silent hoping that the government will exert sufficient efforts to ensure their release.
17 August 2012, 15:38
Nasrallah on 11 pilgrims’ abduction: Ever since the failure of their release, Hizbullah maintained silence over this issue for the sake of the captives because we feared the exploitation of our statements.
17 August 2012, 15:36
Nasrallah: I don’t want to assess the government’s role on recent developments.
17 August 2012, 15:36
Nasrallah on developments in Lebanon: It’s untrue that Hassan al-Meqdad is a Hizbullah member.
17 August 2012, 15:31
Nasrallah: Had the Islamic leaders been concerned with Syria, they would have formed a committee to head to Damascus, Turkey, and Riyadh to call for dialogue and put an end to bloodshed.
17 August 2012, 15:30
Nasrallah: Had the OIC summit been concerned with Palestine and its cause, it would not have suspended Syria’s membership.
17 August 2012, 15:29
Nasrallah: Some Arab and Islamic powers are preventing the strengthening of the Palestinian people by actively taking part in Syria’s destruction.
17 August 2012, 15:28
Nasrallah: Those banking on the OIC summit to achieve justice to the Palestinians will be disappointed.
17 August 2012, 15:22
Nasrallah: Given the establishment of the center, Saudi Arabia must halt the funding of television channels that create incitement against other Islamic sects.
17 August 2012, 15:20
Nasrallah on OIC summit: The summit was a good step forward and we praise the establishment of a center for dialogue among Islamic sects.
17 August 2012, 15:18
Nasrallah: We will not await anyone’s permission to attack Israel.
17 August 2012, 15:12
Nasrallah on July 2006 victory: The greatest victory in the history of the Ummah was barely remembered because we are too busy cursing each other and blocking roads.
17 August 2012, 15:11
Nasrallah: We will not hesitate in attacking these targets.
17 August 2012, 15:09
Nasrallah: There are targets in Palestine that can be targeted with very few rockets. These rockets can turn the lives of Israelis into a living hell.
17 August 2012, 15:08
Nasrallah to Israel: A war with Lebanon is very, very, very costly.
17 August 2012, 15:07
Nasrallah: Hizbullah with its capabilities cannot destroy Israel, but we can turn the lives of the Zionists into a living hell.
17 August 2012, 15:06
Nasrallah: Israel enjoys a terrorist and destructive mind. It succeeded in destroying great portions of Lebanon numerous times in the past.
17 August 2012, 15:05
Nasrallah: A lot has been said by Israel over Lebanon. It has spoken of not only destroying Hizbullah, but Lebanon as well.
17 August 2012, 15:03
Nasrallah: Israel is very wary of striking Iran and this is very important.
17 August 2012, 15:00
Nasrallah: The Israelis will not hesitate to launch wars against Arab state because it won't cost them so much. But the debate rages over Iran because the cost of a possible war.
17 August 2012, 14:59
Nasrallah: Current and retired Israeli generals are almost unanimous in their rejection of a strike against Iran.
17 August 2012, 14:58
Nasrallah: All who oppose Iran must realize that they are supporting the Zionist entity.
17 August 2012, 14:56
Nasrallah to the Arabs and Muslims: Shouldn't it mean anything to you when Iran becomes Israel's main enemy in the region?
17 August 2012, 14:54
Nasrallah: Israel’s main problem is that Iran is a powerful Islamic state. Its problem is that Iran is committed to the Palestinian cause above all others. Iran has proven this commitment in the most difficult of circumstances.
17 August 2012, 14:52
Nasrallah: There is a major debate in Iran over Israel’s intentions to attack over its alleged nuclear program.
17 August 2012, 14:50
Nasrallah: Israel is speaking of a promising future with the Syrian opposition that can possibly sign a peace treaty with it.
17 August 2012, 14:47
Nasrallah: It remains to be seen how Turkey’s role will come into play in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some sides are exploiting the Syrian situation by providing fighters with arms and financial support.
17 August 2012, 14:46
Nasrallah: After the developments in Syria began to take a bloody turn, attention was diverted from Israel. Turkey could have played a supportive role with Palestine. It severed its ties with Syria and has tense ties with Iraq and Iran.
17 August 2012, 14:35
Nasrallah: All disputes should end when we reach Jerusalem, but the Zionists believe Jerusalem to be Israel's eternal capital.
17 August 2012, 14:34
Nasrallah: We cannot speak of returning Jerusalem to the Ummah in light of Israel’s existence.
17 August 2012, 14:33
Nasrallah: Regardless of the developments in Lebanon and the region, we would like to assert to the enemy and our friends that the Palestinian cause is above all else. We will not falter in this position.
17 August 2012, 14:31
Nasrallah: Hundreds of martyrs and wounded are falling in Iraq and yet the Iraqis stress tat Jerusalem is central cause in the region.
17 August 2012, 14:31
Nasrallah: Bahrain has been suffering from oppression for over a year and the Islamic world has abandoned it. It was not even mentioned in the recent OIC meeting.
17 August 2012, 14:30
Nasrallah: Political tensions cannot affect our position on Jerusalem, Palestine, and its people.