Report: Hizbullah Says 'We are Not War Fanatics' but 'Ready' to Defend Lebanon

Hizbullah has reportedly assured that the party is not “a war fanatic” but at the same time reiterated readiness to "defend" Lebanon against any future Israeli aggression, al-Joumhouria daily reported Wednesday.

Replying to Gadi Eisenkot, Israeli chief of staff's statements about Hizbullah, unnamed party sources told the daily: “We can not rest assured next to an enemy. But, we believe the statements were mere threats and there are no real chances of war between Lebanon and Israel, or between the enemy and countries of axis of the resistance. But it seems the Israelis have lost their minds in the light of the great victories achieved by the axis of resistance in Syria.”

“Israeli threats against Lebanon are not new,” reminded the sources, “but it seems that Eisenkot and Israeli officials have been empowered by their relations with Saudi Arabia that became public now. Anyway, Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has replied to these threats and stressed that the party is not a war fanatic, but will always be ready to defend Lebanon.”

The source added that Hizbullah plans to wage any future battle with Israel as “an axis,” saying “Eisenkot and others know well that a choice of war is not a picnic. The next time we fight, we will fight as an axis, we will not fight alone.”

Israeli chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot said in statements late in March that Israel “still has a lot of work to do to slow down Hizbullah's progress,” adding that “Hizbullah is incapable of attacking a specific target within Israel. It cannot arm an airplane or shoot a missile that will hit a specific target inside Israel. We, on the other hand, have tens of thousands of opportunities to harm them.”

Source: Naharnet

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