Nasrallah Says Recent Unrest Out of Hizbullah's Control, Vows to Make Israelis Lives 'Hell' if Attacked

Posted on: August 17, 2012 at 00:17
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.



Timeline

Nasrallah: We have limited options, but the least we can do is treat the issue with some respect and humanity.

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.

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.

Nasrallah: The Lebanese media played a tragic role in covering this issue, approaching it as a media coup.

Nasrallah: We do not know who kidnapped them. We remained silent hoping that the government will exert sufficient efforts to ensure their release.

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.

Nasrallah: I don’t want to assess the government’s role on recent developments.

Nasrallah on developments in Lebanon: It’s untrue that Hassan al-Meqdad is a Hizbullah member.

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.

Nasrallah: Had the OIC summit been concerned with Palestine and its cause, it would not have suspended Syria’s membership.

Nasrallah: Some Arab and Islamic powers are preventing the strengthening of the Palestinian people by actively taking part in Syria’s destruction.

Nasrallah: Those banking on the OIC summit to achieve justice to the Palestinians will be disappointed.

Nasrallah: Given the establishment of the center, Saudi Arabia must halt the funding of television channels that create incitement against other Islamic sects.

Nasrallah on OIC summit: The summit was a good step forward and we praise the establishment of a center for dialogue among Islamic sects.

Nasrallah: We will not await anyone’s permission to attack Israel.

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.

Nasrallah: We will not hesitate in attacking these targets.

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.

Nasrallah to Israel: A war with Lebanon is very, very, very costly.

Nasrallah: Hizbullah with its capabilities cannot destroy Israel, but we can turn the lives of the Zionists into a living hell.

Nasrallah: Israel enjoys a terrorist and destructive mind. It succeeded in destroying great portions of Lebanon numerous times in the past.

Nasrallah: A lot has been said by Israel over Lebanon. It has spoken of not only destroying Hizbullah, but Lebanon as well.

Nasrallah: Israel is very wary of striking Iran and this is very important.

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.

Nasrallah: Current and retired Israeli generals are almost unanimous in their rejection of a strike against Iran.

Nasrallah: All who oppose Iran must realize that they are supporting the Zionist entity.

Nasrallah to the Arabs and Muslims: Shouldn't it mean anything to you when Iran becomes Israel's main enemy in the region?

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.

Nasrallah: There is a major debate in Iran over Israel’s intentions to attack over its alleged nuclear program.

Nasrallah: Israel is speaking of a promising future with the Syrian opposition that can possibly sign a peace treaty with it.

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.

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.

Nasrallah: All disputes should end when we reach Jerusalem, but the Zionists believe Jerusalem to be Israel's eternal capital.

Nasrallah: We cannot speak of returning Jerusalem to the Ummah in light of Israel’s existence.

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.

Nasrallah: Hundreds of martyrs and wounded are falling in Iraq and yet the Iraqis stress tat Jerusalem is central cause in the region.

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.

Nasrallah: Political tensions cannot affect our position on Jerusalem, Palestine, and its people.

Source:Naharnet
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