An Iranian news agency reported that Hezbollah will retaliate against Saudi Arabia, which Tehran and the Shiite party accused of playing a role in the November 19 attack outside Iran’s embassy in southern Beirut.
“The Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) will duly retaliate to such practices,”a source told Fars news agency in remarks published Tuesday.
He stressed that the desert kingdom’s intelligence service was “aware of the plot to target the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, as well as the series of bombings that several Lebanese areas are witnessing.”
“Saudi Arabia is resorting to such blind acts because of its defeat by the Resistance in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria,” the source added in reference to Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah’s fierce opposition to the Gulf country in Lebanon and its backing of the Syrian regime which Saudi Arabia is seeking to overthrow.
“The Saudis are working on disrupting [peace] in Lebanon, but they are incapable of doing so and will pay the price for its activities.”
“Saudi Arabia is facing difficult situations nowadays and its attitudes towards a nation like Russia will not do it any good, but would further complicate these conditions. A person like Russian President Vladimir Putin will not retreat in front of such acts.” The report added .
Iran focusing on Saudi Arabia
The Iranian news agency confirms the reports that Iran has decided to indirectly declare war on Saudi Arabia thru its allies and proxies.
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on Monday called for a battle against Wahhabism, the political and religious ideology embraced by the Saudi government. His remarks came a day after Saudi Arabia pledged 3 billion US Dollars to arm the Lebanese army.
Recently Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in Lebanon has been focusing its attacks against Saudi Arabia . The struggle between Iran (through Hezbollah and the Syrian regime) and Saudi Arabia over the future of Lebanon has reportedly cost former Lebanese finance minister Mohammad Chatah his life on December 27 when he and at least six others were killed in a massive bombing that rocked downtown Beirut.
Hezbollah according to observers may be settling a score with Saudi Arabia, with which Chatah and others within the March 14 alliance are considered close. Hezbollah reportedly believes that Riyadh has played a key role in the recent attacks against it.
During an interview with OTV on December 4 Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah went radically off script, zeroing in on a new target for his rhetorical darts: “Saudi Arabia”.
Nasrallah rarely mentions Saudi Arabia by name, only referring to the monarchy in vague terms in order to maintain plausible deniability. But that all changed on December 4 when he accused Saudi agents of being behind the suicide-bomb attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut last month that claimed 25 lives. In doing so he had openly declared a war that has long been fought in the shadows, first in Lebanon where Hezbollah-allied parties are at a political impasse with the Saudi-backed Future Movement of Saad Hariri, and now in Syria, where Hezbollah, with Iranian assistance, is fighting on the side of President Bashar Assad against Saudi-backed rebels.
“This is the first time I have ever seen such a direct attack by Nasrallah against Saudi Arabia,” said Lebanon-based political analyst Talal Atrissi. “This was the formal declaration of a war that has been going on in Syria since Saudi first started supporting the rebels.”
In the same 2/1’2 hour interview Nasrallah returned to the subject of Saudi Arabia multiple times, declaring that it was Saudi Arabia that was prolonging the agonizing civil war in Syria, not the Syrians themselves, or even Hezbollah. “Saudi Arabia is determined to keep on fighting until the last bullet and last drop of blood.” He proclaimed.
Photo:Iranian embassy attack on November 19
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