Hezbollah chief denies reports of war with Israel this summer


nasrallah 040818Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah denied on Monday reports published by a Kuwaiti newspaper that he had predicted a war with Israel this summer and that he might be assassinated soon.

“I did not say these words… I did not say there would be an Israel war with Lebanon this summer, I never even thought about it,” he said in a speech Monday night, quoted by the state-run Lebanese National News Agency.

In an article published Sunday, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai wrote that Nasrallah told regional leaders in a meeting that “there are many signs that Israel is trying to surprise everyone like in 2006,” urging them to “not hide the possibility of war” to their supporters. Nasrallah supposedly added that “Iran and Hezbollah are in a defensive position and will not initiate an attack.”

During the summer of 2006, over 1,100 Lebanese civilians and 120 Israel soldiers were killed in Israel’s war against Hezbollah, which functions as a regular political party in Lebanon but also controls a private militia of thousands.

Al Rai quoted Nasrallah as warning of the possibility that he might be assassinated by Israel alongside other party leaders, arguing however that “this does not mean the end of Hezbollah, which does not depend on individual people but is part of Lebanese society.”

But speaking on the 34th anniversary of the foundation of Hezbollah’s scouts association, Mr Nasrallah called the article fiction. “I advise this newspaper to ask the author of this article, whom I do not know, to write the scenario of a fictional film,” he said.

Mr Nasrallah also belittled the Israeli military, saying that “Israeli ground forces are not ready for war”.

Al Rai published a follow-up article on Monday writing that “Washington sources” had responded to its initial report by saying that should a war break out, “Israel would not be the first to fire a bullet, but would not hesitate to defend itself if attacked.”

The elusive Hezbollah leader, who never appears in public and is rumoured to live in a bunker in South Beirut out of fear of assassination, justified his response to Al Rai, saying that he does not “normally” comment on newspapers articles, but that he was “obliged” to react because of the “negative impression” it created among “the people, political circles and many analysts.”

He then moved on to bash Saudi TV network Al Arabiya, which reported that there were clashes between Iranian and Russian forces in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor in Syria, and that Hezbollah intervened in the fighting.

“This is a total lie,” said Nasrallah, adding that he never turned on Al Arabiya himself but that “others” who had watched the report told him about it.

“There may be political differences in some areas” between Syria’s two allies, said Mr Nasrallah, but that “does not affect co-operation in the field.”

Mr Nasrallah also denied reports that Hezbollah’s Lebanese political ally Amal could be facing sanctions soon. The National broke the news this month.

“This has no basis whatsoever. This is the work of politicians and the media,” he said.

In a speech two weeks ago, he acknowledged that “there are Lebanese in Washington working towards putting friends and allies of Hezbollah on a terror list.”

As he does in most of his speeches, Nasrallah also lambasted US policy in the Middle East, accusing the administration of US President Donald Trump of wanting to “starve” the world, including Syria. “They are aiming to achieve what they failed to accomplish militarily by starvation, siege and sanctions.”

The US treasury warned in November against selling oil to Syria, pushing the government to ration fuel, which has brought traffic to a halt in government-controlled areas.

In addition to commenting on regional issues, Mr Nasrallah addressed Lebanese politics, stressing that a “solution” must be found quickly to avoid a financial crisis.

He recognised that austerity measures would have to be implemented but warned that the party had a “red line”: No new taxes on low-income households.

The UN says a third of the Lebanese population lives on less than $270  a month.




15 responses to “Hezbollah chief denies reports of war with Israel this summer”

  1. Niemals Avatar

    How do you know they’re not real Jews?
    That sounds like propaganda to me.
    Even if they aren’t real Jews it don’t matter.
    Britain gave the land to them.

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    Antwort an @PinoyDances @Wesker4tw und 48 weitere
    Sorry this is not true Mr. Khazar. Can’t U remain 1 time by the truth?
    There is anything called Israel?
    It is written in Arabic, English & Hebrew
    Palestine = פלשתינה
    It is Palestine, find some one else to fool
    I speak & write Arabic, Aramaic & Hebrew: I am Christian Maronite

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      You edited this living walking fraud desperate for attention.. at any price.

  2. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Netanyahu’s son mocked after claiming Palestine never existed.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair has been criticised after publishing several tweets denying
    the existence of Palestine because there is no “P” in the Arabic language.

    Yair, who is known to be active on Twitter, initiated the discussion after sharing pictures from a Palestinian village that was ethnically cleansed of its inhabitants by Haganah, Irgun and Lehi – Zionist groups that are widely consideredterrorist organisations – during the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948.

    1. Dumbyad knows more about Netanyahu’s family than about her own. Not to mention her native country or even village. 🙂

        1. Everybody knows you’re an illiterate, gibberish-talking and gibberish-posting clinical mor0n, sista. Your cartoonish Arab Nazi friends excluded.

          1. Niemals Avatar

            Putins Kitas, Hind Abyad • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ddd334532ba81bae2bb56ba3d7eb36dd92b6b6d30e1e7c7cf2473ab1e80b20a4.jpg Warning:
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      1. Niemals Avatar

        As a Christian Maronite Dumbyad should know that Palestine was a name made up by Romans after they crucified thousands, destroyed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and exiled the People of Israel from their homeland.

        Ilhan Omar retweeting a New York Times op-ed that suggested Jesus was a Palestinian is incorrect and creating dismay.

        Jesus of Nazareth was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac5c7a7be8ce3e3351dac9628657b8a96eabda000265d4c81623784dae5dce5f.jpg

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Jesus was no born in Russia

          The earliest vestiges of human faith in God, as we know it today, are to be traced back to the valley of the River Nile and the one between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris. We’re surely to find the root of our belief in a supreme creator inscribed, in hieroglyphs and cuneiform, on the pyramids and papyri of ancient Egypt and on the clay tablets of Sumer … And not within the confines of the Hebrew Bible, as many still believe.

          on the pyramids and papyri of ancient Egypt and on the clay tablets

  3. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Slavery should return

    -It starts out with Rabbi Eliezer Kashtiel, who bemoans that slavery has been abolished:

    Abolishing legal slavery has created deficiencies. No one is responsible for that property. With God’s help it will return. The goyim
    (non-Jews) will want to be our slaves. Being a slave of the Jews is the
    best. They must be slaves, they want to be slaves. Instead of just
    wandering the streets, being foolish and harming each other, now he’s a
    slave, now his life is beginning to come into order.-

    The ‘goyim’ in this context is to be understood as Palestinians.

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