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'Hezbollah will conquer Galilee if there is war'

February 16, 2011 17:36

Nasrallah calls Gantz weak, says Israel has lost its confidence due to Mideast turmoil; Hezbollah leader says he will avenge Mugniyeh's death.

HIZBULLAH LEADER Hassan Nasrallah, seen speaking o

Nasrallah on Screen 311. (photo credit:Associated Press)

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that he is ready for another war with Israel, AFP reported.

"I tell the fighters of the resistance that one day they might be asked to liberate the Galilee," Nasrallah said at a "Resistance Martyrs Day" ceremony.

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"The Israelis are afraid," Nasrallah said. "I want to assure you and tell the Israelis that they should be careful because the blood of Imad Mugniyeh will not go to waste."

"Gantz came to visit the Lebanon border - welcome," Nasrallah said, referring to the new IDF chief of staff. "He is the one that was defeated and pulled IDF troops out of Lebanon. You have a completely weak chief of staff."

The Hezbollah leader also discussed Israel's reactions to the protests across the Middle East, citing Defense Minister Ehud Barak's assessment that the Middle East is "changing in front of our eyes."

Nasrallah added that Israel is no longer as confident as it once was.

He explained that the Middle East's main problem is "the existence of Israel...that killed and slaughtered, confiscated the lands and kicked people put, with sponsorship from the West."

"Israel is the one that expanded toward Lebanon and Syria," Nasrallah said.

Speaking to US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Nasrallah said that "justice means that property should be returned to its owners. In light of such justice, there will be stability in the region. However, searching for justice through peace talks cannot achieve peace."

Nasrallah also lamented the relationship between the US and Israel, saying "the US categorizes you in the 'axis of evil' if you are against Israel. When an Arab or Islamic system does not give in [to the US] it becomes isolated." He expressed admiration for the Iranian revolution, that "kicked the Americans out and severed relations with Israel."
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