Nasrallah: Strikes on Iran, Syria could cause regional war

In “Martyr Day" speech broadcast in Beirut, Hezbollah leader rules out chance of Israel attacking Lebanon, blames US for “punishing” Iran, Syria.

November 11, 2011 18:53
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Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/ Ali Hashisho)

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday that a strike against Iran or Syria could spread to a war in the Middle East. At the same time, Nasrallah ruled out the likelihood of Israel attacking Lebanon any time in the near future.

During a speech which was broadcast in Beirut marking “Martyr Day," the Hezbollah leader said that the United States is “punishing” Iran and Syria for the changes that have taken place in the Middle East as part of the Arab Spring.

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Last month, the Hezbollah leader said “The existence of the Israeli state is a threat to all Arab countries… it is a purely Jewish, racist country,” he said.

“The second threat is the US,” he said. “The [US] failed to implement their project of the new Middle East and now they are attempting to implement [this plan] again, one based on dividing the countries into mini states according to race and sect… This is a threat to everyone [Christian, Shi’ite, Sunnis].”

Nasrallah stressed the importance of a Muslim-Christian alliance “to face the Israeli threat and the threat of the US project in order for us to face radical movements.”

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