Nasrallah slams Obama, warns Israel

Nasrallah slams Obama, w

February 22, 2010 13:43
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Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday accused President Barack Obama of absolute bias in favor of Israel and disregard for the dignity of Arabs and Muslims. Nasrallah said Obama had gone even farther in his military support for Israel than his predecessor, George W. Bush - who was reviled in much of the Arab world for his support of Israel and war on Iraq. The remarks were Nasrallah's strongest criticism yet of the American president since Obama took office almost a year ago. Nasrallah said Obama's earlier statements calling on Israel to freeze settlement construction and then going back on that demand was a "tactic" agreed on by both Israel and the US. Obama's initial settlement demand was "an American ploy to pass the time and gain Arab sympathy," Nasrallah said, adding any "illusions" anyone had about Obama being more evenhanded have now collapsed. "What we see is absolute American commitment to Israeli interests, Israeli conditions, and Israeli security ... while disregarding the dignity or feelings of the Arab and Muslims people and their nations and governments," he said in a speech broadcast to tens of thousands of supporters in a southern Beirut suburb. Nasrallah also warned Israel against waging another war on Lebanon, repeating his pledge to hit back deep within Israel. He also lashed out at a major missile defense exercise staged recently by US and Israeli forces to test technology that would protect Israel from a missile attack. US military officials have described it as the most complete air missile defense system done anywhere in the world. "The Americans are coming, for the first time in decades and perhaps the first time since Israel's existence, to be a field partner in any confrontation that Israel might impose on Gaza, Lebanon, Syria or Iran," he said. Nasrallah didn't address comments by IDF Chief of Generla Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, who said Tuesday that Hizbullah had significantly expanded its ability to strike deep into Israel, with tens of thousands of rockets that can now reach the Israel's largest cities. He also did not comment on the Israel Navy's seizure of a ship last week carrying weapons that apparently originated in Iran and were destined for Hizbullah - a claim Hizbullah has already denied.

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