Iran's sponsorship of Hezbollah includes $800 million in annual financial support, the supply of 130,000 rockets and missiles.
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah condemned normalization with Israel in a televised address Saturday, The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv reported.
The condemnation comes after Mohammad al-Emadi, chairman of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, visited Gaza, transferring $15 million to the Palestinian coastal enclave in coordination with Israel.
“I salute the families of the martyrs,” Nasrallah said. “Thanks to martyrs’ sacrifices, the resistance has achieved all its victories. The blood of our martyrs has protected our land and Hezbollah's rocket power."
“The source of our strength are our missiles because the Lebanese army is not allowed to acquire advanced missiles,” Nasrallah said.
“Netanyahu believes that the key [to the conflict] is power and not the occupation," he continued. “His problem, though, is that we have the power. We will respond to any Israeli strike on Lebanon and will not accept any aggression by the enemy against our land.”
“We condemn any form of normalization with the Zionist entity,” Nasrallah said. “I say to the Palestinian people, do not lose hope over the Arab states’ normalization with Israel; what before went on behind the scenes now is taking place publicly. The current normalization has put an end to Arab hypocrisy, and removed the mask from the swindlers and hypocrites.
"Those who march and fall in Gaza's Marches of Return give us hope because they resist the pressures exerted on them," he added. “If the Syrian people and the government had not resisted the pressure, we would see Netanyahu in Damascus."
Nasrallah also attacked the international community in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi: "While they complain about the murder, they ignore the crimes Saudi Arabia is committing in Yemen."
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