'Hezbollah commander says none of Israel's borders are safe'

In the interview with The Guardian, the Hezbollah commander vowed that its allies would emerge victorious in Syria.

January 2, 2014 14:24
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Flags of Hezbollah, Assad's Syria

Flags of Hezbollah, Assad's Syria 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ali Hashisho)


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While Hezbollah remains entangled in the Syrian conflict, one of its top field commanders is warning in an interview with the British newspaper Guardian on Thursday that it would behoove Israel to remain on alert.

"None of their borders are safe now and this is not a good thing for them," the commander said. "They cannot be happy with the momentum anywhere in the region, especially Syria. Egypt is perhaps the only border that gives them comfort. The rest are outside of their control."

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In the interview with The Guardian, the Hezbollah commander vowed that its allies would emerge victorious and that Bashar Assad's government, which has received support from the Lebanon-based Shi'ite militia and their main patron, Iran, would remain in control in Damascus.

"This is a war not just against us, but against humanity," he said. "And it is one that we will win."

The commander said that Hezbollah was in Syria to help bolster the government-backed military in their struggle against a coalition of Islamists and oppositionists who wish to unseat Assad.

"They fight well," the commander said of the Syrian military, which is widely perceived as taking a back-seat to Hezbollah. "It is not fair to them to say that they are not taking the lead," he said of the battle-worn military regime. "They are there and they are fighting. They have lost 30,000 men. That is not an army that isn't fighting. We are there giving advice and in some cases tactical leadership. We do not take a lead role."

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