Nasrallah on Screen 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday said that recent warnings made by
Israeli officials that Lebanon would be dealt a heavy blow if Hizbullah
attacks Israel do not scare the Shi'ite organization and will not cause
it to change its goals, reported Israel Radio.
During a speech
to mark the Shi'ite Muslim Ashoura festival, Nasrallah said that gone
are days in which Israel threatened or intimidated his organization. He
added that Israel has been waging a psychological war that has failed,
and that Hizbullah is better today than it was in the past.
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on the international tribunal investigating the assassination of former
Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, Nasrallah again blamed Israel and
the US for conspiring to divide, and stir tensions between, Shi'ites and
He stressed that Hizbullah rejects any attempt to blame
it for Hariri's murder and promised that the organization would defend
This is the second speech Nasrallah has made in as many days.
In another speech delivered to his
followers Wednesday night also to commemorate the Ashoura
festival, Nasrallah dwelled at length over recent
Hizbullah triumphs over Israeli forces and Israel's political position
in the Middle East.
Nasrallah celebrated the reportedly successful Lebanese Army dismantlement of two alleged Israeli long-range spy cameras
planted on two mountains north and south of the capital Beirut,
thanking the soldiers "for working so hard in the snow" while
undertaking the operation. All reports over the operation stated that a
the Lebanese Armed Forces located the devices after receiving
information from Hizbullah.
Hizbullah leader also sought to cast Israel, and not Iran or its
allies, as the main destabilizing force in the Middle East. Israel seeks
to "create strife" in the Middle East to shore up its precarious
"strategic position," Nasrallah was quoted as saying on the website of
Lebanese daily An-Nahar.
Nasrallah also took credit for the end of the idea of a "Greater Israel"
among the Israeli public and reiterated his previous statement that
Hizbullah would not hand over any members who might be mentioned in the
UN Hariri tribunal's upcoming indictments.
mysterious explosion near the southern Lebanese city of Sidon reported
Wednesday evening was from the destruction of a third Israeli spying
device that was destroyed by IAF aircraft, reports citing Lebanese radio
station Radio Lebanon stated Thursday.
The device was said to have been planted in the coastal water near the Lebanese city.
Elsewhere in Lebanon, a loud explosion was heard near the city of Sidon in the South on Wednesday evening, Lebanese media reported.
Lebanese media also claimed that IAF aircraft were spotted in the area were the explosion occurred, dropping flares around the area and that Israeli naval ships were spotted operating off the nearby coast. The reports included speculation that the alleged Israeli military operations were somehow connected to the discovery of the two spy cameras earlier in the day.
The IDF released a statement saying that there had been no unusual activity by the IAF in Southern Lebanon.