Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, speaking a week after the assassination of Samir Kuntar, praised the terrorist who killed four Israelis in an attack in Nahariya in 1979, saying he was an icon for the school of resistance, Lebanese news portal Naharnet reported.
Israel was blamed for the air strike that killed Kuntar although it did not claim responsibility.
“The Israelis are hiding like rats along the border,” he said. They are worried and they should be worried along the border and inside Israel. Their threats will not benefit them.
“The retaliation to Samir’s assassination will inevitably come,” Nasrallah said, adding that Hezbollah would not tolerate the “blood of our jihadist fighters and brothers to be shed anywhere in this world.”
Nasrallah also referenced the wave of terrorism in Israel.
“Those who are staging stabbing operations in Palestine know that they would either be martyred or jailed,” Nasrallah said. “As we commemorate Kuntar, we must revive the spirit of sacrifice, because this is a key condition for the rise of the people, the persistence of resistance and the creation of the future,” he added.
Hezbollah is an ally of the regime of President Bashar Assad, along with Iran, in the fight against the Syrian insurgency and Sunni rebel groups operating in Syria, including Islamic State.
Nasrallah said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has sought to obtain international recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights under the excuse of the Syrian conflict.”
“When the activities of the resistance started near the Golan, Israel grew very anxious, and it started retaliating in a disproportionate manner to any shelling or gunfire on the border, even if it did not cause casualties,” Nasrallah said.
With regard to Israel’s purported role in the killing of Kuntar, Nasrallah said Israel decided “eliminating such an important target is worth the adventure and the sacrifice.
“They thought that Kuntar is not that important to Hezbollah,” Nasrallah added.
Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>