Nasrallah: Netanyahu failed to destroy Hamas

Hezbollah chief says Israel Air Force cannot end battle with Gaza, claims Jerusalem is scared of engaging in a ground war.

By YAARA SHALOM
November 24, 2012 02:09
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Hezbollah head Nasrallah speaks at Beirut protest

Nasarallah adresses crowd in Beirut. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed in his attempt to destroy “the Palestinian resistance” in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, Lebanese network Al Manar reported.

“Netanyahu did not put high goals for this war. He rather put low goals so that he would achieve them and announce his victory,” Nasrallah said.

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Despite that, Nasrallah said, Netanyahu failed all of the goals he set out to achieve in the Gaza operation, according to Al Manar.

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“The first goal was to destroy the Palestinian resistance’s leadership. He failed in that. The second goal was to destroy the resistance’s missile system. He also failed in that. The third goal was to reinforce Israel’s deterrence power. This war rather weakened this power,” the Hezbollah chief said.

Commenting on the IAF assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari, Nasrallah said Hamas could still fight efficiently without him because “resistance movements in the region no longer depend on individuals.” The Hezbollah chief also commented on IDF capabilities during the operation, saying the IAF is not capable of “putting an end to the battle with Gaza,” and that Israel was “scared of engaging in a ground war,” and that it mobilized reserve soldiers merely to wage a psychological war.

Nasrallah also claimed Israel’s loss in Gaza will prevent it from waging war on the Strip again.



“If you failed to win a war against Gaza which has been under siege, what would be the case if you engage yourself in a war with someone else?”

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