Nasrallah: Hezbollah has all of Israel in its missile range -report

Nasrallah said that Hezbollah has the ability to prevent Israel or companies from extracting gas from the Karish gas field.

 Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a screen during a religious ceremony marking Ashura (photo credit: AL-MANAR/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a screen during a religious ceremony marking Ashura
(photo credit: AL-MANAR/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

All of Israel is within the range of Hezbollah’s missiles, Lebanese Hezbollah terror leader Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview published Monday night.

All of Israel is within the range of Hezbollah’s missiles, Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview published Monday night.

“All land and sea targets of Israel are within the range of Hezbollah missiles,” he said, adding that Hezbollah has created “active deterrence” against Israel.

Nasrallah also boasted about a recent drone operation Hezbollah carried out, targeting Israel’s Karish gas field. Israel downed the drones, but Nasrallah told Al-Mayadeen media that Hezbollah has used drones over Israel many times in the past.

Nasrallah threatened Israel against using the Karish field. He also said US President Joe Biden’s trip to the region illustrated how the US does not want a new conflict in the Middle East. He suggested that Hezbollah could gain from this by bringing Iranian oil and gas to Lebanon and that Hezbollah can exploit Lebanon’s crisis and the US desire for stability in the region.

Nasrallah’s threats and statements against Israel ran the usual gamut of claims. Israel was afraid to enter Lebanon’s territory, which showed that Hezbollah had deterred Israel, he said.

Vehicles drive past pictures of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, ahead of the parliamentary election that is scheduled for May 15, in Taalabaya, Lebanon. Picture taken May 4, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/AZIZ TAHER)Vehicles drive past pictures of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, ahead of the parliamentary election that is scheduled for May 15, in Taalabaya, Lebanon. Picture taken May 4, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/AZIZ TAHER)

Nasrallah spoke to the media on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Hezbollah and spelled out its accomplishments and future endeavors. He praised Iranian support for the “axis” of resistance.

Israel had withdrawn from Lebanon in the past, and it could not even maintain the “security belt” inside Lebanon, which it maintained until 2000, he said.

Israel has been afraid to confront Hezbollah since the 2006 war, Nasrallah said.

“We are capable of deterrence and, if needed, we will respond, even if it leads to war,” he said. “Due to Europe’s need to replace Russian oil and gas, Lebanon is facing a historic opportunity. Biden came to the region because of oil and gas. But the additional oil of Saudi Arabia and the UAE will not solve Europe’s needs either. The war between Ukraine and Russia has made them look for alternatives to Russian oil and gas.”

“We are capable of deterrence and if needed, we will respond. Even if it leads to war.”

Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah hopes to gain from the Ukraine crisis, Nasrallah said.

“This is a historic and golden opportunity for us to push for our oil,” he said. “Regarding NATO in the Middle East, I must say that many people talk about their dreams. Biden only traveled to the region for oil. The priority of Biden and America is to confront Russia in Ukraine. For this reason, they are against any war… They do not want a war that will cause an explosion in the region.”

Hezbollah’s abilities

Nasrallah spoke about Hezbollah’s capabilities, including its precision-guided missiles, which give it the ability to prevent Israel or companies from extracting gas from the Karish field.

“The ball is now in Lebanon’s territory... [but Israel] is not allowed to extract oil and gas in an area that is not subject to conflict,” he said. “Now, Lebanon has given concessions that the enemy should not refuse.”

Hezbollah is increasing its drone threats to Israel, and it would make decisions for Lebanon in the future, Nasrallah said.

Iran’s Fars News Agency reported: “The secretary general of Hezbollah stated that the Lebanese government is not able to make a proper decision to protect this country and its resources, and he stated: ‘Therefore, the resistance is forced to make a decision. Our goal is for Lebanon to extract oil and gas, because this is the only way to save Lebanon. This is an action that must be taken. We will not accept any deception, and we must take back our right. Our goal is to make Lebanon extract oil and gas and to draw the maritime borders of this country correctly.’”