Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah once again threatened Israel on Friday, saying his group would displace “millions” in Israel if the Jewish state attacks Lebanon.
Nasrallah made the threat in a televised address weeks after an Israeli army official warned that Israel would “have to” target civilian areas in Lebanon in a future confrontation with Hezbollah, reported AFP.
“If they threaten to displace 1.5 million Lebanese, then the Islamic resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah) threatens to displace millions of Israelis,” Nasrallah fired back.
“We are not afraid of your war or of your threats,” he declared.
“If you assume that we are busy in Syria, then you are wrong — because this changes nothing in how we deal with our enemy,” said Nasrallah.
For more than two years, Hezbollah has been fighting in Syria on behalf of embattled President Bashar Al-Assad.
Speaking to journalists on May 13, the Israeli army official said all villages in south Lebanon are a “military stronghold” where Hezbollah stockpiles rockets capable of hitting his country.
Even though he has continued to threaten Israel, Nasrallah has admitted in the past that his terrorist group is incapable of defeating Israel on its own.
In a recent interview with Syrian state TV Nasrallah explained that despite boasts by himself and other Hezbollah leaders about the group’s capabilities, it is incapable of mounting a war against Israel independently.
In Friday’s address, Nasrallah also spoke about Hezbollah’s ongoing battle with Al- Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, in the Qalamun region that straddles the Syrian-Lebanese border.
He said Hezbollah had managed to “liberate dozens of square kilometers” of land in the area, pushing back Al-Nusra Front and its allies.
And he vowed that Hezbollah will next turn its sights on the Islamic State (ISIS) group which has seized chunks of Syria and Iraq and which Nasrallah has indicated is as a great an enemy of Hezbollah as Israel.
“The next battle is in the… parts (of Qalamun), which are controlled by Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
“Daesh is on our borders,” he said, branding the group as a “threat” to Lebanon’s existence.