“The Zionist cowards soil themselves in fright at our military prowess,” boasted Nasrallah, who hides behind multiple layers of security and keeps his schedule secret to prevent attempts on his life.
Beirut, September 4 – The leader of an Iran-backed militia that fought a war with Israel in 2006, who spends most of his time underground and surrounded by heavy security amid assassination concerns, mocked Israel today as scared of the missiles his organization might fire at them in any future war.
Hassan Nasrallah, the chief of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, repeated to supporters today his message that the “Zionist entity” to the south must be trembling in fear at the punishment the group could deploy against it in any potential conflict, making sure not to stay outside for more than a few minutes at a time, or to spend too much time in any single location lest Israeli forces or agents kill or capture him.
“The Zionist cowards soil themselves in fright at our military prowess,” boasted Nasrallah, who hides behind multiple layers of security and keeps his schedule secret to prevent attempts on his life. “We will invade the enemy’s territory in the next war, and not simply fire our fearsome arsenal in his direction.”
The 2006 war, though devastating for Lebanon, left Hezbollah intact, a result that the group and Nasrallah have touted as victory. “We are the only Arabs to defeat the Zionists in their conquest of our lands,” he noted, referring both to the 2006 conflict and Israel’s decision in 2000 to withdraw all its forces from the “security zone” it created in the 1980’s in south Lebanon to combat Hezbollah activity. During and since that war, Nasrallah has maintained security practices that resemble a man on the run or in hiding, the perfect situation from which to taunt Israel for being afraid.
Hiding behind others is nothing new to Hezbollah, observes scholar Avi Uss. “It’s not surprising Nasarallah and other senior Hezbollah people would shield themselves – they used human shields all the time in the 2006 conflict, and are preparing to do the same in any future conflict,” he recalled. “It’s par for the course among groups in this part of the world: Al Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic State, the whole lot. Saddam Hussein used foreign journalists for the purpose, and he, like the aforementioned terrorist organizations, nevertheless tried to claim the moral high ground – after invading Kuwait in a campaign of naked conquest.”
“In terms of Hezbollah specifically, you also have to note the whole Iran thing” he added. “What’s going on while Nasrallah calls Israel cowardly as he hides behind children is parallel to what he’s doing as he accuses non-Arab Israel of desiring conquest of the Levant while he acts as an agent of non-Arab Iran to conquer the Levant.”
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