Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said “Israel is a cancer” and that the “ultimate goal should be to remove it.”
Speaking in a six-hour-long interview with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, Nasrallah said that Israel seeks short wars that lead to “a quick, decisive and clear victory.”
“The reason for this is their realization that any future war is going to be a lot more difficult in terms of its targets and the ability of the resistance – its rocket capabilities and capabilities in all areas. The enemy cannot withstand a war of attrition,” he said.
Nasrallah played down the success of the Iron Dome defense system, asserting “it will face a real issue when there are large number of rockets.”
Asked about Hezbollah’s relationship with Hamas following its break with its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Nasrallah said that despite this, “contacts and meetings were never put on hold. Everything stayed normal.”
“The most dangerous problem we face today, whether it is with the Lebanese or Arab public, is to get to a point where the people of the region consider Israel’s existence normal,” emphasized Nasrallah.
He went on to add, “Israel is an illegitimate entity and it is a threat to the region. It is a constant threat to the whole region. We cannot coexist with this threat. That is why the ultimate goal of the [Arab and Islamic] nation is to end Israel’s existence irrespective of the problems, sensitivities and everything that has happened and could happen between Palestinians and non-Palestinians, Shia and Sunni, Muslims and Christians.”
Nasrallah said during the interview, the first part of which was published on Thursday, that the resistance in Gaza has the right to fight on and achieve a true victory against Israel by forcing an end to the crippling blockade on the coastal territory.
“The resistance in Gaza is entitled to achieve a real victory,” said Nasrallah.
“Since the war has been imposed on it, it’s the resistance’s chance to lift the [Gaza] siege,” he explained. “That’s why the resistance [Hamas] is looking for a real achievement solution: lifting the siege.”
Nasrallah highlighted comments made by a senior Palestinian resistance leader who said that the Gaza problem was a “problem of trust with the Israelis.”
“It’s a fundamental problem because it is between the Qatari-Turkish axis and the Saudi-UAE-Egyptian axis,” he explained.
On Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria, Nasrallah said, “Just as we defend our borders in the south, we defend our country and our borders with Syria.”
He said many people who had rejected Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syria conflict “began changing their stances.”
“We are a resistance [group] …. Our war with the enemy and with Israel has no red lines,” Nasrallah concluded.
Nasrallah denied that Hezbollah’s participation in the war in Syria has exhausted Hezbollah in terms of both men and material.
“To say that it exhausts [Hezbollah] is an exaggeration. But in any case, the sacrifices Hezbollah has made in Syria, from the start of its intervention to the present day, remains much less than the sacrifices and costs Hezbollah and all the Lebanese would have had to pay later if had not intervened,” he said.
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