Hezbollah leader considers Israel too weakened to launch war against Lebanon

“This enemy and the society of this enemy are showing signs of fatigue,” insisted Hassan Nasrallah, estimating that the Israeli army “lacked the manpower” to start a war against Lebanon.


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Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech on February 16, 2024 on television.  (AL-MANAR / AFP)

The leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, whose party has been exchanging fire with Israel for months in support of Palestinian Hamas, estimated on Wednesday March 13 that Israel was too weakened to launch into a war against Lebanon. “The Israeli army is exhausted (…) on the northern front, in the West Bank and Gaza”said the leader of the Islamist movement, Hassan Nasrallah, during a televised speech.

These comments come as Israel launches air raids deeper and deeper into Lebanese territory, against positions of the powerful Hezbollah, accentuating the threats of open war. “This enemy and this enemy’s society are showing signs of fatigue”he continued, believing that the Israeli army “lacked staff” to start a war against Lebanon.

“Resistance has so far deterred the enemy”

In particular, he once again accused the Israeli army of imposing “media censorship” as to the real number of soldiers killed in the exchanges of fire with his pro-Iranian formation. In Israel, according to the army, ten soldiers and seven civilians died in the cross-border violence which began after the unprecedented attack by the Islamist movement Hamas on Israeli territory. “The resistance has so far dissuaded the enemy from going to war against Lebanon”hammered Hassan Nasrallah.

Hezbollah says it will only end its attacks on Israel if there is a ceasefire in Gaza. But Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant recently warned that a possible truce in Gaza would not “the objective” of Israel to push Hezbollah from its northern border, by force or diplomacy.

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