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Nasrallah: Hezbollah prepared for Israel showdown

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah gestures to supporters during Jerusalem Day in Beirut's southern suburbs, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has said his party’s involvement in Syria will not affect their preparedness to confront Israel in any new conflict.

“We will defend our country and borders with Syria just like we defended our southern border [with Israel],” Nasrallah told Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar in a wide-ranging interview to be published on Thursday and Friday.

For the first time, Nasrallah will reveal aspects of his personal life, and divulge that he was able to meet his family only once during the 34-day 2006 war with Israel.

Nasrallah reportedly told Al-Akhbar that he rooted for Argentina during the World Cup 2014 finale and disclosed that he hasn't driven a car since 1986 but that that he still wanders in "the streets, places and cities."

He denied having any preferences when it comes to food, adding that he has "special memories" in the Bekaa Valley city of Baalbek.

In light of developments in the region, Nasrallah told the pro-Hezbollah Al-Akhbar that he has been reading extensively about the so-called Takfiri Movements, adding that he is back to reading literature.

Nasrallah explained that there were “no red lines” in his party’s “security war” with Israel, adding that the Jewish State knew who took over the tasks of slain military commander Imad Mughniyeh within Hezbollah.

The mastermind of Hezbollah’s military operations Mughniyeh was assassinated in Damascus in February 2008.

The Hezbollah leader said there were attempts to confine Hezbollah to the role of "a Shiite Arab party merely, while we are a resistance group."

He added that he watched all TV stations regardless of affiliation and was familiar with Facebook and other new media outlets with the help of aides as he is "forbidden to come near any technology," according to Al-Akhbar.

Nasrallah said it was the right of the resistance in Gaza “to achieve a real victory,” but added that the recent call for Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel issued through the media by the deputy head of Hamas’ politburo, Moussa Abu Marzouk, “was not serious.”

Nasrallah is expected to deliver a televised speech Friday evening, Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV reported Wednesday.





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