BEIRUT: 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, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said.
“The resistance in Gaza is entitled to achieve a real victory,” Nasrallah said in an interview published Thursday by local daily Al-Akhbar.
“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.”
“When a cease-fire was proposed [in the Gaza war] Palestinian factions agreed that this cannot be discussed without achieving an end to the blockade.”
“Gazans have made a decision not to surrender and to bear the consequences of their stance even at a high cost.”
In response to a question, Nasrallah said he believed the Gaza war had delayed an Israeli aggression against Lebanon.
“I can say that it has delayed the war, but I cannot say much because it is not clear under what conditions or data can Israel wage a war, if it wants to.”
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.
Nasrallah reiterated that Israel “is an illegal entity and is a longstanding threat to the region.”
“We cannot live with this threat,” he said. “This is why the ultimate goal for this [region] is to eliminate [Israel].”
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] while some want us to be a party for the Arab Shiites.”
“Our war with the enemy and with Israel has no red lines,” Nasrallah said.
The wide-ranging interview also touched on Nasrallah’s personal life.
Nasrallah said he had supported Argentina in the World Cup final.
“I watched part of the final match for the sake of my son and not for the game itself,” he said. “I wanted to create a competitive atmosphere. And since my son was with the Germans, I stood by Argentina.”
Nasrallah tied his relationships with cell phones and the Internet, including Facebook, to the security considerations.
On his favorite food, Nasrallah said he eats everything.
“I eat whatever food is available just like the solider at the warfront who has no other choice.”