BEIRUT: Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that Israel will be in for a surprise if it decides to wage war on Lebanon, during a speech broadcast live to crowds commemorating Ashoura in Beirut’s southern suburbs Thursday.
"The resistance has precision and non-precision missiles in their possession. If Israel wages a war on Lebanon, they will face a situation they would have never expected," Nasrallah said.
He stressed that Lebanon and the resistance should always be on alert and not become complacent when it comes to Israel, even if the balance of power is shifting.
"Israel knows that more countries are joining and supporting the resistance. They also had high hopes concerning Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, but they did not pan out," he said.
"From the 1980s – no, from 2006 up until know, have you ever heard Israel saying they will start a war with Lebanon and arrive to occupy Beirut? Never. They can't claim this anymore because their army has weakened while ours, along with the resistance, have evolved."
Nasrallah went on to voice his party's support for the Palestinians, Yemenis and Bahrainis, “each fighting for their rights and survival.”
"For the past four years, the Yemeni people have been living an injustice. Every Arab, Muslim and free person should raise their voice against the assaults waged by the United States and Saudi Arabia on Yemen ... it is a human responsibility."
While he briefly touched on the Palestinian cause, Nasrallah shifted his focus on Bahrain, saying its people have been oppressed by neighboring countries. "They are fighting for their identity and their rights," he said.
Bahrain's Sunni-led government put down Arab Spring protests led by Shiites demanding reforms, drawing harsh criticism from international rights groups for its treatment of the Shiite-majority population. Bahrain accuses Hezbollah backer Iran of provoking unrest in the kingdom.
Nasrallah called for support of Iran, as the newly imposed U.S. sanctions will take effect in the coming weeks. "It is our responsibility to stand with Iran."
He said that Iran is being punished for holding on to its Islamic identity, its freedom, its wealth and its sovereignty. "The U.S. is trying to stop other countries from trading with Iran and buying its oil. They're punishing Iran," Nasrallah said.
He added that Iran, a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause and opposer of Israel, was one of the first countries to lend a helping hand to Syria and Iraq in their fight against Daesh (ISIS).
Nasrallah briefly touched on the situation in Lebanon, reiterating his words from his speech last night, calling for calm and an end to the deadlocked Cabinet formation process.
Ashoura processions mourn the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
Tens of thousands of Shiites in Lebanon, in particular in Beirut's southern suburbs, the Bekaa Valley and the south, take part in the processions each year.