Beirut – In his first speech today since the start of Israel’s new war with Hamas, the leader of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, praised the Palestinian movement for its attack on Israel on October 7. According to the influential Islamist leader, the action, in which about 1,400 mostly civilian residents of southern Israel died and hundreds were taken hostage, showed Israel’s weakness and opened a new historical phase in the struggle against it. Nasrallah said the Hamas attack was “100 percent carried out and decided by the Palestinians” and that Tehran was not behind it either. According to him, the war in Gaza, for which he attributed responsibility to the United States, will be a decisive battle. According to Al Jazeera TV, Nasrallah also said that Israel can only get the hostages back from Gaza through negotiations. He also called on Arab countries to help stop the war in Gaza.
“A big event had to come that shook the usurping entity and its supporters in Washington and London, and that was the blessed operation of October 7,” Nasrallah said, speaking via video link from an undisclosed location, according to the BBC. His speech was also broadcast to a crowd of people who gathered with Lebanese and Palestinian flags in the southern suburbs of Beirut. They also waved yellow Hezbollah flags emblazoned with an assault rifle, and some carried photos of Nasrallah.
The head of Hezbollah also appreciated that the fight with Israel “spread to multiple fronts” after October 7. Since the attack on Israel, which subsequently launched a massive bombardment of the Gaza Strip and then launched a ground operation there, shelling on the Israeli-Lebanese border has also intensified, killing 57 members of Hezbollah and several civilians on both sides, as well as Israeli soldiers. Today, Nasrallah thanked Iraqi and Yemeni militant groups for joining the fight against Israel and praised their attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria. In recent days, they have repeatedly faced attempts at attacks using drones.
At the beginning of the speech, Nasrallah called the Hezbollah fighters who died fighting with the Israeli army martyrs. He also expressed his condolences to the families of the people who died in the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip and in the raids of the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank. In addition to his condolences, he also expressed “congratulations” to them, because according to him, their loved ones became martyrs.
“Absolute secrecy is what ensured the success of the October 7 al-Aqsa Flood operation,” Nasrallah said, referring to the unprecedented and brutal attack that Hamas named after a mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
Before Nasrallah’s speech today, Israeli army spokesman Richard Hecht said that the army is on high alert in the north of Israel near the border with Lebanon. “We will continue to respond strongly to any attack on Israeli civilians. We are on the northern border on very high alert to respond to any event, today and in the coming days,” said Hecht, who has the position of “international spokesman” for the Israeli military.
Hezbollah (Party of Allah) is a Shia Islamist movement that arose in 1982 during the First Lebanon War (also called Operation Peace of Galilee), when Israel invaded Lebanon in an attempt to eliminate the Palestinian resistance movement. The inspiration of the founders of Hezbollah was the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, the first units were also trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Hezbollah also has a political wing, which has been in the Lebanese parliament since 1992 and whose representatives are also in the government.
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