(Jerusalem Post) The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah warned the United States on Friday that preventing a regional war depended on stopping the Israeli attack on Gaza, and there was a realistic possibility of fighting on the Lebanese front turning into a “wide war.”
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in his first speech since the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7, also threatened Israel’s main ally the United States, hinting his Iran-backed group was ready to confront US warships in the Mediterranean.
Nasrallah went on to claim that the October 7 massacre was carried out by Israeli forces on Israeli civilians, adding that there was no evidence of Hamas beheading babies.
In the speech, he claimed that “brothers from Hamas” had planned the October 7 attack alone, and they hid it from their other terrorist allies. Despite the secrecy, the terrorist leader insisted that the attack did not upset anyone in the “resistance axis.”
Nasrallah, in further praise of the attack, stated that the” Al-Aqsa Flood,” as Hamas calls its offensive against Israel, had exposed Israel’s weakness. The attack took the lives of 1400 people, including the lives of civilians and Arab Israelis.
Blood in houses when Hamas terrorists infiltrated Kibbutz Be’eri, and 30 other nearby communities in Southern Israel on October 7, killing more than 1400 people, and taking more than 200 hostages into Gaza, near the Israeli-Gaza border. (credit: EDI ISRAEL/FLASH90)
He said the Oct. 7 operation led to an “earthquake” in Israel and claimed that it exposed the country’s weakness.
Bragging, Nasrallah celebrated that Israel was “under financial pressure” after multiple towns near the Gaza border were evacuated. He claimed that Israel was “anxious that front could escalate…”
Mocking Israel, the terrorist leader said that in a whole month, Israel had failed to rescue any hostage or make any significant military achievement.
Nasrallah’s message to the US
“You, the Americans, can stop the aggression against Gaza because it is your aggression. Whoever wants to prevent a regional war, and I am talking to the Americans, must quickly halt the aggression on Gaza,” Nasrallah said.
“You, the Americans, know very well that if war breaks out in the region, your fleets will be of no use, nor will fighting from the air be of any benefit, and the one who will pay the price will be … your interests, your soldiers and your fleets,” he said.
Referring to US warships in the Mediterranean, he said Hezbollah was not afraid of these. “I tell you with all sincerity, we have prepared well for your fleets, with which you are threatening us,” he said.
Lebanon’s terrorist group Hezbollah should not try to take advantage of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, a spokesperson for the White House’s National Security Council said on Friday.
The United States does not want to see the conflict expand into Lebanon, the spokesperson said.
The Hamas-run Gaza health authorities say at least 9,227 people – many of them women and children – have been killed since Israel started its blitz on the small coastal enclave of 2.3 million people.