Thousands of people gathered in the squares of Lebanon on November 3, when the leader of the radical group “Hezbollah” Hassan Nasrallah gave a televised speech. This is his first public statement after the attack by the Palestinian radical group Hamas last month, which killed more than 1,400 people in Israel and started a war between Palestinian militants and Israel.
Nasrallah, who hides and rarely appears in public, recorded the video call from an unknown location. This happened against the background of the escalation of clashes between Hamas and Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip.
In his statement, Nasrallah praised the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, but said that it was an exclusively Palestinian operation.
In his speech, which lasted almost 90 minutes, he added that after the attack by Hamas on Israel, Hezbollah is participating in military clashes, and the group is increasing its participation every day, forcing Israel to keep its forces near the Lebanese border instead of sending these troops for an operation in the Gaza Strip.
Mutual skirmishes took place along the Israeli-Lebanese border. In the evening of November 2, Israel announced that its troops responded with a “wide offensive” after Hezbollah announced that it attacked 19 Israeli positions at the same time.
Nasrallah said that the fighting on the Lebanese-Israeli border “will not be limited” to the scale that has been observed so far. He did not go into details and, apparently, did not call for a full-scale war.
During Nasrallah’s speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “Israel’s enemies in the north will pay dearly” if they try to test Israel.
Analysts believe that a war with Hezbollah, which is militarily much stronger than Hamas, will be devastating for both Israel and Lebanon. It is believed that Hezbollah has high-precision weapons capable of striking deep into Israel.
- The Lebanese Shiite military-political organization “Hezbollah”, recognized as a terrorist in many countries of the world, was founded in 1982 with the support of Iran. In October 1997, the United States recognized Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The armed formations of the group surpass the armies of some countries in the Middle East in terms of their numbers, weapons and combat experience.
- “Hezbollah” maintains close coordination with the Palestinian organizations Hamas, “Islamic Jihad” and the Iranian Guard Corps of the Islamic Revolution.