Hezbollah’s rockets can hit anywhere in Israel and the Lebanese terror group is not afraid to fight Israel in another war, head Hassan Nasrallah told supporters in a fiery speech Tuesday.
Hezbollah “is fully ready in southern Lebanon,” Nasrallah said, addressing via video thousands of Lebanese Shiites commemorating the Ashura holiday in southern Beirut, Naharnet reported.
He said the group’s activities fighting in support of the Syrian regime had not affected its battle readiness.
“Israel’s threats of another war on Lebanon do not stem from its power because it has lost hope and is concerned…the resistance is a real threat to Israel,” said Nasrallah.
Hezbollah’s secretary-general also pledged that the Shiite organization’s rockets would force Israel to close its sea ports and main airport in the next conflict. “Israelis are saying in the media that they would have to close down the Ben-Gurion airport and the Haifa port and yes, that’s true,” said Nasrallah, the Daily Star reported.
Nasrallah also addressed Israeli plans to build new housing units in East Jerusalem, saying that the “the Zionists are taking advantage of the Islamic world’s turmoil to reach their objectives.” He called on the Arab League to take a firm stance against the planned construction.
The European Union’s new foreign policy chief called for the creation of a Palestinian state within the five years of her term, announcing that the EU intends to play a more influential role in the Middle East than in the past.
“What’s important for me is not whether other countries, be they European or not, recognize Palestine,” Federica Mogherini told the European press in comments published Tuesday, referring to Sweden’s recent recognition of a Palestinian state. “I’d be happy if, during my mandate, the Palestinian state existed.”
On November 1, Mogherini succeeded Catherine Ashton as the union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.
This weekend, she is scheduled to arrive in Israel and the Palestinian territories for her first official visit. During her two-day visit, she will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, President Reuven Rivlin, opposition leader Isaac Herzog and the chief peace negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. She is also expected to travel to Ramallah and the Gaza Strip, where she will meet with senior Palestinian officials.
Europe cannot eternally be a payer without playing a political role, Mogherini said in the comments. Therefore, the EU intends to adopt a broad regional approach to the Middle East, seeing a possible solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a wider reconciliation of the Arab world with the Jewish state, she said.
“It will, in fact, be difficult to guarantee the security for this country [Israel] without a broader framework involving Arab countries. And an overall agreement of this kind would facilitate the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue,” she said.
It is important that all 28 EU member states speak with one voice regarding the Middle East