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Hezbollah leader denies links to recent attacks
From his bunker, Nasrallah tells supporters targeting 'soldiers or Israeli diplomats or civilians' is 'insulting for Hezbollah'

"Israel is in a state of concern and embarrassment in light of what is happening in the region," Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday.

 

In a televised address to supporters marking the fourth year anniversary of the assassination of senior Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, Narallah proudly mentioned that Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently told the Herzliya Conference that Israel's current challenges are "more critical than those faced by (late prime minister David) Ben-Gurion and the state's founders."

 

Nasrallah said "the concern for Israel's existence within the Zionist society and even among the Zionist entity's leaders is the result of what is happening in the region."

 

However, he claimed the Iranian-backed group had nothing to do with this week's attack on an Israeli diplomat in India, a botched bomb plot in Thailand, or an attempted bombing in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

 

Speaking by satellite link, Nasrallah said Hezbollah would still avenge Mughniyeh's death — and suggested this week's plots were too small to be the work of Hezbollah. He said targeting "soldiers or Israeli diplomats or civilians" is "insulting for Hezbollah."

 

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Thursday's ceremony also marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Hezbollah secretary general Abbas Mussawi, who was assassinated by Israel. The Shiite group claims Israel was also behind Mughniyeh's death.

 

 

"A Mossad man said this; not a reporter or Knesset member. Is it true? Only allah knows. It's enough that the Israelis believe the resistance has such force. It serves as a deterrent against aggression," he said.

 

Addressing the civil uprising in Syria, Nasrallah said "Why does the world insist on overthrowing the Syrian regime? Is it not strange that the US, the West, the Arab countries and Israel have all united in the effort to overthrow the regime?"

 

AP contributed to the report 

 

 

 

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