"The struggle against the American-Zionist enterprise is at the top of our list of priorities," Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah
Speaking via a video link to a mass rally in Beirut marking the end of the Shiite Muslim Ashura festival, Nasrallah called the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas a "great victory for Gaza."
"Israel, which was jolted by Fajr-5 missiles – how will it be able to endure thousands of missiles falling on Tel Aviv and other cities if it attacks Lebanon? Our campaign against Israel is from Kiryat Shmona to
Eilat," he told the supporters.
"To the governments in the Arab and Islamic world I say: Gaza
needs not only your visits and love, it also needs your weapons, money and real support," the Hezbollah leader said.
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah. (Photo: EPA)
"We once again wish to bless the residents of Gaza, including all of the movements and factions for this great victory. This was a real victory, regardless of what some people will try to claim, as they did following the Second Lebanon War," he told the crowd.
Addressing Iran's involvement in Gaza and the Arab world in general, Nasrallah said, "There are elements within the Arab world that are trying to turn Israel into a friend and Iran into an enemy. But every day it becomes more and more obvious to the Arab nations that Iran is a friend of the Arabs. This was evident during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip and prior to that in Lebanon."
The terror organization's leader also addressed the recent riots in Lebanon
against Hezbollah's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. "We are working to preserve stability and security in Lebanon. Our only enemy is Israel, we do not have any enemies in Lebanon," he said.
The procession in Beirut was one of many held in Lebanon and throughout the entire Shiite Muslim world to commemorate the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson. During the processions in Lebanon people chanted "Death to the United States, death to Israel" and "We are at your service, Hussein." They also waved banners in support of Gaza. One of the banners read: "Fajr-5 – a new dawn for Palestine." "Fajr"
means "dawn" in Arabic.
In a televised address delivered on Friday, Nasrallah congratulated the Palestinians in Gaza on their "first victory" over Israel's armed forces.
"The first victory of the resistance was that it prevented the enemy from achieving his goals, the greater victory was that it did not let the enemy impose his conditions, and the greatest victory was that it imposed its own conditions," he said.
"The resistance, which lost a martyr, was able to fight efficiently (…) resistance movements in the region no longer depend on individuals."