All of Hizbullah's policies and activities are coordinated with the leadership of Iran, including the firing of rockets into Israeli population centers for which direct Iranian approval is required, said a senior Hizbullah official in a rare admission.
"Even when it comes to firing rockets on Israeli civilians, when they (Israel) bombed the civilians on our side, even that decision requires an in-principle permission from (the ruling jurisprudent)," said Sheikh Naim Kassem, the deputy chief of Hizbullah, in an Arabic language interview translated Sunday by the Information and Terrorism Center at Israel's Center for Special Studies.
According to the Center, "the ruling jurisprudent," or "al-wali al-faqih" in Arabic, is the title of Supreme Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In the interview, given last month to the Al-Kawthar, Iranian Arabic-language TV channel, Kassem says Khamenei's authority is crucial for all Hizbullah operations:
"Hizbullah relied and relies still in its Islamic religious position, which has to do with its activity in general and its jihadist activity in particular, on the decision of (Khamenei). The ruling jurisprudent is the one who allows and the one who prohibits."
He said Khamenei approves acts suicide terror.
"We ask, receive answers, and then apply (them). This is even true for acts of suicide for the sake of Allah – no one may kill himself without a jurisprudent permission (from Khamenei)."
During Israel's war in Lebanon last summer, Hizbullah fired over 3,000 rockets into Israeli civilian population centers, killing 43 civilians and injuring thousands. There were multiple reports, denied by Hizbullah, of Iranian officers operating in Lebanon to aid the militia.
Kassem's statements come as Israeli defense officials said this weekend Hizbullah is stronger now than before last summer's war. According to the officials, Hizbullah, aided by Iran, is preparing for another conflict with the Jewish state.
In an interview Saturday with al-Jazeera, Hizbullah's Kassem admitted his group rebuilt its militia and is ready for war. He claimed Israel will attack first.
"We have new military plans. We have completed our ground work in preparing our men, as well as our land, so that we would be ready if the Israeli government thought one day (of launching an attack)," said Kassem.
Reprinted with permission of WorldNetDaily