Nasrallah upset at Arabs
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Nasrallah: Arabs must help Palestinians

Hezbollah leader lashes out at Arab states, tells them to learn from Iran, Syria

Arab states should actively support Islamic resistance, as Iran and Syria do, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said in an aggressive speech Monday.


Speaking on the occasion of Prophet Muhammad's birthday, Nasrallah accused Israel of annexing territory and desecrating Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque, but directed most of his criticism at Arab states.


"Netanyahu convenes his government and annexes everything – the Golan, the Cave of the Patriarchs, everything. And what did the Arab world do? Nothing," the Hezbollah leader said, while praising young Arab rioters in east Jerusalem for their sacrifices.


"The Muslim nation must assume its responsibility and not leave the resistance movements alone on the ground," Nasrallah said. "When Syria and Iran stand by us clearly they assume their responsibility and should be thanked for that. Assist the Palestinians as Iran does and this will resolve the problem; assume your responsibility."


Nasrallah added that Hezbollah managed to deter Israel, but said the Jewish State still threatens Lebanon's stability and the arms smuggling from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah. Israel is aware of Hezbollah's strength and views it as a "powerful organization embraced by its people," he said.


Turning his attention to the assassination of Hamas man Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Nasrallah warned collaborators with Israel and made clear that their acts were tantamount "not only to a crime, but to treason."


"Israel wishes to gather information about us. Should Israel fail in this intelligence-gathering mission, the war will be postponed," he said. "The uncertainty on the Israel enemy's part is the strong point of the resistance."


פרסום ראשון: 03.02.10, 00:14
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