Sheikh Naim Qassem. Warning Israel
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Hezbollah: If Israel attacks, it will be defeated

Shiite group's deputy secretary-general says Jewish state 'will suffer a greater blow in its next offensive'

Hezbollah's deputy secretary-general, Sheikh Naim Qassem, said Friday that his organization would crush any attempt by Israel to launch an attack on the Shiite group and warned the Jewish state against an embarrassing defeat.


In an interview to a Syrian television station, Qassem said of the 2006 Second Lebanon War: "If the result of the July war was an Israeli defeat, it will suffer an even greater blow in its next offensive."


Hassan Nasrallah's deputy called on the United Nations Security Council to discuss what he referred to as "Israel's violations" against Lebanon in regards to Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War.


He added that the new Lebanese government, which includes Hebzollah, was helping stabilize the country.


Hezbollah buildings in village of al-Khiam


The remarks were made several days after the Israel Defense Forces released images proving that Hezvbollah has been transferring weapons and equipment to southern Lebanon, not far from the Israel border.


On Wednesday, the IDF revealed aerial photographs of sites at the village of al-Khiam, where the army suspects Hezbollah is storing various weapons and even operating headquarters and control centers.


Colonel Ronen Marley, commander of the western brigade at the northern border, commented on the rearmament of Hezbollah: "An event can take place today, or a year from now; I am ready for it to happen by surprise. We are operating in different ways to thwart any event – if one should take place, we will know how to handle it."



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