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      Nasrallah Claims More Surprises are in Store for Israel

      Hizbullah arch-terrorist Nasrallah appeared on TV Thursday claiming more surprises are in store for Israel. The Lebanese army has threatened to join in fighting against any Israeli ground invasion.
      By Alex Traiman
      First Publish: 7/21/2006, 10:06 AM / Last Update: 7/21/2006, 10:25 AM

      Hizbullah terror group leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah appeared in an interview on the Arabic Al Jazeera television station just one day after an Israeli airstrike on a bunker believed to be Nasrallah’s hideout.

      "Hizbullah has so far stood fast, absorbed the strike and has retaken the initiative and made the surprises that it had promised,” Nasrallah stated of his terror organization. The arch-terrorist added, "There are more surprises."

      Unlike leaders of other terror groups, Nasrallah is known for speaking in plain language and following up on his threats soon after they are made. Just hours after threatening to bombard Haifa last week, Katyusha rockets began raining on Israel’s northernmost metropolis.

      With regard to additional surprises, London's MI6 reports that Hizbullah may be planning to fire "dirty bombs" with spent nuclear rods enclosed in the nose cones of rockets, according to WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein. Click here to listen to Klein explain the dirty bomb threat on IsraelNationalRadio.com.


      Hizbullah’s leader warned that defeating Israel in battle would be "a defeat for the entire Islamic nation."

      "I can confirm without exaggerating or using psychological warfare, that we have not been harmed," Nasrallah stated, calling assertions that Israel has destroyed up to 50 percent of Hizbullah’s rocket arsenal “baseless.”

      Israel dropped over 23 tons of explosives on Hizbullah's headquarters in Beirut, Thursday.

      Nasrallah offered condolences to the family of two Arab brothers who were killed in Nazereth as a direct result of a Katyusha rocket attack Wednesday. He called the brothers, who were Israeli citizens, "martyrs for the Palestinian cause."

      In a similar interview on Al Jazeera, Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr said, "The Lebanese army, and I stress the Lebanese army, will resist and defend and will prove that it is an army that deserves respect." Murr stated that the Lebanese would join in fighting any Israeli ground offensive.

      Senior Israeli defense officials have stated that a ground invasion is necessary to secure a buffer zone of 20 miles in Southern Lebanon, about the distance a Katyusha can travel.

      Meanwhile, according to Ha'aretz, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora commented on Lebanon’s inability to control or fight against Hizbullah in an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

      "It's not a mystery that Hizbullah answers to the political agendas of Tehran and Damascus," Saniora said. "The entire world must help us disarm Hizbullah. But first we need to reach a cease-fire."

      The Prime Minister’s office later released a statement adding, “The international community has not given the Lebanese government an opportunity to deal with the problem of Hizbullah`s arms, since the continuing presence of the Israeli occupation of Sheba Farms is the reason for the weapons' location.

      "The important thing now is to restore full Lebanese sovereignty in the south, dismantling any armed militia parallel to the national army," Sanoira said. "The Syrians are inside our home and we are still too weak to defend ourselves. The terrible memories of the civil war are still too alive and no one is ready to take up arms."