Daily Israel Report

Nasrallah Threatens Senior Israeli Officials

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his group will hurt senior Israeli officials, denies Hizbullah involvement in attacks this week.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/17/2012, 2:15 AM

Hassan Nasrallah
Hassan Nasrallah
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The leader of the Hizbullah terror group, Hassan Nasrallah, threatened on Thursday to hurt senior Israeli officials. Nasrallah made the threats during a speech at a ceremony in memory of former Hizbullah leader Abbas Musawi and arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.

In his speech, Nasrallah denied that Hizbullah was involved in the attacks this week which targeted Israelis in India, Georgia and Thailand.

“Regarding the bombings that occurred this week in India, Georgia and Thailand - I want to say clearly that Hizbullah had nothing to do with it,” said Nasrallah. “I do not know who was behind the explosions and I do not waste my time analyzing it. At this point I want to remind that Imad Mughniyeh's blood will haunt them. We will get revenge on them, but we won’t hurt soldiers or diplomats. It would be shameful for us to avenge the death of our commander by killing simple Israelis.”

He added, “They (Israel) know very well who we are targeting. They are taking precautionary measures and I say to them today - beware. As long as blood flows in our veins, we will continue to operate until the day we get revenge for Imad Mughniyeh. This will be a respectable revenge.”

Mughniyeh was killed in a car-bomb attack in Damascus in February of 2008, reportedly while in the midst of planning major terrorist attacks in moderate Arab countries.

Both Hizbullah and Syria blamed Israel for killing Mughniyeh, and Hizbullah has promised to avenge his death.

In his remarks Nasrallah added, “Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said that Hizbullah has firepower that is not found in 90 percent of the world's countries. It is not a minister or a journalist who said it, but the head of the Mossad. Whether this is true or not, only Allah knows. It is enough for us that Israelis believe it.”

He promised to keep fighting Israel because it “occupies Palestine and the holy places for Christians and Muslims, works to Judaize Jerusalem and causes suffering among the Palestinians.” He added that the Zionist project is a “danger which is imposed on Middle Eastern countries and the peoples living in it, regardless of their religious affiliation, race and culture of those nations and those countries. We need to locate this danger and bring it down.”

Hizbullah and Iran have been blamed for the terror attacks this week. Iran has denied involvement in the attacks and has suggested that any of Israel’s “many enemies in various parts of the world” could have been behind them.