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Nasrallah: Israel Has Failed in Gaza

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah pledges his group's support for the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/20/2012, 4:44 AM

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Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah pledged his group's support for the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza in on war Monday, insisting it was unaffected by differences over the conflict in Syria, AFP reported.

"Some are saying that Israel is punishing Hamas for they think it abandoned Iran, Syria and Hizbullah," Nasrallah said in a speech beamed to supporters on a big screen in the Shiite southern suburbs of Beirut.

"Iran, Syria and Hizbullah will not give up on the people of Gaza and its resistance, and this is our religious and moral and humanitarian obligation," he said.

The 20-month uprising in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad's regime has sparked a growing rift between it and Hamas.

Syrian members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, from which Hamas sprung, were among the first to participate when protests erupted against Assad's rule in March last year.

As peaceful demonstrations turned into an armed rebellion, reports said Hamas had quietly moved its offices from Syria, evacuating most of its members, while publicly denying it had shifted its headquarters.

The Hizbullah leader also called on Arab leaders on Monday to send arms to Hamas, mocking Gulf Arab states such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia that have championed arming the Syrian rebels.

"Israel now is betting on the consumption of rocket stocks of the Palestinian resistance so it is an obligation to open the borders and send rockets and arms to the resistance in Gaza," Nasrallah said.

"Some who are sending arms shipments to Syria don't dare send a bullet to Palestine because of Israel's presence," he added.

He also claimed that Israel has failed in dealing a blow to Hamas during its Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza.

"Some Israeli targets in Gaza are being bombed again and again, and resistance rockets are still being fired from Gaza and hitting in the depth of the Zionist entity,” said Nasrallah, according to Hizbullah’s Al-Manar network.

“So, the Zionists returned to their criminal nature with killing large numbers of children, women and civilians since yesterday,” he added. “This reflects the failure of the Israeli military operation in Gaza and its failure to achieve its objectives in pushing the resistance movements to relinquish its rightful conditions.

"As the Gazans witnessed in 2008 and as we experienced in Lebanon, the resistance and its leaders had overcame the era when their arms would be twisted by massacring children and women," said Nasrallah.

On Saturday, the Hizbullah leader said that any attempt by Israeli forces to launch a ground assault against Hamas in Gaza would be a miscalculated step.

“The Israelis will commit a stupid mistake if they decide to launch a ground operation against Gaza,” Hassan Nasrallah said during a live speech.