The head of Lebanon's Hizbullah movement, which is an Iranian proxy militia, warned Israel on Saturday not to think that a weakening of Bashar Assad's regime in Syria means his group is also weaker.
"Those who think Syria is no longer a player and cannot help the resistance (Hizbullah)... and that the resistance is going through a period of weakness and confusion, are mistaken," Hassan Nasrallah said.
"We have everything we need in Lebanon. We don't need to transport (arms) from Syria or Iran," he said, in a speech to his supporters broadcast on a giant video screen in southern Beirut.
"I warn the Israelis... that the resistance in Lebanon will not remain silent in the face of any aggression against Lebanon," he said.
"They know that all it takes is a few rockets for their airports, ports and power plants to be plunged into darkness," said the leader of the Shiite terrorist group.
His warning comes against the backdrop of tension along Israel's border with Syria and Lebanon. Israel is worried that with the loosening of Assad's grip on power, weapon stockpiles will fall into the hands of terrorist groups, including Hizbullah.
Israel reportedly attacked a convoy of advanced SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles that was about to leave the Jamraya base near Damascus for Lebanon, three weeks ago. Israel has not officially confirmed it was behind the attack, but has hinted broadly that this was, indeed, the case.
Assad is an ally of Hizbullah and he is believed to have been trying to transport some of his weapons stockpiles to the Lebanese group, out of fear that they would fall into Syrian insurgents' hands.