Daily Israel Report

Nasrallah: Destroying Israel is the Interest of All Arabs

The head of the Hizbullah terror group makes a rare public appearance in honor of Iran’s Quds Day.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/2/2013, 9:42 PM

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah
AFP photo

Destroying Israel is the interest of the entire Arab world, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah declared on Friday.

AFP reported that the head of the Lebanese terror group made a rare public appearance at a Beirut rally held to mark Iran’s Quds Day.

It was a first appearance in public since last September for Nasrallah who, according to AFP attended the rally in Rweiss, in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

In his speech, Nasrallah thanked "Iran and Syria for all they are doing for Palestine and Jerusalem, and for all they have given to resistance movements (fighting Israel) in Lebanon and Palestine".

Nasrallah called for the end of Israel, saying its elimination "is in the interest not only of the Palestinians but the entire Arab and Muslim world," according to AFP.

He also slammed supporters of radical Muslim takfiri movements -- a reference to jihadist Sunni groups who have been fighting in Syria alongside other rebels to oust the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.

Hizbullah’s terrorists have been actively helping Assad’s troops fight the rebels. The group agrees with the Syrian regime view that jihadist fighters are linked to Al-Qaeda who receive support from abroad.

"The states who support them, who push them to the battlefield and incite them to commit murder... are responsible for all the catastrophes and destruction, and are doing Israel and the United States a service," Nasrallah claimed, according to AFP.

"We need to be aware of all these dangers and strive as much as we can to solve these crises through internal dialogue, and put a stop to the bloodshed in Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia," He added.

Nasrallah's appearance comes less than two weeks after the European Union blacklisted Hizbullah’s so-called military wing as a terrorist organization.

Nasrallah later claimed that it is the IDF, and not Hizbullah, that should be blacklisted as a terror organization.

He said that Israel’s “military wing”, that is the IDF, should be blacklisted as a terrorist organization, given the "occupation" and the Israeli army's actions against the “Palestinians and Lebanese”, as he put it.

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