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Nasrallah: Syria Gave Us Many Rockets During War

Hezbollah chief says Syria's Assad provided him with anti-tank missiles during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/15/2013, 5:42 AM

Hassan Nasrallah
Hassan Nasrallah
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As he took credit for a bombing which wounded four Israeli soldiers on the border with Lebanon last week, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah provided more details on the attack.

In an interview which aired on Wednesday, Nasrallah also claimed that Syria provided his group with many rockets during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

“Hezbollah had prior information that two Israeli units of the Golani brigade were planning to infiltrate Lebanon so we planted the explosives,” Nasrallah told the Al-Mayadeen television network, according to the Daily Star newspaper.

He claimed that Hezbollah terrorists had closely monitored the blast’s location, adding that two Israeli squads of at least a dozen soldiers were involved.

Nasrallah claimed that two bombs, detonated remotely, wounded four Israeli soldiers. The first blast targeted the forward team while the second was detonated when the second unit approached their comrades.

“The operation was deliberate and not an accident nor was it the result of a landmine left over from the Israeli occupation of Lebanon,” he said, referring to comments by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who said the bomb that exploded may have been an old one.

Nasrallah vowed that Hezbollah would take similar actions in the future.

“We’ll confront any entry by Israelis into Lebanese territory that we know of,” he declared. “We’ll cut off the feet of those entering our land.”

During the interview, which was made on the seventh anniversary of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Nasrallah said that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had contemplated sending Syrian troops to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley if the confrontation escalated and threatened Damascus.

Nasrallah said he asked Assad to hold off, saying Hezbollah feared a regional war and that he was confident Hezbollah would emerge victorious. Assad, he added, provided his group with Syrian-made rockets and Kornet anti-tank missiles.

“A lot of rockets we used in July were made in Syria and they were excellent rockets,” he said, according to the Daily Star.

The Hezbollah chief said the group didn’t need to import weaponry from its main ally Iran because “we didn’t need any,” as it had enough weapons to carry on fighting for six months.

Nasrallah also took aim at former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who headed the Lebanese government at the time.

“We didn’t trust Fouad Siniora when it came to the resistance, from the war’s beginning to its end,” he said. Nasrallah alleged that Siniora’s government delayed informing the United Nations that Hezbollah had endorsed United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a cessation of hostilities.

He also claimed he had in the past turned down offers by the West for Hezbollah to abandon its struggle against Israel, naming former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney as one of those who floated such an offer.

Nasrallah said Cheney, through an intermediary posing as a Western journalist, offered Hezbollah a normalization of ties and further incentives if it changed its policy toward Israel.

Nasrallah claimed he rejected the proposal immediately.