The head of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group, Hassan Nasrallah, claimed on Sunday that his group is still able to deter Israel, AFP reported.
"Despite the developments and events that are taking place in our region, especially in Syria, the resistance (Hezbollah) still has the capacity to deter Israel," he declared in a televised address to mark the 14th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon.
"This is one of the Israeli enemy's concerns. It looks at Syria and Iran ... and sees that they are giving all the help they can to the resistance," he said, suggesting Hezbollah is still receiving military and financial support from its allies.
Nasrallah also warned that Hezbollah will respond if Israel carries out any attacks in the border region.
"Should we reach the point where the resistance must respond, the resistance will not be silent," he said.
Hezbollah, declared Nasrallah, “is always seeking to update its resistance capacities,” affirming reports that the group has upgraded its military arsenal.
“That is what is making the enemy scared and it is continuing to talk about it,” he said, referring to the IDF, which he said is “not scary, it’s scared.”
Nasrallah’s comments come several days after his deputy, Sheikh Naim Qassem, declared that Hezbollah continues to see Israel as its central enemy and not the rebels in Syria.
The Lebanese-based terror group has been increasing its attacks on Israel recently. March was a particularly active month, as the group placed a bomb on the Israeli border in an attempt to kidnap IDF soldiers.
Hezbollah vowed revenge earlier in February, after the IAF took out a transfer of advanced missiles to the terror group from Syria in an airstrike.
In April, three members of a Hezbollah terror cell were exposed in Thailand, where they reportedly were scouting out Israeli and western sites in preparation for an attack.
At the same time, Hezbollah has been active in the civil war in Syria, where it has sustained heavy losses while fighting alongside President Bashar Al-Assad’s troops.