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Nasrallah Supports Hamas, Islamic Jihad in 'Resistance'

Hezbollah leader backs 'Palestinian resistance' against Israel's self-defense operation, encourages 'intifada.'
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 7/21/2014, 5:30 PM

Hassan Nasrallah
Hassan Nasrallah
Reuters

Lebanese terror group Hezbollah is backing the Palestinian "resistance" in Gaza to defeat Israel, the Shiite movement's leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday.

Nasrallah told Hamas' exiled chief Khaled Meshaal by telephone: "Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance stand firmly on the side of the Intifada and the Palestinian people's resistance, and support Hamas' strategy and the just conditions it has set to end the conflict," AFP reports. 

Hamas officials reportedly set a series of unprecedented demands on Israel to accompany a ten-year truce - before threatening Israelis if the government refused to accept. 

Nasrallah, meanwhile, expressed his "complete confidence in the resistance's capacity to defend itself and to achieve a new victory in July", a reference to Israel's failure to crush Hezbollah in its July 2006 offensive against Lebanon.

In a separate phone call to Ramadan Abdallah Challah, secretary general of the Gaza's second-biggest terror organization, the Islamic Jihad, Nasrallah said: "The Lebanese resistance is willing to cooperate completely, in order to realize the goals of the Palestinian resistance, and to ensure the failure of the (Israeli) aggression."

Several rockets have been fired into Israel from Lebanon since Operation Protective Edge began two weeks ago.

The Lebanese Army arrested several terrorists involved in the salvo on the Galilee, but also complained to mediating body UNIFIL after the IAF responded to the attacks.