After reports last week that the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) has gained a foothold in Lebanon's Arsal, Hezbollah terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah expressed a definite note of fear as he warned of the IS "monster."
Nasrallah's Hezbollah is an Iran-proxy Shi'ite terror group in Lebanon, and as of yet has avoided conflict with the Sunni group IS in Lebanon, leaving the fighting to the Lebanese army. IS has already overrun vast portions of Iraq and Syria in a blitz campaign over the last two months, in the process committing atrocities and acts of ethnic cleansing.
IS is planning "on expanding toward Jordan and Saudi Arabia by undermining the security and stability of these countries," Nasrallah said in a meeting with the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, according to the Lebanese The Daily Star on Thursday, which cited a Hezbollah official.
The terror leader went on to say of IS that the "takfiri (apostate) monster is on the loose," adding that "everyone is aware of the seriousness."
Confronting IS is "a battle of life and death no less important than fighting the Israeli enemy, as (IS) actions and objectives only serve Israel,” continued Nasrallah, calling for Lebanese unity in facing IS.
The bizarre connecting of IS and Israel comes despite the fact that IS terrorists have been documented attacking Israel from Gaza. It also comes after Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's official daily claimed in five articles in the last six weeks that the US established IS to sow division in the Muslim world.
Hezbollah is so far avoiding confrontation with IS, saying that it might intervene if they advance from Arsal to Labweh, a Hezbollah bastion 11 kilometers away.
However, Nasrallah bragged to Jumblatt that "we are the largest force capable and willing to make material, military and human sacrifices. We are willing to fight for the next 10 years."
Speaking in an interview Friday in the Lebanese Al-Akhbar, Nasrallah elaborated on the IS threat, saying "Turkey and Qatar are supporting ISIS, and I am convinced that Saudi Arabia fears it."
"There is a support for ISIS wherever there is a following of Takfiri (apostate) thinking, and this applies to Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states," added the terrorist leader.
Even as he spoke about how the IS "monster" threatens countries in the area, Nasrallah called Israel "an illegal entity and...a longstanding threat to the region. We cannot live with this threat. This is why the ultimate goal for this (region) is to eliminate (Israel)."