Nasrallah mocks 'weak' Israel

Hezbollah leader calls Israel weak following incident in which a Lebanese citizen successfully infiltrated into Israel.

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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday mocked Israel and called it “weak”, following a recent incident in which a Lebanese citizen successfully infiltrated into Israel via the northern border.

In a speech, Nasrallah claimed that the infiltration was proof that Israel's defensive measures on the security fence along the border are ineffective.

"We heard in recent days that Israel wants to build a concrete fence from Rosh Hanikra to Mount Hermon," Nasrallah said. "In recent years, the Israelis have built fences, installed warning systems and conducted maneuvers.”

"Despite all this, a few weeks ago, a Lebanese man managed to cross the fence, pass through all the security measures, and marched to a bus stop in Kiryat Shmona. This frightened the enemy and exposed the fact that all these measures were useless," the Hezbollah leader claimed.

He added that following the incident, "Israel decided to accelerate the construction of the concrete fence above the ground...This indicates its recognition of the victory of Lebanon, the crushing defeat of Israel, and the collapse of the plan to establish a Greater Israel."

"When Israel builds high fences it is weak. The fence is an expression of the fear of Israeli soldiers from civilians that cross it,” mocked Nasrallah.

“The Israeli enemy is afraid of any future confrontation. They know that any future confrontation will be inside the occupied Palestinian land,” said the Hezbollah leader.

Nasrallah regularly threatens Israel, despite the fact that he has been hiding in an underground bunker since the 2006 Second Lebanon War – a fact which he denies.

In February, he warned Israel to “count to one million” before waging a new war on Lebanon, stressing that Hezbollah will not abide by any “red lines” in any future confrontation.

He previously said the group's rockets had the ability to strike the nuclear reactor at Dimona and its military infrastructure, as well as the Haifa ammonia tank.

A year ago Nasrallah threatened to strike the ammonia storage facility which he described as “Hezbollah’s nuclear bomb”.