Flags And Soldiers Of Hezbollah In Southern Lebanon

Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, gave a televised speech on Friday—his first since the 7 October Hamas attack on Israel—and warned Israel that it is just a matter of time before it faces a muli-front conflict.

Nasrallah appealed to his followers to be patient. 

“For those who say that Hezbollah should start a war in the entire region, I say wait,” he said, according to The Wall Street Journal. “These are just the beginnings. More actions will be taken against Israel from several different fronts.”

He continued, “Israel fears that this front could snowball toward a regional war, and this scenario is realistic, and could definitely happen.”

Hezbollah and Israel have been exchanging missile fire and Saturday marked what seemed to be the most fierce Israeli response yet.  A Lebanese source told Reuters that the group fired a powerful missile “not yet used in the fighting” and hit an Israeli position near the border. The report noted that about 60 Hezbollah fighters have died in these skirmishes. 

The Washington Post, citing Israeli reports, said four civilians, including three children, were killed by an Israeli airstrike in south Lebanon Sunday evening. The report noted that Israel also said one Israeli was killed in the clash.

Hezbollah has said if Lebanese civilians are killed in clashes, it will be considered a violation of the rules of engagement and it will retaliate by attacking civilian targets, the report said. 

Nasrallah said his group was not intimidated by the U.S.’s decision to move carrier groups into the region. 

“Since the outbreak of the war, the US has threatened to bomb us in Lebanon from its military ships in the Mediterranean. We are prepared for whatever scenario. If an all-out war breaks out, you Americans will pay with your ships, your aircraft, and your soldiers,” he said, according to The Times of Israel. 

“Remember your defeats in Lebanon and Iraq, and your humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan. Those who defeated you in Lebanon in the 1980s are still alive and their children and grandchildren are ready to face you,” he said.

TRENDPOST: It is worth noting that from the U.S. to the Middle East, the Israel War is being called a religious war and a holy war. 

Indeed, as Gerald Celente had forecast in his bestselling book, Trends 2000, this is “Crusades 2000.”

America’s top pro-war mouthpiece, a fat boy who could not fight his way out of a paper bag, Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “We’re in a religious war and I unapologetically Stand with Israel.”

And last week Nasrallah called the battle a “holy war.”

“If we want to search for a battle with complete legitimacy, there is no battle like the fight with the Zionists,” Nasrallah said. “If we look for a war from the side of a moral, religious, and humanitarian level, this is not something we have to see against the Zionist regime. This is the only war that deserves to be fought.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have also referred to the conflict as a “holy war.”

“The Bible says there is a time for peace and a time for war. This is a time for war,” Netanyahu said. 

Netanyahu framed Israel’s fight as one between good and evil. He noted that civilian casualties are tragic, but sometimes necessary when waging war. He noted that British RAF fighters—in 1944—attempted to bomb the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, “a perfectly legitimate target.”

They hit a children’s hospital instead—and about 84 children were burned to death.

“That is not a war crime, that is not something you blame Britain for doing… that was a legitimate act of war with tragic consequences that accompanied such legitimate actions—and you didn’t tell the allies ‘Don’t stamp out Nazism’ because of such tragic consequences,” he said, according to The Daily Mail. “They went to the end because they knew that the future of our civilization was at stake. I am telling you right now the future of our civilization is at stake—we have to win this war.”

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