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Hezbollah Chief Warns of 'Surprises' for Israel

Tuesday, 02 Mar 2010 10:52 AM

JERUSALEM - Hizbullah Secretary-General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on Monday night reprimanded Arab states for their “silence” in the face of Israel’s national heritage plan, while praising the Palestinians for their solitary resistance to it and warning Israel of "surprises" the terror organization was harboring, Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV reported.

Speaking through a large TV screen to mark Mohammad’s birthday as a part of the Week of Islamic Unity in the Sayyed As-Shouhadaa’ complex south of Beirut, Nasrallah claimed that Israel was indifferent to the one billion Muslims in the world, and that as well as wanting Jerusalem within its territory, it was seeking to include the "Islamic holy sites" in the recently announced Israeli national heritage plan.

“All this happens amid an Islamic and Arab silence only violated by minor denouncement statements,” Nasrallah said, adding that nobody was actually defending the Muslims’ holy sites except the Palestinians.

“Israel doesn't expect any response from the Arab street or from Arab governments. It takes into account the minority found in Lebanon and Palestine… this resistant minority has refused to surrender,” Nasrallah said of the Palestinians, adding that they don’t fear death but rather want to live with honor and dignity, according to the Al-Manar report.

Nasrallah continued to ascertain that the entire Arab nation had to thank Syria and Iran for standing by the “resistance.” “It is unacceptable to doubt Iran's intentions that aim at intervening to support the Palestinian cause,” he was quoted as saying.

The Hizbullah leader also addressed President Shimon Peres directly. "You have exited Lebanon once and for all, and I tell you, you will never be able to come back to Lebanon," he said.

“When Israel was confronted with a stern and unyielding rhetoric, it was forced to change its tone and to seek pacification on its northern border,” Nasrallah continued.

“The Israelis know very well that everything we have said can be achieved,” he added. "When we threaten Israel, we mean what we say, and Israel knows quite well that every word said would not have been iterated had there not been absolute conviction in the possibility of implementing and realizing it. What we have said is not everything, as we harbor surprises."

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