[News] Hezbollah chief threatens a wider war
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Hezbollah chief threatens a wider war
Wednesday 26 July 2006 1:53 AM GMT
The leader of Hezbollah has threatened a new phase in the war with
Israel and said his fighters will not accept any "humiliating"
conditions for a ceasefire.
In a televised address on the eve of an international conference in
Rome designed to find a solution to the two-week-old conflict, Sayyed
Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah would reject any deal that
compromised Lebanon's sovereignty.
"We cannot accept any condition humiliating to our country, our
people or our resistance," Nasrallah said.
Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, had put forward peace
proposals during a visit to the region this week. Lebanon's
parliament speaker said these involved Hezbollah's withdrawal from
the border and the deployment of an international force.
In the conflict, Hezbollah has hit Haifa, Israel's third-largest city
35km (20 miles) south of the border, with rockets for the first time.
"In the new period, our bombardment will not be limited to Haifa,"
Nasrallah said. "If matters develop, we will choose the time when we
will move beyond, beyond Haifa."
Israel has launched an incursion into southern Lebanon against
"Whatever the incursion, it will not stop rocket fire into Israel,"
He said that the Shia Muslim group would take back any land Israel occupied.
Nasrallah accused Israel of launching a psychological war to
undermine Lebanese morale and of exaggerating casualties inflicted on
"We do not hide our martyrs. If any of our leaders or ranks were
killed, we announce that and take pride in that," he said.
Israel has said it plans to create a security zone in the south that
it would keep until international forces arrive.
"Any coming of the Zionist army to our land will more enable us to
damage its troops, officers and tanks," Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah attacks on Israeli forces helped to remove the Israeli army
from south Lebanon in 2000 after 22 years of occupation.
"It will give us a wider and bigger chance for direct confrontation
and to bleed the forces of this enemy," he said.
The US 'project'
Nasrallah said Israel had prepared to launch a war on Hezbollah and
would have done so regardless of the group's capture of the soldiers.
He said the United States wanted to wipe out Hezbollah as part of its
plan for a new Middle East.
"The project upon which the war was planned is the return of Lebanon
to the sphere of American-Israeli control," he said.
"In the view of the Americans, there are barriers to the new Middle
East, meaning the area which the US administration controls.
"The main barriers ... are the resistance movements in Palestine and
Lebanon and at the level of governments, Syria and Iran." Both
countries back Hezbollah.
"Therefore what is required [by the United States] is work to end
these barriers and their removal by way of the historic American
project being prepared for this region."
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