Terrorist group Hezbollah is threatening to expand its fight against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), praising the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attack against Israel as “heroic.”
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that the terrorist group has been involved in the conflict since the day after the Oct. 7 attacks that killed over 1,400 Israelis. The speech was his first since the war began last month.
“Some claim Hezbollah is about to join the fray. I tell you: We have been engaged in this battle since Oct. 8,” he says. “Some would like Hezbollah to engage in an all-out war, but I can tell you: What is happening now along the Israeli-Lebanese border is significant, and it is not the end.”
Nasrallah boasted of the 57 Hezbollah militants killed in battle against the IDF, and promised to continue its “true battle” against the Jewish nation.
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“What we have done since Oct. 8 is unprecedented in terms of our fighting strategy. Every day, we have been targeted Israeli soldiers, tanks, drones and sensors, the eyes and ears of Israel,” said Nasrallah.
He added, “We have been engaged in a true battle. The amount of our martyrs — 57 — testifies to this.”
Nasrallah claimed Friday that he was not aware of Hamas’ Oct. 7 plans, even as he labeled the brutal assault that took the lives of over 1,400 Israeli citizens “a heroic, brave act.”
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“We salute it,” he said in his video speech.
Praising Hamas for its violent attacks and referring to Israel as “the occupiers,” Nasrallah said the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks were strictly a Palestinian operation.
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The terrorist leader claimed he was not made aware of the attack before it was initiated.
Nasrallah made the same assertion about Iran, claiming the deadly attacks were perpetrated without the Iranian government’s knowledge.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah Friday not to enter the conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Israel calling for humanitarian “pauses” in the fighting to facilitate the freeing of hostages held by Hamas and limit civilian casualties.
However, after meeting with Blinken, Netanyahu said that “Israel refuses a temporary cease-fire that does not include the return of our hostages.”