Nasrallah claimed that Israel’s attempts to prevent Hezbollah from “possessing advanced and accurate missiles have been foiled.”
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel with war, claiming that “the entire balance of power” between the Lebanon-based terror group and Israel “has changed.”
Speaking on the occasion of the Muslim Ashura holiday on Thursday, Nasrallah addressed Israel directly and asserted that all its attempts to prevent Hezbollah from “possessing advanced and accurate missiles have been foiled,” stressing that the issue “is all over” and that the Israelis themselves “can’t imagine their fate if these missiles are used in any future war.”
Iran over the past years has been trying to arm Hezbollah, its proxy terror organization, with advanced weapons through Syria, and Israel in turn has been trying to prevent Hezbollah’s armament, mostly through airstrikes.
A Fox News report earlier this month revealed that Iran is utilizing civilian airlines to transport weapons to the Hezbollah terror organization in Lebanon.
Western intelligence sources have uncovered “unexpected routes” taken by Iran in an apparent attempt to avoid detection of its arms-smuggling into Lebanon, the report said.
“The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East, testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down,” the source told Fox News.
Utilizing Civilian Airlines
In November 2016, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon warned the Security Council that Iran was utilizing civilian airlines to transport weapons to Hezbollah.
In a letter to the Council, Danon said it was the IRGC that was responsible for the smuggling, and he outlined how they were doing it.
“Iran is using airlines such as ‘Mahan Air’ to supply Hezbollah with the capacity to enhance its missile arsenal. The arms and related materials are packed in suitcases by the Quds Force in Iran and transferred directly to Hezbollah operatives,” he wrote.
Danon charged that Iran’s actions are “in blatant violation of numerous Security Council resolutions,” including resolutions 2231 and 1701.
Hezbollah was in possession of roughly 7,000 rockets in 2006, and the Lebanese terror group now has more than 120,000 missiles aimed at Israeli cities, hidden behind human shields in the towns under their control.
Addressing attendees of the Ashura march in Beirut’s Hezbollah-controlled Dahiyeh suburb, Nasrallah said that the Israelis are worried because “their scheme in the region has been foiled.”
He also declared that Hezbollah stands by the Islamic Republic of Iran “in face of all kinds of economic and political pressure,” apparently referring to the US’ renewed sanctions on the country, which have already hurt Hezbollah as well.