Nasrallah: Hezbollah will make Lebanon war look like 'a walk in the park'
Hezbollah's Nasrallah warns IDF would be defeated if it attacks Lebanon, says Israel can't defeat Hamas.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday warned that should Israel attack Lebanon, it would suffer an even greater defeat than the one he claimed it suffered in 2006.
"We are prepared for every possibility and are ready for all aggression... The Zionists will discover that the war they had in July was a walk in the park if we compare it to what we've prepared for every new aggression," Nasrallah said, referring to the Second Lebanon War.
Nasrallah's comments came a day before militants in Lebanon resumed rocket fire on northern Israel for the first time in more than two years. It was not immediately clear whether the rockets, which numbered up to five and exploded near the city of Nahariya, were fired by Hebzollah guerillas or independent Palestinian militants.
As part of his warning, Nasrallah also chastised Arab leaders for trying to mediate a truce between Palestinian Hamas and Israel, instead of siding with the embattled Palestinians in Gaza.
That was an apparent swipe at Egypt, which on Tuesday together with France made proposals to end the fighting.
The plan calls for a cease-fire for a limited period of time designed to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, an urgent meeting between both Israel and the Palestinians to discuss ways to prevent further military action and reasons for the conflict, including lifting the blockade of Gaza.
Nasrallah accused Israel of seeking to liquidate the Palestinian cause and urged his supporters to be on alert. He said Hezbollah should be ready for anything and will not be cowered.
"We are here, ready for every possibility and prepared for any aggression," he said. "We will not weaken, fear or surrender."
Hezbollah has thousands of rockets and trained fighters but has so far held back its fire. Earlier, Nasrallah only called for protests against Israel and launched verbal attacks against Egypt's government for allegedly not helping the Palestinians.
Israel has warned Hezbollah against igniting a second front, saying it would retaliate massively.
Nasrallah said Israel will not be able to destroy Hamas or Hezbollah, addressing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: "I tell Olmert, the loser, the disappointed and defeated in Lebanon, 'You will not be able to eradicate Hamas and you will not be able to eradicate Hezbollah.'"
The 34-day Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006 killed more than 1,000 Lebanese and about 160 Israelis, with Hezbollah firing thousands of rockets on Israel. The war was widely seen in Israel as a failure for the army's inability to crush Hezbollah.
Nasrallah called on Arab nations with ties to Israel to sever those relations, praising Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez for expelling the Israeli envoy from Caracas in protest over the Gaza offensive.