Hezbollah Rockets Can Reach All of Israel, Nasrallah Warns

In televised speech, Hezbollah chief tells Israel to close Ben-Gurion airport and its seaports.


Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday warned Israel that it would have to close its airport and seaports in the event of a third Lebanon war, saying its rockets could strike every part of the country.

Nasrallah made the comments, which echoed recent remarks from a senior Israel Defense Forces officer, in a televised speech marking Ashura. Just last week the Israeli army officer said Hezbollah would likely target Ben-Gurion airport and the Haifa seaport in a bid to thwart Israelis' international travel.

“Israelis are saying in the media that they would have to close down Ben-Gurion airport and the Haifa port and yes, that’s true,” Nasrallah said, according to the Daily Star.

“You should close all of your airports and your ports because there is no place on the land of occupied Palestine that the resistance’s rockets cannot reach,” he said.

Nasrallah said that Hezbollah's presence in southern Lebanon is strong, and that the group is prepared for a fight. "The deterrent power of our resistance is what is preventing war," he said.

Israel knows that "going to war with the resistance will be very costly because we are more determined, stronger, more experienced," he said.

In a rare public appearance Monday night, Nasrallah gave another speech that mostly addressed domestic Lebanese politics, but also made reference to Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Nasrallah defended Hezbollah's fighting alongside Bashar Assad's troops, saying they were battling American and Israeli hegemony.