Hezbollah: Israel Should Be Wary of War Against Lebanon

Sheikh Nasrallah says rumors of Scud deal with Syria cement Lebanon's confidence in defending itself.

Israel would be taking a big risk if it decided to open war on Lebanon or on any of the other countries in the Middle East, Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday, advising Israeli politicians and generals to stay cautious regarding such a possibility.

Speaking to a Kuwait-based news channel, Nasrallah, referring to recent tensions between Israel and its neighbors to the north, said that "any war started by Israel against Lebanon or anywhere in the region would be taking a very dangerous risk on its part."

"That kind of war would change every parameter in the Middle East," the Hezbollah chief said, adding that his organization was not "frightened by the threat or by Israel's psychological warfare."

The Hezbollah added that he knew that "Israeli politicians and generals, past and present, are very worried and very cautious and we would like them to stay that way," saying that "the blood of Imad Mughniyeh would haunt them everywhere."

The militant organization has vowed vengeance against Israel ever since Mughniyeh's 2008 assassination, which it blames on Israel.

"I cannot say that it is close. Myself and brothers in Hezbollah see that all this intimidation does not hide behind it a war. On the contrary, if there was silence and quietness, then everyone must be vigilant," Nasrallah said.

"But when you see all this American and Israeli noise, this means they want to use this noise to achieve political, psychological and certain security advantages without resorting to the step of war," Nasrallah added.

Referring to an alleged long-range surface-to-surface- missile deal, reported by Israel to have taken place between Syria and Hezbollah, Nasrallah said that the "Israeli allegations on the transfer of Scud missiles from Syria to Hezbollah, in spite of Syrian denials and the quiet from the organization only strengthens Lebanon's confidence in itself and in the ability of the resistance to defend Lebanon."

"My comments from a month ago speaking of how we will reach anywhere in Israel are supported in the eyes of the Lebanese and Arab peoples when Israel and the United States discuss the transfer of Scud missiles from Syria to Hezbollah," Nasrallah said.

On whether such a deal took place, the Hezbollah leader said: "Today it's Scuds, yesterday other kinds of rockets ... the aim is one, and that is to intimidate Lebanon, to intimidate Syria and to put pressure on Lebanon, Syria, the resistance movement and the Lebanese and Syrian people," Nasrallah said.

"Regardless of whether Syria gave Hezbollah this type of rockets ... of course Syria denied, and Hezbollah as usual does not comment."