Israel Knows We Can Invade and It Can't Attack Us, Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah Says

Hassan Nasrallah claims Middle East-themed Warsaw summit was meant to promote normalization with Israel and isolate Iran, but failed

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters chant slogans during last day of Ashura, in Beirut, Lebanon September 20, 2018.
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters chant slogans during last day of Ashura, in Beirut, Lebanon September 20, 2018. Credit: REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo
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Israel is aware that Hezbollah militants are capable of invading the Galilee, the group's secretary general Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday.

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Nasrallah asserted that Israel's enemies are much better armed than in the year 2000, and that the Israeli military's high command knows it cannot launch an attack on Lebanon. He also said that "the Zionist enemy does not trust its military."

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Hezbollah's leader also said that this week's Middle East-themed conference in Warsaw was meant to unite countries against Iran and to publicly normalize relations with "the Zionist enemy," but that "nothing came of it except for statements to the media."

"We must deal with the normalization process with Israel, and this is the responsibility of the Arab and Islamic world, and they must express their opposition and wrath against this process, because the Palestinian people are sacrificing themselves daily."

Nasrallah said last month that he was "surprised" Israel took so long to discover tunnels stretching into Israel, which UN officials say violate a cease-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

The Hezbollah chief also told Israelis to "tell Netanyahu he is better off with Hezbollah with precision missiles, because if the day comes when we want to attack a military base in Tel Aviv," possibly referring to the Israel Defense Forces headquarters in the center of the city, "we'd be able to hit it, but if there's a 50-meter or 100-meter deviation, where would it fall then? On people. It's in their (Israelis') interest that we have precision missiles."

Unveiling Hezbollah's tunnels "doesn't even affect 10 percent of our plan to take over the Galilee, if we decide to go ahead with it," he said. "And even if they did destroy the tunnels, can't we rebuild them?"

Earlier this month, the Israeli army announced the end of Operation Northern Shield, which it launched in early December, saying "the threat posed by the tunnels has been eliminated" after six tunnels crossing into Israel were found. More tunnels that do not cross into Israel were discovered, the army said

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