Nasrallah: Israeli Home Front Is Not Ready for War

'However, Israel is a sneaky and jealous enemy, and we must be prepared for every possible situation,' Hezbollah leader says

People watch a live feed of Hassan Nasrallah's speech, Beirut, Lebanon, April 22, 2019.
Hussein Malla,AP

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Monday that Israel will not initiate a war with his organization because their home front is not prepared for such a scenario.

Speaking in Beirut, the Hezbollah leader said that Israeli boastfulness in the face of Hezbollah's rocket arsenal is nothing but bravado and that Israel could not defend itself in the face of such a threat.

According to Nasrallah, such a war could not be fought by the air force alone and Israel would be forced to launch a ground operation. Israel's ground troops are not ready for an operation on that scale, he said.

Nasrallah added there are those in Israel who maintain there is no point in initiating a war with Hezbollah while the Trump administration attempts to starve the organization with sanctions.

"However, Israel is a sneaky and jealous enemy, and we must be prepared for every possible situation," he added.

Nasrallah also addressed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision not to reissue waivers allowing importers to buy Iranian oil. Nasrallah said he believes the move will raise oil prices, but that countries like Saudi Arabi and the United Arab Emirates will have to make up for a shortage if one occurs.

"We stand against American arrogance and tyranny. This aggression is not aimed solely at Iran, but harms the interests of many nations around the world."

Trump has decided not to reissue waivers in May allowing importers to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, the White House said in a statement on Monday. 

The United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates "have agreed to take timely action to assure that global demand is met as all Iranian oil is removed from the market," the White House said. 

Washington announced on Monday that all buyers of Iranian oil will have to end their imports shortly or face sanctions, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters, triggering about a 3 percent rise in crude prices.

In addition, Trump said that Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations could "more than make up" for any drop in Iranian oil supplies to global markets.