Hezbollah's Nasrallah: Israel and Saudi Arabia, Backed by U.S., Threaten Mideast Stability

Nasrallah adds that the U.S. is slowing down the fight against ISIS, using nuclear deal as pretext for settling accounts with Iran

File photo: a picture of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Beirut, Lebanon Oct 1 2017.
File photo: a picture of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Beirut, Lebanon Oct 1 2017. ANWAR AMRO/AFP

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, said on Sunday that Israel and Saudi Arabia, supported by the U.S., threaten the Middle East's stability. Nasrallah added that Saudi Arabia funds Muslim terrorist organizations including the Islamic State, Al-Qaida and "other organizations in that circle."

In his speech, Nasrallah said that the U.S. is slowing down the fight against the Islamic State by only helping militias loyal to the U.S. like the Kurds. He continued, saying that the war against the Islamic State will continue until the group's "complete eradication" and "surgical removal," likening the Islamic State to cancer.

The Syrian army, backed by Russia, Iran and Shi'ite militias including Hezbollah, has advanced against Islamic State in an offensive across the central Syrian desert in recent months. The United States is meanwhile leading a rival international coalition against the Sunni jihadists that includes an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias. 

Concerning the Iran nuclear deal, Nasrallah said that the U.S. approach to the issue is "an excuse and a measly lie" as a pretext for settling accounts with Iran. On Sunday, Iran threatened to attack U.S. military bases in the region, after the White House announced that new U.S. responses to Iran's missile tests were forthcoming

Nasrallah claimed that U.S. economic sanctions against Hezbollah will not impact the organization, explaining that "those who sacrifice their sons for the organization will not be put off by financial issues." Nasrallah noted that he expects the U.S. to take action against Hezbollah in the near future.

His comments came after a senior U.S. official said President Donald Trump was considering putting sanctions on Iran for its support of Hezbollah, and as the U.S. Congress prepares to consider tighter sanctions on Hezbollah itself. 

In a speech last week, Nasrallah called on the Jews of Israel to leave "occupied Palestine," warning "the Jews" not to push for a war with Syria or Lebanon, saying that they would be trapped in the war with no way out.