Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah to Israel: ‘Don’t try us again’

A graffiti image of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel not to “try us again” and said his group is ready to fight Israel in any time and any place.

“The resistance no longer recognizes the rules of engagement and it has the right to respond to the enemy at any time or place,” Nasrallah declared in a speech commemorating the so-called “Resistance’s Martyrs in Quneitra,” in reference to the six Hezbollah terrorists and an Iranian killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria on Jan. 18. 

“We have the right to confront the enemy at any time, place, or manner,” Nasrallah said through a live video feed before a crowd gathered in the Hezbollah stronghold of Dahieh, south of Beirut. 

Nasrallah’s remarks are his first public comments since the Jan. 18 airstrike, as well as the subsequent Hezbollah attack on Israeli soldiers along the Israeli-Lebanese border that left two Israeli soldiers dead and seven others wounded. 

“If Israel is banking that we fear war, then I tell it that we do not fear war and we will not hesitate in waging it if it is imposed on us,” Nasrallah said. “We do not want a war, but we do not fear it.” 

While Nasrallah routinely threatens Israel, it is unclear if Hezbollah is prepared to confront Israel on a large scale due to its involvement in the Syrian civil war. The terror group reportedly conveyed a message to Israel through the United Nations that it isn’t interested in escalating the situation further.

Posted on January 30, 2015 .