Saturday, August 15, 2009

Nasrallah: We can hit any Israeli city

Hezbollah leader says Israeli warnings 'psychological warfare,' predicts war not on horizon
Associated Press

Recent Israeli warnings were part of a "psychological war" aimed at preventing Hezbollah from joining a new Lebanese unity government, group leader Hassan Nasrallah said Friday. Speaking on the anniversary of the end of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, Nasrallah said the Shiite group was now capable of striking any Israeli city.

"Today we are capable of striking any city or village" in Israel, Nasrallah said. He promised "surprises" if Israel launches a new war on Lebanon. He did not elaborate.

"It is our right to make (Israel) understand that if it bombs Beirut or the southern suburbs, we will strike Tel Aviv," Nasrallah said, drawing the cheers of supporters.

Nasrallah, appearing on a giant screen from his hiding place, addressed thousands of supporters waving yellow Hezbollah flags who gathered for the rally in south Beirut. He said recent Israeli warnings against Lebanon do not signal that Israel is planning to attack soon.

Last week, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that in the event of renewed hostilities in the north, Israel would "go after not only Hezbollah but the entire state of Lebanon."

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