Hezbollah's Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem announced the group's decision to enter a state of war. This declaration follows a period of heightened tensions and confrontations in the region. Hezbollah's statement strongly criticizes Israel's actions, particularly its military engagements in Gaza and Lebanon, and vehemently opposes the Israeli project in the region.
Qassem asserted that Israel is not in a position to dictate terms or achieve its objectives in Gaza, Lebanon, or the broader region. According to Hezbollah, Israel's inability to protect its settlers in the north during the heat of battle or to gain any significant advantage either during or after the conflict signifies its weakened strategic position.
Hezbollah's statement emphasizes the group's readiness for war and confrontation, especially on the southern front facing Israel.
"If “Israel” persists, the response to it will be stronger, and if it threatens “Israel,” our threats have no value, because we will be ready and present, and we did not fight this battle for fun or in vain.
Rather, we fought it because it was necessary in order to put an end to this Israeli enemy and its arrogance. And its continued violation of sanctities and its malicious and vile aggression against Gaza." said the statement.
🇱🇧OFFICIAL HEZBOLLAH STATEMENT - NAIM QASSEM: "WE HAVE MADE OUR DECISIONS TO BE IN A STATE OF WAR"
“Israel” is not in a position to impose its options. Rather, it is in a position to respond and confront the toughness of the resistance in responding to aggression, in refusing… pic.twitter.com/bYYhuKkppM — Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) December 31, 2023
Hezbollah's Response to Israeli Aggression
Hezbollah's message comes in the wake of continued Israeli bombardments in Lebanon, which the group vows to answer with increased strength, proportional to the level of aggression.
Qassem's words underline Hezbollah's commitment to a sustained battle against what it perceives as Israeli arrogance, violations, and aggression, particularly against Gaza. This commitment is framed not only as a necessary response but also as part of a larger struggle for Palestine and the region.
The group acknowledges the sacrifices involved in this conflict but deems them crucial for thwarting a perceived dangerous Israeli project. The statement concludes with a religious invocation, underscoring the group's ideological and spiritual motivations for its actions.
Additionally, Hezbollah confirms its ongoing resistance against American occupation forces in Iraq and the region, highlighting a recent drone attack on the occupied Rmelan base in Syria. This broader context of resistance against both Israeli and American forces indicates the group's expansive agenda in the region.
This latest declaration from Hezbollah marks a critical juncture in the Middle East's geopolitics, signaling not only heightened tensions between Hezbollah and Israel but also the potential for wider regional implications.