Hezbollah Leader Threatens 'Limitless' War with Israel



by FARUK IMAMOVIC

Hezbollah Leader Threatens 'Limitless' War with Israel
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has issued a stern warning to Israel. Speaking on Wednesday, Nasrallah declared that any war initiated by Israel against Lebanon would provoke an unrestrained response from Hezbollah. His remarks, made during an address to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, underscore the heightened tensions in the region.

Nasrallah emphasized the readiness of his group for a potential conflict, stating, "If Israel wages a war on Lebanon, then our response will be limitless... we are not scared of war."
This statement comes against the backdrop of increasing friction between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah, especially since the October 7 attack and the subsequent conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Retaliation for Hamas Official's Killing

The situation was further aggravated by the recent killing of Hamas senior leader Saleh Al-Arouri in Beirut, an act Nasrallah attributes to an Israeli airstrike. A U.S. official, as reported by CNN, has corroborated this claim.

Nasrallah's response to this event was unambiguous: "Yesterday's crime was large and dangerous... This crime will not be left without a response and punishment."
Nasrallah's rhetoric reflects a shift from his previous public statements.

Prior to the October 7 incident, he had not spoken publicly in person since 2006, during the month-long war between Lebanon and Israel. In his 2006 speech, Nasrallah had called for a ceasefire while praising Hamas' attacks on Israel, which he claimed were fully planned and executed by the militant group.

Implications of Nasrallah's Speech

The recent developments and Nasrallah's statements point towards a potentially explosive situation in the Middle East. His vow of a "limitless" response to any Israeli aggression and the promise of retaliation for Arouri's killing indicate a hardening of positions that could exacerbate the already tense relations in the region.

This scenario poses a significant challenge for international diplomacy and peace efforts, as the prospect of a wider regional conflict looms large.