Terrorist group Hezbollah is threatening to expand its fight against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), praising the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attack against Israel as “heroic.”
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that the terrorist group has been involved in the conflict since the day after the Oct. 7 attacks that killed over 1,400 Israelis. The speech was his first since the war began last month.
“Some claim Hezbollah is about to join the fray. I tell you: We have been engaged in this battle since Oct. 8,” he says. “Some would like Hezbollah to engage in an all-out war, but I can tell you: What is happening now along the Israeli-Lebanese border is significant, and it is not the end.”
Nasrallah boasted of the 57 Hezbollah militants killed in battle against the IDF, and promised to continue its “true battle” against the Jewish nation.
A boy waves the Hezbollah party flag during a rally prior to a speech by the leader of the party in Beirut’s southern suburb on Nov. 3, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)
The terrorist leader claimed he was not made aware of the attack before it was initiated.
Nasrallah made the same assertion about Iran, claiming the deadly attacks were perpetrated without the Iranian government’s knowledge.
An Israeli artillery unit fires during a military drill in the annexed Golan Heights near the border with Lebanon on Nov. 2, 2023. (JALAA MAREY/AFP via Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hezbollah Friday not to enter the conflict. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Israel calling for humanitarian “pauses” in the fighting to facilitate the freeing of hostages held by Hamas and limit civilian casualties.
However, after meeting with Blinken, Netanyahu said that “Israel refuses a temporary cease-fire that does not include the return of our hostages.”
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