Hezbollah warns of rocket barrage if Israel attacks Lebanon

BEIRUT Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:54am EST

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BEIRUT Nov 25 (Reuters) - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel on Sunday that thousands of rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities if Israel attacked Lebanon.

In a speech marking the Shi'ite Muslim festival of Ashura, Nasrallah said Hezbollah's response to any attack would dwarf the attacks from Gaza during the eight-day conflict between Israel and the Islamist Hamas rulers of the coastal strip.

"Israel, which was shaken by a handful of Fajr-5 rockets during eight days - how would it cope with thousands of rockets which would fall on Tel Aviv and other (cities)... if it attacked Lebanon?" he said in speech, relayed by video-link to tens of thousands of Shi'ite faithful in central Beirut.

Hezbollah, which fought an inconclusive 34-day war with Israel in 2006, flew a drone over Israel last month, further escalating tensions in the region after Israel threatened to bomb the nuclear sites of Hezbollah's patron Iran.

Nasrallah said the rockets fired into Israel during the Gaza conflict had a range of between 40 to 70 km (25 to 45 miles), while Hezbollah could strike anywhere from Israel's northern border to its southern Red Sea port of Eilat.

The mourning festival of Ashura commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hussein and most of his family, leading to the division of Islam into Sunni and Shi'ite sects, a split that continues to plague the Islamic world.

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chris87654 wrote:
Curious why Nasrallah thinks Israel will attack Lebanon, unless someone’s going to push Israel from Lebanon as they did from Gaza.

Nov 25, 2012 7:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
DeidraL wrote:
Before posting this comment, I searched as many news sources as time permitted looking for any Israeli statement that indicated that Israel has any intention of bombing/invading Lebanon. I found no such statements.

I’m sure my opinion won’t be popular with either side, but this sort of rhetoric by a group that does indeed possess ‘thousands of rockets’ should be received at face value, and the response to any aggression by Hezbollah should be swift and final. Rather than risk a carpet bombing attack on her cities that target no one in particular, if Israel is provoked by the terrorists that are Hezbollah, laying Lebanon to waste with a nuclear bomb will end the threat that Hezbollah presents. It is time that the rest of the world comes to grip with a few things:

- Israel is a legitimate nation and will continue to be one.
- Like every other nation, Israel has the right to defend herself.
- Israel has shown incredible restraint when dealing with aggressive acts against her. Such restraint should not be counted on in the future.
- Whether one supports the return to pre-1967 borders or not (I do, though I believe the land was taken legitimately), no act of aggression will precipitate the return of said lands.
- Terrorists are terrorists, no matter what part of the world they live. Eliminating their presence is the responsibility of their host nation. In the absence of cooperation from these nations, civilians are not only not safe, but instead can expect to be ‘legitimate’ collateral damage when nations retaliate against terrorist attacks. Whether it is a single civilian or tens of thousands of civilians, the responsibility rests with the nation allowing terrorists to reside within its borders.

Enough already. Hamas lobbed hundreds of bombs a la Nazi Germany at Israel before Israel responded in as controlled a manner as possible. I believe the majority of Palestinians in Gaza are probably a peace loving people, but not taking action to eliminate radical members of Hamas can only lead to their destruction. As far as I’m concerned, no action is too strong in response to unprovoked attacks against any nation. For the record, had Iraq possessed the wherewithal to respond to the U.S’s attack on their soil, I would have supported that as well.

Nov 25, 2012 8:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
cocostar wrote:
Nasrallah must not mind the idea of several of his citizens being killed. History can explain to anyone with common sense that their will be a response from the country of Israel that will be far more powerful than the instigation that provoked their response.

Islam calls itself a religion of peace. Why would you constantly lob missiles into the state of Israel during peace time until you have instigated a war and then blame their response on them?

The state of Israel isn’t stupid as some people would hope. If the country of Lebanon is contributing to the violence in Israel they should be held accountable.
I can not understand why a land with no name or occupancy at one time could become so valuable to anyone that is not in total command and control of that land. Migrate and quit being the biggest bums in the world!
These kooks use religion as an excuse for being jealous of people that make an effort at life and prosperity! Willing to die to live in squalor. How pathetic!

Nov 25, 2012 10:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
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