Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the terrorist group Hezbollah, gave public remarks on Friday commenting on the war between Israel and Hamas. His comments were the latest in a series of saber-rattling statements coming from the terrorist group, which is based in Lebanon.
During his speech, he warned the United States to stop Israel’s current ground offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and defended the terrorist group’s initial assault on Israel.
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah warned the United States on Friday that preventing a regional war depended on stopping the Israeli attack on Gaza, and there was a realistic possibility of fighting on the Lebanese front turning into a “wide war.”
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in his first speech since the Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7, also threatened Israel’s main ally the United States, hinting his Iran-backed group was ready to confront US warships in the Mediterranean.
Nasrallah went on to claim that the October 7 massacre was carried out by Israeli forces on Israeli civilians, adding that there was no evidence of Hamas beheading babies.
In the speech, he claimed that “brothers from Hamas” had planned the October 7 attack alone, and they hid it from their other terrorist allies. Despite the secrecy, the terrorist leader insisted that the attack did not upset anyone in the “resistance axis.”
Nasrallah, in further praise of the attack, stated that the” Al-Aqsa Flood,” as Hamas calls its offensive against Israel, had exposed Israel’s weakness. The attack took the lives of 1400 people, including the lives of civilians and Arab Israelis.
Nasrallah directly addressed the United States, saying that it “can stop the aggression against Gaza because it is your aggression.” He issued a threat that if a wider war erupts in the region, American warships and interests would become targets. “I tell you with all sincerity, we have prepared well for your fleets, with which you are threatening us,” the terrorist leader declared. Shortly after Hamas’ attack on October 7, the United States sent warships and other military personnel to the region to deter an expanded conflict.
Since the start of the war, Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, has been skirmishing with Israeli forces along the Lebanon-Israel border. The group has repeatedly indicated that it might ramp up its operations against Israel if the ground offensive continues. This has prompted concerns about Israel facing a two-front war in which it is forced to tackle Hamas and Hezbollah on opposite sides of the country.
President Joe Biden has urged Israel not to launch a preemptive attack on Hezbollah despite internal pressures to do so. Some in Israel’s government have expressed concerns that refusing to attack Hezbollah more strongly could put citizens living in the northern area of the country in jeopardy. As it stands currently, Hezbollah has limited its actions to smaller battles with the Israel Defense Forces. But it is possible that its involvement in the fighting could grow more prevalent, which could also lead to an expanded conflict that pulls countries like Iran into the picture.