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Hezbollah Leader Brags About Capabilities That Could Kill Thousands of Israelis

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Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. Photo: Wikipedia.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. Photo: Wikipedia.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is boasting about his terrorist organization’s ability to kill tens of thousands of Israelis with Iranian-supplied precision-guided missiles, reports the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.

Speaking during a ceremony on February 16, Nasrallah threatened that Hezbollah could kill scores of Israelis if it chooses to attack “ammonia tanks” in Haifa that, according to the terrorist leader, hold more than 15,000 tons of gas.

Nasrallah has made similar taunts about mass casualty attacks against Israel.

In a 2012 speech broadcast on Al-Manar TV, Nasrallah talked about Hezbollah’s precision-guided missiles capable of striking high-level targets in Israel that would “turn the lives of thousands of Zionists into a living hell,” and would lead to “tens of thousands of Israelis killed, not 300 or 400 or 500.”

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Nasrallah also claimed that Hezbollah cannot be deterred, despite the fact that its 2006 war with Israel is credited with avoiding a massive Hezbollah attack. After that war, Nasrallah admitted that he would not have ordered the Hezbollah incursion and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers that sparked the war had he known Israel would have responded with such overwhelming force.

In an April 2015 interview on Syrian state TV, Nasrallah also admitted that Hezbollah cannot defeat Israel without external assistance.

Nevertheless, Nasrallah called for the need to prepare for the next military confrontation with Israel during his latest speech, despite acknowledging that Hezbollah does not want to fight Israel at the moment.

“We are prepared to defend out country against the Zionist enterprise even while we are busy in Syria or other places,” Nasrallah said as he stood beside a banner with the text, “The resistance will not be defeated.”

The “resistance,” from the perspective of Israel’s enemies, refers to the constant preparation and strategic objective of destroying the Jewish state through a variety of means, including terrorist attacks and seeking to acquire sophisticated weaponry to kill large numbers of Israelis.

Even though Hezbollah remains bogged down fighting on behalf of Iran in support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s civil war, the terrorist organization constantly seeks to acquire advanced weapons systems, enhance its bases of operations in southern Lebanon, and establish new strongholds in the Golan Heights for the purposes of attacking Israel. Hezbollah has also shown a recent willingness to support Palestinian terrorist organizations and cells in the West Bank devoted to killing Israelis.

Click here for the full Meir Amit center report.

Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism ( where this article first appeared.

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