Hezbollah Official: ‘Israel Worried and Scared’ of Defeat in Future Conflict
A Hezbollah official recently boasted of the terror group’s prowess, warning that Israel will be defeated in any future conflict, the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars reported on Thursday.
Speaking on the 10th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War, Sayed Hashem Safieddine, head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council, said that the organization imposed limitations on itself during the 2006 confrontation, “due to the considerations imposed by the US administration and some regional regimes on the political process and the negotiations.”
Since then, Safieddine said, Hezbollah has been taking part in efforts to destroy Israel’s supremacy in the region.
“Some pro-American regimes in the Middle East have fallen, and others are politically destabilized; moreover, Israel is worried and scared,” he said.
Safieddine’s comments are characteristic of belligerent rhetoric voiced by Hezbollah and its terror sponsor, Iran, threatening Israel with imminent annihilation. As reported by The Algemeiner, a senior Iranian commander recently said that should the “Zionists” not learn from their past mistakes, “Today, more than 100,000 missiles are ready to fly from Lebanon,” adding that in addition there are “tens of thousands of destructive long-range missiles” in the region ready to wipe Israel off the map.
Concerns are already being raised in Israel over Hezbollah’s weapons arsenal. On Tuesday, as reported by The Algemeiner, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon warned a special UN Security Council session that the radical Shi’ite group has 120,000 rockets and missiles, and that “more missiles are hidden underground in 10,000 square kilometers [of Lebanon] than the above-ground 4 million square kilometers” of the European North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries.
Citing the latest Israeli intelligence assessments, Danon said Hezbollah — which he called one of the “main causes of instability” in the region — has enhanced its military capabilities over the last 10 years. When Security Council Resolution 1701, which marked the end of the Second Lebanon War, was adopted in 2006, the ambassador said, Hezbollah was in possession of 7,000 rockets. Today, many times that number are aimed at Israeli population centers.
In addition, Danon stated, vast areas of southern Lebanon have been transformed by Hezbollah into “terror outposts.” The ambassador made clear that should Hezbollah “make the same mistake” it made 10 years ago, Israel will be ready to defend its citizens in the most “forceful” way possible.