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‘Hezbollah has capabilities beyond imagination’

Lebanese terror group’s chief says his organization is fully prepared for a military confrontation with Israel

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a speech in Beirut, November 3, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube/Imam Mahdi)
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a speech in Beirut, November 3, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube/Imam Mahdi)

Hezbollah possesses a sophisticated weapons arsenal as well as military capabilities beyond anything Israel can even start to comprehend, the Shiite terror group’s chief claimed Tuesday, according to Lebanese media.

“The resistance in Lebanon has everything the enemy can imagine and not imagine,” Hassan Nasrallah said during an interview with Lebanese television station Al Mayadeen.

“We have weapons of all types, whatever comes to mind,” the Hezbollah leader added, according to the Lebanese Daily Star news site.

Nasrallah further stated that should Israel choose to provoke his organization, Hezbollah was fully prepared for a military confrontation with the Jewish state.

“If Israel attacks Lebanon, our resistance is strong and our ability to win is great,” he said.

The full, three hour-long interview was set to be broadcast on Thursday. According to a statement by Al Mayadeen, Nasrallah in the interview also addressed reports that a senior official in the Lebanese terror group’s external operations unit named Mohammad Shorbah was facing trail for treason after allegedly assisting Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

Lebanon’s security agencies periodically report the exposure of Israeli-recruited agents in the country, as well as of listening devices planted in the south of the country.

Hezbollah fighters salute during the funeral procession of Hassan al-Laqis, a senior commander of Hezbollah, who was gunned down at his hometown in Baalbek, Lebanon, on December 4, 2013, (photo credit: AP/Hussein Malla)
Hezbollah fighters salute during the funeral procession of Hassan al-Laqis, a senior commander of Hezbollah, who was gunned down at his hometown in Baalbek, Lebanon, on December 4, 2013, (photo credit: AP/Hussein Malla)

Hezbollah was first alerted to the possibility of a foreign agent in its ranks in the aftermath of a bus bombing in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas in 2012 that killed five Israeli tourists and a local bus driver, a report in the Daily Star said, citing an anonymous security source.

The group’s suspicion was reportedly aroused when the Bulgarian interior minister accused it of being behind the attack. Shorbah had informed Israel that Hezbollah was behind the attack, and Jerusalem, in turn, relayed the information to the Bulgarian authorities, the report said.

Shorbah, who also allegedly played a key role in the 2008 assassination of top Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus, thwarted five attempts by the group to avenge his death, piquing Hezbollah’s suspicions in the process, the report said.

Mughniyeh’s assassination was considered a major blow to the group, and while Israel never claimed responsibility, Hezbollah has blamed Jerusalem for the attack.

There has been no official reaction from Israel on the reports.

In September, a senior IDF official warned that while Hezbollah has no immediate plan to attack Israel, a minor security incident could erupt into a full-fledged war on Israel’s northern front during which the terror organization would likely try to capture swaths of the Galilee.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addressing supporters via satellite link during a rally in the southern Lebanese border village of Aita in August 2013. (photo credit: AP/Mohammed Zaatari)
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah addressing supporters via satellite link during a rally in the southern Lebanese border village of Aita in August 2013. (photo credit: AP/Mohammed Zaatari)

Hezbollah has managed a number of cross-border attacks on Israel, sometimes placing explosives next to army infrastructure. In 2006, the group killed two soldiers and nabbed their bodies, sparking a bloody war.

Marissa Newman and Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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