BEIRUT — The leader of the Lebanese Shiite terrorist Hezbollah said his group will transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis to “hell” if Israel attacks Lebanon.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that the group has a list of Israeli targets that it can hit with few rockets. He said a small number of precisely fired missiles on carefully selected targets could “transform the lives of millions of Zionists in occupied Palestine to a real hell,” and spoke of tens of thousands of Israeli fatalities.
The threat came as Israel debated whether to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. That could trigger retaliation from Iran’s allies, like Hezbollah.
Nasrallah said Iran’s response to any Israeli attack would be “lightning” and huge and that the ongoing debate in Israel over striking Iran was a testament to the Islamic Republic’s strength and courage.
“Will Israel provide Iran the excuse it has been waiting 32 years for,” asked Nasrallah in a televised speech marking Jerusalem Day on Friday.
Speaking from the hideout to which he has been confined since the 2006 war for fear of being targeted by Israel, Nasrallah mocked Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak as “fools” who were leading Israel to “strategic loss.”
He said if Iran was “weak” or “cowardly” Israel would have unhesitatingly bombed its nuclear facilities long ago.
Nasrallah said that Israel knows it is lying to the world when It says that Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at producing weapons. “Israel’s problem with Iran is that it’s strong and committed to the issue of Jerusalem and Palestine,” he asserted.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a deadly, inconclusive monthlong war in 2006, when Hezbollah fired about 4,000 rockets at Israel.