Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah issues a direct message to Defense Minister Benny Gantz in a speech, dismissing his threats against the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group.
“You’re threatening Lebanon while your army has failed to advance a few meters in blockaded Gaza,” Nasrallah says to Gantz, according to the Iranian Mehr News Agency. “Your threat to invade Beirut, Sidon and Tyre is trivial.”
Nasrallah repeats once again the Hezbollah threat to prevent Israel from extracting gas from the Karish gas field, and dismisses US efforts to mediate between Jerusalem and Beirut on its maritime dispute.
In recent weeks, the IDF said it foiled several drones heading from Lebanon toward the Karish gas field, which Israel says is in its waters though Beirut claims it is situated in Lebanese waters.
Sending those drones, Nasrallah reportedly says, “terrifies the companies operating in the field.” Hezbollah could send more drones in the future, he adds.
“Resistance is the only power that can protect Lebanon and its resources,” says Nasrallah. “Never let the US deceive you by wasting time and letting ‘Israel’ extract the maritime gas.”
Nasrallah also says that Biden’s current visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia is merely aimed at “forcing the Gulf States to export more gas and oil and sustaining Israel’s security.”
He adds that Biden has “nothing” to present to the Palestinian people on his trip.