Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah joined the chorus of Israeli opposition lawmakers and international figures bashing the appointment of Avigdor Liberman as defense minister Tuesday, while also calling for Palestinians and others to “resist” the Jewish state.
“Liberman the show-off, the insane, minister of war in Netanyahu’s extremist government,” Nasrallah said to describe the Yisrael Beytenu leader in an address to Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on Wednesday evening.
“What does it mean?” Nasrallah wondered about Liberman’s appointment as Israel’s top defense official in a coalition agreement signed Thursday. “This makes one wonder. I don’t want to rush to judgment,” he said.
Liberman has made a career of bellicose declarations toward Israel’s neighbors and enemies, from suggesting Israel could bomb Egypt’s Aswan Dam in case of war with Cairo to vowing to assassinate Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh within 48 hours of becoming defense minister if the latter failed to return the bodies of Israeli soldiers killed in 2014’s Operations Protective Edge.
In his speech marking the 16th anniversary of the IDF’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, Nasrallah also urged Palestinians to be wary of those pushing them to reach a peace agreement with Israel.
“I say to the Palestinians, beware of [those] trying to make Israel your friend. We must remember that Israel is the real enemy.”
According to Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV, the terror group’s chief cautioned Palestinian not to “bet on all those who abandoned you. Your only way to end the occupation is resistance.” And he vowed: “Iran will go on with supporting the Palestinian resistance.”
Israel, he said, was the true threat to the Palestinians and the entire Middle East, and called for “comprehensive resistance” against the Jewish state.