The leader of the Lebanese Shia Islamist terrorist group Hezbollah has warned that America will soon “pay a heavy price” for supporting Israel.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah gave a one-and-a-half hour-long speech loaded with threats.
The speech was full of threats and ultra-provocative heated words aimed at Israel and the United States.
He emphasized that Hezbollah’s full entry into war with Israel will be determined based on developing events in Gaza.
He warned that Hezbollah will enter the war if Israel continues to defend itself from Hamas’s terrorist attacks.
Shelling on the Israel-Lebanese border was reportedly ongoing throughout the speech in Beirut.
Nasrallah reportedly addressed his top officers via a remote feed from a secure location.
“I assure you all options are open on the southern front,” Nasrallah declared during his speech.
“They can be adopted anytime,” he said.
“I assure you it will not be the end, this is not sufficient.”
“If you wish to steer away from a regional war, you must end the war on Gaza,” he added.
“This front will develop according to developments in Gaza.”
“If Israel strikes Lebanon it will be the most foolish act in all of Israel’s existence,” the terror chief warned.
Nasrallah related that Hezbollah was warned soon after the October 7 attacks that the U.S. military will respond if the terrorist group enters the conflict.
U.S. ships and warplanes positioned in the Mediterranean would bombard southern Lebanon if Hezbollah fighters escalate attacks on Israel.
But Nasrallah said, “We will continue to infiltrate” and that Hezbollah’s calculus will be “a civilian for a civilian.”
He suggested that attacks from southern Lebanon would be determined based on the intensity of Israel’s strikes against Hamas.
“To the Americans I say, focusing your threats on Hezbollah and the region are pointless,” Nasrallah said.
The U.S. said it “would not only attack Lebanon but will attack Iran.”
“Your fleets in the Mediterranean do not and will not cause us to fear.
“We have prepared for your fleet what it takes.
“You Americans remember your defeats from Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan… your humiliating retreat from Afghanistan.”
He praised the recent attacks by Iraqi Shia militias against the U.S. bases in the region.
“If an all-out war erupts your fleet will be no good, your warplanes will be pointless, you will pay a heavy price,” he warned.
“Only you Americans can end what is happening now in Gaza since you started it.
“The only factor that will affect our position is the progression of the war.”
America is “directly responsible,” he added.
“I tell Israel: Do not go any further.
“Many civilians have already died.
“I promise you: A civilian for a civilian.”
At one point in the speech, he highlighted Hezbollah’s daily missiles and shelling of northern Israel.
He claimed the attacks have served to force Israel to deploy up to one-third of its military hardware and assets to its northern border.
Nasrallah explained that in doing so, Israel is not prevented from focusing its full firepower on attacking Hamas, which he called “resistance factions.”
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The U.S., Israel, and various Lebanese political factions have warned and urged Iran-backed Hezbollah not to escalate the conflict with Israel.
Further Israeli officials have warned of military strikes on Hezbollah’s key backers in Damascus and Iran should it escalate the war along Israel’s northern border.