TEL AVIV – Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned on Monday that he would target Israel’s nuclear reactors in the next war with the Jewish state.
In an interview with Lebanese television channel Al Mayadeen, the Shi’ite terror group’s chief said that Hezbollah’s missiles can reach every part of Israel, including “petrochemical plants, biological research institutes, and nuclear reactors,” which are all on the terror organization’s list of targets, Ynet news reported.
“If Israel realizes its threats to destroy cities and send Lebanon dozens of years back into the past, then we would have the right to defend ourselves and hit any target,” Nasrallah added.
The Hezbollah chief joked that only a fool would wage war against Lebanon, but “the Israelis aren’t fools.”
When asked about the weapons in Hezbollah’s possession, Nasrallah said Hezbollah could access any arms it wants.
“Netanyahu has the right to have nuclear weapons and we don’t have the right to have weapons for protection?” he asked, adding, “I’m not interested in revealing the weapons in the hands of the resistance.”
Despite his threats, Nasrallah said it was unlikely that Hezbollah would go to war with Israel in the near future.
“However, I cannot determine this for certain,” he added.
According to Nasrallah, Israel would not attack Lebanon without a green light from the U.S., something that would not be easily forthcoming since “the [Obama] administration is on its way out.”
Nasrallah further rejected the claim that Hezbollah would not respond should Israel conduct limited military operations against Lebanon.
“I tell anyone who thinks that way that they’re wrong. We will not agree to this kind of a campaign,” he said, stressing that “our response to any attack will be in a manner that serves the goal of defending the country. Israel should expect anything from us,” he said.
He accused Israel of preparing for war by “violating Lebanon’s sovereignty every day with illegal internet and drones invading Lebanon’s territory.”
“This is the enemy’s eyes,” he added.
Nasrallah pointed a finger at the UN Security Council and the Arab League for failing to defend Lebanon, “an Arab state whose sovereignty is violated every day.”
According to the report, Hezbollah rejected Russian intervention in Syria and Moscow’s cooperation with Israel, arguing that Russia was not part of the “resistance axis” that includes Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran.