Cross-border bombing against Israel will only end when Israeli “aggression” against Gaza ceases, Hassan Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said his armed group’s cross-border bombings on Israel would only end when Israeli “aggression” on the Gaza Strip ceases, saying diplomatic efforts so far to end An end to hostilities along the Lebanese border seemed to benefit only Israel.
The Lebanese armed group exchanged fire with the Israeli army across Lebanon’s southern border in support of its Palestinian ally, Hamas, which launched a cross-border attack from the Gaza Strip into Israel on October 7, which suffered heavy blows. violent Israeli land, air and air bombardments. sea.
Nasrallah said Tuesday his group would only stop its firefights if a comprehensive ceasefire was reached for Gaza.
“On that day, when the shooting stops in Gaza, we will stop the shooting in the south,” he said in a televised speech.
There are growing fears of a new large-scale conflict between Israel and Hezbollah, with tens of thousands of people displaced on both sides of the border and regional tensions soaring.
Late last month, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Israeli troops would “go into action very soon” near the country’s northern border with Lebanon.
Recent weeks have seen intense diplomatic activity in Beirut, with foreign ministers including from Germany, France and the United Kingdom visiting in a bid to ease tensions.
Nasrallah said many foreign “delegations” had visited Beirut with “proposals” aimed at ending hostilities in southern Lebanon, but said they appeared to have “only one objective, which is: the security of Israel, the protection of Israel.”
The French foreign minister delivered a written proposal to Beirut calling, among other measures, for fighters, including Hezbollah’s elite Radwan unit, to withdraw 10 km from the border, the news agency reported Reuters, citing a document.
Without specifying the French proposal, Nasrallah said a delegation had “presented a document as a mediator.”
“You read the newspaper – there’s nothing. There is the security of Israel,” he said.
“Let no one think that Lebanon is weak and afraid, or that it can impose conditions,” particularly on the withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters, Nasrallah said.
He added that if Israel further expanded the war in Lebanon, his group would do the same.
He warned that if Israel decided to wage war on Lebanon, displaced people from northern Israel “would not return” and Israeli officials would have to “prepare shelters, hotels, schools and tents for two million people » which would be displaced.
Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz warned that “time is running out” to reach a diplomatic solution in southern Lebanon.
“Israel will act militarily to return evacuated citizens” to its northern border area if no diplomatic solution is found, he said.
Cross-border bombings have killed around 200 people in Lebanon, including more than 170 Hezbollah fighters, as well as 10 Israeli soldiers and five Israeli civilians.