Nasrallah: Israeli missiles
killed Samir Kuntar

Hezbollah General Secretary Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks on Al-Manar TV.

BEIRUT  – Hezbollah General Secretary Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed in a Monday evening speech his party’s position on the assassination of Samir al-Kuntar, who was killed by what is believed to have been an Israeli airstrike over the weekend.


After a preamble in which he touched briefly on various other subjects Nasrallah turned to the topic of Kuntar, saying that he was certain Israel had carried out the missile strike.


“We completely and decisively hold Israel responsible for the death of the martyr, the leader Samir Kuntar. There is no doubt here,” he asserted.


“It was the Israeli missiles of perfidy killed Samir.”


“Israeli warplanes… targeted a building where Samir Kuntar and others were staying.”


“This led to the death of the martyr Samir, along with other Syrian resistance fighters.”


Referring to debate over whether the alleged breach of Syrian airspace might create tension between Israel and Russia, Nasrallah said that it was “a technical detail if the Israeli warplanes were in Syrian airspace or not.”


He also addressed claims by the Syrian opposition that anti-government rebels had carried out the attack.


“Some groups in the Syrian opposition said that [rebel groups] were responsible,” he said. “This is not true.”


“They are hence condemning these armed groups; because he who kills such a man and a symbol … is doing a great service to the Israeli enemy.”


“We have the right to respond to his killing at the place and time, and in the way we deem appropriate.”


“We will practice this right with gods help, god willing,” he concluded.


Samir Kuntar was killed in unclear circumstances in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana on Friday. Syrian officials described the operation to assassinate Kuntar as “terrorist rocket attack,” while Hezbollah said that Israeli Jets had penetrated Syrian airspace and fired four long range missiles at the house where he was staying.


Kuntar, who was once a member of the Palestine Liberation Front, was released from Israeli captivity in 2008 in a swap deal between Israel and Hezbollah. The former PLF member had been sentenced to life in prison in Israel in 1979 following a failed raid that resulted in the death of four Israeli civilians, including a four-year old girl.


Upon his release, Kuntar was officially received as a hero in Lebanon, as well as Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad presented him with the Syrian Order of Merit in 2009.


During the Syrian Civil war, Kuntar allegedly supervised a militant group based in the country’s Quneitra province that claimed responsibility for a failed attack against Israeli troops and was later targeted by an air strike thought to have been carried out by Israeli warplanes.

On September 8, the US Department of State classified him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, for his “operational role, with the assistance of Iran and Syria, in building up Hezbollah’s terrorist infrastructure in the Golan Heights.”

Hezbollah General Secretary Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks on Al-Manar TV.

It was the Israeli missiles of perfidy killed Samir.

  • manjarola

    Nashalla is a persian slave. Lebanon and Israel dont whant a new war. If you atack Israel first, IAF will destroy Lebanon and help takfires in Lebanon border, because will destroy hez in Qualamoun. Will be easy to takfirs to enter in Lebanon. Nashalla. Syria is Vietnã hezboolla. To fight against Israel in the same time, will destroy hez and Lebanon.

    December 21, 2015