BEIRUT – Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that his party will provide the resistance in Gaza, which is facing a devastating Israeli offensive, with any support it might need.
“We will not [spare] any type of support we can offer to the resistance in Gaza,” Nasrallah said during a rare public appearance Friday at the Sayyed al-Shuhadaa Complex on International Quds (Jerusalem) Day.
“Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah have supported the Palestinian resistance for many years on [every] level,” he added.
“We have always and will always stand by the Palestinian people, and all resistance movements in Palestine, without exception.”
Nasrallah went on to accuse Israel of “taking advantage of the kidnapping of the three [teenage] settlers, and erroneously blaming it on Hamas.”
“The target is not Hamas alone, it is the resistance as a whole.”
He then claimed that “Gaza has triumphed… because after an 18-day offensive, Israel and the world failed to reach the Zionist goal [to end the resistance]."
The Hezbollah chief explained his claim about Israel’s “failure,” by saying that it was “confused about [announcing] the declared goal of the offensive.”
“Israel’s intelligence failed to determine the strength of the Resistance… its air strikes failed to end the battle in Gaza… it failed to strike the leadership [of the resistance]… it failed to stop the rockets… it failed in its field operations… and the size of its losses in soldiers, tanks, and carriers [was large],” he added.
Nasrallah also claimed that "the resistance will impose the solution on the Israelis,” and called on the Gazans to have “civilian and political resistance” in order to “put an end to the conflict.”
He went on to urge Arab governments to “adopt the lifting of the blockade as a condition for a ceasefire” and called on all parties to “put all frictions and differences on other matters aside, in order to address the Palestinian cause as a humanitarian and just cause."
More than 800 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's offensive in Gaza, launched on July 8 in response to Hamas militants firing rockets into the Jewish state.
In the same address, Nasrallah also spoke about the situation in Iraq, and condemned the persecution of its Christian population.
“Iraq went into a dark tunnel, unfortunately under the name of Islam, in which thousands of Christians are being forced to flee.”
“The period we’re passing through now is the most dangerous period since the [occupation] of Palestine [in 1948], because of the systematic destruction of peoples and communities.”
Nasrallah later highlighted dangerous repercussions that the destruction of religious sites in Iraq might have on the rest of the Arab World.
“The destruction of churches and religious shrines might lead to the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Jews. These things will become natural and normal.”
Islamic State militants, who have run the Iraqi city of Mosul since seizing it in a sweeping military offensive six weeks ago, issued an ultimatum to thousands of Christians to either convert, pay a tax, leave, or face imminent execution.
Mosul's new rulers said there would be "nothing for them but the sword" if Christians did not abide by those conditions by 9:00 GMT Saturday.
While some families initially appeared prepared to pay the "jizya" Islamic tribute to stay in their homes, messages broadcast by mosques on Friday sparked an exodus.