Hezbollah Leader Claims Israel's Threats of War with Lebanon Have Failed

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declares that Israel's threats of all-out war with Lebanon have failed, vowing to continue fighting as long as Israel persists in its offensive on Gaza. Cross-border fighting has displaced tens of thousands of people on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon border.

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Hezbollah Leader Claims Israel's Threats of War with Lebanon Have Failed

Hezbollah Leader Claims Israel's Threats of War with Lebanon Have Failed

In a televised address on Monday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared that Israel's threats of an all-out war with Lebanon have failed, as cross-border fighting continues to displace thousands of people. Nasrallah reiterated that Hezbollah will continue fighting as long as Israel persists in its offensive on the Gaza Strip, stating, "The link between the supportive Lebanese front and Gaza is definitive, final and conclusive. No one will be able to de-link them."

Why this matters: The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hezbollah has significant implications for regional stability and global security, as it threatens to escalate into a wider war involving multiple countries. A prolonged conflict could also lead to a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of civilians already displaced and many more at risk.

The cross-border fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli military has displaced tens of thousands of people on both sides of the Israel-Lebanon border, prompting fears of a bigger war between the heavily armed adversaries. Israel has said it wants to secure the north for residents to return home, either through a mediated diplomatic agreement or a military attack against Lebanon.

Addressing displaced families in northern Israel, Nasrallah said, "If you want to solve the issue, go to your government and tell them to stop the war on Gaza." The Hezbollah leader claimed that Israel is now at a "dead end" in its operation in southern Gaza's Rafah, as they struggle to dismantle Hamas despite months of bombarding the Palestinian enclave, killing at least 35,000 Palestinians according to Nasrallah.

Israeli attacks have killed more than 350 people in Lebanon, most of them fighters with Hezbollah and allied groups, but also including more than 50 civilians. In Israel, attacks from Lebanon have killed at least 10 civilians and 12 soldiers. The conflict began on October 7, with Hezbollah exchanging fire with the Israeli military across Lebanon's southern border in parallel with the Gaza assault.

Nasrallah praised Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which killed 1,200 people and kidnapped 252, calling it "a chance to revitalize the Palestinian cause." He also credited the "steadfastness of women, children, and resistance fighters in Gaza" with reversing processes of normalization between Israel and Arab countries, highlighting Palestine and Palestinian rights globally. However, Nasrallah spread misinformation, falsely claiming that 30% of Israelis find Israel "uninhabitable" as a state and that the IDF had lost 1,500 troops throughout the war, when in reality, 620 soldiers have been killed since October 7.

Efforts by Egypt and Qatar to secure a ceasefire in Gaza faltered last week after Israel effectively rejected a proposal from international mediators. France has also attempted to broker agreements between Hezbollah and Israel to stop the hostilities, but these efforts have yielded no results. Nasrallah stated that the US knows these attempts are futile and that calm cannot be restored in northern Israel without the war in Gaza ending.

The ongoing skirmishes between Hezbollah and Israel have resulted in casualties on both sides, with nine Israeli civilians and 14 IDF soldiers killed, while Hezbollah has named 296 of its members killed by Israel, mostly in Lebanon but some also in Syria. The fighting has displaced 70,000 people in northern Israel, as Israel threatens to go to war to force Hezbollah away from the border if it continues its attacks. Nasrallah reiterated that Hezbollah intends to continue its clashes with the IDF, stating that the link between the Lebanese front and Gaza is "definitive, final, and conclusive."

Key Takeaways

  • Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declares Israel's threats of war with Lebanon have failed.
  • Cross-border fighting displaces thousands, threatening regional stability and global security.
  • Nasrallah vows to continue fighting until Israel ends its offensive on Gaza Strip.
  • Efforts by Egypt, Qatar, and France to secure a ceasefire have faltered.
  • Ongoing conflict has killed over 350 people in Lebanon and 22 in Israel, with 70,000 displaced.