Sep 20, 2019 18:53 UTC
  • Israeli PM Netanyahu sought to escalate Mideast tensions to win another term: Nasrallah

The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did his utmost to escalate tensions and crises in the Middle East as part of attempts to secure another term in office, but all to no avail.

“Netanyahu tried to change equation in Lebanon in a bid to stay in power and continue on as incumbent Israeli prime minister. He even engaged in fiery rhetoric against Iran, but his bid to secure another term just failed,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in an address to his supporters in a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Friday, Press TV reported.

"Results of the recent Israeli elections exposed the extent of leadership crisis there, and showed the lack of confidence in the regime,” the Hezbollah chief said.

He noted that Netanyahu sought to exacerbate tensions in West Asia in order to get elected.

Nasrallah then pointed to the highly disruptive drone attacks on Saudi Aramco petroleum and gas processing plants at Abqaiq and Khurais in the kingdom's Eastern Province, stating that the “ensuing development clearly showed how expensive is oil once compared to blood. Saudi warplanes continue to kill Yemeni children, but no concrete action is taken (to stop the onslaught).”

“Saudi Arabia is highly advised to stop the war on Yemen instead of seeking to purchase advanced air defense missile systems. All costly weapons purchased the United States cannot protect you from (Yemeni) drone attacks,” the Hezbollah secretary general said.

He then urged Saudi officials to work out an agreement with Iran, emphasizing that “a military aggression on Iran will never be to the benefit of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”

“(US President Donald) Trump has commenced a new process of milking the Saudi kingdom. Trump is desperately seeking for a bilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani,” Nasrallah said.

He also strongly dismissed “unsubstantiated and malicious” allegations that Hezbollah plans to change the demographics in Syria, stressing that the Lebanese resistance movement has worked closely with the Damascus government to facilitate the repatriation of Syrian refugees.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah described all those Lebanese nationals collaborating with the Israeli regime as “traitors,” noting that “they must be tried in accordance with their crimes.”

“Israeli collaborators must not be classified as 'forcibly deported' because they escaped to the occupied territories. Hezbollah distinguishes between the traitor and his innocent family members, who can return peacefully to their homeland. Neither Hezbollah nor the Free Patriotic Movement stipulates the return of the Israeli collaborators without any trial,” he said.

Nasrallah underlined that Hezbollah’s interception and targeting of Israeli drones curbed the Tel Aviv regime’s constant violation of the Lebanese airspace, emphasizing that the resistance movement reserves the right to confront Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles.