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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hezbollah's Nasrallah Not Ready to Commit Suicide for Iran

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared on Lebanese television on Tuesday via a video link (he refuses to appear in person for fear of being assassinated by Israel) and acknowledged for the first time that Hezbollah is being funded and supplied by Iran (see:

"We have been receiving since 1982 all kinds of moral, political and material backing from the Islamic Republic of Iran."

It remains to be seen to what extent Iran's current economic woes will impact upon continued funding for Hezbollah.

Perhaps more interesting was Nasrallah's refusal to commit to engaging in a war with Israel, if Iran's nuclear weapons development facilities should be attacked:

"Some are wondering what would happen if Israel bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities, and although I rule out this possibility I assure you that the Iranian leadership will not ask Hezbollah to do anything.

On that day, we have to sit down and think before we decide what to do."

Apparently, Nasrallah learned a thing or two from the bombing of southern Beirut, where Hezbollah had its headquarters, during the 2006 Lebanon War. Should there be another war, Iran will not be able to provide the money to rebuild Hezbollah's infrastructure.

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