10, 2013 -- New York – Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has openly
admitted sending forces into Syria to aid the Assad regime, while threatening
Israel with “game-changing weapons.”
relishes the use of violence and terrorism," said AJC Executive Director David
Harris. “The true essence and mission of Hezbollah are absolutely clear, Sheikh
Nasrallah has once again reminded the world. Much firmer actions are needed in
response, starting with the European Union, which should not dither or delay
any longer in designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, as the U.S.
and Canada have already done.”
a televised speech that the Beirut-based Daily
Star described as “fiery,” Nasrallah declared that Syria will provide Hezbollah
with “sophisticated weapons” which his group has not possessed before. “We mean
game-changing,” the terrorist leader added.
reviewing the historically close alliance of Hezbollah and Syria, pledged
“moral, financial and logistical support, cooperation and coordination for the
liberation of the Syrian Golan.” The strategic territory, which Syria used for
decades to threaten communities in Israel, was seized during the 1967 war, in which
Israel was threatened with extinction by Syria and Egypt. Syria, unlike Jordan
and Egypt, has since remained in a state of war against Israel, supporting, in
alliance with Iran, terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.
Nasrallah spoke on the 25th anniversary
of Hezbollah’s Al-Nour radio station, one of the terrorist organization’s media
outlets for disseminating its propaganda. Hezbollah, founded by Iran more than
30 years ago, is committed to Israel’s destruction, and has carried its brand
of terrorism, with Iranian support, to downtown Beirut, Buenos Aires, and
Europe. A Cypriot court recently convicted a Hezbollah operative for plotting
attacks in Nicosia that were eerily reminiscent of the terror attack last July
in Bulgaria, for which the Sofia government has also blamed Hezbollah.
confirmed this month that Hezbollah has been active inside Syria, engaged in
the civil war to boost the Assad regime. The war, now in its third year, has
cost the lives of well over 70,000 Syrians, and produced millions of refugees
inside Syria as well as in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
“What more does it take to convince those democratic countries
still on the sidelines that Hezbollah warrants designation as a terrorist
group?” Harris asked. “How many more innocent people in the Middle East, Europe
and Latin America have to be targeted until action is taken?”