Nasrallah: Israel Caused Georgia's Defeat

Ad Feedback - BEIRUT, Lebanon - Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, spiritual leader of the Lebanese-based Islamic terror organization, Hezbollah, blamed Israel for Georgia's losses against the Russian army.

Nasrallah's televised speech, marking two years since the Second Lebanon War between Hezbollah and Israel, called Israel's military and political leadership impotent.

"The entire front line of the army's brass stepped down because of the war," Nasrallah said.

Some Israel Defense Forces (IDF) career personnel did retire from the military as a direct result of the government's botched handling of the war, detailed in the Winograd Commission Report.

"Gal Hirsch, who was defeated in Lebanon, went to Georgia and they too lost because of him," Hezbollah's spiritual mentor said.

IDF Brigadier General Hirsch, commander of the Galilee Division during the war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, stepped down after the war and later did some consultation work with the Georgian military.

"Relying on Israeli experts and weapons, Georgia learned why the Israeli generals failed," Nasrallah boasted. "What happened in Georgia is a message to all those the Americans are seeking to entangle in dangerous situations," he said.

The Iranian-funded and trained Hezbollah terror group has been rebuilding its missiles cache with armaments smuggled across the Syrian border.

Hezbollah recently gained stature after Lebanese parliamentarians granted them status as the nation's legitimate "resistance" group, with veto power in the newly formed unity government.

In his speech, Nasrallah said the group's "secret" arsenal is its strength.

"There has been an Israeli uproar about the reinforcement of Hezbollah's strength," Nasrallah said. "There has been talk of sophisticated arms and an air defense system and threats if Hezbollah uses this kind of system," he said.

"No one can expect me to stand up and say we possess new weapons or we don't. Keeping secret is part of strength. This is part of directing the battle of liberation and resistance against the enemy," Nasrallah said.

After berating Israel's political leaders, Nasrallah hailed the "new stage" between Syria and Lebanon -- the opening of full diplomatic relations between the two countries -- announced in Damascus Wednesday by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Source: YNet news

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