Hezbollah Takes Credit for Olmert's Israel Remarks

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CBNNews.com - BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah was happy with outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's assessment that the vision of a "greater Israel" has ended.

At Sunday's Cabinet meeting, Olmert told ministers that the vision of a greater Israel was a thing of the past and that anyone who held to such an idea was "delusional."

Nasrallah credited Hezbollah with "destroying that dream."

"The Lebanese resistance pounded the last nail in the coffin of 'Greater Israel' after the defeat it [Israel] suffered in 2000 [when former Prime Minister Ehud Barak pulled Israeli troops out of southern Lebanon], Nasrallah said.

"The victories of 2000 and 2006 [the Second Lebanon War] destroyed the dream of a vast Israeli power," he said.

"The mighty Israel fell in the last war, and it has now become as the Arabs once were -- making speeches and threats," said Nasrallah.

"Today we face "mediocre Israel," he said.

Nasrallah said there are three different possibilities for the Jewish state.

"The first Israel is the vast one stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates [biblical Israel]. The second is the strong Israel, which does not include Lebanon and Jordan, but settles for historic Palestine. But it is a strong country that forces its decisions on the region," he said.

"And there is 'regular Palestine,' the borders of which are unknown," Nasrallah continued.

"The Palestinians sought autonomy in Gaza and the West Bank [Judea and Samaria]; however, the events that transpired after the intifada [armed Palestinian uprising] and opposition in Israel forced it to withdraw from Gaza [government pullout in August 2005]. This is a withdrawal from the borders of 'natural Palestine,'" he said.

Nasrallah's conclusions, like those of the Palestinian Authority, envision one state, Palestine, and the end of the modern State of Israel.

Source: YNet news

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