Nasrallah: Obama More Biased than Bush

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BEIRUT - Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, spiritual head of the Hezbollah terror organization, accused President Barack Obama of being more pro-Israel than his predecessor.

"Obama's initial settlement demand was an American ploy to pass the time and gain Arab sympathy," Nasrallah said.

"What we see is absolute American commitment to Israeli interests, Israeli conditions, and Israeli security, while disregarding the dignity or feelings of the Arab and Muslim people and their nations and government," the sheikh said.

Nasrallah also lamented American support for Israel's missile defense system, noting a recent joint exercise of the anti-missile system.

"The Americans are coming, for the first time in decades and perhaps the first time since Israel's existence, to be a field partner in any confrontation that Israel might impose on Gaza, Lebanon, Syria or Iran," he said.

Hezbollah's Missile Cache

According to Israeli military intelligence, Hezbollah has more than doubled its missile arsenal since the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, when the Iranian proxy fired some 4,000 missiles on northern Israel.

Nearly one million Israelis crowded into bomb shelters during the 34-day war. Forty-three civilians, both Jews and Arabs, were killed, and more than 600 civilians were wounded and 1,200 treated for shock.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi said on Tuesday that the terror group now possesses tens of thousands of missiles that can reach Israel's major population centers.

On November 4, the Israeli Navy seized the Francop, a cargo ship transporting 500 tons of armaments to Hezbollah via Syria.

Syria accused Israel of "piracy on the high seas," insisting the ship only contained cargo, while Hezbollah officials denied the shipment was intended for them.

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Source: The Associated Press

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