JERUSALEM, Israel -- Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah praised the Syrian government in a speech marking the sixth anniversary of the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006.
Nasrallah's fiery speech, carried live on giant screens -- his preference rather than appearing in public -- called the Syrian ministers (Defense Minister Daoud Rajha and Deputy Minister Assef Shawkat) killed in yesterday's bombing in Damascus, martyrs and "comrades in arms."
"These shahids were our comrades in arms in the resistance and in our struggle against the Israeli enemy," the sheikh declared.
"The Syrian army has many leaders who can shatter their enemies' hopes," he said.
Nasrallah praised the Syrian army, saying it's the "only army in the region not receiving training or weapons from America."
"There was an interest to destroy this army. America, the West and its pawns in the Arab world used the just demands of the Syrian people and threw Syria into war," he said.
Nasrallah said Syria also "helped the resistance in Palestine," sending "missiles and food" to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
"When Gaza had nothing to eat, Syria sent missiles and food…While other Arab regimes blocked [the transfer] of food and donations to Gaza, it was Syria that sent food and weapons to Gaza and took a chance," he said. "This is the Syria of [President] Bashar Assad. This is the Syria of shahid leaders."
"We're preparing a big surprise for Israel," Nasrallah warned. "But I won't say what it is because then it won't be a surprise."
YNet contributed to this report.