Arab Analyst: Zionists Not to Sleep Well from Now On
Tue Aug 27, 2019
TEHRAN (FNA)- Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, referred to Hezbollah Chief Seyed Hassan Nasrallah's reaction to Israel's drone attack on Lebanon, and said the Zionists should wait for the resistance's devastating response in coming days.
"The remarks by the secretary-general of Hezbollah were like a thunderbolt and they were really historical and important," Atwan wrote on Tuesday.
"Seyed Hassan Nasrallah has bravely stood against the Zionists and spoke of decisive reaction and confrontation against their plots and retaliation," he added.
"I swear to God that Seyed Hassan Nasrallah will show a decisive reaction and the Zionists will not be able to sleep in tranquility in the next few days," Atwan underlined.
He noted that a new era has just started and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should find a place to hide, adding that Nasrallah's comments can mean that Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq, Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine and Hezbollah in Lebanon will respond to Israeli attacks in a united front.
In his televised speech broadcast live from the Southern Lebanese capital city of Beirut, Nasrallah said fighters from the movement would counter any further violation of the Lebanese airspace by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles, warning the Tel Aviv regime to immediately cease such breaches.
“Hezbollah will endeavor to down all Israeli drones, which may violate Lebanon’s airspace,” Nasrallah stated on Sunday evening.
Nasrallah made the comments a day after two Israeli drones crashed in a Southern neighborhood of Beirut.
Hezbollah announced that the first drone had fallen on a building housing Hezbollah’s media office in Beirut’s Dahieh suburb. The second drone, which appeared to have been sent by Israel to search for the first one, had crashed in an empty plot nearby after being detonated in the air.
Nasrallah stated that the Israeli drone incursion into Lebanon amounted to an open attack on the Arab country’s sovereignty.
“What happened last night was a suicide drone attack on Beirut’s Southern suburb of Dahieh. This was the first Israeli attack on Lebanon since the (summer) 2006 war. The first drone was a surveillance aircraft designed to collect and transfer data to the second one,” Nasrallah noted, stressing that the drone strike was meant to inflict heavy causalities on the local population.
“Hezbollah will do everything possible to prevent the repetition of such attacks. If we do not respond to the Zionist attack on Dahieh, Israel will follow suit and target us just as it has hit the positions of Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) forces in Iraq. Hezbollah will by no means allow the Israeli aggression pattern to be repeated in Lebanon,” the Hezbollah chief pointed out.
“The era of the Israeli military’s undeterred attacks on Lebanon has come to an end. Hezbollah will tolerate no more Israeli drones penetrating Lebanese airspace,” Nasrallah added.
He went on to say that Israeli missiles targeted one of Hezbollah’s civilian structures in the Damascus outskirts in Syria on Saturday, dismissing Israeli officials’ allegations that the projectiles had hit an Iranian site there.
Nasrallah noted that two Lebanese resistance fighters were killed in the missile strike, stressing that “Hezbollah will respond in kind in case the Israeli military continues to target and kill resistance forces”.
Turning to Syrian Army advances in the country’s embattled northwestern province of Idlib, the Hezbollah secretary general stated that government forces are progressing toward final victory over foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the strategic region.
He then lauded the enormous sacrifices made by the Damascus government and Syrian nation in battles against Takfiri militants, underlining that Hezbollah resistance fighters are “fighting shoulder to shoulder” by Syrian army soldiers to purge terrorists from any inch of the Syrian soil.
“Enemies sought to crush the resistance axis when they sponsored militancy in Syria back in 2011. The United States called on the Lebanese government at the time to stay away war on Syria, and prevent Hezbollah’s involvement,” Nasrallah added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hezbollah chief described corruption as a shameful phenomenon within Lebanon’s political arena, warning that certain people are deliberately trying to paint a bleak picture of Lebanon on social media.
Nasrallah urged the Beirut government to spare no efforts, and to hold to account those who are pushing the smear campaign.