Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, has hailed as a historic achievement Lebanon’s victory in the 2006 Israeli war.
Nasrallah made the comments Saturday during a televised address on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Lebanon’s victory against Israel in the 33-day war.
He said the main goal of the Israeli aggression in 2006 was to crush resistance in the Middle East.
The resistance movement leader added that Hezbollah entered the war with Israel to safeguard the very principles of resistance.
He said the Israeli military was shaken after the 2006 war and it began to collapse.
Nasrallah added that generals in the Israeli military began after the war to accuse each other of various faults.
“It was an earthquake which shook the Israeli army,” Nasrallah said, adding that the war created a crisis of trust in the Israeli military establishment.
The Hezbollah leader said the 2006 war also prompted Israeli politicians to grow suspicious of the capabilities of the Israeli military, losing trust in the statements by Israeli generals and commanders about the power of the military.
The war, Nasrallah said, made the Israeli regime to recognize the real capabilities of Hezbollah and how the resistance movement can target the entire occupied Palestinian territories.
He said after the July war everyone began to ask questions about the very existence of the Tel Aviv regime.
“Before the July war, Israel was in a completely different situation,” Nasrallah said, adding that the results of the war and Israel’s defeat to Hezbollah almost changed all calculations about Israel’s existence.
“Israel was struck in its soul and its determination,” Nasrallah said, adding that Israel’s defeat to Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006 made the Israelis to hesitate before announcing their goals of going to war with the Palestinians in Gaza in 2008.
Israel launched the war on Lebanon on July 12, 2006, on the pretext of countering attacks by Hezbollah on its forces across the border. The war formally ended on September 8, when Tel Aviv lifted its naval blockade of Lebanon. More than a thousand Lebanese were killed in the Israeli war. Reports said most of the victims were civilians.