Hezbollah chief: Islamic Revolution cut US, Israel hands off Iran
Secretary-General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says the 1979 Islamic Revolution successfully cut the hands of the United States and the Israeli regime off Iran.
Nasrallah made the remarks in an ongoing live interview on Tuesday with Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam news network.
“The Islamic Revolution pushed Israel and the US out of Iran,” Nasrallah said, as Iranians are celebrating the 43rd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
“Today, the Islamic Republic is the model of independence and freedom across the Islamic world and the entire world, while before the Revolution, Iran was controlled by the US,” he said.
The Hezbollah chief added that the Islamic Republic of today is a “great regional power” that cannot be simply ignored or fought off.
A revolution brought about by ‘true Islam’
It was “true Islam” that brought about Iran’s Islamic Revolution because “it is true Islam that stands up to oppression and atrocity,” Nasrallah said.
“This is the exact thing that the US does not brook,” he stated, noting that Washington’s enmity towards Tehran is rooted in the emergence of an independent establishment in Iran that enjoys popular sovereignty.
US, Israel fearful of war with Iran
Today, the United States is fearful of engaging in a war with Iran since the Islamic Republic is a strong and sovereign country, Nasrallah said, downplaying Washington’s warmongering tone concerning the Islamic Republic.
Neither is the US capable of stopping Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.
Any military action by the Israeli regime against Iran too would be met by a “a very intense and harsh” response on the part of the Islamic Republic. “[Therefore, ] the Israeli regime [too] is afraid of Iran’s reprisal.”
“Iran is not on joking terms with anyone. It will retaliate [for any military action.”
Israel unsure of war with Hezbollah
The Israeli regime, Nasrallah noted, would never be capable of reaching its goals concerning Hezbollah through warfare.
“Were the Israeli regime certain that it would be victorious in a [potential] war with Hezbollah, it would not hesitate for even a moment [to launch such a war],” he said.
The resistance movement is, however, not afraid of war and does not surrender in the face of threats either, said the official and asserted that the resistance’s approach rests in “deploying whatever weapon to confront the Israeli threats.”
Hezbollah has activated its air defense systems to confront the Israeli regime’s incessant violations of the Lebanese airspace, something that has “greatly reduced” the breaches.