JERUSALEM (JTA) — Presenting his new political platform, Hezbollah’s leader said armed struggle is the only way to get back land captured by Israel.
"Israel represents a constant threat and an impending danger to Lebanon," Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said Monday during a speech filmed by closed-circuit cameras and broadcast to reporters.
Nasrallah also took a hard line against the United States, saying its "unlimited support to Israel … places the American administration in the position of the enemy of our nation and our peoples."
Nasrallah said the Iran- and Syria-backed Hezbollah will continue to arm itself to meet threats from Israel with force. The 2006 United Nations resolution that ended the Second Lebanon War bans arms in south Lebanon.
"The resistance has managed to achieve a huge victory over the Zionist entity, provide the homeland with protection, and liberation of the remainder of its land," he said. "This function is a lasting necessity before Israel’s expansionist threats and ambitions, as well as the lack of a strong government in Lebanon."