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Hezbollah’s leader said his guerrilla organization would respond if Israel attacked Gaza or its Arab neighbors.

“Any Israeli attack against Lebanon, Iran, Syria or the Gaza Strip will be answered with a harsh response,” Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday during an interview with Iran Broadcasting via a video link from a secure hiding place. “Our situation is stronger than it has ever been — from the logistical point of view, militarily and in numbers. Lebanon as a whole is united against one enemy: Israel.”

Nasrallah said that as long as Israel exists, there will never be peace in the Middle East. He blamed the region’s lack of stability on the “aggressiveness and the natural militancy of Israel.”

Nasrallah has been in hiding since Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon.

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