In rare appearance, Hassan Nasrallah vows to ‘remove’ Israel

(JTA) — In a rare public appearance, Hezbollah Leader Hassan Nasrallah said Palestinian leaders had no right to compromise about land “from the [Mediterranean] Sea to the [Jordan] River.”

Nasrallah, who rarely attends public events since the 2006 Lebanon War with Israel, said at a speech delivered in southern Beirut on August 2: “The Palestine which we mean is a Palestine which stretches from the sea to the river and it should return to its rightful owners. No king, president, sheikh, state or country has the right to give up even one clod of Palestinian land,” the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

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According to the World Bulletin news site, it was the first public appearance since September last year by Nasrallah, who has lived in hiding for fear of assassination by Israel since Hezbollah fought a month-long war with Israel in 2006.

“Israel poses a danger on all people of this region…including Lebanon, and removing it is a Lebanese national interest,” Nasrallah also said.

Nasrallah’s speech was delivered to an audience in Beirut’s southern suburb in an event marking al-Quds Day – a day devoted to Jerusalem and its extraction from Israeli control, which was first celebrated in 1979 in Iran. Nasrallah usually gives speeches via television screens.

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