Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah says the terrorist group will “no longer recognize the rules of engagement” and will “no longer accept the separation of the battle fronts.”
In other words, the terrorist organization will attack civilian targets — which may be little change from the group’s history but something rarely admitted in public as strategy.
Nasrallah made the announcement “in a televised speech on January 30, 2015, during a ceremony ‘commemorating the Quneitra martyrs.'” Quneitra was conquered by Israel (from Syria) on the last day of the Six-Day War. Syria took it back and lost it to Israel again during the Yom Kippur War and is now part of the demilitarized zone controlled by the United Nations.
MEMRI translated the speech and provided the excerpts below:
Nasrallah: If the Israeli enemy believes that the resistance has been deterred, and that it fears war, let me say today, as we commemorate the Quneitra martyrs, and after the high-profile operation in the Shebaa Farms, that the enemy is hereby informed that we do not fear war, that we will not hesitate to wage this war if it is imposed upon us, and that we will prevail in it, Allah willing.
Crowd: We respond to your call, oh Nasrallah. We respond to your call, oh Nasrallah. We respond to your call, oh Nasrallah. We respond to your call, oh Nasrallah.
[…] Nasrallah: We in the Islamic resistance in Lebanon no longer care about the rules of engagement. We no longer recognize the rules of engagement. It’s over. There are no rules of engagement when one confronts aggression and assassinations. We no longer accept the separation of the battle fronts. Get it? We have the legitimate, moral, legal, and human right – and even according to international law, if anyone wants to argue legalities with us… We have the right to respond to any kind of aggression, anywhere, with any kind of confrontation, anywhere and any time.
Crowd: We respond to your call, oh Nasrallah. We respond to your call, oh Nasrallah.