After Hezbollah Threat, Lebanese President ‘Warns’ Israel

Hezbollah supporters in a Beirut suburb react as leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses them. (Reuters/Aziz Taher, File)

Lebanese President Michel Aoun over the weekend issued a stern warning to Israel, threatening to “respond” to any Israeli attempt to violate his country’s “sovereignty.” Any attempt by Israel, Aoun wrote in his message, “to hurt Lebanese sovereignty or expose the Lebanese to danger will find the appropriate response.”

Aoun’s threat came two days after Hezbollah’s chief terrorist said that his group was prepared for another round of fighting with Israel. Nasrallah said that among the targets in range of Hezbollah rockets was the Dimona nuclear facility. Nasrallah’s threat prompted Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon to complain to the United Nations, a move that Aoun said “threatened the security and stability of south Lebanon.”

In his speech, Nasrallah urged Aoun to give Hezbollah more power in south Lebanon. “If Hezbollah has more power it will prevent Israel from going to war,” he said during a speech on the anniversary of the elimination of top Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyah.

Nasrallah made his speech days after a Haifa court ordered the removal of an ammonia storage facility in Haifa Bay. The decision, Nasrallah said, “is testimony to the power of Hezbollah.” Last year, Nasrallah said that the Haifa storage facilities were on Hezbollah’s target list. “It would have the same effect as an atomic bomb, according to the Israelis themselves,” Nasrallah told supporters. “They have 15,000 tons of ammonia there, if one of our missiles would hit that site it would mean the deaths of tens of thousands – just like with a nuclear weapon.”