Hezbollah Denies Control of Lebanese Government

Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah. (Reuters/Aziz Taher/File Photo)

Hezbollah lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday for his comments about the terror organization’s hold on the government of Lebanon.

PM Netanyahu told a delegation of 40 U.N. ambassadors visiting Israel on Sunday that Iran had taken over the Lebanese government via its proxy Hezbollah.

“Iran has proxies. One of them is Hezbollah. Hezbollah just joined the government of Lebanon. That’s a misnomer; they actually control the government of Lebanon,” Netanyahu said. “It means that Iran controls the government of Lebanon.”

“The new Lebanese government is not controlled by Hezbollah,” Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast by its al-Manar channel.

“The new Lebanese Health Minister is close to Hezbollah, but not a member of the party,” he said, referring to reports linking him to the terrorists.

“The Zionist PM is inciting U.S., European countries, and the Gulf states against the Lebanese government, claiming it is controlled by Hezbollah,” Nasrallah said.