South Asia Tribune
Thursday 13 September 2012
Ayatollah Khamenei’s top military advisor warns that Israeli strike onTehran’s nuclear facilities will trigger
massive reaction by its Lebanon-
based proxy Hezbollah will retaliate againstIsrael if the Jewish state launches any steps against the Islamic Republic,
Iran’s Mehr agency quoted Saturday
a senior military aide to Iran’ssupreme leader as saying. Major-
General Yahya Rahim Safavi, who
serves as the top military advisor forIran’s supreme leader the Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, warned Saturday that
if Israel were to attack his country’snuclear facilities, Hezbollah willretaliate.
“If the Zionist entity carried out
any steps against us, resistancegroups, particularly Hezbollah in
Lebanon, given their central role in
our defensive strategy, will respond
against this entity,” the semi-ofcial
news agency quoted Maj. Gen. Yahia
Safawi as saying.
“The defense of the Palestinian peoplecomes within the framework of our
defensive strategy and Lebanon andSyria also constitute the core of ourdefensive strategy,” Safavi, an aide toIran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei,
added, the agency said.
In June Safavi was quoted by AFP
as saying: “Hezbollah has thousandsof missiles ... Hassan Nasrallah is asoldier of the supreme leader ... All
places in the Zionist entity are within
Safavi was until 2007 the commander
in chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the force that protects Iran’sIslamic system of governance.In a face-to-face interview with Almayadeen television last week,
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed
Hasan Nasrallah said a possibleIsraeli strike on Iran would invite astrong retaliation from the IslamicRepublic, but he played down thepossibility such strike would take
place, adding that Israeli ofcials
were divided on the issue. UK Callsto Add Hezbollah’s Resistance to
EU’s Terror Watch ListBritish, Dutch foreign ministers
urge EU nations Friday to imposesanctions on the military wing of Hezbollah for providing support to
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
The European Union has long
resisted pressure from the Zionistentity and the U.S. to list Hezbollah,
with many member states saying it was important to keep lines of contactopen to a powerful organization in
the Lebanese politics.
“It is necessary to move on that. Ithink we’ve taken action on thatin the U.K. and I would like to seethe EU designate and sanction themilitary wing of Hezbollah,” UK
Foreign Minister William Hague
said on his way into an EU foreignministers meeting in Cyprus.Dutch Foreign Minister UriRosenthal said the European Unionshould brand Hezbollah a terroristorganization, a move that wouldenable the bloc to freeze the group’sassets in Europe.
“We have for quite some time now
argued that effective Europeanmeasures should be taken againstHezbollah,” Rosenthal said on thesidelines of a meeting of EU foreignministers in Cyprus to discuss the
EU’s response to the Syrian crisis.
The U.K. lists Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist group. The
Netherlands, like the U.S., lists
the group but doesn’t distinguish between its military and political wings, despite the party of occupation Resistance is a member
of the Lebanese government.But other EU member states, which
have blacklisted the PalestinianIslamic group Hamas, have resisted
U.S. and Zionist pressure to do the
same to Hezbollah.The Hezbollah issue has long divided
European capitals. When the George W. Bush administration pushedEurope to list Hezbollah in 2005, a
number of countries, led by France,opposed it. The issue hasn’t beenseriously addressed since then.
Several EU countries have argued
that such a move could destabilize
the balance of power in Lebanon and
add to tensions in the Middle East.
Some European diplomats say it would also be legally difcult to
blacklist Hezbollah without a courtruling in an EU state that linked thegroup to terrorism.“Until now the Europeans havesaid that to designate a group as aterrorist organisation you have tohave a judicial process under way against this organisation, which isnot the case at the present time,” said
French Foreign Minister Laurent
Hezbollah, the Lebanese party of resistance, was set up in 1982 to ghtZionist forces which had invadedLebanon. If it weren’t for the military wing of Hezbollah, the Lebanese land
wouldn’t be liberated in May 2000,
and Lebanon wouldn’t gain victory in July 2006 war which the Zionist
entity launched against it.
Iran: Hezbollah will retaliate
in case of Israeli strike
Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiriconrmed in a video recording thedeath of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a veteran
militant said to have been a leader of the group’s operations, and who had
survived previous US attacks.The US government said in June that
a drone strike in Pakistan had killed
Libi, dealing the biggest in a series of
blows to the militant group since the
raid that killed Osama bin Laden last
year.“I proudly announce to the Muslimumma and to the mujdahideen [holy
ghters] the news of the martyrdomof Libya’s lion Sheikh HassanMohammed Qaed,” Zawahiri said in
Al-Qaeda conrms Abu Yahya al-Libi death