The IDF assessment appears to be largely based on circumstantial evidence because, according to Israel’s Channel 13, Nasrallah has yet to be tested for COVID-19.
During his speech, the terrorist leader threatened a “regional war” if Israel attacked the holy sites in Jerusalem.
“Israelis must understand that the violation of the holy city and the mosque and shrines of Al-Aqsa will not stop resistance from Gaza,” Nasrallah said, referring to the Temple Mount compound. in the old city of Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem means a regional war. Not all resistance movements can stand idly by and watch this happen if the holy city is in real and serious danger, ”he added.
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The speech came on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the IDF’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon, following an 18-year occupation of the region, and days after Israel and the Hamas terrorist group carried out a 11-day battle in and around the Gaza Strip, which began when the latter fired several rockets at Jerusalem after Israeli police responded forcefully to a riot on the Temple Mount.
Israeli military officials derided Nasrallah’s speech, which appeared pale and weak on camera, calling it a mistake.
Instead of threatening, the usually media-savvy Nasrallah appeared ill, Israeli defense officials say.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is speaking on television and he doesn’t look good. Pale, thin, a little short of breath and coughing from time to time.
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The shadow of Hezbollah loomed large during the conflict between Israel and Hamas, with the possibility that it could unleash its arsenal of missiles – far more powerful than Hamas’s – to support the Palestinians. But the Iranian-backed group has remained largely on the sidelines.
Although Hezbollah did not play an active role in the fighting, three rocket barrages were fired at Israel from southern Lebanon during the Battle for Gaza, which Israel believes Hezbollah at least tacitly has. approved.
Daily protests, including by members of Hezbollah and Palestinians in Lebanon, took place along the border with Israel in solidarity with Gaza. A Hezbollah operative was killed when Israel opened fire to repel protesters trying to cross the volatile border.
Agencies contributed to this report.