Israel is said to be “crying” over the defeat of Daesh according to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
The Secretary General of Hezbollah made the remarks during a speech today in which he taunted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the terrorist group’s defeat in Syria and Iraq at the hands of what he called pro-Iranian forces.
Hezbollah militants believe that the war in Syria is an Israeli and American conspiracy to unseat enemies in the region and weaken the pro-Iranian axis. The group, which has been classified as a terrorist by the West since it was founded following Israeli occupation of Lebanon in the 1980s, has grown in prominence over the last five years. Militants from their 50,000 strong force have dramatically influenced the direction of the conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen in Iran’s favour.
In his speech announcing victory over Daesh, Nasrallah mocked Netanyahu saying: “ISIS [Daesh] was supposed to destroy our region, our army and our institutions, and give them to the United States and Israel.”
But the plans of Israel which he described as the “enterprise of occupation and hegemony” had failed and “the ones who are crying today about the surrender of ISIS in Syria and Iraq are Netanyahu and the senior Israeli officials.”
Nasrallah claimed that Hezbollah fighters had “removed all the terrorists who were on the border and posed a threat to the whole of the Lebanon Valley”.