Thursday, July 27, 2006

Nasrallah clarifies Hezbollah's perspective on the Jews

From a speech in October 2002, reported in Lebanon's premier English-language newspaper, the Daily Star:
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday [....] that "Christian Zionists" were gaining strength and had a powerful impact on US foreign policy. [....]
Nasrallah said their aim was to return the Jews to Israel and rebuild their temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70AD, over the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
However, Nasrallah added, "if they (Jews) all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."
(Perhaps Nasrallah was referring to Hezbollah's role in blowing up the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994?)

I'm sorry to inconvenience Hezbollah, but I'm afraid they'll have to come get me here in Pennsylvania.

--Jeff Weintraub