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Nasrallah alleges ‘Christian Zionist’ plot
‘Their aim is to redraw the world’s political map’

Badih Chayban
Special to The Daily Star

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday that Arabs were not “red Indians” and will not be liquidated or driven into exile by Israel and the United States.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Haret Hreik, Nasrallah said that “Christian Zionists” were gaining strength and had a powerful impact on US foreign policy.
Nasrallah alleged that oil companies and weapons firms that have financed the “Christian Zionists,” the Arabic term for the right-wing Christian supporters of Israel, were in alliance in the United States.
“Their aim is to redraw the world’s political map,” he said. “It is said that several US presidents are affiliated with the Christian Zionists.”
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.”
Nasrallah also spoke about US hegemony in the region, asserting that Washington had reached “a new level of insanity and arrogance.”
“Although the United States is powerful, it has its weaknesses,” he said.
Nasrallah also said that he was not threatened by a country that called itself “great,” and where its national security is threatened by one or two individuals, in apparent reference to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
“The US empire, which is slithering over our region, is incapable of arresting a single sniper in its capital,” he said sarcastically, referring to the unsolved rash of killings in the Washington DC area.
Echoing Samuel Huntington’s book, The Clash of Civilizations, Nasrallah said that there was a US and Israeli war against Arabs and Muslims.
He described this war as psychological.
“The endgame of this battle will be harmful to Israel though,” he said.
He said that during his recent trip to the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon claimed that Hizbullah had missiles with a range of 300 kilometers.
“Instead of putting pressure on us, this scared the (Israeli) people, who feared that we would be able to hit them anywhere in (occupied Palestine) and not only in northern Israel,” Nasrallah said.
He said there was no relationship between the holding of the Francophone summit, which ended this weekend, and the fact that Israel did not attack the Wazzani water pumps.
The only reason Israel did not attack was fear of the “Islamic resistance’s retaliation.”
Nasrallah said that the suicide attack in Israel on Monday “was a clear statement that this nation will continue its resistance.”


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DS 23/10/02


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