Hezbollah unwilling to start war with Israel: chief
Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah's chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday that his group did not want a war with Israel, but urged the country to preserve resistance, Xinhua reported.
"Some Lebanese politicians are saying Israel may wage war on Lebanon, and this is possible, but we do not want this war," said Nasrallah in a televised speech during the commemoration of Al-Quds Day in Dahiyeh, southern Beirut suburb.
Nasrallah said making deals and normalization with Israel is "religiously forbidden," and his group will neither recognize Israel, nor succumb to it, "even if the whole world recognizes its existence."
A 34-day war between Hezbollah and Israel took place in summer 2006, killing more than 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis. Israel destroyed Hezbollah's strongholds in southern Lebanon and the southern suburb of Beirut before ending up with a UN-brokered ceasefire on Aug. 14, 2006.
Nasrallah said Hezbollah may not wage war to liberate Kfarshouba Hills and Shebaa Farms, but will not stop demanding the return of the territories to Lebanon.
Israeli occupied the Shebaa Farms from Syria in the Six-Day Warin 1967. Lebanon claims sovereignty over this area, while Israel and the United Nations insist it is part of Syria. However, Syria says this area is part of Lebanon.
The Hezbollah chief also accused the United States of tricking the Arabs to get more concessions and push the Arab world toward normalization with Israel.
He urged the Arab countries to facilitate assistance to Palestinian resistance.