Hassan Nasrallah: You see, a long time ago, (the Israelis) had a problem with us having missiles with a range greater than 20 kilometers. In general, Resistance movements had only Katyusha (multiple rocket launchers), with a range of 19, 20 or 21 km, depending on…
Thereafter, the Resistance acquired missiles with a range of 40 kilometers, that could reach Haifa. They tried to stop us (from having them), but they did not succeed. The Resistance then acquired missiles capable of going beyond Haifa.
Then, during the (2006) July War, I stated that we were able to strike “beyond, way beyond Haifa”, that is to say Tel Aviv. This is what I meant in the first place when I said “beyond, way beyond Haifa.” During the (2006) July War, we hit Haifa and we hit the center (of Israel). There was only Tel Aviv left (it was spared). Today, Israel…
Journalist: Excuse me, so that’s what you meant (during your first speech of the 2006 war)? This is the first time you explain this. (On July 14), 2006, when you said “beyond, way beyond Haifa”, you meant Tel Aviv?
Hassan Nasrallah: Of course. It is the main city beyond Haifa. And that is why, during the war, when Israel began threatening to hit Beirut, we threatened to hit Tel Aviv (in retaliation, and Beirut was spared thanks to this deterrent). And I can not threaten with something that the Resistance is not able to do.
With time, and because of (the failure of) all Israeli attempts (to deprive us of our missiles), (the enemy) got convinced that he’d never be able to prevent Hezbollah from possessing long-range missiles, – I mean at the scale of Lebanon and (occupied) Palestine –, powerful and destructive (missiles). It is an insoluble and hopeless problem (for them), isn’t it?
Now, Israel claims that the number (of precision missiles in our possession) is limited, hundreds or thousands at most, but it’s only a technicality. You saw (the panic) triggered by a single rocket falling on Ashkelon (launched by the Resistance in Gaza). Just imagine that at some point, a rain of these powerful and sophisticated missiles (in our hands) fall on Tel Aviv. What will be the (material and psychological) consequences? I invite the residents of Tel Aviv to answer this question.
Some of their generals rightfully say, and they are honest with their society, that the next war, if it happens, will have nothing to do with the previous wars, namely that the fighting would take place at the border, while the rest of the Israeli population would be sipping tea (peacefully) in Tel Aviv. No way ! It’s over ! In any future war, the whole of occupied Palestine will be a battlefield and war-torn.
Journalist: Please do.
Hassan Nasrallah: I declare to the Israeli people: your interest is to tell Netanyahu to let Hezbollah obtain precision missiles, it is better for you. For if the day comes when we hit Tel Aviv, if I have precision missiles, I will strike military buildings. But if I do not have precision missiles, I’ll target military installations, but I’ll make an error from 500 to 1000 meters. Thus, where will (our missiles) fall? On the inhabitants. The interest of the people, as inhabitants (all Israelis are reservists)…
Journalist: Is this a joke or a threat, Eminent Sayed?
Hassan Nasrallah: The interest of the people as inhabitants is for us to have (lots of) precision missiles.
Journalist: Is this a joke or a threat?
Hassan Nasrallah: Take it as you want.
Journalist: This is a threat in the guise of a joke.
Hassan Nasrallah: A joke, a threat, whatever you want. Anyway, the Israeli equation is now based on (the issue of) precision missiles. They can say as long as they want that they are hitting Syria – and we will come to their failure in Syria – to prevent precision missiles from reaching Lebanon or to prevent Hezbollah from owning precision missiles. On the 10th day of Muharram, a few months ago, I said that the issue was no longer relevant. That’s it, end of story. The strikes in Syria do not achieve any objective. They pretend to prevent something that has already happened and is already finished. This file is closed. Now Israel claims…
Journalist: You mean it’s over because you already have precision missiles?
Hassan Nasrallah: We have enough of them to fight in any war to come. Now Israel claims that this number is (low)…
Journalist: Excuse me, but this number is sufficient to hit what?
Netanyahu affirmed that there were missiles in these places, and (he later claimed) that we had moved them in 24 hours (just before the inspection), but if it were true, there should be videos, photos, satellite images (to prove this allegation), because (Israeli) surveillance drones are constantly in Lebanese skies. He would have proved that we had moved (such missiles or installations). (He has not done so) because his information was false. His information about (the presence of) our missiles was false and misleading. He tried (to hide this fiasco) in the same manner as for the issue of tunnels, (boasting of an illusory achievement).