Nasrallah calls for regional support of Gaza

An image grab from Al-Manar television channel shows Hezbollah General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah delivering a speech on 12 November 2012.

Published Friday, November 16, 2012

Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah Thursday called on all Arab and Muslim countries to use all means possible to stop Israel’s vicious assault on the Gaza Strip, including raising oil prices.

Nasrallah urged Arab nations to suspend relations with Israel and the US, saying the only solution is for the world to pressure the United States, which will press Israel to end its blockade on Gaza.

He advocated the use of financial levers such as limiting oil production to push the West into stripping Israel of economic and political support.

"Some say the Arabs don't have the courage to stop oil production," he said.

"Decrease your oil exports … you will shake the United States, you will shake Europe ...Put on some pressure. No one is calling for armies or tanks or planes."

The Hezbollah leader also hailed the firing of long-range rockets from Gaza into Israel as a “very significant development” for the Palestinian struggle.

"The firing of Fajr 5 rockets on Tel Aviv today shows the maturation, the wisdom and strength, and the courage of the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip," Nasrallah said. He added that Israel had not expected retaliatory fire on Tel Aviv, the Jewish state’s economic center.

He reaffirmed solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, saying "we in Lebanon are concerned about events in Gaza, because this is not only the battle of Gaza but of all of us."

(Al-Akhbar)

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