28 Oct, 2020
JERUSALEM WEATHER

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah sharply criticized the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen on Friday, saying Arabs should instead be uniting against Israel, their common enemy.

Rebel militias have overtaken the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, along with much of the rest of the country, in recent months, and Saudi Arabia views them as a threat.

Nasrallah called Operation Decisive Storm, “surprising and painful”.

Both the Shiite Hezbollah and the Houthi rebels enjoy Iranian support, putting them at odds with Saudi Arabia. While Iran has openly armed the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, the Islamic Republic denies doing the same for the Houthis, a claim which the Yemeni rebels second.

Nasrallah bemoaned the fact that “for decades there has been no ‘Decisive Storm,’ not even a slight gust of resolve to fight Israel,” claiming Hezbollah would gladly have “partnered” with Arab states on such a campaign.

“You say the new situation in Yemen threatens your national security,” he noted. “Do you not feel the threat posed by Israel, which has one of the strongest armies in the world?”

He continued: “This means that in the eyes of [the Saudis], Israel is not an enemy or a threat that requires such a ‘storm.’”

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Nasrallah went on to accuse Saudi Arabia of abandoning the Palestinians to Israel “to murder and expel, and to the US to search for an illusionary diplomatic solution.

“You have money, so why do the Palestinian people live in poverty? This people has called on Iran to aid it, and Iran, despite the economic siege placed upon it thanks to you, has given everything it can to the Palestinian people, both by way of its diplomatic positions and through funding and weapons.”

He charged Saudi Arabia of initiating the campaign because “Saudi Arabia lost its control and dominance in Yemen, and the aim of war is to restore control and hegemony over Yemen. Period.”

He warned the Saudis against continuing their efforts in Yemen. “Throughout history, invaders were defeated and the invaders were humiliated,” Nasrallah said. “The rulers in Saudi Arabia still have an opportunity” to resolve the conflict through negotiations “in order not to face a humiliating defeat.”

Explaining why Iran had succeeded in expanding its influence in the region at Saudi Arabia’s expense, he told its leaders, “you are lazy, losers, and you don’t take responsibility.”