“Nasrallah: The Zionist entity can be wiped out of existence,” by Yoav Stern for Haaretz (thanks to Sr. Soph):
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday told tens of thousands of supporters in Beirut that Israel could be eliminated and that the prowess of its army had been exaggerated by “Zionist-American propaganda.”
“The Zionist entity can be wiped out of existence,” Nasrallah said in his address via video link, referring to Israel. “Our nation is stronger now than ever before,” he added.
Nasrallah’s speech was broadcast live at a rally marking the end of the 40-day mourning period for slain Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyah, who was assassinated in a car bombing in Damascus last month.
The Lebanon-based guerilla group Hezbollah has repeatedly blamed Israel for the assassination of the group’s second in command, but Israel has categorically denied any involvement.
“Zionist-American propaganda is aiming to harm our nation’s consciousness. They, using their violent system, are trying to tell us that we are weak and powerless. They want to tell us that we don’t have any hopes of winning,” the Hezbollah leader continued. […]
“There is a military political victory termed the withdrawal of the occupation army from southern Lebanon, but there is also an ideological victory in the battle of consciousness,” he said.
However, he went on, in the summer of 2006 a powerful new answer became apparent. “In the July war we were attacked by the [Israeli] army and the resistance withstood the great attack, breaking and shattering the army. We found and we saw the true picture of Israel and its leaders, generals, officers, soldiers and the Israeli tank… the nation that isn’t facing bombings and banishment, lived in bomb shelters for 33 days. Could Israel be wiped out of existence? Yes, and a thousand times yes.”…