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Hezbollah Chief Praises Iranian Deal


JERUSALEM, Israel -- Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, spiritual leader of the Lebanese-based terror group Hezbollah, praised the pending nuclear deal with Iran, saying it will "reinforce the position of its allies."

The terror chief predicted the final deal will pave the way for Iran to become wealthier and more influential, especially in its support of the "Palestinian resistance."

"A stronger and wealthier Iran, in the coming phase, will be able to stand by its allies -- and especially the Palestinian resistance -- more than any other time in history," he said in an interview with Syrian state-run television al-Ikhariya.

Public appearances for the terror chief are rare. His fiery speeches are usually aired by video conferencing from a carefully concealed hiding place.

In his latest interview, he called on neighboring Arab countries "to make sacrifices in any future conflict with Israel."

He also accused the U.S. of conspiring with Israel to start the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, denying that the cross-border attack by Hezbollah on an IDF outpost sparked the month-long war.

In an interview aired on Lebanese television last January, Nasrallah threatened to invade the Galilee in the next war.

"We are ready to intervene there and take over. We have everything we need to fight Israel in the future," Nasrallah said.

Outgoing head of IDF Intelligence Brig. Gen. Itai Brun said Hezbollah would send fighters into Israel in the next war.

"Unlike in the Second Lebanon War, I believe that next time we will see Hezbollah sources on Israel soil," Brun told Israel Hayom.

"They will come in two forms: one will be terror attacks -- pinpoint strikes in Nahariya or Shlomi or Ma'alot [in northern Israel] -- and the other will be more substantial operations to grab territory inside Israel," he predicted.

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