Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday warned Israel against attacking Lebanon or Syria, claiming that "hundreds of thousands" of Arab and Muslim fighters would be ready to strike back.
"The Israeli enemy should know that if it launches an attack on Syria or Lebanon, it's unknown whether the fighting will stay just between Lebanon and Israel, or Syria and Israel," Nasrallah declared, in comments quoted by the AFP news agency.
"I'm not saying countries would intervene directly -- but it would open the door for hundreds of thousands of fighters from all around the Arab and Islamic world to participate in this fight -- from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan," he said.
Nasrallah made the remarks in a speech broadcast on television to mark the Iranian Al-Quds Day, an annual show of solidarity with Palestinian Arabs which Iranians use to threaten Israel and call for its destruction.
The commemoration was first launched by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late revolutionary leader of Iran, which is Hezbollah’s main benefactor.
In his remarks, Nasrallah also stressed the importance of the Palestinian plight for the Arab world.
The Hezbollah leader mocked Saudi efforts to normalize ties with Israel, reported Haaretz, noting that regardless of these bids, "all Arab nations oppose normalization with Israel which means most of the nations support the axis of resistance and the fight against Israel."
He also accused Israel of trying to pressure Palestinian Arabs to capitulate to its and the Americans' demands, but said that won't happen if the "axis of resistance" continues to grow stronger.