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6 killed in new Israeli strike on Deir al-Balah
Hezbollah: Arabs must use oil, political pressure, to help Gaza
Published Thursday 15/11/2012 (updated) 17/11/2012 03:39
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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his
supporters in Beirut in September. (Reuters/Sharif Karim, File)
Erika Solomon and Laila Bassam

BEIRUT (Reuters) -- Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged Arab states on Thursday to use all political means possible, including raising oil prices, to end Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, suggesting this could be as effective as military attacks.

The leader of Lebanon's powerful resistance faction, which fought a war with Israel in 2006, called on countries with ties to the United States and the West to pressure them to help stop the airstrikes.

"No one is telling Arab countries today, 'Please go open your borders and begin the operation to liberate Palestine.' What we want is to end the attack on Gaza," Nasrallah said in a televised address to mark the first day of the Shiite holiday of Ashoura.

"This is everyone's battle ... We're not asking you for a solution, we're asking for effort."

Violence between Israel's armed forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza has moved towards an all-out war as violence continued for a second day, with 16 Palestinians and three Israelis killed.

Nasrallah said Arab countries close to Washington and other Western countries must urge them to exert pressure on Israel, the main US ally in the Middle East, and said that the weakened American and European economies could give Arab countries more influence.

"Some say the Arabs don't have the courage to stop oil production," he said. "Decrease your oil exports to it or raise the price a little and you will shake the United States, you will shake Europe. Brothers, if you can't cut off oil, decrease your production or raise the price. Put on some pressure. No one is calling for armies or tanks or planes."

Hezbollah earlier condemned Israel's airstrikes on Gaza, calling the attack a "criminal aggression" and said any country not working to stop the bloodshed was a partner in the violence. But it gave no signal that it was prepared to act against Israel.

Many analysts suspect that Hezbollah, a powerful political and guerrilla movement in Lebanon, is loathe to start a conflict with Israel right now.

Israel has threatened to bomb the nuclear sites of the group's main patron Iran and its supply routes through neighboring Syria may be at risk of being cut off by a bloody conflict that could topple its ally President Bashar Assad.

In 2006, Hezbollah fought Israel in a 34-day war in which 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed.
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1 ) matt / usa
15/11/2012 23:19
Funny. hamas and the others start the war and now they want israel to end it. Dont worry israel will end it. just not now

2 ) Outlier / USA
15/11/2012 23:36
Meddler.

3 ) Mo / Canada
16/11/2012 00:42
"In 2006, Hezbollah fought Israel in a 34-day war in which 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed." That was mostly a distortion. Hezbolla used residential areas to attack Israels to increase the civilian casualty count.

4 ) Amira / Canada
16/11/2012 00:47
He is right. I hope they will listen and start taking action.

5 ) James Marron / Ireland
16/11/2012 02:37
"Many analysts suspect that Hezbollah, a powerful political and guerrilla movement in Lebanon, is loathe to start a conflict with Israel right now." What does this mean? Hezbollah are the only Arab group to "take on Israel" Other Arab countries are an abject disgrace.

6 ) ian / australia
16/11/2012 02:37
"Decrease your oil exports...or raise the price a little and you will shake the United States, you will shake Europe. Brothers...Put on some pressure. No one is calling for armies or tanks or planes." Why is it that leaders characterised in the West as hysterical extremists (like Hassan Nasrallah) often seem so rational, intelligent and moral? It's a conundrum.

7 ) Carlos / usa
16/11/2012 03:40
Hassan Nasrallah is a great man. I like his opinion. I like him. God bless him.

8 ) Carlos / USA
16/11/2012 03:44
Ian from Australia it is because the true nutcase religious extremists are the government of israel. I trust Iran with nuclear weapons before I trust israel. What is really ridiculous is the governments of the west supply israel with nuclear weapon delivery systems and complain about Iran developing peaceful nuclear power. The people in power in this world are nuts and they are going to take us all down.

9 ) Arnold / Canada
16/11/2012 05:14
Hassan Nasrallah otherwise known as "the wizard of oz". Remember him from the movie. The loudmouth that spoke on screen from behind the curtain. I think Egypt should open the Rafah crossing and let the Gazans in. Is is not strange that Egypt is keeping them cooped up in Gaza ?

10 ) @ Arnold / WB
16/11/2012 08:22
The Rafah crossing is open.

11 ) Arnold / Canada
16/11/2012 14:20
# 10. If I was wrong and the Rafah crossing is open I admit my error. So that brings up a different point. If Rafah is open then Gaza is not an "open air prison" as so many Israeli bashers claim. Israel left Gaza. Gaza is not occupied. Israel prefers not to have an open border with Gaza. Simple. What is therefore Hamas' and the other militants' problem ?

12 ) Arnold / Canada
16/11/2012 14:26
Carlos # 8. You and the others believe Israel has nuclear weapons. According to you they have had them for the past say 40 years. With all the problems with the Arab countries has Israel ever used them ? NO they have not. So how can you say you trust Iran with nuclear weapons when they ... Iran do not even have them yet. Are you a wizard who sees into the future ?

13 ) @ Ian-6 & Carlos-8 / USA
16/11/2012 14:58
If you, Nasrallah, and other hatred filled people want someone to bleed,
then start a fight yourself, and watch your own loved ones die, where
Gaza's best hopeis that Israel will help, by refusing any more ceasefires !!

Then THE ONLY WAY "to help Gaza" will be for Hamas, and all the militant factions, TO SURRENDER, unconditionally, since the only other alternative will be watching Gaza's population to bleed to death, which the militant factions seem perfectly willing to accept !!!

14 ) matt / usa
16/11/2012 19:33
isralis have genocidal behavior they cry and want the world to cry about their holocost, poor palestinian people got thrown in the pit blood is on brittians and israel hands palestinians should sue brittian

15 ) Pedro / Brazil
16/11/2012 20:14
Nasrallah the most moral man on earth, but only if you forget he is helping assad killing thousands of innocent brothers. Actually most hypocrite man ( better pig? ) on earth!

16 ) Claudia / Argentina
16/11/2012 21:51
I am not Arab but I know the conflict closely, many things unite Palestine and I know the place. Poor are those who think it is Hamas who starts, it shows that the soil never reached, nor read enough, you have to see to speak and live. Where is the union of the Arab countries? because let murder and oppress a people brother, what are the interests? I agree that if all would cut oil supplies to Israel and the West everything would change, but more important is the money than poor innocent life, n

17 ) ian / australia
18/11/2012 08:17
#13 "If you, Nasrallah, and other hatred filled people want someone to bleed..." That's exactly what he said he DIDN'T want. Read it again. He said," No one is calling for armies or tanks or planes." He was talking about "political means...to end Israeli airstrikes" which could be "as effective as military attacks". That was his whole point. Rational, intelligent and moral.
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