Nasrallah Accuses Obama Of Bias Towards Israel

Hezbollah's leader on Wednesday accused US President Barack Obama of absolute bias in favour of Israel and disregard for the dignity of Arabs and Muslims.   Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Obama has gone even farther in
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PTI November 12, 2009 11:55 IST

Hezbollah's leader on Wednesday accused US President Barack Obama of absolute bias in favour of Israel and disregard for the dignity of Arabs and Muslims.  

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Obama has gone even farther in his military support for the Jewish state than his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was reviled in much of the Arab world for his support of Israel and war on Iraq.

The remarks were Nasrallah's strongest criticism yet of the American president since Obama took office almost a year ago.  

Nasrallah said Obama's earlier statements calling on Israel to freeze settlement building and then going back on that demand was a "tactic" agreed on by both Israel and the US.  

In a speech broadcast to tens of thousands of supporters in a southern Beirut suburb, Nasrallah said any "illusions" anyone had about Obama being more even-handed have now collapsed.  

Nasrallah, who is influential among supporters of his Shiite group in the Arab world, also warned Israel against waging another war on Lebanon, repeating his pledge to hit back deep within Israel.  

Hezbollah and Israel fought a bitter 2006 summer war that killed around 1,200 people in Lebanon and 160 in Israel before it ended with a UN-brokered cease-fire.  Nasrallah also lashed out at a major missile defence exercise staged recently by American and Israeli forces to test technology that would protect Israel from a missile attack.  

US military officials have described it as the most complete air missile defence system done anywhere in the world.  

Nasrallah, who fears an assassination by Israel and is in hiding at a secret location, didn't address comments by Israel's army chief, Major General Gabi Ashkenazi, who said on Tuesday that Hezbollah has significantly expanded its ability to strike deep into Israel, with tens of thousands of projectiles that can now reach the Jewish state's largest cities.  

He also did not comment on Israel's seizure of a ship last week carrying weapons it said originated in Iran and were destined for Hezbollah, a claim Hezbollah has already denied.  

But he warned Israel: "send whatever military brigades, five or seven, and if you want send the whole Israeli army. We will destroy and crash it in our hills, valleys and mountains."  

He also called for an end to fighting in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has waged a week-long offensive against Yemeni Shiite insurgents.  It launched an air and ground offensive against the rebels last week after skirmishes along the border.  

Both Saudi Arabia and Yemen have accused Shiite Iran of backing the rebels raising concerns of another proxy war in the Middle East between region's Shiite and Sunni powers.  

Iran has denied the charge and warned against outside involvement in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.  Nasrallah called it "a very dangerous sectarian war."  AP

 
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