Hezbollah calls for Arab states to raise oil prices to aid Gaza

Posted Nov 15, 2012 by Eric Morales
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah is calling on Arab oil producers to raise the price of oil, to place pressure on the West to make Israel halt it's airstrikes in the Gaza Strip
Hassan Nasrallah - Leader of Hezbollah
Hassan Nasrallah - Leader of Hezbollah
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The assassination of Ahmad Jabari, a senior commander in the military wing of Hamas, who is said to have played a key role in the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, and who took over after the wounding of Mohammed Deif, who is severely injured with spinal damage, has led to fears of another Gaza War. Osama Hamdan, Hamas spokesman in Lebanon has said the attacks have 'opened the doors to hell.' according to the New York Times. The assassination was a joint attack by the Israeli military and Shin Bet, responsible for counter intelligence and anti-terrorism operations.
In the attack Jabari's bodyguard, Mohammed al Hams was also killed. As well as five other people who were killed, including two children in air strikes that followed Jabari's death the New York Times reported.
Now the leader of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, which holds twelve seats in the Lebanese parliament, and is designated a terrorist group by the United States and Israel has weighed in on the tensions. Addressing the Shia faithful in Beirut, on the first day of Ashura, Hassan Nasrallah said the following according to Reuters: "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," the leader of the group, whose political wing is not designated a terrorist group by the United Kingdom, went on to say, "This is everyone's battle. We're not asking you for a solution, we're asking for effort."
Hassan Nasrallah told Arab states close to the United States and the West, that they should exert pressure by affecting their allies economies. "Some say the Arabs don't have the courage to stop oil production," Nasrallah 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 fought Israel in 2006, after the organization abducted two Israeli soldiers, sustaining losses of between 150 and over 1,000 of it's fighters. Many of them part time fighters, Hezbollah regulars, and Iranian soldiers who assisted in the combat. However when all was said and done Israel was viewed as weaker, having taken severe strategic losses and caught off guard by Hezbollah's tactics. It led to the Winograd Commission being impaneled to investigate the failures of the Israel Defense Forces. The war led to over a million Israeli's displaced and living in bomb shelters, 44 Israelis killed and over 1,000 Lebanese civilians dead.
In his address, Hassan Nasrallah gave no indication that Hezbollah would intervene in the conflict between Israel and Hamas according to Reuters. Hezbollah's media networks website, Al Manar reported the Hezbollah chieftan went on to praise the missile attacks carried out against Tel Aviv, causing air raid sirens to sound there for the first time since the First Gulf War. "Hitting Tel Aviv with (the) Fajr-5 reveals the wisdom, courage, capability, and firmness of the Palestinian resistance." Nasrallah went on to say that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's response to the attack showed that the Jewish state was leery of another war, after it's supposed 2006 defeat. "In both wars, (Israel) failed to achieve the high goals (they) announced, and this was dubbed a failure. Today, Israel put lower goals, so whatever Netanyahu did, he could claim that he succeeded. This is a hidden recognition that the resistance in Gaza was able to impose a certain deterrence power." Nasrallah stated.
Reuters is also reporting that the Egyptian Prime Minister, Hisham Knadil is set to visit the Gaza Strip on Friday with other Egyptian officials.