“I say to the fighters of the Islamic resistance: Be ready. If a new war is imposed on Lebanon, we may ask you to take Galilee, to free Galilee,” Mr. Nasrallah said in a televised address, referring to the northern part of Israel.
Hezbollah fired thousands of Katyuska rockets at towns in the Galilee area in Hezbollah’s 2006 war with Israel, forcing more than a million Israelis to flee southward or take refuge in bomb shelters during the 34-day conflict.
Since then, the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militia — designated a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union — is estimated to have amassed an arsenal of more than 40,000 rockets, many with the range to hit Tel Aviv.
“To the Zionist generals, I say: Anywhere you go in the world, at any time, watch out, for the blood of Imad Mughniyeh will not go to waste,” the Hezbollah leader said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response that “no one should doubt Israel’s strength or its ability to defend itself.”
Referring to Mr. Nasrallah, he said, “Whoever hides in a bunker should stay in the bunker.”