BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Hezbollah weapons will remain pointed at Israel regardless of the level of frustration the Shiite movement may face domestically, a lawmaker said.
Hezbollah and Israel fought a bruising 34-day war in 2006. The Shiite movement claimed victory after withstanding the full force of the Israeli military and its subsequent claims to an armed resistance against Israel continue to ruffle feathers in Beirut.
Mohammad Raad, a lawmaker with Hezbollah, said the Shiite movement will keep its weapons pointed at Israel.
“The resistance’s priority is for its weapons to remain directed at the Israeli enemy no matter how much we’re harmed at home,” he was quoted by The Daily Star newspaper in Lebanon as saying. “We’re determined to overcome our sensitivity at home and our weapons will only be directed at our enemy.”
Hezbollah is under pressure for alleged ties to the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. A tribunal investigating the assassination has an arrest warrant out for four suspects allegedly tied to Hezbollah
Border tensions between Israel and Lebanon remain high. U.N. peacekeepers confirmed a recent exchange of gunfire along the border separating the two countries.
Six members of the French contingent of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon were injured in July.