Following are excerpts from an address delivered by Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on Al-Manar TV on August 17, 2012.
Hassan Nasrallah: If Iran were weak, or it were strong yet cowardly, Israel would not have hesitated, and there would have been no debate, controversy, or disagreement in Israel. Israel would have bombed the Iranian nuclear facilities long ago.
Why has Israel not done so yet? Why is there controversy in Israel whether to bomb or not to bomb? Because Iran is powerful and courageous, and because the Israelis know full well – and I, along with all of you, know full well... What I say is not mere analysis. It is based on fact. We all know that the response of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be massive, resounding, and mighty, in the event that it is targeted by Israel.
Moreover, Israel will be presenting Iran with the golden historic opportunity that it has been dreaming of for 32 years.
I am not claiming that today, we are capable of destroying Israel. I am being realistic. I am not claiming that Hizbullah has the capability of destroying Israel. This would require tremendous capabilities. What I can say, however, is that we are able to turn the lives of millions of Zionist Israelis in all of occupied Palestine into a living hell.
We are capable of changing the face of Israel.
I say to the Israelis: There are a number of targets [in your country]. Not a large number – we don't need a large number... These targets may be reached by several precise missiles. A few missiles will suffice. We don't need many.
We possess such missiles. Striking these targets – which I will not name – with only a few missiles will turn the lives of hundreds of thousands of Zionists into a living hell. We may be talking about tens of thousands of fatalities – not just 300, 400, or 500.
Today, on Al-Quds Day 2012, I say to the Israelis: We have the coordinates of these targets. Our missiles are set in secret locations and are aimed at these targets.
At any stage of aggression against our country, if we have to strike this type of target in order to defend our people and our country, we will not hesitate to do so.
The Israelis must know this well: Any aggression will cost them dearly. It will not be comparable at all to the cost of the 2006 war.