Following are excerpts from an interview with Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on Al-Mayadeen TV and was also broadcast on Al-Manar TV on September 3, 2012.
Hassan Nasrallah: If the Israelis behave as if there are no limits to aggression, we too will have no limits. Obviously, anyone could show up tomorrow and claim that Hizbullah has... We do not possess chemical weapons, and we will not use chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons is prohibited. It is out of the question as far as we are concerned. But in any case, I don’t need chemical weapons, regardless of either the religious or practical aspects. [Israel] has factories, bases, and compounds, while I have missiles. My missiles counterbalance all of this.
Hassan Nasrallah: All options will be available for us. All the options are on the table. Perhaps we will not confine ourselves to defense.
Once, when Barak, the Israeli war minister, said to his soldiers: prepare to enter Lebanon. The day may come when we return to Lebanon" – I said to the mujahideen: "Prepare, the day may come when we enter the Galilee."
That still stands.
Iran will not tolerate an attack on its nuclear facilities. The response will not be limited to the Israeli entity. The US military bases in the entire region may serve as targets for the Iranians.
Reporter: So if Israel targets Iran, even by itself...
Hassan Nasrallah: America will be held accountable for this.
There is a misconception prevalent in the Arab world regarding Israel-US relations. We keep repeating this lie about the Zionist lobby – that the Jews rule America and are the real decision-makers, and so on. No. America itself is the decision maker. In America, you have the major corporations...You have a trinity of the oil companies, the weapons industry, and the so-called "Christian-Zionism." The decision-making is in the hands of the alliance. Israel used to be a tool at the hands of the British, and now it is a tool in the hands of America.