November 29, 2023 | Haaretz

Why Hezbollah Isn’t Joining Hamas in Total War Against Israel

'We still need time… but we are winning in increments': Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah praises the Hamas assault of October 7, but he is not hurrying to join the fight. For Hezbollah and its patron, Iran, conditions are not yet ripe for the big regional war
November 29, 2023 | Haaretz

Why Hezbollah Isn’t Joining Hamas in Total War Against Israel

'We still need time… but we are winning in increments': Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah praises the Hamas assault of October 7, but he is not hurrying to join the fight. For Hezbollah and its patron, Iran, conditions are not yet ripe for the big regional war

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In two recent appearances Hassan Nasrallah, who leads the powerful Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon, stressed its support for “the resistance” in Gaza, but also its complete noninvolvement in the October 7 assault on Israel by Hamas.

Earlier this month, for example, Nasrallah implausibly alleged Hezbollah had actively entered the ongoing war “without any foreknowledge, truthfully and honestly, learning [about its outbreak] on [that] Saturday like everyone else.”

David Daoud is a senior fellow on Hezbollah at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

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