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Hezbollah: Trump-Netanyahu meeting 'death' of negotiation path with Palestinians

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, speaks during a ceremony on the tenth day of the mourning period of Muharram, which marks the day of Ashura, in Beirut on October 11, 2016
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Nasrallah threatens to target Dimona nuclear facility, Haifa ammonia tank in next war with Israel

Lebanon’s Hezbollah party chief Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday said that the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the day before effectively marks "the death of the negotiations path" between Israel and the Palestinians.

In a speech marking the anniversary of the deaths of Hezbollah co-founder Abbas al-Musawi, and former head of the group's military wing Imad Mughniyah.

Nasrallah went on to threaten Israel, saying that in the next war, Hezbollah would target Israel's Dimona nuclear facility and the ammonia storage facility in Haifa.

With its formidable arsenal of missiles trained on the Jewish State, Hezbollah remains the most serious military threat facing Israel, a national security think tank claimed in a report released last month.  

The Tel Aviv-university affiliated Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) noted, however, that the chance of another conflagration with Hamas, the de-facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, is higher than that of a war with Israel's neighbor to the north.

Israel's military believes Hezbollah has between 100,000 and 120,000 short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, as well as several hundred long-range missiles, with the medium-range missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

Israel fought a devastating war with the Shiite militia Hezbollah in 2006, and closely monitors the group's activities.

More recently, the Iranian-funded Lebanese Shiite movement has been fighting alongside Assad's forces in Syria's civil war.

The militia never disarmed after Lebanon's devastating 1975-90 civil war and is the country's most powerful armed force.

Detractors accuse it of being a "state within a state" and Washington has designated it a "terrorist" group since 1995, accusing it of a long list of attacks including the bombing of the US embassy and Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983.

Washington supplies equipment to Lebanon's army and a State Department spokeswoman said this week that the US would be "gravely concerned" if it ended up in Hezbollah's hands.

Regarding Iran, the INSS noted that in the long term, the Islamic Republic could secure international approval for a broad nuclear program.

The most series challenges potentially facing Israel according to the INSS are an enemy state possessing nuclear capabilities; the "one-state solution" to the Palestinian conflict; and the decline of Israel's standing on the international arena.

This is a developing story

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AreYouKiddingMe

should hezbollah start another war Israel needs to send that entire state back to the stone age with out any infrastructure at all. take out every power station, sewerage treatment plant, water distribution,land routes out of the country, end all sea ports they have. everything....their lady war.

AreYouKiddingMe

their last war*

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