Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah made his first media appearance since November 2018 in an interview on Mayadeen TV, which aired also on Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV (Lebanon) on January 26, 2019. Nasrallah said that Hizbullah has a complete plan for how it would invade the Galilee and that it would not declare its plans unless Israel launched a war in Lebanon. Nasrallah said that Hizbullah would decide whether to invade or not depending on how such a war developed, and that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot were wrong when they said that the threat of Hizbullah tunnels in the Galilee was over.
Following are excerpts:
Hassan Nasrallah: If we decide to enter the Galilee, in the event of an [Israeli] war against Lebanon… Only then will we declare whether we will enter [the Galilee] or not. I am not talking about an initiative on our part, so people should not have illusions or accuse us of anything. Nobody should say that I want war or that I am threatening to wage one. No. This is all in a defensive context. They do not know how we plan to enter [the Galilee]: Above ground, underground, from the air, from several meters high… A Lebanese TV channel ran a report about motorcycles that can fly 2, 3, or 4 meters. The report said that Hizbullah has expertise in flying those motorcycles. Personally, I laughed a lot when I heard Netanyahu and Eizenkot say that the threat of a [Hizbullah] operation in the Galilee was over when the tunnels were discovered. There is a fundamental flaw in this line of thought because the Galilee operation does not depend on tunnels. There is also a flaw in the details of this assessment, because how do they know that all the tunnels have been exposed?
In the face of the war that the Israelis threaten to wage – a war of destruction, displacement, and bombing… You hear how they talk. So we also have the right to resort to force of all types. Part of our plan, both theoretically and in practice… It is a plan for which we train, and prepare… We have prepared this plan. It is complete. Yes, part of our plan for the next war is to enter the Galilee, but the plan depends on how the war develops. During the war, we will decide whether to enter the Galilee or not. I don't want to give the Israelis definite information about that, but I want to tell them that this is part of our plans, just like they have plans…
Interviewer: And you are capable of doing this?
Hassan Nasrallah: Yes, we are, Allah willing.