In a speech delivered on February 16, Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah threatened to attack the Haifa ammonia storage facility in the next war, causing destruction similar to that of a nuclear bomb. Nasrallah mentioned the so-called "Dahiya Doctrine," associated with Israeli Chief of General Staff Eizenkot. Nasrallah quoted an "Israeli expert," who said that such an attack would leave tens of thousands dead. "Several missiles launched from here together with the ammonia containers in Haifa," he said, “would lead to the same impact as a nuclear bomb." Nasrallah added that Hizbullah "does not want war," but must be ready for it in order to prevent it.
: "When you see the Israelis talking about the next war, and about all the scenarios of what Hizbullah might do on land, in air, and at sea in Tel Aviv, in the electrical and water systems, in the ports, and so on, you know that they will think a thousand times before waging that war.
"The current Chief of General Staff Eizenkot keeps talking about the Dahiya Doctrine, which he implemented in Gaza. What does the 'Dahiya Doctrine' mean? He says: 'In any future war, we must wreak destruction.' They won't just bomb parts of Dahiya. They want to destroy Dahiya, and they called it the Dahiya Doctrine. They want to raze all the buildings to the ground with the people inside.
"(An Israeli expert wrote:) The people of Haifa are afraid of a lethal attack, if a war breaks out. Even without a war - they are afraid anyway. The people of Haifa fear a lethal attack on the containers - there are huge containers there, which store ammonia... These ammonia containers are in Haifa. In the 2006 war, we refrained from attacking those containers. They store over 15,000 tons - let me repeat, tons - of this gas, which might cause the deaths of tens of thousands of people.
"The expert added: this is exactly like a nuclear bomb. In other words, Lebanon has a nuclear bomb. This is no exaggeration. Absolutely not. We don't really have a nuclear bomb... It's a nuclear bomb in the sense that several missiles launched from here, together with the ammonia containers in Haifa, will lead to the same impact as a nuclear bomb. He said that if a few missiles land on those containers, in an area where 800,000 people live, tens of thousands of people will be killed. Eizenkot, you cannot destroy Dahiya even with the most powerful airforce, and no matter how many missiles you launch or what capabilities you deploy. We, on the other hand, with a few missiles... This is one example, which is located in Haifa. This is one example and there are others. All the Israeli officers concur that the missiles of the resistance cover each and every spot in occupied Palestine. We must protect this capability and hold onto it, because it prevents a third Lebanon war. As I told you on the anniversary for the Quneitra martyrs, we do not want war. This kind of war is not part of our strategy, but we must be ready for it, in order to prevent it, and in order to be able to win it, if it takes place."