Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, reacting to an Israeli newspaper report of secret Iran contacts by the U.S. to keep the United States out of a future Iran-Israel war, said on Monday that Iran could hit U.S. bases in the Middle East in response to any Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities, even if American forces play no role in the attack.
"A decision has been taken to respond, and the response will be very great," Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview with the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen television. "The response will not be just inside the Israeli entity — American bases in the whole region could be Iranian targets," Nasrallah added, citing information he said was from Iranian officials. "If Israel targets Iran, America bears responsibility." (Reuters, 4 September)
Yediot Ahronoth reported on Monday that the U.S. recently used two European countries to send messages to Iran saying the U.S. would not be dragged into an Israeli attack, and in return expected Iran to refrain from striking U.S. strategic targets in the region.
The White House has sharply denied that report.
Photo credit: Screen shot of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. 3 September 2012. (Reuters/Ahmad Shahla)