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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Nasrallah admits to funding terror

No real shock here. Hezbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has admitted for the first time that his organization funds and politically supports terrorism, although he has not yet admitted that they provide arms. In an interview with the Lebanese daily as-Safir, Nasrallah did name the organization(s) his group funds, although most probably we are talking about Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

"They (the Palestinians) have fighters and expertise. They can produce a missile by logging on to the Internet," Nasrallah said.

"What they need is financial, political and media support. And we do not deny that we help them on those fronts," he said.

Nasrallah stopped providing weapons to Palestinian terrorists in December 2001 after Jordanian authorities arrested three Hezbullah members carrying Katyusha rockets from Syria, bound for the West Bank.

"After the Jordan incident and arrest of a number of our brothers, the Palestinians told us, 'This is costing you politically and is a burden for the fighters. Send us the money and we will take care of it ourselves,"' Nasrallah said, adding that the Palestinian militants got their weapons from "the mafia and Israeli officers."

Nasrallah has denied past Israeli accusations that Hezbullah was directing suicide bombings and other attacks on Israelis, or that it was a key sponsor of Palestinian violence.


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