Palestinian terrorist organizations praised Wednesday’s Hezbollah terrorist attack on a military convoy in northern Israel that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven others.
Hamas representatives in Lebanon, where Hezbollah is based, called the attack a “natural response to recurring Zionist aggressions,” the Jerusalem Post reported. Additionally, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, said Hezbollah has “the right to respond to Israeli occupation, especially following the last aggression on Syria,” in reference to a reported Jan. 18 Israeli airstrike that killed Hezbollah terrorists and an Iranian general. The Al-Quds Brigades of the Islamic Jihad terror group, meanwhile, welcomed what it called the “blessed” Hezbollah attack on Wednesday.
Hamas terrorist leader Mohammed Deif recently sent a letter to Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah expressing his condolences for the deaths of Hezbollah terrorists in the Jan. 18 airstrike.
“All of the forces of resistance must band together and unite against the Zionist enemy and its accomplices,” Deif wrote.
Edgar Vasquez, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said America “strongly condemns Hezbollah’s attack today on [the] Israel Defense Forces near the border between Lebanon and Israel, in blatant violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 (which was enacted to end the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war in Lebanon).”
“We support Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psak, who asked both sides in the conflict to “respect the [U.N.-drawn] Blue Line [border demarcation] between Israel and Lebanon.”