Hizballah will remain armed and fully operational in southern Lebanon despite the newly deployed UN forces, until Israel withdraws from all Lebanese territory and ceases it air, sea and land violations, according to Nabih Berri. The Lebanese parliament speaker made these comments in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday.
According to Berri, Hizballah will resume its military campaign unless Israel withdraws from the Shebaa Farms area and other village territory that he says was occupied during the war of this past summer. "If Israel does not pull out we will have to drive them out," Berri said.
"The UNIFIL presence will not hinder Hizballah’s defensive operations. The resistance doesn't need to fly its flags high to operate. It's a guerrilla movement; it operates among the people," he added. Berri also expressed concerned that the UN forces could be involved in information gathering that could fall into the hands of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. "We don't want to interfere in their work, but we will be watching closely. We have to be careful, but we have a very effective intelligence service and we are used to watching for Israeli spies," he said.