Who says Barack Obama has racked up no accomplishments in his eight years as president? According to Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah, his terrorist group doesn’t worry about U.S. sanctions against Lebanese banks. The reason? Hezbollah receives financial backing from the Islamic Republic of Iran, which recently received $100 billion dollars in unfrozen assets by signing a dubious nuclear deal with the Obama regime.
In a speech broadcast by the Shiite party’s Al-Manar station, Nasrallah brushed off assertions that Hezbollah would be hurt by US sanctions on Lebanese financial institutions that work with the group.
“We do not have any business projects or investments via banks,” Nasrallah said, insisting the group “will not be affected.”
“We are open about the fact that Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, are from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.
In December, the US Congress voted to impose sanctions on banks that deal with Hezbollah, considered a “terrorist group” by the US. And last month, Lebanon’s central bank instructed the country’s banks and financial institutions to comply with the new measure against the Lebanese Shiite group.
But none of that really matters:
“We totally reject this [U.S.] law until the Day of Judgment.… Even if the law is applied, we as a party and an organizational and jihadi movement, will not be hurt or affected.”…
Nasrallah said: “As long as Iran has money, we have money…. Just as we receive the rockets that we use to threaten Israel, we are receiving our money. No law will prevent us from receiving it.”…
As Al Arabia pointed out, the Nasrallah speech is a major embarrassment to the Obama Administration, since it appears that by approving the thawing of Iranian funds in return for a dubious nuclear agreement the US is now “playing a critical role in assisting and facilitating the ways through which Hezbollah receives this significant aid from the Iranian government.”
Two of the major beneficiaries of the [Iranian] sanctions relief have been Hezbollah and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has also been able to increase its military budget by $1.5 billion from $15.6 billion to $17.1 billion.
Although it’s something most observers already knew, this is the first time ever that Nasrallah publicly confirmed that his group is receiving total monetary and arms support from the Iranian government. And thanks to the negotiating weakness of the Obama administration, Iran has plenty of money to divert toward its terrorist endeavors throughout the world, and especially Israel. But then again Jewish lives have never been a concern of the Democratic Party or Barack Obama.
Below is a video clip of part of Nasrallah’s address:
Cross-posted at The Lid