Palestinian resistance and not an international court ruling is the way to destroy Israel’s West Bank barrier, the leader of Lebanon’s Hizbollah guerrilla group has said.
The U.N.’s World Court ruled Friday that the partially built barrier, which cuts into the West Bank, was illegal and should be dismantled.
“Some might be pleased by this decision but it has no real or effective value,” Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah’s leader, said Friday night.
“What removes the barrier in Palestine is the will, determination and resistance of Palestinians, with the backing of the (Arab) nation.”
Hizbollah guerrillas were the main force battling Israeli occupation of south Lebanon in the 1990s until Israel withdrew in 2000.
Nasrallah blasted the United States and said all its politicians and military leaders supported Israel. Washington has made clear that it opposed the U.N.’s involvement on the barrier issue after Friday’s ruling which is non-binding.
Israel says the barrier keeps out Palestinian suicide bombers who have killed hundreds of people in Israeli cities.
But Palestinians say the barrier, which has separated thousands from fields, schools and hospitals, is an “apartheid wall” that will deny them a viable state.
They intend to take their case to the U.N. Security Council, where the United States has frequently vetoed anti-Israeli resolutions in the past.
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud welcomed the court’s ruling and urged the Security Council to force Israel to dismantle the barrier.
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