Nasrallah: Lebanon must build nuclear reactor

YNet News (Link) - Roee Nahmias (August 24, 2010)

While a senior member of his organization was being killed, Hassan Nasrallah has his sights set on a nuclear reactor � in Lebanon. The Hezbollah secretary-general commented on the country�s electricity crisis for the first time on Tuesday and presented an original solution in a televised speech on the organization�s al-Manar channel.

Nasrallah urged the Lebanese government to draw conclusions from the current electricity crisis and follow in Iran�s footsteps and build a nuclear reactor to generate electricity like the reactor in Bushehr.

�The cost of building the Bushehr reactor was less than Lebanon�s investment in the electricity network. I call on the government to build a nuclear reactor to generate electricity, and then we can also sell energy to Syria, Cyprus, and other countries in the region,� he said.

The Hezbollah chief also commented on the Lebanese military�s armament and the recent border skirmish with Israel. �What happened in the al-Adeisa battle proved that the weapons the Americans give come with the condition that they must not be directed against Israel, but only towards internal affairs, which they call �the war on terror.� Tomorrow they will condition it on fighting Hezbollah.�

In his last televised speech, given some two weeks ago, Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He presented �evidence� tying Israel to the killing, as well as aerial photographs showing that Israel was allegedly tracking Hariri the days prior to his death.