Senior Hizbullah official Hassan Fadlallah said Wednesday that his militia's weapons were of the â€œhonorableâ€ type and could not be compared with those of the United States and Israel.
"Our choice was and still is to secure all the arms of resistance that we can," Fadlallah told the Lebanese daily As-Safir. "There is a great difference between weapons that only serve invasions, occupations and aggressions, such as those of the United States and its ally Israel … and weapons of an honorable resistance that liberates, protects, and defends."
He was responding to statements made by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates Tuesday after his meeting with his Israeli counterpart on Washington. "We are at a point now where Hizbullah has far more rockets and missiles than most governments in the world," Gates had said.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak met United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Wednesday at the UN’s headquarters in New York City. He informed the UN leader of his meetings this week with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Gates and Middle East Special Envoy George Mitchell, regarding restarting negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
Barak renewed the call for effective and timely sanctions against Iran.