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1. General Sayed Yahya Rahim Safavi, former commander of the Quds Force and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei´s security advisor, recently said that he regarded Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as "a soldier [in the ranks of] Leader" Khamenei. Therefore, he added, he thinks it extremely likely that Hezbollah will act against Israel should it seeks to harm Iran. Safavi made similar remarks in 2008, saying that Hassan Nasrallah regarded himself as one of Khamenei´s soldiers. He also boasted of the rocket arsenal of "our friends in Hezbollah," which could cause billions of dollars of damages to Israel´s cities. Other senior members of the Iranian regime have said that Iran provides Hezbollah with comprehensive support and that the organization is committed to obeying the Iranian leadership.

2. Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah´s deputy secretary general, has frequently said that Supreme Leader Khamenei is Hezbollah´s source of religious authority and that the organization obeys the authority of the Iranian leadership in strategic issues in general, including the war against Israel. A pamphlet distributed by Hezbollah in Lebanon also depicts Khamenei as the source of Hezbollah´s religious authority. However, in February 2012 Hassan Nasrallah publicly stated that if Israel attacked Iran´s nuclear facilities, Hezbollah would examine its position in real time and decide how to act.

3. In our assessment, Safavi´s remark about Nasrallah´s being a soldier of Khamenei was a threat against Israel. Its subtext read that Hassan Nasrallah could not have independent considerations when it came to strategic issues of Iran´s national security, and that Hezbollah´s large arsenal of rockets would, when necessary, be used according to a decision made by Iran. Such a decision could be made, for example, to respond to an attack on Iran´s nuclear facilities.


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