Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, has lashed out at Saudi Arabia claiming that “Wahhabism is more evil than Israel, especially (in) that it seeks to destroy others and eliminate whatever thing that has to do with Islam and its history.”
He distanced his recent criticisms from sectarianism as he called for support “to pin Wahhabism down and deal a blow to it” against what he dubbed a “project” launched in 2011.
Wahabbism is a type of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia but critics have linked it to extremism claiming that it has inspired terrorism with the support of the authorities in Riyadh. The Islamic State and other Takfiri terror groups use the ideology to declare people of other faiths as “infidels” that deserve death.
Usually, Saudi Arabia does not reply to statements made by Nasrallah and considers his group a close ally of Iran.
Hezbollah used to call Israel its “sworn enemy.”
Hezbollah is a Lebanese based Shia politico-military group that strongly supports President Assad and the independence of Palestine. Nasrallah has lamented that the Palestinian Cause is only “a cursory matter” and “a trivial matter” for some Arab states while underlining that Riyadh is warming its ties with the Jewish State.
In July, he termed the developments between the two states as “normalizing for free, without receiving anything in return” from Tel Aviv. Secretary General Nasrallah accused Riyadh of having long-held clandestine ties with Israel, but was aghast at the change “from secret channels to public channels.”
The Hezbollah leader also lashed out at “British Shiism” saying it poses a bigger threat than Wahabbism and Zionism. He claimed that the group’s religious figures are mercenaries of intelligence services.