HEZBOLLAH’S HASSAN NASRALLAH TESTS TRUMP

Calling President Donald Trump an “idiot” today, Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah hopes to rally the Muslim world against Trump’s Jan. 27 travel ban, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Nasrallah shot off his mouth to score more points with Iran, whose cash-and-arms supply Hezbollah’s Lebanon-based militia. Allied with Russian and Iran, Hezbollah joined the fight against the Saudi-U.S.-backed proxy war aimed at topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Former President Barack Obama spent nearly six years waging a proxy war against Syria, arming-and-funding various terror groups to topple the Damascus government. Fighting along side of Russia and Iran, Nasrallah feels emboldened to lash out a Trump after hearing his benefactor, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spew the same vitriol Feb. 7, denouncing the U.S.

If Russian President Vladimir Putin really wants to reset U.S.-Russian relations, he should start by asking Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to speak with Iran and its Hezbollah militia. Listening first to Khamenei denounce Trump, the Russian Foreign Service should ask its allies to stop making provocative statements. “We are thankful to this gentlemen . . . he showed the real face of America,” Khamenei told military officers in Tehran. When Khaemenei talks of the “real face of America,” he’s talking about Trump’s Jan. 27 travel ban that included Iran but deliberately omitted Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council States. “By what he does—handcuffing a five-year-old child—he show the true meaning of American human rights,” Khamenei said, ignoring Iran’s abysmal human rights record. Khaemenei’s not in a place to lecture the U.S. about human rights abuses.

Delivering on a campaign promise to stop the flow of un-vetted refugees into the U.S., Trump wrote his infamous Jan. 27 executive order. One Feb 3, Seattle-based U.S. District Court Judge James Robert issued a temporary restraining order, effectively ending Trump’s order. When Trump filed in the San Francisco-based 9th District Court of Appeals Feb. 5 for injunctive relief, the White House thought they had a strong case. When a three judge-panel returned their unanimous verdict Feb. 9, it was a devastating rebuke of Trump’s travel ban. Instead of railing against Trump, Khamenei and Nasrallah should marvel at the U.S. courts where there are real checks-and-balances in the U.S. system. Unlike Khamenei and Nasrallah both dictators, Trump can’t make any move without scrutiny by the Congress and courts, something that doesn’t exist in Iran or with Hezbollah.

Nasrallah showed why he controls only a terror group, lives in a bunker and rarely sees the light of day. “We are very optimistic that when an idiot settles in the White House and boasts about his idiocy, this is the beginning of relief for the oppressed around the world,” said Nasrallah, spewing that kind of venom that keeps him living underground. Fighting a brutal war with Israel July 12-Aug. 14, 2006, Nasrallah showed how to rein destruction of Lebanon. With Trump in the White House, the U.S. returns to a post-Sept. 11-terror mind-set, no longer tolerating collaboration with terror groups, like Hezbollah. Watching Khomenei and Nasrallah insult Trump doesn’t bode well for improved relations, especially with Iran, who’s been test-firing ballistic missiles. Trump’s got a lot of fence-mending to do with Putin before he can exert leverage on Iran and Mideast terror groups.

Taking short-range missiles from Iran, Nasrallah likes to coordinate military operations with Hamas, who also gets supplied missiles to attack Israel. When the U.S. calls Iran the world’s chief sponsor of state terrorism, they’re referring to arming Hezbollah and Hamas to attack Israel. Since former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” in 2005, Iran routinely writes Israel’s name on its ballistic missiles. Like Nasrallah, Hamas’s Gaza ruler Ismail Haniyeh now assumes the role of destroying Israel. When some U.S. officials and liberal press talk to a two- state solution, they refer only to the West Bank’s Mahmoud Abbas, the titular head of the Palestinian Authority. Haniyeh, not Abbas, calls the shots in Palestinians ongoing war with Israel. There’s no peace partner until Hamas and Hezbollah stop their war against Israel.

In a sign that Putin means business improving relations with the U.S., NBC reported today that he’s considering shipping back 33-year-old fugitive “whistleblower” Edward Snowden from Moscow lair. Putin’s already said that he won’t renew Snowden’s temporary asylum application in 2018. Sending him back to the States would show Putin’s serious about mending fences. “I think he’s a total traitor, and I would deal with him harshly. And If I were president, Putin would give him over,” said Trump during the 2016 campaign. Nasrallah’s insults against Trump are designed to appease the Ayatollah but could carry some serious consequences. Developing tighter relations with Moscow should pay rich dividends for the U.S., especially dealing with terrorist groups and rogue states like Iran and North Korea. Developing better relations with Russia is in America’s national interest.