A study by Israel's military intelligence published Monday indicated that the Secretary General of Hizbullah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is the first Arab leader since the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in the sixties of the last century whose sermons have a significant impact on the Israeli public opinion. The Israeli Haaretz newspaper quoted on Monday a high-level intelligence official as saying that: "Hassan Nasrallah is the first Arab leader for more than thirty years who could affect in his speeches on Israeli public opinion."
The official said the research was based on speeches by Nasrallah during the Summer 2006 War. The study analyzed ten speeches which were delivered during the 34-day war.
The official said the speeches as well as rockets fired at Israel took primarily a defensive posture, fearing an large-scale Israeli ground attack.