Hezbollah Secretary General says US President’s accusations against Hezbollah baseless, pledges resistance missiles will remain effective
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denied on Wednesday charges by US President Barack Obama that the Resistance was behind what he called political assassination as baseless and said the remarks proved that the so-called Special Tribunal for Lebanon was politicized. His eminence said that the United States was the most terrorist state carrying out political assassinations in the world.
His eminence expressed belief the nation was very close to achieve victory and to change the equations. He reiterated some of his well-known terms: “Time of victories has started” and “Israel is weaker than spider web”, and said that May 25 has changed the face of the region.
Responding to rumors targeting Hezbollah, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that the Resistance party has the courage to tell where its heroes fight, where they kill and where they are martyred, “because the arena in which we fight is to be a square of honor.” Hezbollah Secretary General said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s information is too old, while commenting his claims that Hezbollah has 12 thousand missiles. His eminence said these missiles will remain present in the equation of the region, and no one will be able to grab them, neither in Lebanon nor in the world
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed the need to maintain stability, security and safety in Syria. His eminence called on Syrian to safeguard their country and stand at the side of the regime in the face of the conspiracy targeting them. Sayyed Nasrallah also said that the statistics reveal that the majority of the Syrian people still supports this regime and believes in President Assad’s ability to introduce reform.
Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking through a large TV screen as he marked Liberation and Resistance Day in the Nabi Shiith town of Bekaa.
NATION NEEDS TRIUMPHS
Starting his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah said that choosing the location of the festival had a message. “We chose to celebrate the occasion in the Bekaa, in the town of Nabi Shiith, because we want to stress on the partnership of the Bekaa in the liberation of the South. This town was one of the first towns to believe in the Resistance”.
Sayyed Nasrallah recalled the sacrifices of martyr Sayyed Abbas Mousawi, the former Secretary General of Hezbollah, who was from Nabi Shiith.
Assuring that the ceremony doesn’t concern certain people; Sayyed Nasrallah said that Resistance and Liberation day is not an occasion for a particular group or sect, adding: “it’s a national occasion; it’s for all Lebanese people… It also must be a day for Palestinians and all the Arab world”.
His eminence stressed on the importance of May 25, by saying: “This day changed the face of Lebanon and that of the region. In modern history, there is the Nakba day and the Naksa day, and our nation needs triumphs in order to get rid of the black days like An-Nakba and An-Naksa”.
POPULAR ARMED RESISTANCE CORRECT CHOICE
Sayyed Nasrallah moved then to talk about the latest speeches of US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “When we listen to these speeches we become more certain of our choices. The developments in the last three decades proved that the correct choice and the realistic one is that of the popular armed Resistance”.
“The unrealistic, maddening, depressing…humiliating choice is that of negotiations”, he added.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that if the resistance waited for concessions or international interference then “our territory would have been occupied by now. Israel would have built settlements that will have reached as far as the Litany River”.
His eminence pointed out that some Lebanese still “cannot realize the greatness of the divine victory in 2006”, adding that the resistance victory of May 25 is “the result of sacrifices of all categories that have stood and fought since 1948 until today”.
ISRAELIS WERE THE ONES TO RUN AWAY
Hezbollah SG then talked about that the Israeli strategy which was used in the past years to make the Arabs think their only option was to run away.
His eminence said that this strategy was collapsed, adding: “in 2000, the Israelis were the ones that ran away. In 2000, the equation was changed. Israel, in the eyes of the world, is no longer unbeatable”.
Sayyed Nasrallah quoted Netanyahu as saying in the Congress that "the historic path of the Israeli entity has been turned upside-down since the beginning of the withdrawal from Lebanon in the year 2000 all the way passing by the "Israeli" withdrawal from the Gaza strip, until July war in 2006”.
“I saw the fear in Netanyahu’s eyes while speaking in Congress on Hezbollah, Gaza’s rockets, Iran and Syria”.
ARABS SHOULD WITHDRAW PEACE INITIATIVE
Still talking about Netanyahu’s speech, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Americans stood and applauded for him in Congress, “which means that all the Americans, including the Democrats and the Republicans, totally agree on what he said. Netanyahu said he wants al-Quds as an eternal capital to the Zionist entity, and that the Palestinian refugee issue should be discussed outside the borders, wants an acknowledgement to a Jewish “state” and "Israeli" military presence at the Jordan River, and a Palestinian armless State with total rejection to the 1967 borders. He also asked (PA Chief Mahmoud) Abbas to tear apart any agreement with Hamas and return to negotiations".
Moving to Obama’s speech, Hezbollah SG said: “Obama renewed his commitment to Israel's ‘security’ and its prevalence over the region. He pushed the US-Israeli relations and cooperation to an unprecedented level. He declared his rejection to a Palestinian State and rejected the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas”.
“His earlier speech about establishing a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders did not even last for 2 days”, Sayyed Nasrallah added.
Finally in the Palestinian issue, Sayyed Nasrallah called on the Palestinians and the Arab nation to adopt the choice of resistance. “Again, on May 25, on the Day of Liberation, I tell the Palestinians they only have the choice of Resistance to liberate their territory. I call on the entire nation to adopt the choice of the Resistance, because what is happening is not a threat against the Palestinians only, but against the nation as a whole”.
He also called on the Arab League to withdraw the Arab “Peace” Initiative. “On your behalf, I call upon the Arab League to declare a serious response against Obama's and Netanyahu's speeches, and to take the Arab initiative off the table permanently. We should be a nation that rejects negotiations and backs the Resistance”.
ARENA WHERE WE FIGHT IS TO BE SQUARE OF HONOR
Hezbollah Secretary General denied, meanwhile, any role in unrest in several Arab countries.
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah denied accusations by Libyan long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi's government a few weeks ago of participating in the fighting in Libya. His eminence also denied accusations by some Iranian opposition websites two years ago, of the presence of 1500 Hezbollah fighters in Tehran to suppress the demonstrations there.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that also in Yemen, during the so-called sixth war between the regime and Houthis, it had been said that Hezbollah was fighting and 50 Lebanese were martyred there, which is also incorrect.
According to Sayyed Nasrallah, a Syrian dissident claimed in the early days of the unrest on Al Arabiya TV Channel that Hezbollah sent to Syria 3000 men to defend the Syrian regime. “This is a lie which the Head of Media Relations denied then,” his eminence said.
His eminence also noted that Lebanese Forces website talked about snipers of Hezbollah in Homs and that Hezbollah has 10 martyrs there, which is untrue. He thanked God that no military action has been yet carried out in Bahrain to accuse Hezbollah of it. “People of Bahrain are still protesting peacefully despite demolition of mosques and arrests,” his eminence emphasized.
Addressing all those liars of satellite channels, newspapers, internet websites and reporters, Sayyed Nasrallah said that any military intervention in any of the Arab countries won't be Hezbollah responsibility at all. “We in Hezbollah have the courage to tell where we fight, where we kill and where we martyred, because the arena in which we fight is to be a square of honor.”
NO NETANYAHU… LEBANESE ARE FREE OF WORLD
Turning to the situation in the Arab region, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Hezbollah is to consider each Arab revolution from two angles: the stance of that Arab regime towards the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian cause, and the absence of any hope for reform at the domestic level.
His eminence said that some Arab revolts were victorious by principle (Egypt and Tunisia), while others like Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain are passing through difficult times. “We want the Arab and Islamic world to live in stability, but given the current situation, it is our duty to warn that the US and Israel are seeking to exploit the Arab wealth.”
Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Arab world would have been in an uproar had an Iranian official spoken against them, but no one said a word when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu insulted the entire Arab population when he claimed that 300 million Arabs are not living in freedom.
“No Mr. Netanyahu. We in Lebanon are the free of this world. We made our democracy by our blood. We triumphed over your sword. We are part of the Arab nation, the Arab peoples and the Arab youth.”
Addressing Obama, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “Get out of Iraq and don’t leave behind 50,000 soldiers. If you respect the will of the Arab people, then turn to Palestine.”
Addressing the revolutionist people, he said: “Beware of the US administration and do not throw yourselves into its arms again.”
MAJORITY OF SYRIANS SUPPORT REGIME
Turning to the Syrian issue, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah stance from the latest developments in Syria is based on a number of factors. “First, we, in Lebanon and especially in Hezbollah, are grateful to Syria, its leadership and to the Syrian resistant people as well as to the Syrian army because they paid lots of sacrifices throughout long decades. Syria prevented divisions in Lebanon and the region. Syria helped maintain Lebanon’s unity and halted the deadly Lebanese civil war. It also supported the Resistance in Lebanon, which resulted in the liberation of 2000 and the victory of 2006. We cannot forget how Syria backed Lebanon, its resistance and people in July 2006. Therefore, when we are concerned with the Syrian developments, we are worried about the Syrian regime and people over what is being planned for them.”
Sayyed Nasrallah said that no one is denying that Syria made mistakes in Lebanon, but it contributed a lot to its unity. “What Syria has achieved for Lebanon was historic and fateful at the national level,” his eminence emphasized.
After pointing to Syria’s stance towards Israel and the Palestinian resistance as well as its steadfastness in the face of all pressures, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted Syria’s position towards the new Middle East scheme which was toppled by the Resistance in Lebanon.
Among the factors dressing the final stance was the fact that the Syrian leadership is convinced with its people that implementing reform and fighting corruption was a must, Sayyed Nasrallah said. His eminence expressed belief that Syrian President Bashar Assad is determined to introduce reform, unlike Egyptian ousted leader Husni Mubarak and Libyan long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi who rejected reform.
Sayyed Nasrallah also said that the statistics reveal that the majority of the Syrian people still supports this regime and believes in President Assad’s ability to introduce reform. His eminence pointed out that toppling the regime in Syria was an American and Israeli interest. “Toppling the regime in Syrian and exchanging it with another regime, similar to the Arab regimes ready to sign a peace agreement with the Israeli enemy, is after all an American and Israeli interest,” his eminence added.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that Lebanon’s commitments towards Syria, based on the Taef agreement in addition to mutual interest, require from the Lebanese in general and the Resistance in particular to take a responsible and huge stance. “First, we should be committed to Syria’s stability, security and safety. Second, we call upon the Syrian people to maintain their resistant and reluctant regime, as well as to give way to the Syrian leadership to implement the required reforms and to choose the course of dialogue. Third, we as Lebanese shouldn't interfere in what is going on in Syria, but let the Syrians themselves to deal with the issue. Fourth, we should reject any sanctions led by US and the West asking Lebanon to abide by them against Syria, which is the most important goal of Feltman's recent visit to Lebanon.”
OBAMA’S ACCUSATIONS BASELESS
Moving on to the Lebanese file, Hezbollah Secretary General first tackled US President Barack Obama’s latest speech in which he accused Hezbollah of carrying out what he called “political assassinations” through missiles and car bombings.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that such accusations are baseless and aimed at pleasing the Israeli enemy. “Obama accusations for Hezbollah of political assassination and booby-trapped cars are not based on any evidence, but came in the context of the conspiracy of the International Tribunal,” his eminence said. “The American enmity towards Hezbollah is not new. Perhaps, its political and judicial content is new. However, its occasion shows it is aimed at pleasing Israel.”
Hezbollah Secretary General said that Obama’s accusations confirm Hezbollah's assertion that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon was politicized and part of an international plot against the region. “We thank Mr. Barack Obama because he confirmed the accuracy of what we used to say that the STL is an American-Israeli tribunal in which the American is playing judge and jury,” his eminence pointed out.
US MOST TERRORIST STATE INVOLVED IN POLITICAL ASSASSINATION
Addressing Obama, Sayyed Nasarallah emphasized that the US, which is speaking of political assassination, is the most terrorist country that has been involved in political assassinations. His eminence recalled that documents have shown how the CIA targeted through a car bombing in 1985 Grand Ayatollah late Sayyed Mohamad Hussein Fadlallah, which resulted in the martyrdom of more than a hundred civilians, mostly women and children. When a killer, the killer of hundreds of thousands in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the co-killer of hundreds of thousands killed by Israel, accuses us, we don’t feel concerned.”
Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that the Resistance feels honored by Obama and Netanyahu’s attack. “We are proud of this badge of honor when the US and Israel attack us before the AIPAC,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “Our enemy recognizes us as a key influential part of conflict in the region. This is an honor for Lebanon, as for Hezbollah,” his eminence added. Iran, Syria, and Hamas should be honored by this too, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized.
PREVIOUS GOV’T WAS FORMED AFTER ASSAD, ABDULLAH INTERFERED
Turning to the cabinet formation process, Sayyed Nasrallah remarked that the delay in the government formation demonstrates how the other camp deals with Hezbollah. His eminence rejected exclusively holding the new majority responsible of the delay, and noted that this new majority was not forming the new government alone, as President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister-Designate Najib Miqati are taking part in this process.
“We wanted to form the government since day one. However, one benefit of the delay was that it demonstrated how the other bloc deals with Hezbollah in particular. Its claims of a coup have been refuted because the government has not been formed yet.”
Hezbollah Secretary General said there were American and Western pressures preventing the birth of the government and admitted there were some internal demands also delaying the process, and this is normal. His eminence revealed that previous Lebanese government had been formed after 5 months, only when President Bashar al-Assad and King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz personally intervened. “Today however, no one is interfering in the process,” his eminence said. “This is the nature of the complications in Lebanon,” his eminence added. “Here again, accusations that Hezbollah has taken control of the country and that it isn’t pressuring its allies demonstrate that the other camp does not have a clear position on current affairs.”
THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE TO CABINET
Sayyed Nasrallah expressed belief in the necessity of forming the new government as soon as possible, and that formation is one of the most important duties. “There’s no substitute to cabinet, because we want a state and not a substitute to it. We are the first resistance in history which triumphs and does not ask for a share in authority.”
His eminence said Hezbollah will continue its efforts to resolve the cabinet formation deadlock. However, he made it clear Hezbollah would not pressure any of its allies. “At the end, we will reach the desired result.”
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the proposal of a technocrat government came from the US and the Future Movement, upon which the new majority didn't agree.
Ending the Lebanese file, Hezbollah Secretary General said he certainly supports the Parliament speaker's initiative in activating the House of Representatives, and will participate in the meetings of the General Authority.
OUR MISSILES REPRESENT HONOR, DIGNITY
In conclusion, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said no one scares the Resistance. “We belong to the land which defeated the fleets in 1982,” his eminence said. “We are not afraid of the threats, accusations and intimidation of anyone.”
“Yesterday, Netanyahu has increased our conviction of our missiles. What he said should be a message to the dialogue table and to all of those who discuss the Resistance weapons.
Addressing Netanyahu, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Our missiles are not 12 thousand; your information is too old.” His eminence vowed, meanwhile, that these rockets are ready and will remain in place. “They will remain effective and will protect Lebanon. They will remain present in the equation of the region, and no one will be able to grab them, neither in Lebanon nor in the world,” his eminence pledged.
“Our missiles today, which Netanyahu talked about before Congress, represent our honor, our blood, our money, our dignity and our pride,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, and added that this resistance will remain faithful to its goals, to its path, to its hopes, to its sufferings and to the blood of its martyrs.
WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO ACHIEVE VICTORY
“Again on May 25, 2011, I reiterate that Time of Defeats Has Gone, and Time of Victories Started,” Hezbollah Secretary General highlighted. His eminence reiterated, in light of the events in Gaza, Maroun al-Ras and Majdal Shams, that Israel is weaker than the spider’s web.
“Imagine if many millions of Arabs gathered at the entire borders with the Occupied Palestine at one time to cross the fence, what will Israel do then?” Sayyed Nasrallah wondered, after remarking how some hundreds of Palestinian youth scared the Israelis.
“We believe we are very close to achieve victory and to change the equations. The US-Israeli counter-attack will be in vain,” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.