Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivers speech, marking Al-Quds Day
Al-Quds Part of Our Religion, Culture and Jihad
Eilat Operation Witness of ‘Israel’s’ Weakness
Gaddafi Detained Sayyed Moussa al-Sadr and His Companions
Libyans Should Meet Expectations of Sovereignty
Syria’s Support Liberated Our Land
Syria Won’t be Lebanon, i.e. Rife with Sectarianism
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said on Friday that Lebanon is no longer the weak point in this region, and stressed there will never come a day when it becomes so. His eminence highlighted that Lebanon now poses a problem to Israel, one it is seeking to escape.
Sayyed Nasrallah renewed belief that the so-called Special Tribunal for Lebanon was politicized, and stressed everything the STL issues is worthless, as “the noble accused will have their reward on Judgment Day.” He warned against efforts to target the army and the resistance, and said that everyone who incites against the Army is actually serving Israel.
His eminence warned that positive or negative developments in Syria would affect the region, and called on Arab states to combine their efforts and end the unrest in Syria. He also promised the Israeli enemy that the pure land of Palestine will return to its owners.
Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking through a large TV screen as he addressed crowds during a ceremony marking Al-Quds Day, in the southern border town of Maroun al-Ras, the venue of battles between mujahedeen and Israeli occupation forces in July war 2006.
His eminence started his speech by highlighting Hezbollah decision to commemorate Al-Quds Day this year on the pure land of Maroun al-Ras. “We chose this land for the location signs, as the sacrifices of the South citizens and the Resistance turned lots of towns and locations to symbols,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
His eminence recalled that this land had seen a few months ago a historic and heroic stand of Palestinian men, women and youth from Lebanese camps. “Here, Palestinians reiterated their commitment to the right of return and told the whole world that tens of years will not succeed in transforming Palestine to something from the past.”
“We commemorate this occasion to reserve it as our duty,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. His eminence stressed that the Resistance commemorates this occasion to affirm that Al-Quds and Palestine are part of the main Islamic values. “Al-Quds and Palestine are part of our religion, culture, fast in Ramadan, prayers and Jihad,” his eminence said.
EILAT OPERATION WITNESS OF ENEMY’S WEAKNESS
Hezbollah Secretary General reiterated that Palestine is from Sea to River. His eminence warned against the process of Judaizing Al-Quds, in relation to sanctities. “We should be wary of its destruction and the construction of more settlements,” his eminence said, as he stated that the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Conference, among others, have responsibilities towards Palestine.
Sayyed Nasrallah declared that no one has the right to dispose of any part of Palestinian land, oil or gas. His eminence said that declaring a Palestinian state according to the 1967 borders was a Palestinian issue. “However, a Palestinian State shouldn't be at the expense of rights and borders,” his eminence highlighted.
“The Palestinians have the right to negotiate over the 1967 borders but they should not take place at the expense of the rest of Palestine as we aspire for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,” his eminence added.
“We should remember the West Bank's issues, 1948 land and people, and refugees, especially in Lebanon,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “We should remember that all these problems are due to the occupation, as the problems in Palestine are the result of the occupation and we should therefore tackle that cause just as Lebanon handled Israel’s occupation of the South,” his eminence went on to say, as he pointed to the call of Imam Khomeini to deal with the causes of the problems, which is here the occupation. “Our Ummah suffers problems with Israel because of the occupation.”
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that one day after another, the Palestinian people confirm they have chosen the path of Resistance. “Eilat operation witness of our enemy's weakness,” his eminence said. While noting that changes today in the region are very important for the Palestinian cause and Al-Quds, his eminence stressed that any negative developments affecting the Palestinian cause should be dealt with immediately.
Hezbollah Secretary General tackled the latest developments in Egypt, and highlighted the popular and official positions being made, which are a sign of a new phase in Egypt. “Had Hosni Mubarak still been in power, the official Egyptian stand would have reprimanded the Palestinians for the Eilat attack,” his eminence pointed.
While noting that there was a huge difference between encouraging the Israeli aggression against Gaza and warning against the repercussions of such adventure, Sayyed Nasrallah said that there is a strategic change in Egypt after the revolution. His eminence noted that Israel was surprised by the Egyptian reaction, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he can't launch ground campaign against Gaza, because it would negatively affect the relation with Egypt. “The Egyptian position is gradually shifting towards the better,” his eminence said.
GADDAFI’S CRIMES AGAINST PEOPLE
Turning to Libya, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s regime has committed many crimes and mistakes at the expense of its people as well as the Palestinian cause.
“One of Gaddafi’s crimes against the Palestinian cause was the kidnapping of Imam Moussa al-Sadr and his companions,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, as he stressed that the abduction was a favor to the Zionists. “We all know what does Sayyed Moussa al-Sadr represents for the Resistance and the Palestinian cause. He had been detained in order to target the Lebanese and Palestinian resistances. Should Sayyed Mousa al-Sadr still with us, outcomes would be positively different for the Resistance and the Palestinian cause.”
Hezbollah Secretary General called on Libyan’s revolutionists to put an end for this human cause, and expressed hope Sayyed Moussa al-Sadr and his two companions Sheikh Mohamad Yaaqoub and Journalist Abbas Badreddin would return alive to Lebanon.
Sayyed Nasrallah also noted that Gaddafi’s regime has committed the crime of distancing Libya from Palestine and its cause. “We hope revolts in Libya return their country to Palestine. We also know that the Libyan people will face the test of confronting the Americans’ onslaught of the country’s resources. Libyans today have to meet expectations of sovereignty.”
LAND LIBERATED DUE TO SYRIA’S SUPPORT
On Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Syrian regime is well committed to the Arab rights. “The Syrian regime had prevented the elimination of Palestinian cause, and this shouldn’t be forgotten,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “We are pleased with the Syrian people and leaders’ commitment to national principles and Arab rights given the international pressure that did not destabilize the Syrian leadership. Had it succumbed to the pressure, Palestine would have been lost. Syria supported resistance in Lebanon and Palestine,” his eminence stressed.
“The land on which you sit now has been liberated due to Syria's support,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, addressing the crowds. His eminence pointed out that Syria’s support of the Resistance, Lebanon, and Palestine is very important. “Resistance would not have been able to liberate the South without Syria’s help,” his eminence stressed.
Touching reforms, Hezbollah Secretary General said that reforms should make Syria more powerful. “We all support reform in Syria given its important position in the region,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. While noting that efforts should unite to calm the situation down in Syria, his eminence warned that the United States is not interested in reforms in Syria, but it is concerned with concessions and international pressure is delaying reforms.
“Those seeking sectarian incitement and NATO want to transform Syria into Lebanon, i.e. rife with sectarianism. Some sides are seeking to break up Syria as part of a new Middle East agenda, which we destroyed in Lebanon and Palestine.”
LEBANON WILL NO LONGER BE WEAKEST LINK
Turning to the Lebanese issues, Sayyed Nasrallah said the Lebanese position became different today. There used to be fears that any solution in the region would take place at Lebanon’s expense, but we have gotten rid of these concerns. Lebanon will no longer be the weakest link in the region,” his eminence stressed. While noting that a strong Lebanon will be able to protect its sovereignty and independence, Sayyed Nasrallah vowed not to allow some Lebanese to sell Lebanon and Palestine to the US and a settlement will not take place at Lebanon’s expense.
Hezbollah Secretary General said that there have been fears of tensions with Lebanon. “This age has been gone, as Lebanon became a trap for Israel,” his eminence said. “Lebanon now poses a problem to Israel, one it is seeking to escape,” his eminence added.
As he noted that Israelis were greed in Lebanon's resources, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated commitment to the formula of 'Resistance, People and Army’. According to his eminence, efforts have been made for years to break up the equation of the army, people, and Resistance through seeking strife and targeting the Resistance. Therefore, Sayyed Nasrallah said, Lebanese people hold the responsibility of maintaining this golden formula.
EVIDENCE BASELESS, WITHOUT LEGAL VALUE
Sayyed Nasrallah, who explained the different stages of targeting the Resistance in Lebanon, tackled the latest development in this context, represented by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and its indictment. Sayyed Nasrallah renewed belief that this international tribunal was fully politicized, and that evidence is baseless and they have no legal value. “When we try to explain, we do so to make facts more clear, not to convince STL activists. The conferences we held on the indictment were not addressed to Judges Daniel Bellemare (STL Prosecutor) and Daniel Fransen (Pre-Trial Judge), but the people so they can become aware of the new conspiracy.” His eminence concluded that everything the STL issues is worthless. “The noble accused will have their reward on Judgment Day.”
WHOEVER TARGETS ARMY SERVES ISRAEL
Hezbollah Secretary General highlighted that the army is the one guarantee for Lebanon’s stability and targeting it is aimed at sectarian incitement. While noting that successive governments didn't work fairly with the Lebanese Army, his eminence emphasized that there are some in Lebanon who call upon other countries to weaken the Lebanese Army. “Anyone who targets the army is serving Israel. I am not accusing anyone of being a traitor. The equation of the army, people, and Resistance alone can thwart Israel.”
His eminence undermined all statements made by political leaders of sovereignty and independence, referring to the so-called March 14 bloc.” All statements of sovereignty and independence are empty words because the Cedar Revolution was directed by Jeffrey Feltman and the French ambassador,” his eminence declared. “Yes, Feltman was the leader of the Cedar Revolution, and we have evidence.”
PURE LAND WILL RETURN TO ITS OWNERS
To end, Sayyed Nasrallah promised the crowds that they will smell inside Palestine. “I say to you and those Zionist soldiers alerted at the borders: this pure land will return to its owners,” his eminence said. “God willing this good earth will be returned to its people,” his eminence concluded.