Hezbollah Secretary General says Resistance might have to control Galilee in future war, renews commitment to avenge assassination of Martyr Imad Mughniyeh
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called on the Resistance fighters to stand ready to liberate the Galilee area in the occupied territories should another war "be imposed on Lebanon," in a response to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s threats to invade Lebanon once again.
Sayyed Nasrallah also threatened to target Israeli officials and military leaders to avenge the martyrdom of Islamic Resistance top commander Imad Mughniyeh (Hajj Redwan), reiterating that Hezbollah’s decision to avenge Martyr Mughniyeh’s assassination still stands and will be executed at the right time and the right place.
His eminence, meanwhile, denied remarks that Lebanon's new cabinet will be "Hezbollah’s government." He also thanked the people of Egypt and their revolution that resulted in freeing ‘brother’ Mohamad Mansour, known as Sami Shehab, who was charged with silly accusations of seeking to overthrow tyrant Husni Mubarak’s regime.
Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking through a large TV screen in the ceremony held by Hezbollah at the Sayyed Shohada’a compound in Beirut’s southern suburbs (Dahiyeh) to commemorate the anniversary of the Resistance Martyrs’ Leaders.
Shehab who was in the Egyptian jails before the regime was toppled attended the ceremony on Wednesday amid cheering crowds.
Each year, Hezbollah celebrates the anniversary of the Martyr leaders in Lebanon with a central ceremony being held in Dahiyeh in commemoration of the Islamic resistance leaders Sayyed Abbas Al-Moussawi, Sheikh Ragheb Harb and Hajj Imad Mughniyeh; who were martyred between Feburary 12 and 16.
Preparations across the Lebanese regions have been completed with banners being raised commemorating the martyrs and their sacrifices in the South and Bekaa towns. This year’s slogan was: “Martyr Leaders… A Triumphant Nation”.
Sayyed Nasrallah began his speech by saluting the souls of the martyrs, especially the Resistance Martyrs’ Leaders. His eminence said that the occasion was one of the most important events in Hezbollah’s Jihadist and religious life, while paying tribute to the families of the martyrs.
Sayyed Nasrallah also congratulated Muslims in the occasion of the birth of Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and the Islamic Unity Week.
FEBRUARY 11… DAY OF COLLAPSE OF US, ISRAEL ALLIES
His eminence also pointed to the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution which coincided with the overthrow of the Egyptian regime of “tyrant” Hosni Mubarak and the victory of the Egyptian people. His eminence remarked that the day of February 11 became the day of the collapse of two of the most powerful allies to the United States and Israel in the region: the Shah regime in Iran and the Mubarak regime in Egypt.
While pointing to the other occasions of the month of February, Sayyed Nasrallah also pointed to the assassination of former Prime Minister Martyr Rafiq Hariri. His eminence noted that this crime had very dangerous and important effects on Lebanon and the region. “We’re still living this crime’s repercussions until this day,” his eminence said.
RESISTANCE… ONLY GUARANTEE OF STABILITY AND JUSTICE
Hezbollah Secretary General praised the Resistance’s martyrs. “When we commemorate their anniversary, it’s not to praise them but to learn from them and their Jihad. We renew with them our pledge to continue the path.” Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the common feature among the Martyrs’ Leaders is that they were founders of this Resistance. “They did not give up, they were not tired. They sacrificed their own lives for this Resistance. These leaders are the best interpretation of a 30-year stage in the history of our Resistance as well as the history of Lebanon and the region. Each one of them was a symbol in himself.”
Sayyed Nasrallah said that Hezbollah does not look at its martyrs and resistance as independent from the general situation in Lebanon and the region. “We’re a part and a continuation of the resistance leaders and the founders of the Lebanese leaders, at the top of whom comes Imam Mussa Sadr and others.”
His eminence said that the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon should be perceived as a part of the awareness movements in the regions, and also as part of the defiance movement. “Lebanon is affecting and is affected by the balance of power in the region,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
Hezbollah Secretary General stressed, meanwhile, that the Resistance movements in the region are a normal response by the people in the region to aggression, occupation and hegemony schemes. “The Resistance movements in the region never attacked anybody or launched a war against anyone. Instead, they were attacked.”
Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the Resistance movements in the region constitute the only guarantee of achieving justice, stability and peace.
RESISTANCE MOVEMENTS… RESULT OF ZIONIST CRIMINALITY
According to Hezbollah Secretary General, the Resistance has always guaranteed justice and stability. His eminence explained that peace and stability in Lebanon or any other place in the world is conditioned by achieving justice. “Peace based on injustice, violation of rights cannot be a true peace, and will immediately collapse,” his eminence noted.
Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, declared that the Resistance movements in the region were the result of Zionist criminality. “The major 60-year-old problem in the region is the creation of the Zionist entity in Palestine,” his eminence said, while describing the atrocities committed by this entity since its illegal creation.
US ADMINISTRATION FAR FROM JUSTICE
“Justice is about giving back rights and lands to their owners and the return of the millions of Palestinian refugees to their land,” Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized, addressing US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Justice also calls for punishing war criminals and those committing crimes against humanity,” his eminence went on to say.
“Only amid such justice, there would be stability in the region. However, seeking fake peace through failing negotiations offering furthermore concessions without returning any right to its owner cannot achieve peace,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
“What is the US administration’s position from justice, establishing international tribunals, and trying criminals?” his eminence wondered. “The US administration is far from justice and punishing Zionist war criminals. Instead, it backs Zionists and changes laws to prevent punishing Israeli war criminals.”
“The US has driven the nation to a state of despair in achieving any victory,” Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out.
His eminence said that the major blow to the Resistance project was the Camp David agreement signed between the Egyptian regime and the Israeli enemy. “Then came the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its victory which cut the hands of the Americans from Iran and cut ties with Israel and turned from a strategic ally of Israeli to a strategic base to back Resistance.”
THANKS TO EGYPTIAN REVOLUTIONS, SAMI SHEHAB FREED
His eminence pointed to the latest developments in Egypt, in reference to the Egyptian Revolution, where one of the United States’ most powerfull allies fell. “There’s no doubt what happened in Egypt is huge and historical.”
Sayyed Nasrallah, who saluted the Egyptian nation and revolution, thanked the people of Egypt and their revolution that resulted in freeing ‘brother’ Mohamad Mansour, known as Sami Shehab, who was charged with silly accusations of seeking to overthrow Mubarak’s regime.
“Regardless of what will happen in Egypt, it is certain that it will represent an important development that differs from what used to take place under Hosni Mubarak’s regime,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
His eminence said that the region entered a new stage. His eminence recalled that Mubarak’s regime played a role in the war on Gaza as well as the 2006 war on Lebanon, and concluded that the Israeli enemy is concerned with the overthrow of the regime.
BARAK’S STATEMENTS SIMILAR TO SOME LEBANESE
Addressing Israeli statements, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Americans and Israelis are the main losers following the strategic change in the region. “All who linked their fate with the Americans will lose,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
His eminence pointed to statements made by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak whose statements were similar to ones issued by some officials on the internal scene in Lebanon. “He’s claiming that the new government in Lebanon is the government of Hezbollah. “No, it is not a Hezbollah government.”
RESISTANCE MIGHT HAVE TO CONTROL GALILEE
Sayyed Nasrallah noted to the statements made recently by the Israeli former chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazy concerning his “achievements” in the army and his pledge that the “failure” in Lebanon and Gaza war would not repeat themselves. “At least, he’s admitting there were failures. But now, there’s a discussion whether Hezbollah could control the Galilee region. Twenty years ago, Israelis were convinced that Hezbollah could not occupy any site in the north of the occupied territories.”
“The major achievement of the Resistance is that it complicated the possibility of Israel occupying Lebanon. Even more, today, Israel is concerned that Hezbollah might liberate Galilee.”
His eminence pointed to the latest threat made by Barak one day earlier, during his first military tour with new Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz along the northern border, where he claimed that the Israeli occupation forces may be called into Lebanon in the future. "Hezbollah remembers the heavy beating they suffered from us in 2006, but it is not forever, and you may be called to enter Lebanon again," Barak told the soldiers.
“I tell Barak, Ashkenazi and Gantz that the Resistance might have to control Galilee. I tell the resistance fighters to be prepared for the day when war is imposed on Lebanon. Then, the Resistance leadership might ask you to lead the Resistance to liberate the Galilee.”
I HOPE ISRAELIS WILL HAVE GOOD SHELTERS
“I tell Ashkenazi you are wrong in your estimations. You were wrong when you assassinated Sheikh Ragheb, Sayyed Abbas and Hajj Imad. You insisted in confronting a country and a nation determined to safeguard the blood of its people and resistance fighters.”
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that there are some realistic people within the Zionist entity. His eminence pointed that some Israeli experts have said that Hezbollah can close Israel’s airports, ports and strategic stations. “I hope Israelis will have good shelters,” his eminence went on to say.
IMAD MUGHNIYEH’S BLOOD WILL NOT GO TO WASTE
Sayyed Nasrallah then renewed the pledge to avenge the assassination of Hezbollah top military commander Imad Mughniyeh. “Our decision to avenge Martyr Imad’s assassination still stands and will be executed at the right time and the right place,” his eminence said.
“You will find out that killing martyr Imad Mughniyeh was a very stupid move,” Sayyed Nasrallah vowed. “I tell the Zionist leaders and generals to be careful wherever they are in the world because Imad Mughniyeh’s blood will not go to waste.”
MARCH 14 HAS NEVER ABANDONED ISSUE OF WEAPONS
Turning to the Lebanese internal issues, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that there were important challenges in the upcoming stage. “What remains of the March 14 camp is determined to bring up the issue of the Resistance’s weapons,” his eminence noted. “Actually, it has never abandoned it.”
While confirming that the issue of the weapons is an issue of national dispute, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the weapons are a detail and the main dispute lies in explaining the Resistance’s role. “There is no condemnation for the Resistance in this fact but to those who betrayed the Resistance.”
Sayyed Nasrallah also tackled the national dialogue over the defensive strategy of the country. “If your stance of the Resistance’s arms is finalized, then what’s the meaning of the national dialogue?” his eminence asked the mentioned forces.
Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that acceptance of the national dialogue was a concession for the country’s interest, while reiterating once again readiness for dialogue anytime.
INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL POLITICIZED
The international tribunal aimed at finding out and trying those behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was also tackled by Hezbollah Secretary General who renewed commitment to truth and justice as a condition for stability. “But is the path of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon the right one?”
Sayyed Nasrallah renewed belief that the tribunal was politicized since the first day. “From day one, the investigation took on a certain direction and for a while now, they have taken it into a different one,” his eminence emphasized.
“We’re concerned as Lebanese, if we were committed to truth, to discuss this issue. There is another route to reach the truth which lies in discussing the issue, but you have wasted this opportunity.”
“You want to proceed with the STL that has ignored all possibilities and which is rife with false witnesses and politicization; then go ahead,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, addressing the other bloc.
COUNTRY CANNOT REMAIN WITHOUT CABINET
Hezbollah Secretary General, meanwhile, said that what the other camp has been subject to is the result of its mistakes, compliance with the American project in the region, and ties to Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
“Returning to the roots means admitting mistakes, the greatest of which is depending on the American project,” his eminence noted, while calling on them to reconsider their decisions and not waste time in pinpointing errors.
Sayyed Nasrallah condemned the attempts to pressure Prime Minister-Designate Najib Miqati and label the government as Hezbollah government. His eminence slammed the claims that Hezbollah was forming the government, saying that if this was the case, then the government would have seen birth in two days.
Hezbollah Secretary General, who stressed that the current majority is the real one and that the parliamentary majority has returned to the popular majority that was achieved in 2009, said that country cannot remain without a cabinet if the other camp does not take part in government.
His eminence recalled that the previous government functioned for a whole year achieving nothing and stressed that Lebanon was in need of a government that understands the people and whose army wages battle along with them. “Let a government that tackles the people’s concerns be established,” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.