‘We Will Cross’: Why the latest Hezbollah Military Drills at Israeli Border are Unprecedented

May 24, 2023

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Israel fears that Palestinians, Lebanese, and other Resistance groups in the region could start coordinating their actions.

On May 21, hundreds of fighters from the Hezbollah Resistance movement took part in military drills in Aramta, a village in the Jezzine district in southern Lebanon.

Many journalists from Lebanon, the Middle East, and internationally were invited to cover the unprecedented event, which featured some of the advanced military equipment of  Hezbollah and used live munitions throughout the drills.

However, absent from the featured weapons were the precision rockets, which Hezbollah owns and Israel fears most.

These drills are not like any other. This is why Israeli media took notice of the event, debated, and discussed its meaning and timing for many hours. 

Israel is right to take notice, as Hezbollah has in fact intended to send a clear message to Tel Aviv. But what is this message?

The Timing

The timing of these drills is significant as they come shortly following the Israeli war on Gaza and the assassination of leading Islamic Jihad military commanders in the besieged Strip. 

The Islamic Jihad is a close ally of Hezbollah, and they are both close allies of Iran. Hezbollah wants to tell Israel that any attack on its allies is considered an attack on the group. 

This same message was communicated during the war by Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader.

The drills were also timed to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of ending the Israeli occupation of Lebanon following stiff resistance led by Hezbollah. 

The Location

The Hezbollah military drills were the first of their kind to be done publicly before a large number of local and international journalists. 

This daring gesture was also meant to delineate that Hezbollah is ready to take on Israel, not only within Lebanese territories but in Israel itself.

The latest claim can easily be confirmed considering the number of Israeli flags present at the training site. The flags, here, were meant to denote that the Hezbollah drills were offensive, not defensive.

This was also demonstrated through the style of the operations themselves as various military experts have confirmed. 

The name chosen for the drills tells a bigger story. 

The Name

The name of the drills, Sana’bur, translates to ‘we will cross,’ a reference to Arab Resistance crossing into occupied Palestine. 

This means that the Lebanese Resistance no longer sees itself as the defenders of Lebanon, but as part of a larger resistance movement that aims at the liberation of Palestine, as an integral part of the Arab world. 

This language is part of a rapidly changing discourse on Palestine, whether in Lebanon or elsewhere in the region.  

‘Wahdat al-Sahat’

Wahdat al-Sahat can roughly be translated to the ‘unity of the battlefields’, a relatively new term that is now dominating the political discourse of the various Resistance movements throughout the Middle East.

The term was referenced time and again by Hezbollah-sympathetic intellectuals and journalists, especially while reporting or commenting on Hezbollah’s latest military drills.

Even Israeli news analysts have been using the term, Wahdat al-Sahat, in their analyses of Hezbollah’s latest messages to Israel. 

Israel fears that Palestinians, Lebanese, and other Resistance groups in the region could start coordinating their actions to serve the larger agenda of all movements and groups that are opposed to the Israeli occupation and Israel’s aggressive policies in the region. 

This unity is already being displayed in Palestine for the first time in many years. 

Hezbollah and others are keen on being part of the unity momentum. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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The Dawn of the Era of Hezbollah

May 28, 2023

By Mohammad Youssef

Beirut – Every year on the 25th of May, Lebanon and the Arab and Islamic world observe the Resistance and Liberation Day which marks the historic “Israeli” defeat and withdrawal from Lebanon in the year 2000.

After long years of occupation, “Israeli” enemy forces were forced by the Lebanese Resistance to evacuate their positions and hastily escape from Lebanon towards occupied Palestine.

This humiliating withdrawal under the strikes of the Islamic Resistance [Hezbollah] marked the first defeat of “Israeli” forces in Lebanon and the Arab world.

The “Israelis” along with the western world, mainly the US, have worked for long time to deeply entrench in the Arab conscience that “Israel” is immune to all criticism and vetoes, and its army is an invincible one that has supremacy over all Arab armies.

They wanted to convince people that any resistance to “Israel” is futile and would definitely lose.

The United Nations and the Security Council have never done anything to help Lebanon get rid of the “Israeli” occupation.

The UN resolution 425, which provides that “Israel” should withdraw from occupied Lebanese territories, was there for more than two decades; no real or serious effort has been exercised to put this international resolution into implementation.

The Lebanese people, especially in south Lebanon and west Beqaa, waited years and years without any hope. The Lebanese government and state did not provide them with any help to defend themselves, so they were forced to start the defense by themselves.

Back in 1978, Imam Sayyed Moussa Sadr was the first to start the military resistance against “Israel”. Ever since then, this resistance started to grow bigger and stronger until it reached where it is now.

Our resistance has become mightier, stronger and more efficient that it is capable now, not only of producing formulas of liberation, security and deterrence, but also of posing an existential threat to the very existence of the “Israeli” entity.

The Resistance now has extended its presence and upgraded its efficiency. The Resistance now has an axis that stretches from Gaza to Sanaa, passing through Lebanon, Syria and Iraq reaching to Iran.

The capabilities are important and extremely efficient to stand up to all challenges, be it military, security or economic ones.

The “Israeli” entity and its allies have to make recalculations for all their conspiracies and plots.

History has made its shift and it is a major one. This shift is in favor of the region and its people and not in favor of the apartheid “Israeli” state and its allies.

The whole region now is at the eve of a new historical epoch that might usher in a new era. This era of triumph and steadfastness has one simple strong title; the Resistance.

Take two: Turkiye’s election circus gets even crazier

May 26 2023

Photo Credit: The Cradle

The second round of Turkish presidential elections has drawn global attention for its increasingly bizarre alliances, outrageous propaganda, and personality politics. Ironically, not much is expected to change in its aftermath.

By Ceyda Karan

The political landscape in Turkiye has become increasingly convoluted after the 14 May presidential and parliamentary elections left the Turkish presidency up for grabs – with a critical, second round of polls to be held on Sunday.

As the main candidates who failed to secure the presidency in the first round prepare for the 28 May election, Turkiye’s patchwork system of political alliances has become more intricate, marked by polarizing debates on issues such as secularism, nationalism, Syrian refugees, and the Kurdish issue. In the very year that Turkiye celebrates the Republic’s 100th anniversary, the country’s political atmosphere has grown more uncertain than ever.

The official results of the first round of the presidential election saw incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the candidate of the People’s Alliance, obtain 49.5 percent of the vote, while main opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the candidate of the National Alliance, received 44.8 percent – both remaining under the 50+ percent threshold required for an outright win.

Muharrem Ince, who withdrew from the race at the last minute, secured 0.43 percent of the vote, and Sinan Ogan, the candidate of the secular nationalist ATA Alliance, received 5.17 percent.

The sequel no one asked for

The second round between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu has essentially transformed the election into a referendum on the former’s 21-year rule. The public’s sentiment and perception have therefore become crucial in this contest.

Despite the parliamentary election’s official results being due on 19 May, the Supreme Election Board (YSK) has not yet released them, leading to some frantic domestic speculation on the reasons for this. Some observers have raised concerns about the possibility of fraudulent voters, as the number of voters is reportedly double the population growth rate. In normal circumstances, parliament should convene on the third day after the official results are published, and elected MPs should be sworn in.

However, Erdogan is purportedly stalling the swearing-in procedure because members of his alliance, the radical Islamist Kurdish movement HUDA PAR, refuse to utter the phrase “Turkish nation” during the ceremonial oath. This leaves Erdogan keen to defer the ceremony – and this drama – until after the 28 May presidential election.

In the lead up to Sunday’s polls, the main topics dominating Turkiye’s political discourse are distrust in the fairness of the election, Turkish citizenships granted to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals in exchange for top-dollar real estate purchases, and the wildly disparate numbers of refugees currently residing in the country (the government says less than 4 million; the opposition claims 13 million).

These highly polarizing issues have triggered a number of realignments within the two main alliances contesting the presidency.

This time it’s personal

Since the country’s 2017 referendum, in which parliamentary democracy was replaced by a Turkish-style presidential system that recognizes unsealed ballots as valid, electoral irregularities have become a recurring concern. And so the opposition is understandably apprehensive about potential “vote theft” and the security of ballots.  

Furthermore, the unusually high voter turnout rate of over 80 percent in Turkiye’s devastated earthquake-affected areas that claimed the lives of tens of thousands and caused mass migration, has raised questions.

In the southeastern region, which has a significant Kurdish population, Erdogan’s far-right, ultra-nationalist, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) coalition partner, made significant gains in the polls, sparking allegations of ballot manipulation. Similarly, suspicions arose due to the unchanging 5 percent vote share garnered by the third candidate and kingmaker, Sinan Ogan, throughout the vote count.

However, after an initial week of furious debates, these concerns have now been fully overshadowed by the impending second round of voting.

In fact, the parliamentary elections, where Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 35.6 percent of the vote and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured 25.3 percent – and the subsequent uncertainty regarding the exact representation of the two parties and their allies – have been largely forgotten.

The presidential contest has taken center stage as the sole, focal political point of interest. And last-minute shifts and tweaks in the madcap alliances that make up the two leading coalitions are all the Turkish media talk about.

Switching slogans and alliances

Kilicdaroglu’s Millet (or Nation) Alliance, which leads the narrative for change (essentially, ousting Erdogan), has adopted patriotic slogans such as “Those who love their homeland should come to the ballot box” and “Let the gates of hell be closed.” Although he emphasized “unity” and objected to Erdogan’s polarizing politics in the first round of polls, Kilicdaroglu has adopted a more confrontational discourse in this second phase. Interestingly, he adopted the “hell” slogan from Sinan Ogan, a candidate who was eliminated in the first vote and who has since endorsed Erdogan ahead of the runoff vote.

Before 14 May, Ogan stated, “Maybe we won’t open the gates of heaven, but we will close the gates of hell.” The “hell” he referred to was the Erdogan government. While harshly criticizing Erdogan for his handling of Syrian refugees, Ogan also declared that Turkish nationalists – like himself – would never align themselves with the Islamist HUDA PAR. He even suggested that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), representing Kurdish politics, would negotiate a deal with Erdogan in the second round.

But, ironically, it was Ogan who ended up striking a deal with Erdogan, announcing his support for the president on the grounds of maintaining “stability” in Turkiye. This, despite the fact that Ogan’s main condition regarding the repatriation of refugees appears not to have been met: Although a popular election issue, Erdogan has ruled out repatriating Syrian asylum seekers.

Winning over the nationalists

It remains uncertain how much of Ogan’s nationalist voter base will take to Erdogan. The ATA Alliance, to which he owes his candidacy, has become heavily divided in advance of the second polls. The foundation of the alliance consists of the far-right Zafer Party, in collaboration with some smaller political parties. Two days after Ogan threw his weight behind Erdogan, Zafer Party Leader Umit Ozdag announced his support for Kilicdaroglu.

Unlike Ogan, Ozdag says he has clinched a deal with his candidate – Kilicdaroglu – to repatriate Syrian refugees on the basis of international law and humanitarianism. Ozdag has also said they agreed that there would be zero compromise in the fight against the Kurdish PKK and terrorism.

A staunch nationalist, Ozdag frequently invokes Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – the much-revered founder of the Turkish Republic – rails against Erdogan’s role in accepting millions of Syrian refugees and selling Turkish citizenship in exchange for cash, and constantly warns about Turkiye’s “demographic threat.”

In part, this refers to the Erdogan administration’s distribution of Turkish citizenship to anyone who purchases real estate for $400,000, sharply increased rents caused by the influx of foreigners, and the perceived influence of these people (without any ties to Turkiye or knowledge of the Turkish language) on elections. All these issues feature heavily in the nationalist movement’s narrative and propaganda.

As an example, during the first round of elections, the Turkish public reacted strongly to a live broadcast on the private, pro-government A Haber news channel. In the aired footage, a Kuwaiti individual speaking Arabic into the microphone after casting his vote shocked Turkish viewers. The channel swiftly cut the broadcast and deleted the video.

Unprecedented election propaganda

But if this election can be distilled into a popularity referendum on Erdogan, the sitting Turkish president has some clear advantages over his opponent: He uses every state tool at his disposal and has a mainstream media loyal to him. While TV channels cover Erdogan’s statements and rallies around the clock, Kilicdaroglu has few opportunities to be nationally heard outside of opposition media outlets.

As a result, Erdogan has been particularly sloppy about his political rhetoric, making ludicrous claims and sometimes outright lies – without being duly checked by the media.

In a Trumpian boast during a rally in the earthquake-stricken province of Malatya, Erdogan boasted that the number of people who came to listen to him in the square was higher than the number of deaths caused by the 6 February earthquake.

While victims had cried out for urgent government assistance for days without a response – which Erdogan himself has admitted – he told rally crowds: “We mobilized all means from the first hours of the disaster.” There have been many such gaffes along the campaign trail this year, which finally culminated in a major media scandal over a faked video montage.

Erdogan accidentally admitted that a video montage shown by his team in public squares before the first round of votes had been faked. The edited footage depicted PKK leaders in the Qandil region of Iraq singing along to a song in Kilicdaroglu’s political ad. The intent of the video was clearly to link the latter to the PKK and terrorism.

The opposition reacted strongly to the slander, with Kilicdaroglu calling Erdogan a “montage fraudster” and filing a lawsuit for compensation. But because of the president’s iron grip on mainstream Turkish media, it is not known how many voters at those rallies are aware of the fakery.

The propaganda has progressed well beyond the video scandal. Fake brochures attributed to Kilicdaroglu, including bizarre campaign promises and praise for terrorism, have been detected and prosecuted along the way. There’s no telling how much of an effect these fake-news scandals will affect Sunday’s polls.

‘Unprincipled coalitions’

As the second round vote approaches, Professor Emin Gurses from Sakarya University, highlights the shallow opportunism of these Turkish elections, telling The Cradle:

“In Turkiye, there is an understanding that it is permissible to lie while doing politics. Voters voted for the candidate they know and recognize through trust. They [politicians] act to win the election. They don’t look at friend or foe.”

The last-minute alliance shifts may not even change anything. According to Gurses, Sinan Ogan has little to gain by backing Erdogan, and on the other side, even if a deal is struck with Ozdag, it will be challenging for Kilicdaroglu to close the 2.5 million-vote gap with Erdogan.

Meanwhile, columnist Mehmet Ali Guller from Cumhuriyet has highlighted the consequences of the 50+1 system in Turkiye, which he argues leads to unprincipled coalitions, with ideology, programs, and politics pushed to the background. Guller charges that there are no significant differences in the fundamental policies of both sides:

“There is no fundamental difference between the two options in terms of economic policies, it is in the details. And in terms of foreign policy, there is no fundamental difference between the two options, there are details. Because both options are essentially Atlanticist and NATOist.”

100 years on: It’s looking bleak

Regardless of the election outcome, Guller foresees an ongoing economic crisis that offers no short-term solution. He also notes that both Islamists and nationalists exist in the two main political coalitions, creating an ideological stalemate of sorts, and predicts that Turkiye will be forced to hold another election within the next five years.

If Kilicdaroglu wins, he may find himself governing the country using decrees inherited from his predecessor despite advocating for a return to parliamentary democracy, as his alliance will be in the minority in parliament.

In this “unprincipled” political environment, it is even plausible that Erdodan, the architect of the Turkish-style presidential system, may consider reverting to a “parliamentary system.” On the other hand, if Erdogan emerges victorious, an unprecedented economic crisis is expected, with Turkiye’s CDS rating surpassing 700 and the US dollar projected to reach at least 24 Turkish liras. 

In the upcoming local elections, Erdogan is likely to continue his right-wing populist campaign to reclaim cities like Istanbul, which he lost in 2019.

Because Turkiye requires at least $200 billion in resources, Erdogan’s foreign policy stance will be determined by economic opportunity, as he is not seen as a reliable partner by any country, on either side of the global divide. He is expected to continue his balancing act: putting the “migrant issue” before the EU; Syria and Ukraine before Russia; relations with Russia before the US, and using Turkiye’s presence in Syria as leverage over the Arab world, using these as bargaining chips to maximize his gains.

In any case, the outlook for the Republic of Turkiye, on its 100th anniversary, appears bleak.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

تركيا تفتح باب «العودة»: صيفٌ ساخن ينتظر إدلب

السبت 27 أيار 2023

علاء حلبي  

أعلنت تركيا تأسيس 12 مكتباً في 12 محافظة تركية لتسهيل عودة السوريين (أ ف ب)

في تطوّر هو الأوّل من نوعه منذ ستّة أشهر، نفّذت طائرات حربية غارات على مواقع لفصائل متشدّدة في منطقة جبل الزاوية قرب طريق «M4» (حلب – اللاذقية)، في وقت شهدت فيه نقاط التماس في ريف اللاذقية قصفاً متبادلاً بالمدفعية. وجاءت الغارات الجوّية التي طاولت، وفق مصادر ميدانية، مخازن أسلحة وغرف إدارة عمليات، في وقت تنتظر فيه تركيا تحديد موعد نهائي لعقد اجتماع على مستوى «الرباعية» (سوري – تركي – روسي – إيراني) لبحث مسوّدة تقوم لجان أمنية وعسكرية بإعدادها، حتى تكون بمثابة خريطة طريق (في حال تمّ التوافق عليها) لحلحلة المشاكل المعقّدة بين البلدَين.

وبينما سجّل الميدان السياسي اشتباكاً كلامياً غير مباشر بين أنقرة ودمشق، على خلفية تمسّك الأولى بوجودها العسكري على الأراضي السورية، وإصرار الثانية على وضع جدول واضح لخروج هذه القوات، زار وزيرا دفاع وداخلية تركيا، خلوصي أكار وسليمان صويلو، مناطق في الشمال السوري، في سياق الحملة الانتخابية للرئيس التركي، رجب طيب إردوغان. ووضع صويلو الحجرَ الأساسَ لقرية سكنية في مدينة جرابلس، في ريف حلب الشمالي الشرقي، ضمن مشروع «مدن الطوب»، معلناً، في كلمة بالمناسبة، تأسيس 12 مكتباً في 12 محافظة تركية لتسهيل عودة السوريين إلى بلادهم، والسكن في تلك المدن.

وفي ما يمكن اعتباره سابقة، أشار الوزير التركي إلى أن هذه المشاريع تأتي بالتعاون مع قطر، التي تقوم عبر مؤسّسات تابعة لها بتمويلها، علماً أن أنقرة دأبت على الترويج لكون ما تقوم به في الشمال السوري مموَّلاً من المنظّمات الإنسانية الدولية ومنظّمات المجتمع المدني التركي. وتعيد مصادر سورية معارِضة، الحديث الصريح عن الدور القطري، إلى سببيَن: الأوّل، انتخابي، بهدف تقديم تطمينات للناخبين الأتراك بأن «مدن الطوب» ليست من جيوبهم؛ والثاني، رغبة قطرية واضحة في العودة إلى المشهد السوري، بعد مرحلة عملت خلالها الدوحة من خلف تركيا التي كانت تتصدّر المشهد.

وضع صويلو الحجرَ الأساسَ لقرية سكنية في مدينة جرابلس

وتكشف المصادر، في حديث إلى «الأخبار»، أن اجتماعاً عُقد أخيراً، ضمّ مجموعة من قادة الفصائل المنتشرة في ريف حلب، وناقش تشكيل غرفة عمليات للتصدّي لـ«هيئة تحرير الشام» (جبهة النصرة سابقاً)، بعد تعثّر تشكيل هذه الغرفة أكثر من مرّة في أوقات سابقة، موضحةً أن هذه التحرّكات تأتي استجابة لإيعازات تركية سابقة بتشكيل هيكلية مؤسّساتية للفصائل لوقف الفوضى القائمة، وتمهيد الأرض لإعادة اللاجئين، بالإضافة إلى تشكيل هيكلية اقتصادية تقلّل، قدر الإمكان، من الاعتماد على التمويل التركي الذي بدأ ينضب. وكان الأتراك أبلغوا الفصائل، بشكل واضح، بأن عليهم أن يقتدوا بما فعله زعيم «تحرير الشام»، أبو محمد الجولاني، تحت طائلة تسليم الأخير قيادة ريف حلب، خصوصاً أنه بات يتمتّع بعلاقات وطيدة مع أطراف دولية عدّة، من بينها الولايات المتحدة التي يتبادل معها معلومات استخباراتية بشكل مستمرّ حول «جهاديين» تعمل واشنطن على التخلّص منهم، بالإضافة إلى علاقته مع قطر، ودول أخرى مِن مِثل فرنسا التي يعمل أخيراً على تفكيك آخر ما تبقّى من «جهاديّيها» الناشطين ضمن جماعة «الغرباء».

وبالعودة إلى التسخين الميداني على نقاط التماس في ريف إدلب وصولاً إلى ريف اللاذقية، والذي كان يرتبط بمحاولات الجولاني إثبات وجوده عبر عمليات خاطفة ينفّذها «انغماسيون»، فهو يأتي هذه المرّة بالتزامن مع عكوف أنقرة على إعداد مسوّدة لخريطة طريق مشتركة مع دمشق. وتتركّز تلك المسوّدة، وفق تسريبات عديدة، على الجانبَين الاقتصادي والإنساني في مرحلتها الأولى، حيث تسعى إلى فتح طرق الترانزيت، بما فيها معبر باب الهوى في إدلب، والذي يُعتبر البوّابة الكبرى لمرور الشاحنات، بالإضافة إلى تثبيت معابر دائمة لعودة السوريين إلى مناطق سيطرة الحكومة السورية، سواءٌ منهم اللاجئون في تركيا، أو النازحون في المخيمات العشوائية قرب الشريط الحدودي. وينذر هذا التزامن بتحوّلات ميدانية عديدة، سواء في إدلب التي تشكّل نقطة ارتكاز الخطّة التركية، أو في ريف حلب الذي حوّله الجولاني خلال الشهور الماضية إلى حديقة خلفية قد يلجأ إليها في حال التوافق التركي – السوري على إخراجه من إدلب بشكل كامل. أمّا في حال تَقرّر نفيه منها بشكل جزئي، فقد يدفعه ذلك إلى تقوية حضوره الميداني عبر قضم ريف حلب، وصولاً إلى معبر باب السلامة قرب أعزاز، والذي يمكن أن يشكّل بديلاً من باب الهوى.

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US’s ISIS Terrorists Assassinate Quneitra City Council Member


Remnants of the US-sponsored ISIS terrorists assassinated a ruling Baath Party and state official in Quneitra province, southern Syria, local sources reported.

Hamad Al-Koumah, Member of the Quneitra Governorate Council and Secretary of the Baath partisan division in the town of Ghadir al-Bustan in the southern countryside of Quneitra was assassinated by masked armed terrorists.

The Syrian news agency SANA also reported the terrorist attack adding based on a medical source at the Martyr Mamdouh Abaza Hospital in the city of Quneitra:

“The ambulance department received Hamad Al-Kuma at dawn today, and it was immediately found that he was in a state of death after being hit by several bullets that settled in different areas of his body.”

Syrian Law enforcement in the southern region, Quneitra, Daraa, Sweida, and southern Damascus countryside provinces initiated a joint investigation between the Syrian police commands in these provinces and the military security division responsible for tracking ISIS (ISIL – Daesh) remnants, two local sources confirmed to Syria News.

No party claimed responsibility for this latest terrorist attack by the time of this report, however, there’s an agreement among political and security analysts in attributing such terrorist attacks to the remnants of ISIS terrorists who fled Daraa upon its liberation by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in September 2021 and who enjoy the protection of the illegal US Army military base in the Syrian Al Tanf region at the joint borders with Iraq and Jordan where they get trained, armed, provided with secure shelter, and logistical support to carry out their terrorist attacks against the Syrian people.

The US regimes of Obama / Biden, Trump, and Biden /Obama use al Qaeda and its offshoot ISIS in addition to the presumed ‘Marxist’ leftist Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists as its main proxy tools to promote ‘Western values’ in Syria and Iraq, two of the most established civilizations in the world with over century-long lively political systems, unlike the US allies in the region; Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, the world’s most retard political regimes seems not in need of any Western values, democracy, or liberalism.

If you believe the USA promotes democracy worldwide in countries that never asked for it using its over a thousand military bases and naval fleets, you seriously need a sanity evaluation.

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Martyrs on liberation path: PIJ martyrs families talk to Al Mayadeen

May 27, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

The families of the martyred leaders of the Al-Quds Brigades.

By Al Mayadeen English 

Families of martyred Al-Quds Brigades leaders speak to Al Mayadeen Online from Gaza about their resistance heritage.

The families of the martyred leaders of the Al-Quds Brigades, who were martyred in the recent aggression on the Gaza Strip, spoke to Al Mayadeen Online about the resistance legacy planted by the martyrs in their spirits, the resistance, and the Palestinian people.

The leaders’ families reiterated that they would continue on the Resistance path until victory is achieved and Palestine is liberated, adding that losing the leaders as martyrs would increase the resistance’s “tenacity, defiance, and determination to strike back at the enemy.”

‘He was compassionate towards people.. that’s what pushed him to fight’: martyr Tareq Ezzedine’s friend

The liberated Palestinian prisoner, Ramez al-Halabi, a friend of the martyred leader in the al-Quds Brigades, Tareq Ezzedine, confirmed in his interview with Al Mayadeen Online that the leader was able to contribute to shaping resistance in the West Bank, especially by establishing the Jenin battalion and its different branches.

He pointed out that the martyr had “a transparent human spirit and was compassionate towards his people and family,” stressing that his “humane qualities are what pushed him to fight for the people.”

‘He desperately wished for martyrdom’: martyr Jihad Ghannam’s son

Mohammad Ghannam, son of the Al-Quds Brigades martyr, Jihad Ghannam, told Al Mayadeen Online that his father was subjected to several assassination attempts while fighting the Israeli occupation.

As a result of several attempts, he once lost his legs, then one of his arms, and in another attempt, he lost his hearing in one of his ears. The martyr’s son stressed that his father desperately wished for martyrdom.

He affirmed that his family was satisfied with the resistance’s response and its courage in fighting, stressing that the resistance was not negatively affected by its loss of leaders during the battle, considering it a “privilege.”

Martyr Ali Ghali believed that ‘Resistance is a right and duty’

During her interview with Al Mayadeen Online, the mother of the martyred member of the PIJ’s Military Council and commander of the missile force in the Al-Quds Brigades, Ali Ghali, expressed her pride that the martyr leaders obtained the martyrdom they wished for.

The martyr’s daughter, Yasmin Ghali, considered that her father’s martyrdom, along with the many leaders does not weaken the resistance, nor does it stop its path, stressing that they will be succeeded by hundreds who will defend the homeland and sanctities. 

The martyr’s daughter asserted that her father had a positive influence on the family because of his good morals and history of resistance and that he always saw resistance as a right and duty for everyone, viewing the next generation as the liberators of Palestine.

The second part of Al Mayadeen’s online interviews with the families of the martyr leaders comes after it conducted several interviews with the families of the martyr leaders in the Al-Quds Brigades, Iyad Al-Abd Al-Hassani, Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Daqqa, and Khalil Salah Al-Bahtini.

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) conducted air raids on the Gaza Strip on May 9th, in which 33 martyrs were killed (including 6 children and 3 women), and 190 were wounded, as a result of the raids that targeted civilian homes and resistance sites in various areas in the Strip.

The Al-Quds Brigades buried a group of its leaders and fighters during the occupation’s aggression on Gaza, among them: the martyr Commander  Iyad Al-Abd Al-Hassani, a member of its military council and responsible for its operations unit, the martyred commander Jihad Ghannam, secretary of the military council in the Brigades, and the martyred commander Khalil Salah Al-Bahtini. Commander of the Northern Region, and the martyr Commander Tareq Ezzedine.

Last week, the Palestinian Resistance launched Operation Avenging the Free in response to the five-day Israeli aggression against Gaza that left 33 Palestinian martyrs, including six PIJ commanders, and more than 100 injuries. The aggression ended following an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire.

Operation Avenging the Free

In response to the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip for two days in a row, where “Israel” massacred scores of Palestinians, including three Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leaders, the Palestinian Resistance launches Operation Avenging the Free to retaliate the Israeli crimes that did not even spare children or women.

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Sayyed Nasrallah to Israeli Leaders: Great War Will Lead You to Abyss, if Not Demise (Video)

May 26, 2023

Mohammad Salami

On Resistance and Liberation Day, Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, addressed the recent threats made by Zionist officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, against Lebanon and the entire axis of resistance.

He strongly emphasized that such a “Great War” would ultimately lead the Israelis to their own downfall.

During a televised speech on the Resistance and Liberation Day, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the Zionist officials to avoid making miscalculations in Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, Palestine, Syria, and Iran.

He made it clear that it is not Hezbollah but the Zionist officials who should be cautious, stating, “Wait! We are the ones who threaten to wage a great war.” He warned that their recklessness could potentially ignite the entire region and pave the way for a disastrous conflict, referred to as the “Great War.” “Your follies, not ours, might blow up the entire region and lead to the Great War,” he said.

Sayyed Nasrallah stated that in the event of an all-out war initiated by the Zionist enemy, there will be an influx of hundreds of thousands of highly skilled fighters onto the battlefields. He emphasized that all borders would be opened, citing a humanitarian advantage over the Israelis in this context.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the Zionist officials withdrew their intimidation after realizing that it has troubled the Zionist settlers, caused a dollar price hike, and threatened the touristic activities.

‘Israel’ must know none of the axis of resistance groups and states is afraid of it

Sayyed Nasrallah discussed several significant geopolitical developments that have shaped the conflict with the Israeli enemy. He emphasized that the axis of resistance has successfully maintained deterrence strategies tailored to each front, including Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Iran.

Regarding the recent Israeli aggression on Gaza, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that the deterrence formula remained unchanged, leading the Israeli enemy to issue threats against Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and the Palestinian people. However, he pointed out that the Zionist officials retreated from their intimidation tactics after witnessing Hezbollah’s military maneuvers.

The Hezbollah leader also noted the failure of the US-Zionist plot to impose normalization deals on Arab regimes without considering the will of the Arab people. He emphasized that even the conspiracy to bring the regional countries under Israeli influence was bound to fail, as victorious resistance groups emerged in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored the significant advancements made by Hezbollah and the entire axis of resistance in terms of materialistic, financial, and military development. He specifically highlighted the remarkable progress achieved in the fields of drones and rockets.

Sayyed Nasrallah also drew attention to the deep divisions within Israeli society and the vulnerability of their so-called home front, which undermines solidarity among the groups and states within the axis of resistance.

An important transformation highlighted by Sayyed Nasrallah is the Israelis’ increasing tendency to seek ways to avoid direct confrontation.

Emphasizing the role of human determination in achieving victories, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the axis of resistance relies on this factor to uphold values of bravery and sacrifice.

Sayyed Nasrallah depicted contrasting images of the devout resistance youth and the disillusioned younger generation in Israel. He mentioned that Netanyahu had acknowledged a decade ago that Zionist youths were disengaging from Zionism.

Furthermore, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored the loss of influential leaders within the Zionist entity, in contrast to the overwhelming confidence placed in resistance leaders, movements, and states. He noted that the people within the axis of resistance are willing to sacrifice the lives of their children for this cause.

In response to accusations from America and Israel, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that the components of the axis of resistance are defenders of their original homelands, not mere proxy groups. He contrasted this with the Zionists, whom he characterized as intruders and occupiers in the region.

Hezbollah Chief reiterated that Palestine will be liberated and that “we will pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque”.

The Secretary General of Hezbollah emphasized that the Israelis are apprehensive about the waning influence of US hegemony in the region and the world at large. He stated that the axis of resistance, which stood against the American era, will benefit from a new world system based on multipolarism.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the US retreat and failures have compelled them to reassess their presence and role in the region.

He tackled the strategic changes brought about by the achievements of the resistance in the past few decades, briefly mentioning the demise of the Zionist aspiration for a “Greater Israel” extending from the Nile to the Euphrates in 2000 and 2005 (referring to the Liberation of Southern Lebanon and Gaza, respectively).

Furthermore, he emphasized that even the Zionist objective of maintaining a “Greater Israel” was shattered in 2006 when Hezbollah defeated the Israeli military and in 2008 when the Palestinian resistance overcame Israeli forces in Gaza.

“Israel now hides behind walls and firepower, becoming incapable of imposing its terms in negotiations with the Palestinian people,” remarked Sayyed Nasrallah.

He affirmed that the conflict with the Zionist enemy is ongoing, with the Israelis making daily attempts to attack their territories.


Sayyed Nasrallah reassured that the Israeli feebleness grants Lebanon a larger extent of peace and security which would allow them to pursue their concerns.

In this regard, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the Lebanese would be able to follow up the maritime gas extraction project, adding that reports indicate a serious progress pertaining this file.

His eminence added that developing the touristic sector and attracting tourists requires peace and security in order to cope with the socioeconomic crisis.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Resistance is capable to protect Lebanon’s peace and security, adding that the army-people-resistance formula contribute to achieving this goal.

Concerning the presidential elections, Sayyed Nasrallah cited a positive regional atmosphere and called for further contacts and negotiations without preconditions in order to elect a new president.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that addressing the BDL governor issue can be addressed through either a personal decision taken by Riad Salameh to resign or a judicial procedure that sacks him, noting the caretaker government cannot take any measure in this regard according to the Constitution.

Pertaining the Syrian refugees file, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated his call on the government to send a high-ranking delegation to Damascus in order to hold talks about this issue.

Hezbollah Secretary General had started his speech by felicitating the Lebanese people on the 23rd anniversary of Resistance and Liberation Day, stressing that it is a great occasion which recalls a majestic victory.

Sayyed Nasrallah thanked Holy God and hailed the sacrifices made by the Resistance martyrs, injured, prisoners and fighters which contributed to the liberation victory.

Sayyed Nasrallah underscored the role of the other Lebanese and Palestinian resistance factions in addition to the role of the Lebanese Army and Security Forces in reaching this victory, greeting the Lebanese statesmen, politicians and parties which contributed to the feat.

Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria for supporting the Resistance during its fight against the Zionist occupation.

His eminence underlined the importance of conveying the experience of pride to the new generations in order to let them know about the occasion and keep committed to the Resistance that protects this victory.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Eight-hour Israeli raid leaves several wounded in Jericho

May 25 2023

Israeli troops stormed over 50 homes in the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp

ByNews Desk

(Photo credit: Quds News Network)

Israeli troops launched a massive, several hour raid into the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp in the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, beginning on the evening of Wednesday 24 May and lasting all the way up until the early morning hours of Thursday.

At least 13 Palestinians were injured with live ammunition by Israeli forces, while at least 14 were detained.

“A large force of the occupation army stormed the camp from several directions and deployed on the rooftops of the houses in the camp, and raided more than 50 homes, including the homes of the governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, Jihad Abu al-Assal, and his sons,” local sources told WAFA news agency.

“The occupation forces fired bullets and gas bombs at Palestinian youths as well as houses, resulting in the injuring of 13 young men with live bullets in the lower body parts,” the sources added, with the director of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) in Jericho, Eid Brahma, confirming the arrest of at least 14.

One of the injured Palestinians is reported to be in serious condition, according to WAFA.

The Israeli forces “surrounded the house of a citizen and fired missiles” at it, the news agency adds. Entrances to the camp were blocked by troops, and ambulances were prevented from reaching the injured.

The troops were confronted with heavy gunfire from Palestinian resistance fighters in the camp. The clashes were ongoing for over two hours.

At around dawn, the Israeli troops began to withdraw from the camp after several hours.

This raid comes as Israel has been waging a brutal war against the resistance in the occupied West Bank, launching almost daily raids into different cities and detaining scores of Palestinians.

These indiscriminate raids target resistance fighters, but civilians and unarmed residents of refugee camps are very frequently killed or injured.

The resistance in the occupied West Bank, particularly in Nablus and Jenin, has grown in an unprecedented manner, and constantly launches operations against settlers, soldiers, and army checkpoints.

As a result, Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir is continuously pushing to expand this already brutal raid policy into a wide-scale military operation in the West Bank.

Israeli Aggression on Gaza Strip, May 2023 (Daily Update: 13 May 2023),

2 Palestinians Killed, and 10 Houses and 1 Apartment Bombed in Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Strip, Death Toll Rises to 33, including 4 Women and 6 Children

Ref: 56/2023

Date: 13 May 2023

Time: 15:30 GMT

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue their widescale aggression on the Gaza Strip, which began at dawn on Tuesday, 09 May 2023. After the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a previous press release, IOF warplanes conducted more airstrikes on residential houses, agricultural lands, sites of the Palestinian armed groups, and others. As a result, 2 members of the Palestinian armed groups were killed, and other Palestinians were wounded. Thus, the death toll since the Israeli aggression started has risen to 33, including 15 civilians, amongst them 6 children and 4 women. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the number of injuries has risen to 147, including 48 children, 26 women and 10 elderlies. Also, 10 residential houses and a residential apartment were destroyed in Israeli airstrikes, bringing the number of targeted houses and apartments to 24, including 22 completely destroyed. Moreover, a hospital and a healthcare center sustained damage due to nearby airstrikes.

This comes at a time the humanitarian crisis and disruption of public life exacerbate, as schools have been closed and fishing at Gaza Sear has been suspended for the fourth consecutive day, leaving 3500 fishermen without a source of income. Also, due to closure of crossings, movement of Gaza imports and exports has stopped, including the entry of fuel needed for the operation of Gaza Power Plant that is about to run out, forcing the Plant’s administration to turn off one of the three turbines to prolong its working hours and implying that the plant will totally shut down within 72 hours.

The following are the most significant developments:

12 May 2023

At 14:15: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed Sameer Taha’s 2-storey house of 3 apartments in Jablia.

Around the same time, IOF warplanes launched 2 missiles at Ahmed al-Hashash’s asbestos house in northern Rafah. As a result, al-Hashash’s house was completely destroyed in addition to 3 other asbestos houses while a person was injured. 

At 15:55: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed Kamal Abu Tair’s 3-storey house of 5 apartments in ‘Abasan al-Kabira, east of Khan Yunis.

At 16:20: Eyad al-‘Abed al-Hasani (51), a commander of Al-Quds Brigades, and his Deputy, Mohammed Waleed ‘Abed al-‘Aal (33) were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a residential apartment on the 5th floor of a building in al-Nasser neighborhood in western Gaza City. As a result, the apartment was destroyed and 5 Palestinians, including 2 children, were injured. IOF announced that IOF and Shin Bet (Shabak) killed in a joint targeted operation Eyad al-Hasani, head of the Palestinian Islamic ‘s (PIJ) operations unit at, along with another operative.

Around the same time, IOF warplanes launched 2 missiles at Hussain Ma’rouf’s 3-storey house of 4 apartments in Beit Lahia, destroying it completely. 

At 20:30: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed a 5-storey house belonging to Mohammad Yassin in Al-Zaytoun neighborhood.

At 20:35: IOF warplanes launched two missiles at a house belonging to Yehya Abo ‘Obeid behind the southern side of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah.  As a result, the house was completely destroyed while the Hospital sustained partial damage as well as the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s Ambulance and Emergency building, that is 100 meters away from it. Also, 10 Palestinians, including 2 children and 4 women, were injured; among them three were injured inside the hospital, including an ill child.

Moreover, as a result of recurrent airstrikes on nearby lands, MOH’s Muscat Primary HealthCare Center sustained partial damage.  The Center is comprised of 2 floors and a basement on an area of 1500 sqm and houses other departments including South Central Ambulance Department serving the Rafah and Khan Yunis areas and is located in Gizan Al-Najjar area. MOH has also announced the evacuation of the ambulance station and referring all its services to Nasser Medical Complex, following the damage inflicted to the Center and breakdown of the communications network.

13 May 2022:

At 01:30: IOF warplanes bombed a 3-storey house belonging to Salim Hasan Abu Al-‘Ata in eastern Shuja’iyya neighborhood, east of Gaza, extensively destroying two floors, and injuring one person.

At 03:00: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed a 5-storey house belonging to Hazem Muhanna on Yarmouk Street, north of Gaza City.

At 10:05: IOF warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Faraj Banat housing 3 apartments near Beit Lahiya roundabout. As a result, 2 women were injured, and the house was completely destroyed.

At 11:45: IOF warplanes launched two missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Al-Za’anin family and housing 6 apartments in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

PCHR strongly condemns the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and warns of any further losses of civilian life and damage to civilian property, urging the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take serious action into the situation of Palestine.

PCHR reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfil their obligations as per Common Article 1 of the Convention, “undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances,” and their obligations under Article 146 of the same Conventions, i.e., to hold accountable persons accused of committing grave breaches of the Convention.

Sayyed Nasrallah Warns “Israel”: Don’t Make Wrong Calculations, Any Mistake might Blow up Entire Region

May 25, 2023

Translated By Staff

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Nasrallah delivered on Thursday a speech as Lebanon celebrates the 23rd anniversary of the Resistance and Liberation Day.

At the beginning of his televised speech, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that that ‘Resistance and Liberation Day’ is a great occasion that reminds of the great victory that was achieved in Lebanon. “The Resistance and Liberation Day is a great occasion that recalls the majestic victory which was achieved in Lebanon on this day.”

He further congratulated the Lebanese people on the beautiful and dear occasion. In addition, His Eminence thanked the Lebanese Army, the Security Forces, the Palestinian factions, and all presidents and political powers that supported the resistance, and thanks Iran and Syria who supported and are still supporting the resistance and all its leaders

Moreover, the Resistance Leader thanked all those who contributed to the victory a top of whom are the martyrs, the wounded, the liberated detainees, the Mujahideen and all their families.

Sayyed Nasrallah also thanked all the people who remained defiant and embraced, supported, and protected the resistance in all the Lebanese regions especially South Lebanon and Beqaa.

“After the withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, and the withdrawal from Gaza, there is nothing called ‘Great Israel’,” he said, noting that “Today, ‘Israel’ hides behind walls and fire, and it’s unable to impose its conditions in any negotiations with the Palestinian people.”

Meanwhile, His Eminence underlined that “Those who suspect that the battle against our enemy has finished are mistaken as there is part of our land which is still under occupation.”

Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted the necessity of commemorating this occasion by saying: “The Lebanese generations and all people must be reminded that this victory was not granted, but was instead an outcome of long years of sacrifices.”

He also warned that Some sides seek to waste the achieved victory. “We have to prevent this.”

In addition, Hezbollah Secretary General clarified that “Our struggle dates back to May 17, which means the wrong choices, and May 15, which is the Day of Nakba, and reaches May 25th, which represents the right choices.”

“After the withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, and the withdrawal from Gaza, there is nothing called ‘Great Israel’,” he confirmed, noting that “The occupation entity’s transformations, which was supposed to be strong and dominant, are the results of the long struggle and the history of sacrifices.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “‘Israel’ has no interest in a multipolar world, but rather a one-pole world led by the US.”

“‘Israel’s’ internal division comes at a time the resistance axis enjoys great cohesion and steadfastness,” he stressed, pointing out that “Among the goals of the global war on Syria was to oust it from the axis of resistance.”

According to His Eminence, “The Iranian president’s positions during his latest visit to Syria after 12 years of global war on it confirm the coherence of the axis of resistance.”

Regarding the axis of the resistance’s strength, the Resistance Leader assured that “The pillar of resistance is the human, who believes in his cause and right and who possesses bravery and daring. The axis of resistance has an excellent human capacity as well as spirit in Gaza, Al-Quds, the West Bank, and the entire region.”

Commenting on the recent “Israeli” threats, Sayyed Nasrallah sent sounding messages: “The ‘Israeli’ has miscalculations if he thinks that the great war will be with the Palestinians only or the Lebanese only.

He further responded to “Israeli” PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s threats, by affirming: “You are not the ones who threaten with the great war, but we are the ones threatening you with it.”

On this level, His Eminence unveiled that “Any great war will include all borders and its areas and fields will be narrowed by hundreds of thousands of fighters, and we have tremendous superiority when we tackle the human aspect.”

Moving to the disturbed “Israeli” internal arena, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that “Today, there is a loss of confidence in the entity’s institutions, while our people have overwhelming confidence in the resistance leaders, movements, and countries, as they are ready to sacrifice the lives of their children in this path.”

“One of our strong points is the ‘Israeli’ enemy’s internal front, which is facing an ideological retreat,” he stated, noting that “One of the important transformations is that the ‘Israeli’ internal front is weak and feeble, and that the ‘Israelis’ are ready and seek to flee.”

His Eminence also viewed that “There is hope more than ever to liberate Palestine from the river to the sea. The enemy’s entity has lost its historic leaders.”

Assuring that the deterrence equation is what protects Lebanon, the Resistance Leader asserted that “The ‘Israelis’ backtracked their latest threats due to fear in the settlements and after Hezbollah’s latest wargames. Netanyahu has failed to restore deterrence through the latest Gaza confrontation. ‘Israel’ resorted to escalating its rhetoric after the failure in Gaza.”

On this level, he urged the “Israeli” enemy’s premier, war minister and army chief to be careful and not to make wrong calculations.

“We’re confident and certain that Palestine will be liberated and that we will pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque, as the occupying entity is moving towards demise,” His Eminence reiterated, noting that “Among the major transformations is the development of the resistance’s military capabilities, an example of which is what we have in Lebanon.”

Sayyed Nasrallah estimated that “The one who should fear the great war is ‘Israel’,” underlining that “The ‘Israelis’ failed to strengthen their deterrence and realized that they would pay the price for every attack.”

Moreover, he disclosed that “The “Israelis” retreated from their threats because of the decline in the touristic activity and the ‘shekel’ against the dollar.”

“The enemy must fear, pay attention and not be dragged to any miscalculation by committing any mistake in any country that might lead to a great war,” he added, noting that “The great war in the region will move the ‘Israeli” entity to the abyss and to its demise.”

To “Israel”, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a clear threat “The ‘Israelis’ must know that none of the resistance movements fears them. Any mistake might blow up the entire region.”

Calling on all Lebanese to put bickering aside amid the presence of a true protection umbrella for Lebanon. The resistance Leader underscored that “The ‘army, people and resistance’ equation protected Lebanon as security remains a prerequisite for any economic and political treatment.”

He also viewed that “The ‘Israeli’ entity managed to normalize relations with some Arab regimes, but it was unable to normalize relations with the Arab people. The occupation realized that the Arab regimes are incapable of imposing normalization on their people.”

Moving to the internal Lebanese arena, Sayyed Nasrallah called again the Lebanese to return to dialogue to address their crises. “The regional equations call for optimism,” he added.

His Eminence commented on the issue of ‘the Banque du Liban’s’ Governor: Either he steps down himself or the judiciary takes responsibility because the caretaker government doesn’t have the authority to remove him

“The issue of the Syrian refugees can be resolved through a decision to send a Lebanese government’s delegation to Syria,” he said.

On the presidential file, Hezbollah Secretary General concluded: “Further dialogue and contacts are required and we call for discussing the presidential choices without preconditions.”

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Israeli Oppression in Palestine Proceeds as Resistance Affirms Readiness

 May 24, 2023

Israeli occupation forces during a raid in the West Bank (photo from December 2022).

Early Wednesday morning, Israeli occupation forces initiated a widespread campaign of arrests in various areas throughout the occupied West Bank. The campaign, which included confrontations, clashes, and arrests, targeted multiple towns and neighborhoods.

In the town of Jaba, south of Jenin, the occupation forces arrested brothers, Karam and Hakim Al-Hodhod, after storming their family home. In the same area, they also arrested Ahmed Abu Aziz and his father, Muhammad Abu Aziz. Clashes between resistance fighters and the occupation forces occurred during the raid

Further arrests were made in occupied Al-Quds, where Adam Ghaith, Saleh al-Hadra, Aysar Abu Sbeitan from Al-Tur, and Ayham al-Salaymeh from Ras al-Amud were arrested after having their homes raided and ransacked.

In Ramallah, young men clashed with the occupation forces in the Jalazoun refugee camp

In Nablus, the occupation forces arrested Khalil Abu Ghadeeb and Bahaa Al-Tayyan from their homes while resistance fighters fired on the occupation forces during their withdrawal from the Al-Maajin neighborhood.

Palestinian sources reported that warning sirens sounded in Nour Shams camp in Tulkarem, indicating an impending occupation force raid.

Additionally, occupation forces stormed Za’tara, where they tampered with the contents of homes belonging to citizens, Raafat Nayef Al-Wahsh, Youssef Al-Bo, and Fadi Battah, before withdrawing without making any arrests.

Palestinian resistance pledges to continue with response

The Palestinian resistance movement in the Gaza Strip confirmed that the resistance will continue until the expulsion of the occupation and the liberation of Palestine and its return to its Arab and Islamic embrace.

The movement also stressed, in a statement, the need for the unity of our people on the program of resistance and adherence to rights and constants. The unity of our people on the choice of resistance is a prerequisite for achieving victory.

IOF Demolish Land in occupied Jerusalem

Palestinian-owned land was leveled and a wall was demolished in the town of Sur Baher, belonging to the Amira family, by the Israeli Occupation Forces. They also detained four young men from the same area of occupied Jerusalem.

IOF Damages Commercial Shop Contents

The contents of a commercial shop in the al-Jalazone refugee camp in Ramallah were damaged by the Israeli Occupation Forces, and money was stolen.

Nakahle: Martyred Commanders Immediately Replaced
Earlier on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakhale, confirmed the group’s readiness to confront Israeli attacks. He revealed that the group’s commanders who were martyred during the Israeli aggression on Gaza earlier this month have already been replaced.

Nakhale maintained that the group holds rockets that can reach any area of occupied Palestine and that rockets fired at occupied territories during “Operation Revenge of the Free” were homemade and manufactured by the group’s military wing, Al-Quds Brigades. Six Al-Quds Brigades commanders were assassinated during the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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تشعرنا البيانات التي يُصدرها رئيس حكومة تصريف الأعمال نجيب ميقاتي، في كل مرة تقوم المقاومة بخطوة رادعة لكيان الاحتلال، أن في جوارير مكتبه بيانات جاهزة من عيارات مختلفة وكميّة أسطر وتعابير مختلفة تحمل أرقاماً، فيكفي أن يسمع بما فعلت المقاومة حتى يأمر بإصدار البيان رقم سبعة أو رقم أربعة، وفقاً لمقتضى الحال، فيما يبدو إتقانه للصمت وتظهر برودة تفاعله مع الأحداث الكبرى التي تدخل في صلب اختصاص حكومته، مبنية على جواب واحد جاهز، على سطح الطاولة، الحكومة لا تستطيع قانونياً التصرف فهي حكومة تصريف أعمال. حكومة نجيب ميقاتي لا تستطيع حتى اتخاذ الموقف الكلامي بشأن أي شيء يدخل في صلب اختصاصها، لأنها حكومة تصريف أعمال، ولكنها حاضرة ناظرة للرد والتعليق على أي خطوة تقوم بها المقاومة لردع الكيان، لأن هذا هو اختصاصها الذي لا يتعطّل بفعل تصريف الأعمال.

خلال مفاوضات ترسيم الحدود البحرية، قامت الطائرات المسيّرة التابعة للمقاومة بمناورة حية فوق حقل كاريش، ثبت بما لا يقبل النقاش، أنها كانت الخطوة الحاسمة التي بني عليها القرار الأميركي والإسرائيلي بالتراجع عن اللعب على الوقت، والذهاب فوراً للإقرار والاستعداد لقبول الشروط اللبنانية. هكذا قال المفاوض الأميركي عاموس هوكشتاين وصولاً إلى القول إن القبول بما طلبه لبنان كان تفادياً لنشوب حرب ظهر أن حزب الله مستعد للمخاطرة بخوضها. ومثله قال بنيامين نتنياهو منتقداً رئيس الحكومة حينها يائير لبيد بالخضوع لإملاءات حزب الله هرباً من الحرب، ولم يلبث نتنياهو الذي سبق وهدّد بالانسحاب من اتفاق الترسيم عندما يصبح رئيساً للحكومة، أن أعلن أنه سوف يلتزم بالاتفاقية، لأنها تلبي مقتضيات الأمن القومي الإسرائيلي، والمقصود معلوم، وهو العجز عن تحمل تبعات قرار يمكن أن يمثل مخاطرة بخوض حرب، لكن حكومة الرئيس ميقاتي التي كان بمستطاعها أن تفعل ما فعله نتنياهو، بأن تتهم المقاومة بتخريب المفاوضات ثم تتراجع وتعترف بأن ما فعلته المقاومة كان عاملاً فاعلاً رئيسياً في فرض المطالب اللبنانية على طاولة المفاوضات، فبقيت على موقفها، “المبدئي” بالتنديد بعملية المقاومة، وجواباً على سؤال لماذا؟ هو جواب بسيط، لأن هذا هو اختصاصها، التنديد بأفعال المقاومة، ليس لأن هذه الأفعال مستفزة، بل لأن المقاومة بذاتها مستفزة. ولماذا هي مستفزة؟ الجواب أبسط، لأن الموقف الأميركي منها مبدئيّ ولا علاقة له بالأفعال، لكن الأميركي براغماتي يحسبها ويراعي المصالح والقدرات، بينما الحكومة متخصصة بالموقف المبدئيّ فقط، فهي كذلك لا تتحرك نحو سورية في ملف النازحين، لأن لدى أميركا موقف مبدئيّ، بعدما سقط القناع العربي الذي كان يُخفي العورة الأميركية للحكومة، وأميركا تحسبها براغماتياً ومصلحياً وتحسب المقدرات وربما تناور وتتكلم بعكس ما تفعل، فتعترف بأنها تفاوض في مكان ما الحكومة السورية على شيء ما، لكن الحكومة عندنا تلتزم بالموقف المبدئيّ!

بالتزامن مع مناورة المقاومة، التي تضمّنت مقرّرات القمة العربية في جدة فقرات خاصة عن شرعيتها وحقها بالدفاع والتحرير ودعت للتمييز بينها وبينها وبين الإرهاب. كان لبنان كله ينتظر ماذا ستفعل الحكومة في قضية حاكم مصرف لبنان، الذي قال عنه رئيس الحكومة إنه أحد ضباطه في الحرب وإن أحداً لا يقيل ضباطه خلال الحرب، بينما كانت مفاعيل الملفات القضائية التي يلاحق سلامة بموجبها أمام أكثر من قضاء أوروبي تتجه نحو إصدار مذكرات قضائية بحقه. وها هي قد بلغت هذه المرحلة، وتصدر مذكرات التوقيف بحقه تباعا، فتجتمع الحكومة للتشاور بهدف القول إنها حكومة تصريف أعمال ولا تملك الصلاحية القانونية. فالموقف مبدئي، لأن رياض سلامة يحمل شهادات عليا بأنه شخص يناسب المواصفات الأميركية لحاكمية مصرف لبنان، كما قال ديفيد هيل أكثر من مرّة، ولا يجوز بسبب الموقف المبدئي أن تقول الحكومة شيئاً قبل أن تسمع كلاماً مبدئياً من الأميركي، لأن هذا ليس اختصاصها، فهي أولاً حكومة تصريف أعمال وثانياً هي متخصّصة فقط بالمقاومة ومتابعة أفعالها.

مناورة المقاومة بنظر الحكومة مستفزة وإساءة للسيادة اللبنانية، وأفعال رياض سلامة وصولاً لفضائح ملاحقته كحاكم لمصرف لبنان المركزي، لا تستفزّ الحكومة. وبالمناسبة كان المسؤولون في الحكومة يضعون في دفتر شروط اختيار حاكم المصرف المركزي شرطاً هو السمعة العالمية، ويعتبرون أن إحدى ميزات سلامة أنه يحظى بالثقة لدى المؤسسات المالية العالمية، والسؤال هو هل سمعة المتهم بالاختلاس وتبييض الأموال والإثراء غير المشروع أصبحت من الشروط الواجب توافرها في حاكم مصرف لبنان المركزي؟

للتغطية على هذا السقوط الأخلاقي وجب أن يخرج البعض وينتقد الحكومة لأنها لم تفعل شيئاً في مواجهة مناورة المقاومة، وماذا عساها تفعل، والمقصود ليس أن تفعل، بل إضاءة على ما قالت، والتصفيق لأنها لم تفعل بحق رياض سلامة ما كان واجبها الدستوري يُملي عليها أن تفعل، فالإضاءة على اليمين ولف الكوع على الشمال أو العكس، حرفة تحتاج تدريباً ومهارة لا يملكها إلا “أصحاب مبادئ” مثل حكومة صاحبة اختصاص بإدانة المقاومة وجوقة الخائفين على رياض سلامة من جماعة الدولة العميقة والثورة العميقة!

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Palestinian Resistance rockets homemade: PIJ’s Nakhaleh

23 May 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen

Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad Al-Nakhalah

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Palestinian Resistance is able to strike any Israeli settlement is wants to using its homemade rockets, PIJ chief Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh said.

The rocket that hit “Tel Aviv” and reached occupied Al-Quds during Operation Avenging the Free has a range that covers all of occupied Palestine, the Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh, said Tuesday.

“The rocket that struck Tel Aviv and reached Al-Quds […] is the brainchild of the experienced specialists working in Al-Quds Brigades,” the PIJ’s military wing, Al-Nakhaleh said.

Al-Nakhalah said Friday that “Tel Aviv” and other settlements of the Zionist entity “are within the range of our rockets and the bullets of our fighters.”

During a speech at the festival commemorating the martyrs of Operation Avenging the Free in the city of Saida, south Lebanon, Al-Nakhalah said, “We meet today to honor a great group of martyrs and leaders who were killed in the treacherous aggression and to honor the two martyrs, Commander Khader Adnan and Commander Ali Al-Aswad, and everyone who ascended to martyrdom in Operation Avenging the Free.”

“The martyrdom of the commanders of Al-Quds Brigades did not cause any disruption in the movement’s military structure,” the PIJ chief underlined.

“The deputies of the slain commanders assumed responsibility immediately after the martyrdom,” the Palestinian Resistance leader revealed.

“The Islamic Jihad movement in the last battle was in a better position than any previous battles,” he told a press conference.

Furthermore, he threatened to “bomb the heart of the Zionist entity and its cities if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dares to target Islamic Jihad commanders in other areas.”

Commenting on the Israeli occupation’s provocative Flag March, Al-Nakhaleh underlined that the Israeli occupation’s actions must be dealt with, stressing that “Al-Quds is an occupied city, and we must resist and fight for its liberation.”

He also commented on the Saudi-Iranian rapprochement deal, saying it brought the region back to its natural status quo, adding that there would be positive repercussions for the Palestinian cause.

“Iran’s support for the Palestinian Resistance is unconditional. We do not have oil or military bases to offer them,” he said, adding that normalization was a great treason, and the Arab people are required to aid the Palestinian people in their steadfastness and Resistance.

In the wake of the Palestinian resistance declaring its victory in Operation Avenging the Free, Al-Nakhalah thanked all those who stood by the resistance, “led by the Islamic Republic in Iran, Hezbollah, and our brothers in Egypt and Qatar.”

Al-Nakhalah pointed out that despite “all the difficult circumstances and the imbalance of military power in favor of the enemy, our people are still fighting,” adding, “We have steadfastly and patiently fought major battles in defense of our identity and adherence to our rights, and our cause has remained alive.”

The PIJ chief considered that the occupation wanted to cast a shadow “over our cause with politics and wars, but today we stand stronger and more determined to adhere to our rights and Al-Quds.”

The Israeli occupation launched a five-day aggression against the Gaza Strip earlier in May, targeting residential houses in the north, center, and south of the Strip.

In retaliation, Al-Quds Brigades and the Palestinian Resistance factions launched Operation Avenging the Free, in which it fired advanced rockets and missiles that bypassed the Iron Dome and targeted several Israeli settlements, occupied cities, and occupation sites.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the number of Palestinians killed in the aggression rose to 33 martyrs, including six children and three women, and 147 people were wounded.

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كيف كانت القمّة؟

2023 ألثلاثاء 23 أيار

القادة العرب بمعظمهم عبّروا عن سعادتهم بحضور سوريا، وأملهم أن يكون هذا اللقاء فاتحة مرحلة عمل عربي جديدة وغنية تعود بالخير على الشعب العربي في جميع أقطاره.

القادة العرب بمعظمهم عبّروا عن سعادتهم بحضور سوريا
كيف كانت القمّة؟

هذا هو السؤال الذي يسأله الجميع: كيف كانت القمّة؟ ولكن، لا بدّ أولاً من تحديد المقصود من السؤال؟ وعن أي الأطراف؟ أو أي المستويات نريد أن نتحدث؟ لنبدأ من العموم. كانت القمة منظمة تنظيماً هائلاً ومحكماً؛ فكلّ الأمور تسير بانسيابية عالية، وكلّ الوفود تشعر بالاهتمام والترحيب. ورغم الأعداد الكبيرة الموجودة، لم يشعر أحد أن عليه إعادة السؤال مرتين.

ومن نافل القول إن الضيافة كانت عربية أصيلة بامتياز، وأن المضيفين استقبلوا الجميع، وتعاملوا معهم بغاية المودّة والاحترام، ولم تفارق الابتسامة وجوههم أبداً حيثما كانوا. وما يثلج الصدر أيضاً أنك تتحدث لغة عربية مع الجميع، فلا مترجمين ولا من يحزنون، وهذه ميزة وخاصة من خصائص هذه الأمة، ومن نعم الله عليها قلّ نظيرها في أمم أخرى. حتى ممثل الاتحاد الأفريقي وممثل منظمة المؤتمر الإسلامي تحدثا باللغة العربية.

تشعر وأنت داخل القاعة باعتزاز كبير، ولكن بثقل المسؤولية؛ لأن لدى كل هذه الوفود عشرات من النقاط المشتركة التي لم يتمّ العمل عليها بما تستحق، ولو تمّ العمل عليها وإعطاؤها الأولوية ووضع الخطوات التنفيذية لها لكانت كفيلة بنقل هذه الأمة من حال إلى حال لتصبح قوة إقليمية ودولية يُحسب لها ألف حساب.

ولكنك تشعر بالأمل بأن تكون المتغيرات الدولية والإقليمية قد ساهمت أيضاً في خلق متغيّرات على الساحة العربية، وفي الوعي العربي وأسلوب العمل العربي. فللمرة الأولى يتم تحديد كلمات الزعماء بخمس دقائق لكلّ منهم، فلم تكن هناك لغة إنشائية، أو خطب عصماء بحيث يصاب البعض بالملل ويخرجون من القاعة، كما كانت العادة، بل كان اجتماعاً محدداً، وكانت الكلمات قصيرة مكثّفة تختلف في مستويات طروحاتها ورؤاها، ولكنها تتسم بالجدية والرغبة في مقاربة الهدف.

طبعاً، ومع هذه الاستدارة، لا يريد أحد أن يزيد من حجم التحديات أو التوقعات، وكأن هناك تفهماً غير معلن وغير مكتوب أن لكلّ بلد أولويات واعتبارات، وأن الهدف ليس أن يتخلّى أحد عن رؤاه ومصالحه، بل أن يتفهم رؤى الآخر ومصالحه، وأن يتقبل الاختلافات ويسرع الخطى في البناء على المشتركات، وهذه مقاربة واقعية واعدة إذا ما تم تعزيز هذا النهج وتعميقه في مجالات العمل العربي المشتركة، وفي اللقاءات والقمم العربية القادمة.

أما اللقاءات الثنائية، سواء على مستوى أعضاء الوفود الرسمية أو على مستوى الزعماء، فكانت تبدو وديّة، بصرف النظر عما يروّج له الإعلام الغربي والإعلام المغرض من مواقف متشددة أو معارضة لهذا الشأن أو ذاك. وبدا ذلك واضحاً في اللقاءات غير الرسمية التي سبقت انعقاد القمة، إذ كان الجميع يسلّمون على بعضهم ويتفقدون أحوال بعضهم في مفارقة كبيرة لما يروّجه الإعلام الذي يستهدفنا جميعاً من فروقات حادة بين هذا البلد وذاك، ونتيجة هذا الموقف أو هذه السياسة أو تلك. كل أعضاء الوفود تحدثوا مع بعضهم بحرارة ومودّة، ولم أرَ أحداً يعزف عن رؤية أحد أو يتهرب من اللقاء به أو الحديث معه.

وبدا لي في هذا اللقاء الذي استمرّ أقلّ من ساعة قبل الاجتماع الرسمي نبض الشعب العربي والحرص على الالتزام بقضاياه، كل قضاياه، والاعتزاز بالصامدين والمنتمين لأفكارهم وللعروبة والشاعرين بالاعتزاز والكبر في وجه محاولات الاستفراد ببلد دون آخر. وكانت فلسطين وتضحيات الشعب الفلسطيني حاضرة في وجدان الجميع وأحاديثهم، والأمل الكبير بمستقبل أفضل لليمن وليبيا، والسعادة الواضحة بوجود سوريا بين أهلها وإخوانها، وأهمية أن تكون سوريا حاضرة لما لها من تاريخ حضاري وانتماء عروبي وحرص مشهود لها على تعزيز العمل العربي المشترك.

وهنا، لا بدّ أن نتذكر أن كابوس الغرب والدول الاستعمارية يكمن في مقاربة عربية توحد الرؤى والصفوف، ولذلك ركّز الإعلام المغرض على التحديات والاختلافات، وعلى أي ثغرة يمكن له أن يدخل منها ويزيد في عمقها واتساعها. وهذا ليس جديداً لأن سياسة من يستهدف هذه الأمة قامت على قاعدة بسيطة وقديمة وهي التفريق بين أبنائها، ودبّ الشك والريبة بين صفوف مواطنيها، سواء في داخل البلد الواحد أو على مستوى الأمة.

الحقيقة هي أن القادة العرب بمعظمهم عبّروا عن سعادتهم بحضور سوريا، وأملهم أن يكون هذا اللقاء فاتحة مرحلة عمل عربي جديدة وغنية تعود بالخير على الشعب العربي في جميع أقطاره. كما تناولت اللقاءات الثنائية أهمية الاهتمام باللغة العربية؛ لغة التواصل ولغة الثقافة والمعبّرة عن هويتنا بكل أبعادها، والتحرر من الاستلاب الغربي الذي فرضه الاستعمار علينا بأساليبه وقوة إعلامه وهيمنته.

والجديد في الأمر، والذي يثلج الصدر أنه لم تظهر أي توقعات أن تكون سياسة أي بلد انعكاساً لسياسة بلد آخر، بل أن نبحث عن المصلحة المشتركة خاصة في هذا العالم الذي يتّجه ليكون عالماً متعدد الأقطاب، حيث لكل بلد عربي خياراته المستقلة التي تعكس مصالحه القطرية، ولكن مع التشديد على المشترك بين المصالح العربية، وهذا يعني التخلّص من العقلية التي حكمت العمل العربي لمراحل عديدة وهي: “إما أن نتفق معاً على كل شيء أو لا علاقة أبداً بين بلداننا”.

يحذونا الأمل أن يعني هذا اقتراب التجربة العربية من النضج، والتوصّل إلى الاستنتاج السليم والهام، وهو أن نكون أشقاء وأصدقاء مع الاحترام لوجهات نظر الآخر، والاستفادة حتى من نقاط الاختلاف والتعلّم من تجارب بعضنا بعضاً، لما فيه خيرنا جميعاً. ولا شك في أن ما حدث لسوريا والمواقف حيالها والنتائج التي تمخّضت عن كل هذا الاستهداف كان لها دور في درجة الوعي والشجاعة لدى العرب القادرين على إدارة شؤونهم، والساعين للتخلّص تماماً من الهيمنة الغربية وما تفرضه على بلداننا، استمراراً للعقلية الاستعمارية وسياسة النهب لمواردنا وثرواتنا.

ولم يكن ظهور زيلينسكي في القمة إلا محاولة فاشلة من قبل الدول الغربية التي تريد أن تثبت أنها ما زالت موجودة، بينما كان حضور سوريا الطاغي وحضور السيد الرئيس بشار الأسد واستكمال العروبة ألقها وحضورها هو الأهم في القمة، وهو الحدث الذي يُبنى عليه والعلامة الفارقة التي شدّت من أزر الجميع.

صناعة التاريخ تحتاج إلى وقت قبل وبعد انبعاث الوعي وشحذ الهمم، واليوم نستطيع أن نقول إن ما كنا نحلم به من وعي العرب لمقدراتهم واستقلالهم الحقيقي ووزنهم الإقليمي بدأ يتبلور. ومن الجميل أن تكون انطلاقته من بلد عربي له وزنه في ضمير العرب والمسلمين وله تاريخه في الإنجازات التي تتحقق حالما تشبك السعودية وسوريا يداً بيد مع كل البلدان العربية الأخرى التي تتشاطر الإدراك والعزيمة على بناء مستقبل واعد لأجيالنا القادمة يليق بأمة اختار الله عزّ وجل لغتها لرسالته السماوية، وأنتجت من العلوم ما ساهم في نهضة العالم وازدهار شعوبه في قارات الأرض المختلفة.

في هذا المسار يلعب الإعلام المنتمي والهادف دوراً هاماً في دحض الافتراءات التي لا يتوقف الإعلام المغرض عن نشرها، وفي الانتباه إلى تسليط الضوء على النقاط المضيئة من العمل العربي بثقة بالنفس والمستقبل، ويقين أن هذه الأمة قادرة على النهوض وتشكيل وزن إقليمي ودولي يحسب له حساب.

إن الآراء المذكورة في هذه المقالة لا تعبّر بالضرورة عن رأي الميادين وإنما تعبّر عن رأي صاحبها حصراً

Hezbollah Wargames Say Next Battle against Israeli Enemy will Be in Palestine: Sheikh Qassem

 May 23, 2023

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stressed on Tuesday that the Resistance wargames sent a message of readiness and deterrence to the Zionist enemy.

In an interview with Al-Manar TV on Resistance and Liberation DAy, Sheikh Qassem indicated that the Resistance wanted to tell the Israeli enemy that the next battle will be in occupied Palestine.

“During the upcoming war, Zionists will not be able to sip coffee in Tel Aviv. The Israelis will see what they have not seen if they commit any folly”

Sheikh Qassem said that Hezbollah military drills displayed only a party of the Resistance arsenal, without showing the precision-guided missiles and much more.

His eminence reiterated that Hezbollah supports unifying the fronts against teh Zionst enemy, pointing out that Israelis must know that they can never violate the deterrence formulas maintained by the Resistance.

Sheikh Qassem indicated USA and ‘Israel’ acknowledge that Hezbollah Resistance has developed several classical weapons, including missiles and canons.

130 mm artillery developed by Hezbollah

Hezbollah Deputy Chief said that Resistance and Liberation Day is a national occasion, adding that those who exclude themselves from this pride are to be blamed.

Sheikh Qassem called for disregarding the remarks that oppose the path of resistance, adding that some of them had cooperated with the enemy during certain stages.

On the other hand, Sheikh Qassem pointed out that maintaining stability among Arab countries serve the Palestinian cause and the entire Ummah, adding that Hezbollah supports the Iranian-Saudi agreement.

His eminence noted that the Syrian President Bashar Assad has attended the Arab Summit with all his pro-resistance stances and after emerging victorious from a 13-year war.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General indicated that the presidential deadlock in Lebanon is caused by the stubbornness of some political parties, calling for resorting the constitutional norms in order to elect a new president.

Sheikh Qassem added that the Free Patriotic Movement and Lebanese Forces intend to have a joint nomination without having a joint project.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Sanaa officials call out Western project to divide Yemen

May 22, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

The head of the Sanaa government, Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor, says the West and “Israel” are pushing for a project to divide Yemen as people in Yemen celebrate the 33rd anniversary of Yemen’s Unity.

A view of the old building is seen in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The head of the Sanaa government, Abdul Aziz bin Habtoor discussed a “Zionist, American, and Western” project that is conspiring against Yemeni unity, as he spoke to Al-Mayadeen.

Bin Habtoor said that this project has garnered the backing of the majority of the Gulf Cooperation Council which has led an 8-year war on Yemen. 

During the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of the national day for Yemeni unity, the Yemeni official affirmed that “The Western project wants to fragment the Yemeni cohesion,” and partition the country as was the case previously. Bin Habtoor added that the project could be traced back to 1994 and is a renewal of old plots.

“Sanaa rejected the American project from its inception, but rather fought this project for eight years and will continue to do so,” the head of government underlined.

Bin Habtoor expressed his faith in the Yemeni people who have previously resisted Western plans to divide the country.

He also expressed concerns that the Hadramout governorate which is rich in raw materials, could fall prey to Saudi Arabia.

“Hadramout governorate is one of the important regions in Yemen, first because of its wide geography and historical heritage, as well as its location and economic position,” the official added. 

Earlier, the Chairman of the Supreme Political Council in Yemen, Mahdi Al-Mashat, echoed Bin Habtoors statements by saying, “Yemeni unity should not be a matter of disagreement or conflict, but rather it should remain greater than all persons and parties, and greater than all differences and conflicts.”

Al-Mashat added, “Our country is exposed to plots and suspicious projects that seek to undermine it, through further dismantling and fragmentation.”

Al-Mashat highlighted the importance of Unity Day which resembles the only safe path for a solution to the situation in Yemen. He also stressed that unity is embedded within the destinies of people and “a voice that does not leave the conscience of the nation,” regardless of the nature of the ongoing conflict. 

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IOF Kill 3 Palestinian Young Men in Raid on Refugee Camp in Occupied West Bank

 May 22, 2023

In the early hours of Monday, the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, northern West Bank, was stormed by Israeli occupation forces where they opened fire on Palestinians resulting in the death of three individuals.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the martyrs as Fathi Jihad Rizq, 30, Abdullah Yousef Abu Hamdan, 24, and Mohammad Bilal Zeitoun, 32.

In addition, many others were wounded. State-run Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the occupation forces performed searches and ransacked dozens of homes in the camp whilst creating violent confrontations with Palestinian Resistance fighters.

There was also the report of an explosion inside the house of the Abu Shalal family that resulted in injuries to two children and significant damage to neighboring houses.

Furthermore, emergency ambulance crews were reportedly prevented from reaching the injured individuals. The Nablus Battalion – Balata Groups announced that its Resistance fighters had clashed with the Israeli occupation forces in multiple areas causing substantial damage.

The situation escalated when the Israeli regime launched a series of airstrikes against Gaza on May 9, resulting in dozens of martyrs. This marked the worst episode of fighting between Gaza’s resistance factions and the Israeli regime since a 10-day war in 2021.

Source: Agencies (edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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Sayyed Nasrallah Delivers Televised Speech Thursday on Resistance and Liberation Day

May 22, 2023

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is slated to deliver a televised speech on Thursday, May 25, to commemorate Resistance and Liberation Day. The speech is scheduled to begin at 20:45 (Local Time).

On May 25, 2000, the Israeli occupation army concluded its withdrawal from the majority of Lebanese territories, with the exception of Shebaa Farms and KfarShuba Hills. This withdrawal was prompted by the significant losses inflicted upon the Israeli army as a result of successful strikes by the Resistance.

Resistance and Liberation Day, celebrated on May 25th, commemorates a significant event in Lebanese history. In 2000, this day marked the completion of the Israeli occupation army’s withdrawal from most of the Lebanese territories.

Prior to the withdrawal, Lebanon had been under Israeli occupation for nearly two decades, starting in 1982 during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. The occupation had a profound impact on the country, causing widespread suffering and displacement among the Lebanese population.

During the occupation, Hezbollah, a Lebanese political and military organization, emerged as a prominent resistance force along with other resistance groups in Lebanon. Engaging in guerrilla warfare tactics and armed resistance, Hezbollah played a crucial role in opposing the Israeli presence and resisting their military operations.

The Resistance strikes carried out by Hezbollah and other resistance groups inflicted heavy losses upon the Israeli army, leading to a significant shift in the dynamics of the conflict. As a result, on May 25, 2000, the Israeli occupation army completed its withdrawal from most of the Lebanese territories.

However, it’s important to note that the withdrawal was not complete, as the Shebaa Farms and KfarShuba Hills remained under Israeli control. These disputed areas have been a subject of ongoing tension and have not been fully resolved to this day.

The annual televised speech by Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Resistance and Liberation Day serves as an opportunity to reflect on the significance of the day, honor the sacrifices made by the resistance fighters, and reaffirm the commitment to the liberation of all occupied Lebanese territories.

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations


المقاومة وجهوزية العبور… ورسائل تكتيكية للإبهار بالنار

الإثنين 22 أيار 2023

ناصر قنديل

الاحتفال النوعي الذي نظمته المقاومة بدعوة من العلاقات الإعلامية في حزب الله واللقاء الإعلامي الوطني بمناسبة عيد المقاومة والتحرير سوف يبقى موضوع دراسة وتمحيص وتدقيق في دوائر القيادة في كيان الاحتلال، بعيداً عن الضجيج الذي سوف يحاول إثارته بعض اللبنانيين عبر محاولة زج المناورة في لعبة الزواريب اللبنانية، التي أتقنت المقاومة منذ نشأتها النأي بنفسها عنها، والالتزام بالبقاء درعاً وحصناً لحماية لبنان بوجه تحديات الاحتلال وعدوانيته، لتكون سنداً وحامياً لكل اللبنانيين ليمارسوا حياتهم الاقتصادية والسياسية والاجتماعية، من مخالفيها ومؤيديها على السواء، بما في ذلك ممارسة البعض لهذا الحق في تصعيد خطابه المناوئ للمقاومة.

العنوان الأول الذي سوف يتوقف أمامه قادة الكيان، أن المناورة التي تضمنت تنظيم نماذج رمزية عن أعمال قتالية، ليست عرضاً لأسلحة، بل لمشاة البر في المقاومة وفي طليعتهم وحدات النخبة من قوة الرضوان، تحت عناوين تكتيكية واضحة من تسمياتها في المناورة، عبور الجدار، اقتحام مستعمرة، أسر جنود، تجاوز الشريط، هي إعلان الانتقال في رسم سقف المواجهة، من اعتبار التوازن الناري أساساً والعبور إلى الجليل فرضية، الى جعل هذا العبور أساساً، والدعم الناري عنصر إسناد لهذا الهدف.

العنوان الثاني تقديم نماذج عن تقدم نخبة المقاومة على جيش الاحتلال بخطوات في تكتيكات حروب مشاة البر، ومنها خصوصاً عامل الوقت، فكل عملية تكتيكية من العمليات التي نفذتها وحدات المقاومة الرمزية كانت مرسومة بطريقة تقول إنها عندما تكون في ظروف حرب طبيعية فلن تتجاوز بضع دقائق، والسقف هو خمس دقائق. هكذا كانت علمية الأسر وعملية اقتحام مستعمرة وعملية اختراق الجدار، والوقت كان حاضراً أيضاً في بلوغ المدى صفر بين نهاية القصف المدفعي والصاروخي التمهيدي لكل عملية وبين تقدّم مشاة البر، بينما يقع هذا المدى الزمني بين هاتين الخطوتين العسكريتين في أي هجوم لدى أفضل الجيوش، بين دقيقتين وسبع دقائق، وقد شاهدنا المشاة يتقدّمون ويقتحمون بينما القصف التمهيدي مستمر ومتواصل بدقة متناهية على بعد أمتار من المهاجمين، وكان هذا مصدراً للإبهار، والإبهار ملازم لتجربة المقاومة منذ النشأة وهو أحد أسلحتها في الحرب النفسية.

يعرف قادة الكيان أن الإعلاميين والقادة السياسيين الذين احتشدوا لمتابعة المناورة، على بُعد مرمى حجر من حدود لبنان مع فلسطين المحتلة. وهذا يعني أن المقاومة ليست آبهة بكيف سوف يتصرّف الكيان وجيشه تجاه هذا الاحتشاد الذي كان قادة عسكريون وسياسيون كبار من المقاومة في طليعته، بل إن المقاومة واثقة أن الكيان سوف يتصرف كما يجب أن يتصرف كل مردوع تجاه هذا الحدث. وبالتوازي شاهد قادة الاحتلال العسكريون والأمنيون كيف أن هؤلاء الذين تابعوا المناورة كانوا عسكرياً جزءاً منها، لوجودهم على مسافة مئتي متر من خط النار، وهي مسافة محرّمة في المناورات، ولذلك تكون المراقبة من مسافة كيلومتر على الأقل في حالات مشابهة لاستخدام النيران ويزوّد المتابعة بمناظير يتابعون من خلالها، وكانت القذائف الصاروخية الثقيلة تسقط على مسافة خمسمئة متر من الحضور، وليس فقط على مسافة أمتار من المقاتلين المشاركين في العمليات التكتيكية، وهذا يعني أن المقاومة أرادت أن تقول إنها واثقة من دقة نيرانها ورماتها، والقناصة بعض مهم منهم، وأن رماة مدفعيتها وصواريخها قناصة مهرة أيضاً، وأن التدريبات قد انتهت، والثقة مطلقة لحد اليقين، بالجاهزيّة لنقل المشهد من الرمزية إلى المعركة الفعلية.

لقد حشدت المقاومة أكثر من ألف من مقاتلي نخبتها وعشرات الضباط القادة في هذا العرض، لمعارك رمزية عنوانها الميداني اقتحام مستعمرة وتدمير مئة متر من الجدار وأسر جندي، ويستطيع قادة الكيان تخيّل معنى مئة عملية مشابهة يوم العبور، ولكن تحت نيران أسلحة مختلفة وطائرات مسيّرة مختلفة، وآليات عبور مختلفة، وفي ظل تساقط حمم الصواريخ الدقيقة على عمق الكيان، في كل مرة يريد قادتها التحدث عن حرب على جبهات متعددة، أو عن تهديد لبنان بالحرب، أو تهديد المقاومة بتغيير موازين الردع، وفوق كل ذلك عندما تفكر بالعبث بضوابط وضع القدس والمسجد الأقصى، وقد صار ثابتاً في حسابات المقاومة، أنه من الخطوط الحمراء التي يشكل تجاوزها مصدر خطر لحرب إقليمية، أظهرت المواجهات السابقة أن احتمال تحرّك كل الجبهات خلالها أمر مؤكد.

تأتي رسالة المقاومة على خلفية المتغيرات الجارية في المنطقة، لتمنح هذه التحولات فرصة أن يقرأها الآخرون بصورة صحيحة، فالانفراجات والتهدئة مصطلحات تطال النزاعات البينية في البيئة التي تشكل السند الطبيعيّ لشعب فلسطين ومزقتها الألاعيب الغربية وربيعها، وفتاوى الفتن المذهبية، وهلوسات التطبيع، وهذه الانفراجات وهذه التهدئة إعلان إغلاق لهذه النوافذ التي كان يدخل منها الريح الأسود، أما المواجهة مع كيان الاحتلال فلا علاقة لها بمعادلات التهدئة، بل الجهوزية والاستعداد للمزيد من مراكمة القوة، في رسالة واضحة لشعب فلسطين عنوانها، لستم وحدكم.

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