Who is Really Meddling in Bahrain’s Internal Affairs?

Darko Lazar

13-03-2018 | 08:59

On the morning of March 14, 2011, Saudi troops began rolling across the 16-mile causeway connecting Bahrain with neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Peninsula Shield Forces

By midday, about 2,000 troops – 1,200 from Saudi Arabia and 800 from the United Arab Emirates – entered Bahrain as part of a force operating under the aegis of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Their objective was to quell a popular uprising against Bahrain’s 200-year-old Al-Khalifa dynasty.

Twenty-four hours later, a large-scale assault against hundreds of anti-government protesters occupying a landmark square in Bahrain’s capital Manama was unleashed.

As the heavily armed troops overran Manama’s Pearl roundabout, they fired live rounds at the unarmed protesters.

Over 100 people were killed in the ensuing violence and nearly 3,000 injured.

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), later tasked with looking into the unrest, concluded that many more Bahrainis were arbitrarily detained and tortured.

Almost seven years to the day, Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received the red carpet treatment at both Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street during his first official visit to the UK.

Although the prince’s visit was also greeted with fury from international rights groups, it was nevertheless another demonstration of a “long-term partnership” between Riyadh and London.

Aside from the multi-billion-dollar defense contracts, the Saudi king-in-waiting and Britain’s Premier Theresa May also inked an aid deal that critics say whitewashes Saudi Arabia’s role in the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

The UK has played a similar role in Bahrain, where a pot of ‘aid’ money was injected into Manama’s security and justice system.

Under the banner of “reform assistance”, Britain has provided over £3.52 million to Manama in recent years.

The funds were allocated for teaching Bahrain’s security forces how to “command and control” protesters, financing Bahrain’s parliament, as well as the ombudsman of the kingdom’s prison system.

All of these institutions have been instrumental in the bloody, seven-year-long clampdown on dissent in Bahrain, which also happens to be home to both British and American naval installations that are essential components of the western military infrastructure in the region.

According to US-based writer and political commentator Naseer al-Omari, the West’s role in Bahrain is merely a “continuation of colonialism in the Middle East.”

Blame Iran!

In the 1999 animated film South Park, a group of angry parents decide to blame Canada for the trouble their children have been getting into. The song, ‘Blame Canada’, which satirizes scapegoating, marks the formation of an organization that ultimately sparks the American-Canadian War in the film.

In much the same way, the continuing unrest in Bahrain is almost exclusively being blamed on Iran.

This month alone, Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior has already announced the arrest of 116 people that it accuses of being part of a ‘terrorist’ network overseen by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

In recent years dozens of Bahrainis have been slapped with death sentences, and hundreds of others are serving lengthy prison terms over their alleged links to Tehran.

Coupled with a serious lack of evidence, countless international reports, including one from the US State Department, concluded that such prosecutions are “politically-motivated actions against the mainstream, nonviolent opposition and the Shiite community.”

Meanwhile, classified US diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks revealed that the American Embassy in Manama found no “convincing evidence of Iranian involvement” in Bahrain.

“Shiite discontent stems chiefly from their lower standard of living, unofficial exclusion from sensitive government positions, and Sunni domination of parliament,” the embassy reported in one of its transmissions to the State Department.

The transmission also noted that only one third of Bahrain’s Shiite majority looks to Iran’s Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei for spiritual guidance. The rest follow Iraq’s Sayyed Ali al-Sistani and clerics in Lebanon.

Last month, exiled Bahraini activist Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei told Reuters that authorities in Manama are scapegoating Iran in an effort to make the crisis in Bahrain appear “more of a sectarian problem rather than democracy versus dictatorship.”

Saudi Arabia’s meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs, on the other hand, is far easier to document.

Aside from the ongoing de-facto occupation of Bahrain by Saudi forces, Riyadh has a long history of interfering in the affairs of its tiny neighbor.

A cable from the US embassy in Manama dated 2006 recaps a conversation between the American ambassador at the time, William T. Monroe, and Bahrain’s monarch, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

“The [Bahraini] King mentioned… that the Saudis watch with concern the democratic reform steps that Bahrain has taken,” the cable reads. “The King offered no concrete examples, but pointed to regular attacks and criticisms of Bahrain’s democratic reform efforts.”

Naseer al-Omari believes that the crisis in Bahrain can be solved simply with Manama “divorcing itself from its obligations to Saudi Arabia.”

“Bahraini people are peaceful people. They don’t have a history of violence against the regime. They only strive for representation. So there have been so many missed opportunities for the Bahraini regime to reform itself,” al-Omari added.

Former Bahraini opposition lawmaker Jalal Fairooz echoed that sentiment, explaining that the regime in Manama is a “slave” to the Saudis.

“The Saudi mindset is that they have to control not only Bahrain but the entire Persian Gulf. They denied Qatar its own independence. When it comes to Bahrain, they treat it as part of Saudi Arabia. They will not allow democratic reforms in Bahrain because they are afraid that the people in Saudi would have the same demands,” Fairooz opined.

It’s the economy, stupid

Compared to its wealthier GCC neighbors, Bahrain has a small, largely undiversified economy and is listed as one of the worst-affected countries by the global plunge in oil prices.

In 2017, the kingdom’s revenues amounted to a total of USD 5.8 billion, while its expenditures were nearly double that amount, reaching just over USD 9 billion.

The country’s public debt, which is rising at an annual rate of 13%, gulped up no less than 75% of its GDP last year, and that figure is expected to increase to nearly 100% after Manama decided to raise the debt ceiling.

These economic difficulties are further exacerbated by a serious housing crisis. Bahrain has a shortage of roughly 75,000 houses, which resulted in the creation of 2,000 slum areas and approximately 10,000 citizens living in poverty. That is a significant number for a population of just over 1.4 million.

Meanwhile, the kingdom’s banks have also taken a hit as a result of the ongoing political turmoil, with investors continuing to withdraw their capital. Last year, US-based ratings agency Standard & Poor reported that Bahrain’s banking system has been in constant decline since 2008, shedding up to a quarter of its size.

The more obvious consequences of Bahrain’s economic decline have been the expansion of taxation, the cutting of subsidies, and with that, rising discontent among the local population. But the crisis has also led to more interference from neighbors like Saudi Arabia.

In November 2017, Bloomberg reported that Manama sought renewed financial assistance from the Saudis, Emiratis and Kuwaitis to help “replenish its foreign-exchange reserves and avert a currency devaluation.”

In return, Manama will not only have to submit to further external control of its finances, but, at the behest of its patrons in Riyadh, the regime will most certainly be expected to step up repression against Bahrain’s Shiite majority, and undoubtedly blame Iran for everything that goes wrong.

Source: Al-Ahed


الوقاحة القطرية

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هو نفسه، الأمير السابق لقطر حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني، روى كيف أنه قصد ووزير خارجيته حمد بن جاسم الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، ساعياً إلى الحصول على اعتراف كامل بحكمه من واشنطن. قال الرجل إن الأمر لا يحتاج إلى كثير شرح، حتى نفهم نحن العرب أن الغطاء الأميركي هو الوحيد الذي يكفل استمرار حكمك، فكيف إذا كانت السعودية تريد رأسك؟

رواية «الأمير الوالد»، كما يُطلق عليه اليوم بعد تركه منصبه لنجله تميم، لا تتوقف عند السعي إلى مباركة أميركية لانقلابه على والده. بل يستمر في الكلام، قائلاً إن موظفاً أميركياً رفيع المستوى زاره في مقر إقامته في أميركا، وقال له: 

الأمر بسيط، عليك التوجه من هنا إلى فندق آخر حيث يقيم شمعون بيريز. اجلس وتفاهم معه، وعندما تعود، أُبلغك بموعدك في البيت الأبيض.

مرّت سنوات طويلة على هذه الحادثة وحصلت تطورات كثيرة، لكن القاعدة النظرية لضمان حماية النظام القطري لا تزال هي نفسها. وعندما قررت السعودية والإمارات ومصر عزل قطر قبل مدة، سارعت الدوحة إلى العنوان المناسب: الولايات المتحدة وإسرائيل!
التوتر القطري الناجم عن الحصار المفروض عليها من قبل دول خليجية وعربية، دفعها إلى القيام بخطوات سياسية كثيرة، من بينها العمل على تطوير العلاقات مع روسيا وإيران وتركيا، وإعادة الحرارة إلى هواتف توصلها بحكومات وقوى وشخصيات متنوعة في العالم العربي، مبدية استعدادها لفتح صفحة جديدة مقابل الحصول على دعم هذه الجهات في مواجهتها الحصار.
تتمسّك الدوحة بسياسة إرضاء إسرائيل لأجل كسب حماية أميركا على حساب الفلسطينيين
وفي هذا السياق أبدى القطريون الاستعداد للقيام بتغيير العديد من سياساتهم في المنطقة، بما في ذلك، وتحديداً، في ملفات سوريا والعراق واليمن، وأن يلعبوا دوراً سمّته الدبلوماسية القطرية «احتواء الإخوان المسلمين».
عملياً ما الذي حصل؟
في الملف العراقي، اكتشف القطريون أنّ السعودية لا تترك مجالاً لأحد، وأن تورط الولايات المتحدة الاميركية في إرسال جنودها من جديد إلى هناك لا يوسع هامش المناورة أمام الدوحة. وجاءت قصة احتجاز أفراد من العائلة الحاكمة إلى جانب قطريين آخرين في العراق، والتسوية التي قضت بإطلاقهم، لتخفّفا من دعم المجموعات الارهابية المقاتلة للدولة العراقية. لكن الأمر لم ينسحب على الدعم الاعلامي والسياسي المستمرين، بما في ذلك دعم أنصار النظام العراقي السابق، وبعض القيادات الاسلامية القريبة من تنظيم «القاعدة».
في سوريا، تعرضت المجموعات المدعومة من قطر لضربات كبيرة في الميدان. والمجموعات السياسية الخاضعة لسلطة قطر، تعرّضت بدورها لحصار نتيجة عدم فعاليتها، بينما تولّت السعودية سحب قسم منها باتجاهها. لكن قطر ظلت، وبإشراف تركي، تقدم الدعم المالي للمجموعات الارهابية، وخصوصاً في الشمال السوري، ولا سيما منها «جبهة النصرة»، والتي لا تزال حتى اليوم تملك نفوذا كبيراً داخل قياداتها الدينية والميدانية، رغم أنّ الدوحة أبلغت الجميع أنها في صدد وقف الاتصالات مع هذا التنظيم، وأنها لن تشارك في أي وساطات جديدة، بما في ذلك «اعتذارها» عن المساهمة في الوساطات التي قامت على إثر الضربات التي وجهت إلى «جبهة النصرة» على الحدود اللبنانية ــ السورية، علماً بأن قطر لم توقف دعمها الاعلامي والسياسي للمجموعات المسلحة السورية، وهي لا تزال تقود أوسع حملة بالتعاون مع الاميركيين والفرنسيين لمنع أي تواصل مع الحكومة السورية.
في اليمن، تصرفت قطر على أنها «تحررت» من الورطة السعودية. لكن موقفها الفعلي لم يكن ــ وليس هو الآن ــ ضد العدوان وضد الجرائم اليومية بحق الشعب اليمني، وكل ما في الأمر أنّ الدوحة تريد منافسة الرياض وأبو ظبي على النفوذ في البلد المنكوب، ولديها جماعاتها هناك، ولا سيما المجموعات المتصلة بالإخوان المسلمين (حزب الإصلاح) وبعض القيادات القومية العربية ومجموعات سلفية. وهي عندما ترفع الصوت ــ إعلامياً ــ لا تُقدم على أي خطوة عملية في اتجاه وقف حمام الدم في اليمن. بل حتى عندما يتطرق الأمر إلى مفاوضات جانبية، تظهر قطر التزاماً كاملاً بالتوجّهين الأميركي والبريطاني في ما خصّ المفاوضات مع «أنصار الله» حول مستقبل اليمن.
لكن كل ما سبق ليس إلا ذرة مقابل ما تقوم به في الملف الفلسطيني. وهنا بيت القصيد، حيث تعود الدوحة إلى «القاعدة الذهبية» التي تقول إن الحصول على دعم غربي في مواجهة ضغوط السعودية والإمارات ومصر، يتطلب رضى أميركياً صريحاً. ولهذا الرضى مداخل عدة، أبرزها رضى إسرائيل،

وهذا ما يتضح أن قطر تقوم به، سواء من خلال برامج التعاون القائمة بواسطة موفدها إلى غزة السفير محمد العمادي، الذي يفاخر بعلاقاته الإسرائيلية وبلياليه الحمراء في تل أبيب ولقاءاته المفتوحة مع القيادات السياسية والأمنية الإسرائيلية، أو من خلال ممارسة أبشع عملية ابتزاز بحق الفلسطينيين في قطاع غزة، لجهة المحاولات المستمرة لمقايضة برنامج الدعم للإعمار بالحصول من الجانب الفلسطيني على تنازلات تخصّ ملف الصراع مع إسرائيل. مع التذكير بأنّ قطر روّجت، ولا تزال، لفكرة تقول إن فشل مساعي التسوية السياسية يرافقه فشل في برنامج المقاومة. وهي فكرة تستهدف الدخول إلى العقل الجمعي للفلسطينيين وتثبيت أن الأكل والشرب أولوية لا تسبقها أيّ أولوية، بما في ذلك معركة الاستقلال.

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ما يصل من غزة، وبقية فلسطين، عمّا تقوم به قطر، من خلال مندوبها، لا يبشّر بالخير، ويؤكد مرة جديدة أن كل ما تقوم به «فقاعة الغاز» لا يعدو كونه منافسة للإمارات والسعودية على كسب ودّ الولايات المتحدة وإسرائيل.
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والمشكلة هنا ليست مع قطر نفسها، بل مع من لا يزال من الفلسطينيين أو العرب يثق بأنها تقف فعلياً إلى جانب الحق العربي في التحرر من الاحتلال ومن التبعية للغرب الاستعماري… إنه زمن الوقاحة القطرية!


السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس في أيار؟

السفارة الأميركية إلى القدس في أيار؟

روزانا رمّال

تنقل وكالة رويترز عن مسؤول أميركي امس، انه من المتوقع ان تفتح أميركا سفارتها لدى «إسرائيل» في القدس في ايار المقبل. وهو تسريب خطير في مثل هذا الوقت الذي تتواتر فيه محطات التصعيد بالمنطقة المتعلقة بالوضع في سورية وتحديداً الشمال والأوضاع في عفرين وصولاً الى الغوطة الشرقية حتى الجنوب السوري الواقع ضمن معادلة ردع جديدة رسمتها سورية وحلفاؤها بعد إسقاط طائرة اف 16 الأميركية. وبالتالي فإن السؤال عن جدوى التصعيد الإسرائيلي في هذه اللحظات صار اساسياً لدراسة امكانية التراجع من عدمها. وهذا الاعلان يؤكد ان الولايات المتحدة الأميركية ماضية حتى النهاية في هذا القرار الذي اكد خبير في الشؤون الأميركية لـ «البناء « استحالة التراجع عنه لأن الية محددة متبعة بعد تصويت اغلبية اعضاء الكونغرس الأميركي تمنع ذلك، كما ان الرئيس دونالد ترامب هو الرئيس الاول الأميركي الذي تجرأ على توقيع هذا القرار منذ منتصف التسعينيات. وهذا يعني انه قرار مدروس بشكل جيد ومتفق عليه في كل غرف المؤسسة الأميركية الحاكمة. وبالتالي فان كل ما يستدعي مواجهته للمضي قدماً به واقع ضمن سقف محدد أميركياً.

لكن وقبل كل ذلك تبدو واشنطن واثقة بانها استطاعت «لجم» كل ما كان متوقعاً ان يقف عائقاً بوجه هذا القرار المشترك مع الإسرائيليين وهو الموقف العربي. وهذا الامر تم حسب المصادر والمعلومات الدبلوماسية الموثقة بعد موافقة أكثر من دولة عربية اولها المملكة العربية السعودية وحلفائها الذين رحبوا بهذا الخيار بعد ان قدمت واشنطن لهم ضمانات بقاء قواعدها العسكرية في المنطقة وحماية مواقعهم السياسية. وهذا بحد ذاته نجاح أميركي واضح، فمعارضة الدول العربية اقتصرت على بيانات فقط. والأهم من ذلك ذهاب بعض الدول كالبحرين الى التحدي وإرسال إشارات تطبيع بزيارة وفد بحراني عشية توقيع القرار الى «إسرائيل». هذا بالاضافة الى مستجد اكبر يتعلق بتمرير التطبيع بين الشعوب العربية لا الحكومات التي تماشت مع ذلك. وهو الامر الذي يشكل خطورة كبيرة. بدأ مع مصر عبر الحديث عن توقيع شركات خاصة عقود بقيمة 15 مليار دولار لاستيراد الغاز من «إسرائيل». وهو الأمر الذي يبرره خبراء مصريون بانه «لا علاقة للحكومة او الدولة فيه، بل ان هذا واقع ضمن علاقة بين شركات خاصة بين الطرفين». وهذا يعني امراً واحداً و«هو العمل على تعزيز فكرة «التطبيع» بين الشعوب العربية بعد ان كان الرفض الكامل هو سيد المشهد بدون ان يتجاهل الخبراء أنفسهم ان فكرة الاستيراد هذه لا تعني ان الحكومة ليست على علم بها او انها لم تباركها باقل تقدير، طالما انها لم تعرقلها باعتبار ان العلاقات بين مصر و«إسرائيل» واقعة ضمن معاهدة سلام قديمة وهذا ليس سراً».

ردود الفعل العربية أتت دون مستوى توقع الفلسطنيين اصحاب القضية، لكنها بكل تأكيد اتت ضمن مستوى التوقع الأميركي الذي حذا بواشنطن المضي قدماً نحو هذا القرار. والاهم من هذا كله ان احداً لم يمد الدعم للفلسطينيين منهم لاندلاع انتفاضة قادرة على وضع حد للتمادي الأميركي الإسرائيلي الامر الذي صار موضوعا ضمن دائرة امكانية أن تتحرك ايران لدعم مجموعات مقاومة داخل الاراضي المحتلة أبرزها الجهاد الاسلامي وحركة حماس التي صححت العلاقة بايران من جديد من دون ان يعني ذلك انها مستعدة الى التقدم نحو قتال غير مدروس، لان الحرب حسب مصدر قيادي في حركة حماس لـ«البناء» هي «اكثر ما ينوي الإسرائيليون الهروب اليها. والذهاب اليها فوراً يعني اعطاء «إسرائيل» ذريعة للقصف واستهداف المدنيين واضاعة الهدف الاساسي، لذلك فان الحركة ترى ان العمليات التي تحصل ضمن الاراضي بشكلها الحالي على يد الشبان الثائر قادرة على استنزاف قوات الامن الإسرائيلية والامن الداخلي بشكل أكثر تأثيراً في الوقت الراهن».

وبالعودة الى الحكومات العربية التي من المفترض ان تجتمع بعد نحو شهر في لقاء القمة العربية على مستوى الحكام والرؤساء، فإنها الغيث الأخير المنشود «شكلاً» وهو واقعاً الأمل المفقود، لأنه من غير المتوقع على الإطلاق أن تتصاعد المواقف لناحية الخطوات بل الاكفتاء بمواقف قوية سياسياً من دون ترجمتها قطعاً للعلاقات الدبلوماسية والتجارية مع «إسرائيل». وهذا الامر يعني ان المواجهة مقبلة لا محالة اذا صح التسريب الأميركي لرويترز، بعد ان كانت ادارة ترامب قد حرصت على اعلان ان هذا الأمر لن يتم قبل سنة. وبالتالي، فإن التصعيد او ارسال رسائل تهديد صار سيد المشهد. وبالتالي صار ربط ملف الصراع ككل مرتبطاً بالنزاعات المحيطة وسبل التسوية المعرقلة في سورية ومعها المستجد الأخير المتعلق بالنفط في لبنان واقتسام الحصص البحرية. فإذا كانت واشنطن تتوجّه فعلاً لنقل السفارة في أيار، فهل هذا يعني أنها تكشف «إسرائيل» امام الاحتمالات كافة؟

على مقربة من انعقاد القمة العربية يصبح الضغط الأميركي أكثر إحراجاً بما يبدو مقصوداً لجهة الاستخفاف بالمواقف العربية التي لا تقلق الأميركيين بعد موافقة الدول العربية الاساسية على مسألة التهويد والمضي قدماً باتجاه تطبيع العلاقات أكثر. كل ذلك ضمن مبرر شرّعته الادارة الأميركية واقتنع به العرب خصوصاً الخليجيين. وهو واقع ضمن مواجهة ايران وتقارب المصالح مع «إسرائيل» وضرورة التوحّد بوجهها.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: US Biased, Ready to Stop ’Israeli’ Oil Extraction within Hours

Sayyed Nasrallah: US Biased, Ready to Stop ’Israeli’ Oil Extraction within Hours

Zeinab Essa

16-02-2018 | 22:24

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday a speech in which he tackled various regional and local topics.

Addressing a huge crowd commemorating the anniversary of “Resistance Martyr Leaders”,

Sayyed Nasrallah stated: “‘We Preserved the will’ is title of our commemoration as we are emerging from an international war on the Resistance axis.”

His Eminence further added: “We preserved the Resistance after we emerged victorious from the July 2006 aggression.”

To the Martyr Leaders, he said: “We tell the leader martyrs, Sayyed Abbas Moussawi, Sheikh Raghe Harb and Hajj Imad Mughnieh that your will has always been to preserve the Resistance through dignity and ability to score achievements, and we did this by sacrifices and blood.”

He also addressed them by saying: “Your party still carries the martyrs’ thoughts and aims [of the martyrs]. Today, we are much in need because the challenges are getting bigger.”

In this context, the Resistance Leader announced that it seems that the region has entered “the battle of oil and gas. No one should look at this as a separate dispute.”

According to His Eminence, “Who increases the conflict over oil and gas is the greedy US president [Donald Trump],” noting that “the crisis in the region today is on oil and its led by the US administration, whether in Iraq, the Gulf or elsewhere.”

“The crisis between Turkey and Cyprus is about oil and it is said that the Gulf crisis was also on the same matter,” he clarified.

“”Israel” wants under the Trump administration to obtain an international decision to annex the Golan,” he warned, pointing out that “there exists a huge amount of gas in the Syrian Occupied Golan Heights.”

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that “there are several reasons for the war on Syria in regards to oil resources.”

In this context, he underlined that “The US previously said that once Daesh [Arabic Acronym for the terrorist “ISIS”/ “ISIL” group] ends, they would eastern Syria. However, they didn’t. They are protecting the remains of Daesh, who are being trained there.”

His Eminence also warned that”$750 million from the Pentagon’s budget goes for the Kurds or others , who are being used by the Americans as part of their battle in Syria.”

“The Trump administration also looks at Iraq only as an oil country,” he said, advising the Iraqis to be very careful from Trump’s administration.”

Back to Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that Lebanon must speak today from a strong position and away from any weakness. “We are strong and we must negotiate from this strong position. We are able to threaten “Israel” as it threatens us. If the American warns that “Israel” will attack us, tell him to accept our demands or Hezbollah will respond,” he said.

“The Lebanese must not allow the devils to sow discord among them, and by devils I mean the Americans,” Sayyed Nasrallah warned.

His Eminence went on to say: “Today the oil resources that are present in the south and across Lebanon are for all Lebanese. The Lebanese people that are suffering from a debt that might reach $100 billion and their only hope might be in the oil and gas that is present in the coast and land.”

“Does Block 9 belong only to the South? No, it is that for all Lebanon,” he added.
In a sounding message to the apartheid “Israeli” entity, the Resistance Leader said: “Lebanon is strong and “let us try”. If the Lebanese Defense Council took a decides that the “Israeli” oil extraction positions must stop working, we [Hezbollah] are ready to stop it within couple of hours.”

“The Americans know that Lebanon’s only strength in this oil and gas battle is the Resistance,” he mentioned, urging the Lebanese to approach this battle in a different manner. “Since 2000, as a Resistance, we announced that we aren’t involved in land demarcation and this is the state’s responsibility.”

Clearly accusing the US of not being an honest broker in oil and border dispute with “Israel”, Sayyed Nasrallah reminded that in 2000, some Lebanese believed that the battle with “Israel” wasn’t theirs.”

“The Americans want to give us our rights in the disputed land which is a simple thing, but to take our rights in the maritime area which is more difficult. The Americans did not come to Lebanon to resolve the issue. They were here to defend “Israel’s” rights and issue threats to Lebanese politicians. The US gives the most strategic military jets to “Israel” and prevents any defense system from Lebanon,” he cautioned.

In another context, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered: “There is a continuous Zionist air invasion to the Lebanese skies. Are we giving up our air to the “Israel”?”

As His Eminence hailed the Syrian achievement of toppling an “Israeli” F16 aircraft, he unveiled that “the decision to confront the “Israeli” aircraft is a Syrian decision that had been taken by President Bashar al-Assad only. Syria is defending itself and after what happened last week, of course, the future won’t be like the past. And that will leave an impact on the aerial arms.”

“Who toppled the “Israeli” aircraft are the officers and soldiers of the brave Syrian Arab army,” he mentioned, assuring that the “Israelis” have their complex calculations to any war because they are uncertain of victory.”

Moving to the regional front, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “the US siege continues on Palestinian people and that the Americans are greatly pressuring this people.”

“There are ideal examples among Palestinians. There are Ahmed Jarrar, Ahad Tamimi and Omar al-Abd, who was sentenced to 3 life times in prison, and he irritated Lieberman with his smile,” His Eminence said.

On the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Sayyed Nasrallah expressed Hezbollah’s pride with the Islamic regime in Iran, which supports Arab causes and rights. “Iran is a country that no other country can meddle in its positions and strategies. The Islamic Republic has stood by all Arab nations, and defended their rights.”

Regarding the situation in Bahrain, His Eminence confirmed that “the Bahrainis have continued their protests despite seven years of heavy-handed crackdown.”

In parallel, His Eminence slammed the fact that “Bahrain is the only country in the world whose government strips citizens of their nationality.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further confirmed that “there is a great international silence regarding the aggression on Yemen, which must end immediately.”

Back to the internal Lebanese arena, Sayyed Nasrallah tackled the upcoming parliamentary elections. “The electoral law isn’t that of Hezbollah. Hezbollah was a partner in forming it. It is a point of political pride and it is one of the most important political achievements [in recent years]. It has opened the way for those without public representation to be represented in the parliament.”

“The elections this year won’t be bone breaking, this law should take us to calm elections and won’t create strife,” he said, pointing out that “Hezbollah and Amal are together in all districts. We had never thought of allying with the Future Movement and our electoral battle is not targeted against anyone.”

Source: Al-Ahed news 

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Sayyed Nasrallah: We can Disable Israel’s Offshore Installations within Hours

“Should the Higher Defense Council decide that Israel’s offshore oil installations should cease to operate, I promise you that we can disable them within hours,”

February 16, 2018

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday delivered a televised speech commemorating the anniversary of Hezbollah martyred leaders tackling several local and regional issues.

The ceremony, under the logo “We Kept the Pledge”, was held at Sayyed Shohadaa complex in Beirut’s southern suburbs to commemorate Hezbollah martyred leaders Sheikh Ragheb Harb, Sayyed Abbas al-Mousawi and Leader Imad Mughniyeh.

Sayyed Nasrallah began his speech with pointing to the logo of this year’s anniversary, saying: “Indeed we kept the pledge as we are almost getting out of the harshest regional war, we kept it after July war. Our leaders, the resistance was your will and belief, in 2018, the resistance remains the pledge, and we are following your path.”

“It seems that the entire region has entered the oil and gas battle,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, pointing to huge quantities of oil in the occupied Golan. “The Zionist entity has launched the battle over Block 9 since there are reports about huge quantities of oil in Golan with ‘Israel’ exploiting Trump’s presidency to get a UN resolution on annexing the Golan,” His eminence said, adding that one of the reasons for the war against Syria is the oil wealth found in its land and sea.

“As for the US occupation of eastern Syria, the Americans had said that they would leave the area once ISIL is defeated, however, they are currently protecting ISIL’s small presence there,” Hezbollah’s S.G. said. “The Americans don’t want to withdraw from eastern Syria because the most important oil and gas fields are found there,” his eminence said, adding that the US runs the oil and gas battle in the region. He also warned Kurds to take lesson from previous incidents, assuring them that the US is using them and will eventually abandon them.

Sayyed Nasrallah also pointed out that Trump sees Iraq as an oil field, adding that even the Gulf crisis was because some states wanted to control Qatar’s gas reserves.”

“The oil wealth in the South, like the rest of Lebanon’s wealth, belongs to all Lebanon and will go to the state funds. The oil and gas reserves may be the only hope for economic relief,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, considering that the main reason behind the current conflict is not the territorial border, whose dispute can be easily resolved. “The main issue is the maritime border.”

Concerning the Israeli construction of a wall on the border with Lebanon, Hezbollah leader said a misunderstanding shall reveal, “so far, ‘Israel’ has not built its wall on Lebanese soil, however, the problem will start when the construction begins on the Lebanese land. “The Lebanese have so far been unified over this issue, Sayyed Nasrallah said, hailing the unified official and popular stance. “The Lebanese must not allow the devils to sow discord, and by devils I mean the Americans,” referring to the intensified US visits to Lebanon, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield, in an attempt to mediate over offshore gas and oil rights.

“State institution must be at the level of trust and honesty in this critical file and should approach the file from a strong position with all what we have of strong capabilities.” “Let the state accept the mediator it wants and we will not put a veto, but the Americans are not impartial mediators, especially when the other party is the Israeli entity. The Lebanese people look forward to the state and we support it, so it must have a firm, brave position.”

Sayyed Nasrallah ridiculed the US way of negotiating, saying “the US wants to give us our basic right, the land, to take our hard right, water,” pointing that “Lebanon must tell US to demand concessions on border dispute to restrain Hezbollah from attacking ‘Israel’.”

“Should the Higher Defense Council decide that Israel’s offshore oil installations should cease to operate, I promise you that we can disable them within hours,” His eminence threatened.

Sayyed Nasrallah described the Zionist entity’s assassination attempt against Hamas operative on Lebanese soil as a new attack on Lebanese sovereignty. On January 14, the Israeli Mossad agency attempted to assassinate Hamas official Mohamed Hamdan in Sidon.

Hezbollah’s S.G. described Syria’s downing of an Israeli F16 aircraft as a qualitative military achievement. “Israel is no more free to operate in the skies, the situation has changed.”
But his eminence rebuffed claims that the plane was downed by Iran or Russia, saying “the decision to shoot down the plane was taken by the Syrian leadership and President Bashar al-Assad,” adding that Syrian officers and soldiers were the ones who executed the order.

“$3 billion is the amount of aid allocated to ‘Israel’ by the Pentagon, their aircrafts are open to the Israeli enemy but forbidden to Lebanon,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, reminding of Israel’s expansionist ambitions. “We must remain vigilant. I’m not saying that we’re heading to a war but vigilance is needed. What prevents Israel from waging a war is its inability to make sure that it would emerge victorious in advance.”

Speaking on the Israeli aggression, Sayyed Nasrallah took three Palestinian resistance figures as true role models, Ahed Tamimi, Martyr Ahmad Jarrar, and Omar Al-Abed.

Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated Iran on the revolution’s anniversary, “We are proud allies of Iran, Tehran does not interfere in Lebanese affairs at all. Iran does not detain a Lebanese premier!”

His eminence touched upon the Bahraini evolution on its seventh anniversary, saying “seven years have passed since the revolution in Bahrain and demonstrations haven’t stop despite all that happened, nevertheless, Bahrainis insist on their rights.” “There is a demographic change in Bahrain and the regime in Bahrain gives nationalities to all peoples of the world and withdraws citizenship from the original people of Bahrain, even the rulers are not from the original people of Bahrain.”

On Yemen, Sayyed Nasrallah said there was nothing new there, “but in the face of global silence, there are a few voices in the Arab world speaking out about the injustice against the Yemenis and they want to silence these voices by any means.”

Turning to local issues, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the new electoral law as one of the most important achievements in the country and that it was the best law in the history of Lebanon.

Sayyed Nasrallah assured some parties that Hezbollah was not seeking the parliamentary majority in Lebanon.
“To Mustaqbal leaders I tell you stay calm, we didn’t call for your coalition in the first place!” he said, assuring that Hezbollah’s electoral battle was not aimed against anyone.
“Our political alliance with the Free Patriotic Movement is strong and steadfast. On the electoral level, we are free and we can coalesce in some areas and compete in other,” his eminence said.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Bahraini Emir Mubarak Al Khalifa in Tel Aviv

 February 4, 2018


The Bahraini emir Mubarak Al Khalifa visited the Zionist entity in the context of normalizing ties between the regime in Manama and the enemy’s authorities.

The Zionist Telecommunication Minister Ayoob Kara revealed that he met with the Bahraini emir, adding that he would welcome him at Knesset on Monday.

Ayoob posted the photo of his meeting with Mubarak Al Khalifa via Twitter.

A Bahraini governmental delegation visited last December the Zionist entity and had a field tour in the occupied Al-Quds accompanied by a staff from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Source: Al-Manar Website

Velayati Warns Saudi of Vietnam-Like Quagmire in Yemen

 February 2, 2018

Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior adviser of Iran Supreme Leader, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei

International adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ali Akbar Velayati warned Saudi Arabia that its involvement in the war on Yemen could lead to the same catastrophe that the US government experienced in Vietnam.

“Saudi Arabia should expect to see Yemen turn into another Vietnam for that country,” Velayati said in a speech at a pro-Palestine conference in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad on Thursday.

He also stressed that any Iranian help for Yemen comes is in line with its humanitarian duties.

Velayati further pointed to the Syrian developments, underlining that the US government will definitely fail to break up Syria just as it ended up in failure in similar attempts in Iraq.

In comments last month, Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei called on the Islamic community to pay special attention to the ongoing developments in Muslim states, particularly in Palestine, Yemen and Bahrain.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition which launched the campaign in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

However, the allied forces of the Yemeni Army and popular committees established by Ansarullah revolutionaries have been heroically confronting the aggression with all means, inflicting huge losses upon Saudi-led forces.

The Saudi-led coalition – which also includes UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait – has been also imposing a blockade on the impoverished country’s ports and airports as a part of the aggression.

SourceIranian media

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