Sayyed Nasrallah: If It Weren’t for Liberation in 2000, Trump Would’ve Granted South to Israel

May 25, 2019

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

Sara Taha Moughnieh

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech Saturday 25th of May on the anniversary of the Resistance and Liberation day.

Sayyed Nasrallah tackled regional and internal files including the upcoming Bahrain Summit, localizing the Palestinians in Lebanon, strength of the resistance axis, return of the Syrians to their country, and internal files.

His eminence called for a wide participation in Al-Quds day which is held annually on the last Friday of the Holy Month of Ramadan, stressing that this day is of great significance this year because of the efforts being made to put an end to the Palestinian cause, specifically during the upcoming Economic Conference in Bahrain.

He greeted the Palestinian’s united stance to boycott and refuse this conference and praised the Bahraini people, scholars, and political powers’ stances that condemned the country’s decision to be the first to embrace “the deal of the century” which aims at putting an end to the Palestinian cause.

25/May/2000: Resistance and Liberation Day

Sayyed Nasrallah greeted everyone who was part of this victory by sacrificing, staying patient, supporting and aiding.

“We should remember the families of the martyred and injured, Lebanese factions, Security Forces, Army, Palestinian factions and the Syrian Army and keep in mind that Iran and Syria are the ones who stood by our side and they are our companions in victory,” he said.

Hezbollah SG assured that one of the major outcomes of this victory was the “Equation of Strength” in Lebanon because the Israeli enemy had to pull back without any victories or conditions.

“Lebanon was no longer regarded as the weak ring in the Arab/Israel conflict, and today the Israeli enemy states that in Lebanon there is a “strategic or central threat against Israel”, he noted; adding “just like the enemy is aware of this strength, the Lebanese people should be aware of its importance in order to sustain their country’s sovereignty and safety and in order to protect it. This what forms the Golden Equation “Army, people and Resistance”.”

“If it weren’t for the resistance and liberation in 2000, Trump would’ve granted the south of Lebanon or other parts of it to Israel, just like he did with Al-Quds and the Golan,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, reassuring holding on to “Shabaa Farms, Kfarchouba hills and the Lebanese part of Al-Ghajar village.”

Localization in Lebanon

Concerning localizing immigrants in Lebanon, his eminence said: “we suspect that the economic summit in Bahrain will be opening the door for the localization of immigrants in Lebanon and other countries. The Lebanese agree on refusing localization politically and constitutionally, and the Palestinians as well agree on refusing localization and holding on to their right of return.”

Sayyed Nasrallah called for “a meeting between Lebanese and Palestinian officials to put a joint plan on how to face the danger of localization because the threat is approaching and statements are no longer enough”.

Syrian Refugees’ Return

Hezbollah SG pointed out that “the real reason behind delaying the return of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon to their country is political and it is related to the presidential elections in Syria because the presidency of Bashar Al-Assad will end in 2020 or 2021, and there is an American, Western, and Gulf insistence on keeping the refugees away from their countries until then. There are no humanitarian or security reasons behind postponing the refugees’ return to Syria and claims about that are just rumors.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further stated that “Assad has confirmed to me that he supports the return of everyone to Syria and is ready to offer facilitation, but the obstacle is political. Should Lebanon submit to this political obstacle only because the US, west and Gulf want that?”

Battle against Corruption Files

His eminence stressed Hezbollah’s commitment to fight corruption, reiterating that this needs time and patience, and it is even harder than the battle of liberating the south.

He indicated that the ministers are doing their jobs and have not found corruption in the Ministries of health and sports, and called on everyone who has information or data against these two ministries to propose them so that action would be taken.

On another hand, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that “budgeting discussion has been our priority because it is a major point in the process of fighting corruption and stopping financial waste.”

Source: Al-Manar

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Sayyed Nasrallah Warns of ‘The Deal of Century’s Consequences: “Israel” Views Hezbollah A Strategic Threat

Zeinab Essa

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Nasrallah delivered on Saturday a speech in which he tackled various topics.

In a televised speech on the Liberation and Resistance Day, Sayyed Nasrallah called for a huge participation in Al-Quds Day next Friday.

“This year, participating in Al-Quds Day is very important because the Palestinian cause is facing the biggest conspiracy,” he added, pointing out that “The title of Al-Quds Day this year is to confront the ‘Deal of Century’.”

Meanwhile, His Eminence hailed the fact that there exists an overwhelming Palestinian rejection and a firm stance on boycotting the US economic conference to be held in Bahrain.

He further praised the position of the Bahraini scholars, people and political forces that expressed their rejection that Manama becomes a land that embraces the first step of the ‘Deal of the century’.”

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that the US initiative is aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause.

“The conflicts in the Gulf as well as the threats facing Iran are related to the ‘Deal of the Century’,” he revealed.

On the title of the speech, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that “what happened on May 25, 2000 had very important consequences.”

“The “Israeli” enemy is seriously and around the clock dealing with the fact that there is a real force the exists in Lebanon,” he added, thanking “all those who offered sacrifices until the liberation was achieved.”

On the same issue, His Eminence underscored that “Lebanon is no longer seen as weak but as strong.”

““Israel” and the US recognize Lebanon’s power and are plotting to get rid of it,” he stated.

In parallel, His Eminence underscored that “the US would have offered southern Lebanon to “Israel” if Hezbollah did not exist.”

“Lebanon is not in a position of weakness. We are standing up for our rights concerning Shebaa Farms, Kfarchouba village as well as the northern section of Ghajar [village],” he went on to say.

Moreover, the Resistance Leader recalled that “After liberation, the enemy and its allies are seeking to destroy Hezbollah, which was immune to all conspiracies.”

““Israelis” describe Hezbollah as a strategic threat to its entity in an attempt to mobilize support and provoke the international community against it.”

“The statement of the Lebanese President and the army’s leadership on the adherence to the liberation of the Shabaa farms was strong,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated, reiterating Hezbollah’s  support for the state and stand with it regarding the demarcation of borders and adherence to all rights in land and water.

He also declared that “Lebanon can stop the Zionist “Israeli” entity from plundering its oil and gas reserves.”

“Hezbollah is part of the deterrent force and has prevented the Israeli enemy from achieving its ambitions,” His Eminence remarked, pointing out that “with the strength of the army, the people and the resistance, we have been able to keep Lebanon strong in the face of our enemy.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also urged the Lebanese to realize their strength in preserving the sovereignty, security, present and future of Lebanon.”

As Hezbollah Leader announced His party’s adherence to Lebanon’s oil rights,  He unveiled that he is optimistic about the possibility of achieving a great victory in this issue.

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that “Bahrain’s conference may open the door to the settlement of the Palestinians in Lebanon and other countries.”

“The Lebanese agree on rejecting the settlement of Palestinians in Lebanon,” he said, calling “for a quick meeting between Lebanese and Palestinian officials to seriously discuss and develop a plan to confront the threat of resettlement.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that “the Lebanese agree on the importance of the return of Syrian refugees to their country.”

“The Lebanese suffer from  the economic and social consequences of the displacement of Syrian refugees,” he said, pointing out that “the US does not want the displaced Syrians to return to their country before the Syrian presidential elections.”

According to His Eminence, “One of the reasons and forms of preventing the Syrians from returning to their country is by encouraging them to stay in Lebanon.”

“There are allegations to intimidate the Syrians from returning to their country,” he said, noting that “the Lebanese agree on the principle of returning the Syrian refuges but disagree on the means to apply it.”

Stressing that “Lebanon is able to face any “Israeli” attempt to take our oil resources,” Sayyed Nasrallah  unveiled that some “Gulf states are pressuring Lebanon to avert the return process through encouraging the Syrian refugees to overstay and intimidating them of return to their country.”

On the internal front, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that “from the beginning, Hezbollah stressed that the file of the battle of corruption needs patience.”

“In the battle of corruption, there is a need for a renaissance and a national strategy. We will be at the forefront of this confrontation,” he clarified, pointing out that “Hezbollah’s position in the battle of corruption has created a national effort and all the Lebanese have begun to talk about it.”

His Eminence also mentioned that there exists “files that will be revealed soon and we will submit them to the judiciary after completing the budget.”

“We do not want anyone to say that Hezbollah has prevented waste and corruption, but we must reach the goal of ending them,” he said, noting that “unfortunately, there are taxes and fees on the poor and low income group

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أسباب الحرب على إيران… أسرارها في البحرين؟

مايو 21, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

قمة البحرين المرتقبة الأسبوع الأخير من حزيران المقبل تُلخصُ الأبعاد الفعلية للتوتر العسكري الكبير الذي يُخيمُ على منطقة الخليج وصولاً الى أعالي اليمن.

فالقوى الأميركية والخليجية والإسرائيلية التي يهددُ الرئيس الأميركي ترامب باسمها بمحو إيران هي نفسها الدول والقوى التي تستضيفها مملكة البحرين في قمّة لها هدف أساسي. وهو تأمين استثمارات «للأراضي الفلسطينية» و«السلام من أجل الازدهار» والشراكة الاستراتيجية مع الأميركيين، فيما تختص القمة الخليجية في أواخر أيار الحالي بما يزعمون أنه «الإرهاب الإيراني».

التقاطعات الحادة اذاً واضحة بين الحصار الحربي والاقتصادي غير المسبوق حول إيران وبين قمتين إحداهما تريد خنق إيران وثانية تذهب نحو خنق فلسطين والعرب والعالم الإسلامي بكامله.

وإذا كان غياب «إسرائيل» عن القمة العربية أمراً طبيعياً، لأنها كيان غير عربي فإن وزير ماليتها موشيه كحلون مدعو للمشاركة في قمة البحرين إلى جانب وزير الخزانة الأميركي ستيغين منوش ووزراء وقادة من الدول الإسلامية والعربية والأميركية واقتصاديين عالميين من أصحاب الشركات الكبرى، ولتمرير هذه القمة بأقل قدر ممكن من الاعتراضات مع كثير من التأييد جرى طرح شعارات جاذبة على مستوى الاقتصاد منها: فرصٌ مثيرة للفلسطينيين، استثمارات كبيرة «للأراضي الفلسطينية»، أفكار واستراتيجيات لدعم الاستثمارات، الدعم الاقتصادي للفلسطينيين والأردنيين والمصريين وخلق اقتصاد إقليمي ناجح.

وأرسل مستشار ترامب وصهره جاريد كوشنر اليهودي الأميركي والقائد الفعلي للقمة شكراً كبيراً لدولة البحرين على «الاستضافة»، فيما اكتفى وزير المال البحريني سلمان بن خليفة بوصف القمة بأنها تجسّد الشراكة الاستراتيجية بين العرب والأميركيين.

للتنبّه فقط فإن مساحة البحرين تزيد قليلاً عن خمس مئة كيلومتر مربع وفيها قواعد عسكرية أميركية وبريطانية وفرنسية وسعودية وأخرى لمجلس التعاون الخليجي والقوات البحرينية وحضور عسكري إسرائيلي، ودرك أردني لقمع التظاهرات الداخلية، فماذا يبقى بعد كل هذا الانتشار العسكري العلني لإقامة السكان المحليين؟

وهل هذه شراكات استراتيجية عسكرية أم احتلال لأسباب أخرى تحت مسمّى حماية العائلة الحاكمة؟

البحرين إذاً، وكما يظهر واضحاً، موقع استراتيجي يوفر حماية للانظمة السياسية في الخليج إنما في وجه مَن؟ فـ»إسرائيل» ليست هناك وروسيا بعيدة والصين في أقصى الارض وهذا بمفرده دليل ساطع على ارتباط هذا الانتشار العسكري بالسياسات الإيرانية التي ترفض الهيمنة الأميركية وتؤيد تحرير فلسطين من باب العمل الفعلي من أجلها في غزة ولبنان وسورية وليس على مستوى الخطابات والابتهالات.

على المستوى العملي والواضح تريد قمة البحرين تحقيق الجزء الثاني من صفقة القرن، وذلك عبر أمرين: الجمع بين معظم المسؤولين العرب وبين وزير المال الإسرائيلي وتأمين استثمارات لتمويل مشاريع في «أراضٍ فلسطينية» والتعويض على الأردن ومصر وربما لبنان بأموال خليجية وشركات غربية كالعادة، وتشكيل محور عربي إسلامي إسرائيلي برعاية أميركية معادٍ بالمطلق لإيران، فيتحقق الجزء الأخير من صفقة القرن بالإنجاز العملي للجزء الثاني الحالي الناتج من قمة البحرين المرتقبة وأساسها الحلف الإسرائيلي العربي على اساسين: إنهاء القضية الفلسطينية نهائياً والاستعداء الدائم لإيران.

البحرين اذاً هي القاعدة العسكرية الأميركية لحماية العائلات الخليجية الحاكمة من مخاطر الداخل والخارج.

وهذا هدف استراتيجي لحماية سيطرة واشنطن على خطوط النفط حالياً والغاز في العقود المقبلة والاستمرار في فرض مستوى من التخلف التاريخي لمواصلة تصدير السلع الغربية من «الإبرة» حتى الصاروخ، الى بلدان خليجية لا تصنّع شيئاً.

هناك دلائل اضافية تؤكد ان إيران لم تهاجم بلداً عربياً منذ الفتوحات الإسلامية والتاريخ خير شاهد، أما في بدايات القرن العشرين فلم تحارب أي دولة خليجية لأنها لم تكن قد تأسست بعد، فمعظم هذه الإمارات والممالك تعود الى الستينيات والسبعينيات من القرن الفائت باستثناء السعودية التي ابتكرتها المخابرات البريطانيّة والعقيدة الوهابية وآل سعود في ثلاثينيات القرن العشرين وتمتّعت هذه الإمارات بأفضل علاقات ممكنة مع إيران في المرحلة الشاهنشاهيّة، لأن الطرفين كانا تحت التغطية الأميركية، ما وفّر لهم قواسم مشتركة بما يؤكد أن الاستعداء الخليجي لإيران يعود الى رفضها الهيمنة الأميركية وتدمير القضية الفلسطينية، فهل حكام الخليج والدول العربية ذاهبون الى البحرين من خارج هذا السياق؟ إنهم في قلب حركة الانحطاط العربية، التي تخلّت حتى لغة التهديد بالخطابات فاستسلمت فعلياً ولغوياً وأصبحت تشكل رأس حربة النفوذ الأميركي في الشرق والشرق الأوسط والعالم الإسلامي.

فهل تنجح قمة البحرين في مشاريعها؟ هناك ثلاثة أهداف: الأولى تدمير إيران وهي فاشلة سلفاً، لأن ترامب اعترف بأنه لا يريد الحرب العسكرية بل الخنق الاقتصادي. وهذا يصيب حكام الخليج و«إسرائيل» بإحباط وجدت واشنطن له دواء بنشر مرتقب لعشرات آلاف الجنود الأميركيين في الخليج وعلى حساب دوله.

أما الحلف مع «إسرائيل» فقائم منذ أعوام عدة ولن يتمدد نحو دول جديدة في ضوء استمرار إيران بمقاومة الحصار وبموازاة تحرّك حلفائها ومنهم أنصار الله في اليمن الذين يمسكون الآن بقسم من الأمن النفطي العربي.

فلسطينياً فإن تنفيذ صفقة القرن أصبح مرتبطاً بالقدرة على خنق إيران.

فهل تنتظر إيران خنقها؟ هناك صمود إيراني داخلي يتقاطع مع حركة حلفاء يعرفون أن إسقاط إيران لا يعني إلا القضاء على القوى التي تحارب الأميركيين والخليجيين والإسرائيليين في سورية والعراق واليمن، ما يجعل من فكرة خنق إيران أداة تخويف أميركية للخليج ووسيلة لربطه بحلف مع «إسرائيل» لا يخدم في حقيقة الأمر إلا دعم أُحادية النفوذ الأميركي في العالم.

 

Deal of the Century: US Invites «Israel» to Bahrain Summit on Palestine

By Staff, Agencies

Washington has invited the “Israeli” entity to participate in an American-led so-called Mideast “peace” conference expected to take place in late June in Bahrain, Channel 13 reported Monday, citing a senior “Israeli” official.

The official told the network the invitation was sent as a hardcopy, which is en route to “Israeli” entity in diplomatic mail channels.

The entity was expected to accept the invitation, the official added.

The “Israeli” entity’s so-called Finance Ministry had earlier told the Associated Press that it had not been invited.

The White House announced Sunday it will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited so-called Mideast “peace” plan at the conference, saying it will focus on economic benefits that could be reaped if the “Israeli”-Palestinian conflict is resolved.

The plan envisions large-scale investment and infrastructure work, much of it funded by wealthy Arab countries, in the occupied Palestinian territories.

But officials say the June 25-26 conference will not include the core political issues of the conflict: final borders, the status of al-Quds [Jerusalem], the fate of Palestinian refugees or “Israeli” security demands.

The Palestinian Authority prime minister said Monday that any American “peace” plan that ignores the Palestinian people’s aspirations for an independent state is doomed to fail.

Mohammad Shtayyeh’s comments immediately cast a cloud over the summit.

“Any solution to the conflict in Palestine must be political… and based on ending the occupation,” he said at a Palestinian cabinet meeting. “The current financial crisis is a result of a financial war waged against us and we will not succumb to blackmailing and extortion and will not trade our national rights for money.”

US President Donald Trump’s Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt, said it was “difficult to understand why the Palestinian Authority would reject a workshop designed to discuss a vision with the potential to radically transform lives and put people on a path toward a brighter future.

“History will judge the Palestinian Authority harshly for passing up any opportunity that could give the Palestinians something so very different, and something so very positive, compared to what they have today,” Greenblatt said.

In another setback, Bashar Masri, a Palestinian industrialist with vast business holdings throughout the West Bank, said he had turned down an invitation to the conference.

“I will not participate in this conference, and none of the representatives of our companies will participate,” he wrote on Facebook. “We reaffirm our clear position: We will not deal with any event outside the Palestinian national consensus.”

The Palestinians severed ties with the US over a year ago over Trump’s recognition of al-Quds as the so-called “capital” of the “Israeli” entity. They have repeatedly expressed fears that the White House will try to buy them off with large sums of investment in exchange for freezing their demands for an independent state. They believe the US is trying to rally support from other Arab countries to bully them into accepting a plan that would legitimize “Israeli” control of the occupied West Bank.

In a joint statement with Bahrain, the White House said the gathering will give government, civil and business leaders a chance to rally support for economic initiatives that could be possible with a “peace” agreement.

“The Palestinian people, along with all people in the Middle East, deserve a future with dignity and the opportunity to better their lives,” Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said in a statement Sunday.

“Economic progress can only be achieved with a solid economic vision and if the core political issues are resolved.”

The tiny island nation of Bahrain, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, has signaled its willingness to open relations with the “Israeli” entity. Prominent rabbis in 2017 said King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa had told them that he hoped the Arab boycott of “Israel” would end.

Bahrain hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet and is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which are widely believed to be seeking closer ties to the “Israeli” entity, viewing it as a potential ally against Iran, a shared enemy.

Kushner and Greenblatt have been leading efforts to draft the plan, but after more than two years of work, they have not released any details.

A senior administration official in Washington told reporters Sunday that invitations to the conference are being sent to individuals in the United States, Europe, the Gulf, the wider Arab world and “some” Palestinian business leaders.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement.

There were no details on who might attend, or whether the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank was invited.

In the absence of direct talks with Palestinian leaders, US officials often talk of engaging Palestinians in the private sector and “civil society” groups.

It is unclear how any large-scale projects would be carried out in the Gaza Strip. The US and Israel consider Gaza’s Hamas rulers to be a terrorist group and have no direct contacts with them.

The Palestinians seek the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza — territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War — for an independent state. Breaking from the policies of its predecessors, the Trump administration has refused to endorse a two-state solution.

Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017, and subsequently moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The US has also cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid for the Palestinians and closed the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington.

The Palestinians have already said they would reject any peace plan offered by the US, saying Trump is unfairly biased toward Israel.

Kushner said it has been disheartening that the Palestinian leadership has attacked the plan before it is unveiled.

Earlier this month, Kushner insisted that the plan he has helped craft is a detailed, fresh approach that he hopes will stimulate discussion and lead to a breakthrough in solving the decades-old conflict. At a think tank in Washington, Kushner described it as an “in-depth operational document” not anchored to previous, failed negotiations, high-level political concepts or stale arguments.

Here is where all the US bases are located near Iran

The Pentagon doubled down on the deployment of its carrier strike group on Friday, saying it would beef up its Middle Eastern theatre command’s assets with additional Patriot missile defence batteries, an amphibious assault ship full of Marines and an amphibious dock ship to complement the recently deployed USS Abraham Lincoln and several nuclear-capable B-52 strategic bombers.

Iran has dismissed both Washington’s threats and President Trump’s simultaneous offer to negotiate with the country’s leadership, with a deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards saying the US was mistaken if it felt it could intimidate Tehran into talks with threats and sanctions.

Senior US officials have claimed that the troop buildup was a response to Iranian behaviour. Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan called the carrier deployment a “prudent repositioning of assets in response to indication of a credible threat” by Iranian forces. National Security Adviser John Bolton said the move was a reaction “to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” and was aimed at sending “a clear and unmistakable message to [Tehran] that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”

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However, in light of the vast network of bases that the US has surrounding Iran from virtually all directions, it’s worth asking what the US’s real goal is in the present escalation. Because even without those fresh deployments, the US already has thousands of troops surrounding the Islamic Republic.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet, whose area of responsibility includes the Middle East and North Africa, has at least 7,000 US troops at its permanent base in Bahrain. In Kuwait, meanwhile, the US Army’s Central Command has its forward command post, where some 13,000 troops are stationed.

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Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates contains 5,000 plus US personnel, while Qatar’s massive Al Udeid Air Base has roughly US 10,000 troops.

Along with the bases, the US has special forces troops operating in Yemen, while Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan station thousands more troops, although some politicians in Baghdad have recently threatened to evict the estimated 5,200 troops based in their country.

Along with the bases, the US also has access to a large series of smaller ‘cooperative security locations’, also known as ‘lily pads’with 200 troops or less, as well as access to airfields and ports in countries including Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt.

On Saturday, Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi brushed aside US allegations about Iran posing a threat to US forces in the Middle East, accusing the Trump administration of using “fake intelligence.”

“These are all allegations which are being produced by the same people who, in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq, did the same,” Ravanchi said, likely referring to John Bolton’s role in pushing the invasion during his work as an adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush.

Given the presence of US troops at bases in virtually every one of Tehran’s neighbours, perhaps it’s Iran’s leaders who should be the ones complaining about “credible threats” and “escalatory indications.”

Source: Sputnik

The new Warsaw pact… but now against Iran حلف وارسو الجديد… لكن ضدّ إيران

The new Warsaw pact… but now against Iran

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The US Secretary of State wants to restore the image of a strong alliance “Warsaw Pact” which was the capital of Poland during the days of the Soviet Union by announcing an alliance that focused on Iran from the same capital, accompanied with a meeting in the middle of the next month during his tour in the region with the determination of the administration of the US President Donald Trump to prevent turning Yemen and Syria into another Lebanon according to Saudi Arabia and Israel. He tries to hide the mission which he talked about by saying that the efforts of all in the Middle East must be united against Iran, without mentioning the magical word which will be uttered at Warsaw Conference “the Saudi-Israeli alliance”.

Many countries will be invited as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Morocco, and some Latin American countries, but with the comparison with the Conference of Friends of Syria groups sponsored by Washington in 2012 to overthrow the Syrian country and which included all the European countries and most of the Arab countries, and Islamic countries as Indonesia, Turkey and Pakistan, where Israel was absent to ensure its success, Warsaw Pact will not be important because it will express the size of decline of the US influence not only in the region but also in the world. It is enough to notice the absence of the European allies of America and its partners in the NATO at their forefront Turkey. Therefore, the attendance will be restricted on marginal countries that cannot wage confrontations against Iran. Therefore, the conference will have one function; to crowd Washington’s Arab allies with Israel for confronting Iran and the forces of resistance.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jayad Zarif commented on the conference by publishing a photo that shows the participants in the Summit of Peacemakers-Sharm al-Sheikh 1996 for peace process in the Middle East and the fight against terrorism. It included former presidents as Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Hosni Mubarak, and Shimon Peres; it was dedicated to confront Iran and the forces of the resistance. Zarif wrote under that photo “”Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended last U.S. anti-Iran show are either dead, disgraced, or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever.”

Pompeo may not pay attention that it is the first time the Arab anti-resistance rulers met the leaders of the occupation entity in the same conference, and he did not pay attention that the meeting 1996 was a presidential summit that will not be available in Warsaw Conference which will be held at the level of foreign ministers. Because the weakness and the regression of America, the Arab rulers, and Israel are enough to interpret the expectations of its abject failure, especially because what is revealed by the call to the conference is contrary to every speech; the inability to progress in any path that ends the Palestinian cause which the Americans betted on the deal of century to end it through a Palestinian partnership provided by the Arabs who are loyal to America. So this led to a radical change in the balances of the region. Therefore, the conference is recognition of despair of the success of the new formulas which remained targets without realistic roadmap.

Warsaw Conference will end and will not reap better results than Sharm Al-Sheikh summit 1996 or the Friends of Syria 2012 conference, since its attendances are the least and the situation of America and the participants is even weaker than before.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

حلف وارسو الجديد… لكن ضدّ إيران 

يناير 14, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– في استعارة للمكان يريد وزير الخارجية الأميركية أن يلعب على الذاكرة باستعادة صورة حلف شديد القوة كان يحمل اسم حلف وارسو عاصمة بولندا أيام الاتحاد السوفياتي السابق، بالإعلان عن حلف يستهدف مواجهة إيران من العاصمة نفسها ليحمل الاسم نفسه، حلف وارسو، متوجاً بالدعوة للاجتماع المفترض منتصف الشهر المقبل زيارته للمنطقة التي ملأها كلاماً عن حزم وعزم إدارة الرئيس دونالد ترامب على منع تحول اليمن وسورية إلى لبنان آخر بالنسبة لكل من السعودية و«إسرائيل»، مخفياً المهمة التي تحدث عنها بالتلميح بقوله إنه يجب توحيد جهود الجميع في الشرق الأوسط بوجه إيران، دون أن يلفظ الكلمة السحرية التي ستظلل مؤتمر وارسو، وهي الحلف السعودي الإسرائيلي.

– بالنظر للدعوات التي وجهت والتي ستوجه، والتي طالت مصر والسعودية والبحرين والإمارات والمغرب، وما قد يعقبها من دعوات لبعض دول أميركا اللاتينية، والمقارنة مع مؤتمر أصدقاء سورية الذي رعته واشنطن عام 2012، لتنسيق الجهود لإسقاط الدولة السورية، والذي ضم كل الدول الأوروبية وأغلب الدول العربية، وغابت عنه إسرائيل لضمان نجاحه، ودول إسلامية وازنة كأندونيسيا وتركيا وباكستان، سيبدو مؤتمر وارسو هزيلاً، وتعبيراً عن حجم التراجع في النفوذ الأميركي ليس في المنطقة فقط، بل وفي العالم، حيث سيكون كافياً غياب حلفاء أميركا الأوروبيين، وشركائها الكبار في حلف الأطلسي وفي مقدمتهم مع الدول الأوروبية تركيا، وسيكون الحضور لدول هامشية في القدرة على خوض المواجهات المؤثرة على إيران، ويصبح للمؤتمر وظيفة واحدة، أن يكون الشكل الوحيد المتاح لحشد يضم حلفاء واشنطن من العرب مع «إسرائيل» لمهمة مشتركة عنوانها مواجهة إيران وقوى المقاومة.

– علّق وزير الخارجية الإيرانية محمد جواد ظريف على المؤتمر بنشر صورة تظهر المشاركين في القمة الدولية بشأن التسوية الشرق الأوسطية ومحاربة الإرهاب والتي عقدت في شرم الشيخ المصرية عام 1996، بمن فيهم الرؤساء السابقون للولايات المتحدة بيل كلينتون وروسيا بوريس يلتسين ومصر حسني مبارك و«إسرائيل» شيمون بيريز، والتي خصصت يومها لمواجهة إيران وقوى المقاومة، وكتب ظريف تحت تلك الصورة: «أذكّر مَن سيستضيف وسيشارك في المؤتمر ضد إيران: هؤلاء الذين حضروا العرض الأميركي الأخير الموجّه ضد إيران إما ماتوا أو وُصموا بالعار أو هُمّشوا، في وقت أصبحت فيه إيران أقوى من أي وقت مضى».

– لم ينتبه بومبيو ربما إلى أنها ليست المرة التي يجتمع فيها الحكام العرب المعادون للمقاومة في مؤتمر واحد مع قادة كيان الاحتلال، بل لم ينتبه ربما إلى أن اجتماع العام 1996 كان قمة رئاسية، لن تتاح لمؤتمر وارسو، الذي سيعقد على مستوى وزراء خارجية، وأن ما تغير من يومها إلى يومنا هذا من ضعف وتراجع في حال أميركا وحال الحكام العرب وحال «إسرائيل»، كافٍ لتفسير التوقعات كيف سيكون الفشل مضاعفاً قياساً بالفشل السابق، خصوصاً أن أهم ما تكشفه الدعوة للمؤتمر هو خلافاً لكل كلام آخر، العجز عن السير قدماً بجدية في مسار ينتهي بحل القضية الفلسطينية التي راهن الأميركيون على صفقة القرن لإنهائها بشراكة فلسطينية يؤمنها عرب أميركا، لينتج عن المشهد الجديد تغيير جذري في توازنات المنطقة، فيأتي المؤتمر عودة للصيغ التقليدية اعترافاً باليأس من نجاح الصيغ الجديدة التي بقيت أهدافاً بلا خريطة طريق واقعية لتحقيقها.

– سينتهي مؤتمر وارسو، ولن يحصد نتائج أفضل من قمة شرم الشيخ عام 1996 ولا من مؤتمر أصدقاء سورية 2012، وهو أشد هزالاً من كل منهما على مستوى الحضور، وحال أميركا والمشاركين أشد هزالاً مما كانت في الحالتين.

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