ثلاثيّة الصيغة اللبنانيّة وراء الحرب بين عون وبرّي

18/6/2021

د. وفيق إبراهيم

التزم رئيس المجلس النيابي نبيه برّي بمنع العودة إلى أحادية إنتاج السلطة السياسيّة في لبنان.

هذه من المسلمات السياسية في لبنان التي يمكن استنتاجها من الحرب الضروس التي نشبت بين الرئيسين بري وعون. فرئيس المجلس النيابي أدرك ومنذ عدة أيام فقط بأن هناك محاولات حاسمة من أنصار أحادية إنتاج السلطة للإمساك الكامل بالدولة على طريقة السيطرة على مجلس الوزراء. وهذا يعني باللغة السياسية اللبنانية الاستفراد الكامل بالسلطة والتأكيد على أحادية إنتاجها من بيت الطائفة المارونيّة حصراً أي كما كان يحدث منذ 1920 في عصر الانتداب الفرنسي وحتى السيطرة السورية على لبنان في السبعينيات.

يمكن اذاً القول إن أحادية إنتاج السلطة انتقلت من الرؤساء الموارنة في تلك المرحلة واستقرّت في الثياب العسكرية لقائد الجيش السوري في لبنان غازي كنعان الذي كان يتدخّل حتى في تعيين السياسيين والعسكريين اللبنانيين من دون أي تمييز.

لكن عودة الجيش السوري إلى سورية أعاد الدور الماروني الأساسي الى جانب صعود سني نسبي كان يعكس دائماً الأهمية الخليجية في لبنان.

لذلك عاد الموارنة الى المساهمة بنحو ثلثي معادلة إنتاج السلطة في لبنان مقابل 20 في المئة تقريباً للسنة وعشرة في المئة للطائفة الشيعية مع الضالين التائهين في بقية النواب ومذاهبهم.

هذا الوضع بقي مترنّحاً لا يستقرّ على وضع ثابت الى أن انحدر لأسباب تعود الى الصعود السوري – الإيراني في كامل الإقليم والدور المقاوم لحزب الله في الجنوب وسورية.

لقد نجح الرئيس نبيه بري بما يشكله من أهميات في تجسيد هذا المحور الجديد، فلم يستعمل العصا لإفهام الموارنة والسنة الممسكين بالسلطة بحصرية لم تعد تعكس أبداً موازين القوى لا في الإقليم ولا في الداخل اللبناني.

لكنه أدرك أنّ الفارق بين العصبيات الثلاث الموارنة والسنة والشيعة لم يعد كبيراً، فالرابح الخليجي في شبه جزيرة العرب انعكس على الأهمية السياسية للسنة اللبنانيين والتداخل الفرنسي – الأميركي تحول بدوره الى مرجعية للاضطرابات في لبنان، فلم يعد باستطاعة أحد أن يتفرّد بالقرار السياسي اللبناني باستثناء الرئيس بري الذي كان ملمّاً بتطوّر اللعبة السياسية، لكنه كان يختار التوقيت المناسب لإطلاقها.

يبدو هنا أنّ أبا مصطفى، لاحظ بتمعّن مدى تراجع الدور السعودي واستنكافه عن العودة الى المشاركة في القرار السياسي اللبناني، مع كامل الخليج، مدركاً بعيون صقر يرى من بعيد أنّ رعاية الأميركيين والفرنسيين للمارونية السياسية لم تعد مجدية في ظلّ صعود الدورين السوري والإيراني الذي يسجل النصر تلو الآخر في بلاد الشام وفلسطين.

داخلياً أدرك الرئيس بري أنّ القوى الحزبية التي يمثلها في حركة أمل وحزب الله والأحزاب والقوى الوطنية، أصبحت طاغية على أحزاب تقليدية تتراجع ولا تكبر أبداً كما انتبه الى انّ الطائفة الشيعية تخضع لسيطرة أمل وحزب الله بشكل شبه كامل ما يجعلها أقوى من بقية الطوائف والأحزاب.

لذلك كانت مداخلات بري في إنتاج مجلس الوزراء صامتة تصل الى حدود التجاهل في بعض الأحيان، مع إظهار نوع غريب من عدم الاكتراث يخفي ما يدور في العقول مانحاً الوجوه صفة التربص.

فما الذي حدث حتى اعتبر الرئيس بري انّ موعد الإعلان عن الطرف الثالث القوي في حركة إنتاج السلطة قد حان، لقد لاحظ ابو مصطفى انّ العصبية المارونية الأولى في الصيغة بدأ رأسها يكبر، كما انتبه الى محاولاتها لضرب الدور السياسي للطائفة السنية، وهذا يعني عودة الموارنة من خلال الرئيس عون وحزبه الى الإمساك بكامل آلية إنتاج السلطة بشكل منفرد. وهذا ما لا يقبله الرئيس بري القائد الفعلي لأحزاب ومذاهب هي أقوى بكثير من إمكانات عون والتيار الوطني الحر.

وهكذا جاءت الفرصة الموآتية لما يريده بري، بدليل أن الطائفة السنية بدار إفتائها ورؤساء الحكومات السابقين وأحزابها والعصبية الحريرية، كل هؤلاء أعلنوا التمرّد على محاولات عون وصهره جبران باسيل لإنتاج مجلس وزراء يسيطر على الغالبية فيه عون وحزب التيار الوطني الحر، بذلك يستطيع أداء أدوار تدريجية لعودة الموارنة الى الإمساك بكامل القرار السياسي.

لقد بدأ سعد الحريري في زيارته الأخيرة للرئيس بري كغريق يحتاج الى النجدة السريعة لأنه مهدّد بواحدة من حالتين: إما إبعاده عن تشكيل الحكومة ومحاولات جبران لتكليف فيصل كرامي أو دعمه في رئاسة حكومة ضعيفة لمجلس وزراء لا يمسك فيه بالأكثرية فيتحوّل بذلك الى رئيس حكومة لا علاقة له بحكومته.

هذا الاستنجاد الحريري تلقفه بري مفجّراً معركة عدم تهميش سعد الحريري وإسقاط الدور السني الثاني في حركة إنتاج السلطة، أما الدليل على القوة الساحقة عند بري فهي في توقف كلّ محاولات إبعاد سعد الحريري مع إمكانية تركه ليشكل الحكومة التي يراها مناسبة.

بذلك يتحمّل سعد نتائجها في المجلس النيابي عند طرحها للثقة أو يشكل حكومة تحفظ له سيطرته على طائفته السنية مع بعض الوزراء المسيحيين أو ربما من طوائف أخرى.

فهل تنجح ثورة بري؟ في أضعف الحالات يستطيع الرئيس بري أن يعلن ولادة العصب الثالث الذي لا يقلّ أساسية عن العصبين السني والماروني، فتتحوّل آليات إنتاج السلطة الى ثلاثة رؤوس متساوية تكبر أو تصغر استناداً إلى علاقاتها مع الخارج الإقليمي والدولي مع معدلات هيمنتها على مذاهبها في الداخل.

يتبيّن أنّ الرئيس بري يجسّد حالياً العصب الأقوى في لبنان القادر على إقناع سورية وإيران مع نيل بركات مصر وبعض القوى الخليجية وربما الفرنسية.

بانتظار الانتهاء من “المفاوضات الحربيّة” بين بري وما يجسّده مع عون والتيار الوطني الحر يمكن الجزم أنّ مفاوضات عنيفة تجري خلف الستار بين بري وعون ولا تطول نتائجها المرتقبة باعتبار أن الأوضاع الاقتصادية المنهارة في لبنان تحتاج الى عنصر السياسة او ما يشبهها لوقف زحف جهنم على كل لبنان بدءًا من القصر الجمهوريّ.

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يُصرّ بعض قادة ورموز عدد من التيارات السياسيّة على تأكيد تطلعاتهم الإصلاحية، ويدافع عنهم مريدون بحماسة واقتناع، ويستحضرون هذا الإصرار في محاكمة الأزمة الراهنة التي يمر بها لبنان، لتيبرأوا من الشراكة بالمسؤوليّة عن هذه الأزمة وامتلاك حق حصريّ بالتصرّف في توزيع نصاب المسؤوليّة على خصومهم وحلفائهم.

الأمر الذي يفوت هؤلاء أن السرقات الشخصية المصنفة تحت عنوان الفساد ودورها في الأزمة الراهنة ليست إلا نتيجة للأسباب الحقيقيّة للانهيار، ولا يمكن لكل الحديث عن أرقام وتقارير تتناول الثروات الشخصيّة لقادة او لتهريبهم أموالهم إلا ان تؤكد هذا الاستنتاج. فالجوهر هو نظام سياسي مالي قام على معادلة، استدانة بلا برامج وأولويات بهدف اجتذاب الدولارات لحماية سعر الصرف، وبالتوازي الإنفاق عبر مؤسسات الدولة على توظيف بلا قواعد وتلزيم المشاريع بلا رقابة، وكل القوى الكبرى التي تمثل طوائفها في الحكم بلا استثناء كانت شريكاً في هذه الثنائية، طالما انها كانت شريكاً بتمثيل طائفتها في مواقع السلطة، فلم تضع الفيتو على الاستدانة واستعمال عائداتها في حماية سعر الصرف، وترك اللبنانيين ينفقون أضعاف ما تمثله مداخيلهم الحقيقيّة، لرشوتهم سياسياً وانتخابياً، وطالما أنه لم يستعمل الفيتو لمنع إنفاق الديون على الدولة ومؤسساتها توظيفاً وتلزيمات، وارتضى ان يكون شريكاً يستخدم الفيتو لنيل حصص ومنع حصص على غيره في التوظيف وفي التلزيمات، ولو أقسم اليمين صادقاً أنه ليس بين قيادييه أي سارق او مرتشٍ.

هل بين القوى الكبرى من لم يستعمل الفيتو او يدّعي أنه لا يملكه، فكيف يفسر لنا إذن كيف استطاع فرض حصوله على مواقع سيادية في الدولة رئاسية ووزارية يعرف اللبنانيون أن الجميع فرض حضوره فيها بقوة الفيتو الطائفي، الذي لم يُستعمل ولا مرة، ولا مرة، لوقف السياسات المالية، ولا سياسات التوظيف والتلزيمات الانتخابية الهادفة لإعادة إنتاج النظام بالطريقة ذاتها التي يستخدمها الجميع مهما تحدث بعضهم عن تمايزه في الاختيارات الفردية لمرشحيه في التوظيف او لنظافة تعامله في التلزيمات، لأن هذا الجانب على أهميته لن يمنع وقوع الانهيار ولو تساوى فيه الجميع. فالانهيار نتاج انفجار بالون اللعبة الجهنمية، ديون بلا قدرة سداد تنفق على حماية سعر الصرف لرشوة الناس بمستوى معيشة وهميّ، ولإنفاق لا يخضع لحساب أولويّات صحيح في التوظيف والتلزيمات، وأين كان الفيتو الجاهز للاستعمال في فرض حصة رئاسية او وزارية وتعطيل البلد لشهور وسنوات طلباً له، والجاهز للاستعمال لرفض وفرض توظيفات بحساب طائفيّ أو حزبيّ في الطائفة، ولفرض حصص من التلزيمات تحت عنوان الإنماء المتوازن، وهو يعلم أن الإنماء خطة غير موجودة وليس موجوداً منها إلا حصصٌ انتخابية؟

إذا كان هناك فريق بين الكبار نأى بنفسه عن المحاصصة فهو حزب الله، ورغم ذلك فهو يتواضع في الأستذة الإصلاحيّة على الآخرين ويقول كلنا مسؤولون، لكن بنسب الشراكة في رسم السياسات، لكنه شريك بعدم استعمال الفيتو الذي أشهره لفرض وصول العماد ميشال عون للرئاسة، وقبلها لفرض حصّة التيار الوطني الحر الوزاريّة، أكثر مما استعمله لحصة طائفته، لكنه لم يستعمل هذا الفيتو بوجه السياسات الماليّة والإنفاقيّة والنقديّة. وهذه شراكة بالمسؤولية.

الأرقام في لبنان وجهة نظر، فعندما يُحكى عن رقم 40 مليار دولار كلفة الكهرباء دون أن تحل أزمتها، ولا يقال إن الدولة تدفع كل سنة ملياري دولار لشراء الفيول، اي 40 مليار بعشرين سنة، لان أحداً لا يريد ان يعترف ان السبب، هو أن لا أحد، لا أحد بالمطلق، يريد تحمّل مسؤولية رفع التعرفة وتحسين الجباية لتصبح الكهرباء ذات جدوى اقتصادية، والاعتبار انتخابي تشارك فيه الجميع. وفي هذا يُظلم التيار الوطني الحر بتحميله وحده المسؤولية، لكن بالمقابل فإن التيار عندما يتحدّث عن فشل تحالفه مع حزب الله لأن الحزب وضع حساب وحدة الطائفة فوق السير بالإصلاح، يفعل الشيء نفسه الذي يلقي به الآخرون عليه بعبء مسؤولية ظلماً، فهل يمكن للتيار عندما يتحدّث عن معركته للإصلاح التي عطلها حزب الله بسبب أولوية الحزب الطائفية، أن يخبرنا متى حدث ذلك، في ظل الحكومة المشتركة بين التيار والرئيس سعد الحريري، وشهر العسل الناتج عن التسوية الرئاسية، أم في مرحلة اتفاق معراب الذي لا صفة له إلا السعي لوحدة الطائفة، أم بعد سقوط حكومة التسوية الرئاسية وقد دخلنا في الانهيار، وكان عنوان الثورة الملوّنة إسقاط التيار ووقف الحزب مدافعاً وفق معادلة العهد خط أحمر، طالما أنه يتحدث عن عهد الرئيس ميشال عون حصراً، لأنه قبل ذلك كان الحزب يستعمل حق الفيتو ليفرض حصة التيار الوزارية وصولاً لفرض رئاسة الجمهورية؟

اذا نسينا كل هذا، وقبلنا أن الحديث يدور عن انتفاضة إصلاحيّة بعد دخولنا الانهيار، وقراءة نقدية للتسوية الرئاسية لم نسمع عنها، ومثلها لاتفاق معراب لم نسمع عنه أيضاً، وان التيار وفق عدد من ناشطيه يريد تغييراً جذرياً، وقد نصدق ذلك، لأن أحداً لا ينكر خلفيات العماد ميشال عون الإصلاحية واللاطائفية، فيصير السؤال لبعض رموزه الذين ينطلقون من اعتبار الرئيس سعد الحريري خصماً ويضعون الرئيس نبيه بري بين الخصوم، ويصفون النائب وليد جنبلاط بحليفهما الثالث، ويوجهون سهام التصعيد بوجه حزب الله ويعتبر بعضهم أن التحالف معه صار عبئاً على التيار، من حقنا السؤال، بمن يريد هؤلاء خوض معركة الإصلاح، فهم يقولون إن رئاسة الجمهورية لا تملك الصلاحيات اللازمة لذلك وبهذا يفسرون مرحلة التسوية الرئاسية، فهم اذن يرفعون راية الإصلاح لنيّة مشروع آخر، وهل بقي غير انهم يريدون أخذ التيار بعيدا عن الخط الذي رسمه العماد عون كتعبير عن الالتزام بوحدة لبنان، كتعبير عن تماهيهم الضمني مع حزب القوات اللبنانية ومحاولة استعمال عنوان التيار لترويج سياساتها الفدرالية؟

التواضع شرط أخلاقي في ممارسة السياسة، ومشكلة لبنان أن جميع قواه السياسية النافذة والفاعلة مبتلية بالداء الطائفي وتجد له أعذاراً فيما يخصّها، وتضع شروطاً تعجيزية على غيرها لتخطيه، وترغب بممارسة دور الواعظ الإصلاحيّ بإلقاء المسؤولية عن الانهيار الشامل على الغير خصماً او حليفاً، والرئيس فؤاد السنيورة يقول إنه لو اتبعت نصائحه لما وصل البلد الى ما وصل اليه! عجيب غريب لبنان!

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Sheikh Qaouk: Cooperation between Lebanese, Palestinian Resistance Strategic

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Member of Hezbollah’s Central Council, Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, warned that “The ‘Israeli’ entity is surrounded today by missiles that can affect all its cities and settlements.”

In a speech during his meeting with a delegation of Arab parties who toured the Lebanese-Palestinian border, Sheikh Qaouk stressed that the priceless strategic asset of the nation is the cooperation and complementarity between the resistance in Lebanon and in Palestine. “This is ‘Israel’s’ real and existential nightmare and the guarantee for the Arab’s dignity.”

He further underscored that “The ‘Israeli’ enemy has come to feel that it is trapped in every battle, that it is still at the bottom of defeat, that equations and calculations have been changed, and that it is at a time when we feel that al-Quds is closer to liberation than ever before.”

Sheikh Qaouk also noted that, “Al-Quds has proven that it is resistant to the occupation, and that the only and real enemy is the ‘Israeli’ enemy.”

“It has also emphasized that Iran is the strategic depth of the Palestinian resistance, and the primary supporter of Palestine, al-Quds, al-Aqsa and the resistance in Gaza, led by the Leader, Imam Ali Khamenei,” he concluded.

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11/06/2021

 العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط _

لم يشهد لبنان في تاريخه الحديث كمّاً من الأزمات يتوالد ويتفاقم بسرعة وعمق بالشكل الذي يشهده اليوم. وصحيح أنّ بنية النظام الاقتصادي اللبناني واهنة والإدارة اللبنانية فاسدة والتبعية قاتلة، لكن هذا ليس بجديد فنظام الاحتكار والوكالات الحصرية غير المبرّرة قديمة العهد ولم تقوَ حكومة أو مسؤول على الإطاحة بها، لا بل كان رأس المسؤول يتدحرج عندما كان يتجرّأ على طرحها (كما حصل مع وزير الصحة البيطار عندما فكر بمعالجة موضوع الدواء وضبطه بعيداً عن المحتكرين) أما الرشوة والنهب وكلّ وجوه الفساد المالي والإداري فهي متلازمة مع هذا النظام السياسي القائم على العشائرية والطائفية والمحاصصة الأنانية وسلطة الزعيم في الطائفة، ونختصر الأمر بالقول إنّ الواقع الرديء للبنان من حيث السياسة والإدارة والاقتصاد أمر غير مستجدّ، لا بل هو قديم قدم النظام اللبناني ولا ننسى أنّ أول رئيس جمهورية في لبنان أطيح به بتهمة الفساد. وهنا يطرح السؤال لماذا وصلنا اليوم إلى هذا الواقع المرير إذن رغم أنّ الأسباب الداخلية قديمة؟

قد نجد الردّ منطقياً بالقول إنها الشعرة التي قصمت ظهر البعير، أو إنها النقطة التي فاض بها الكأس، أو إنها اللحظة التي تفصل الموت عن الحياة، وإنّ الطريق الخاطئ الذي سلكه لبنان منذ تأسيسه عامة ومنذ العام 1992 خاصة كان لا بدّ من أن يؤدي به إلى ما هو عليه اليوم من بؤس وعوز وفقر بعد أن نهب المال وسخرت الدولة لمصلحة طبقة سياسية سارقة دخلت إلى الدولة ولا تملك ليرة واحدة ووصلت عبر السلطة إلى امتلاك مليارات الدولارات التي بلغت عند بعضهم 16 مليار دولار لم يجنها إلا نهباً وسرقة واغتصاباً من الدولة.

وعلى وجاهة هذا التبرير والتفسير، يبقى السؤال لماذا لم يتعرّض لبنان في ظلّ مراحل سبقت وكانت ظروفها أشدّ قسوة وتعقيداً، لماذا لم يتعرّض لربع ما هو عليه اليوم، إذ رغم حرب السنتين في العام 1975 لم تهدّد الودائع المصرفية بالتبخر ولم يتدهور سعر صرف الليرة، ورغم العدوان “الإسرائيلي” في العام 1982 وما تبعه من حروب خاصة كحرب الجبل وحرب إسقاط اتفاق 17 أيار لم تفقد المواد الغذائية والأدوية والمحروقات من السوق رغم ارتفاع أسعارها، وفي الحروب الداخلية ضمن الطوائف والمذاهب وتعاظم الخطر والمخاطر الأمنية في كلّ بيت في تلك الطائفة أو المذهب أو ذاك لم نشهد ما نراه اليوم من ذعر وخوف على حليب الأطفال ودواء المرضى و… و… إلخ…؟ فلماذا نحن الآن هنا إذن؟

أعود وأكرّر وأؤكد أنّ بنية الاقتصاد اللبناني الذي أقيم بشكل خاص بعد العام 1992 ليكون اقتصاداً ريعياً غير إنتاجي واقتصاد خدمات واهن تابع، معطوفة على فساد في الحكم والإدارة وكلّ شيء في الدولة التي يعمل فيها بقاعدة “الوظيفة العامة ملكية استثمار وليست خدمة ولا مسؤولية”، وان نجاح المسؤول في وظيفته يُقاس بمقدار ما يسرق وما ينهب من المال العام وأموال الناس لنفسه ولجماعته، وأنّ ذلك يشكل أسباباً كافية للوصول بنا إلى حيث نحن من كوارث جعلت الدولة وشعبها في سحيق الانهيار وخطر الزوال، لكن مقارنة ما نحن فيه مع ما سبق من مراحل وحالات سيئة بل أسوأ يثير السؤال هل الفساد الداخلي وطبيعة الاقتصاد اللبناني وحدهما هما سبب ما نحن فيه أم هناك عوامل أخرى.

في موقف جريء وبعد أن لمس الحقيقة لمس اليد، صرح رئيس حكومة تصريف الأعمال حسان دياب بأنّ “لبنان يتعرّض لحصار خارجي مطبق”، وهي حقيقة كان على المسؤول أن يواجهها منذ أن اعتمدت وهنا نذكر بأننا كنا من أوائل من نبّه إلى هذا الأمر وفصلناه في العام 2019 عندما جاء وزير خارجية أميركا وأطلق من بيروت خطة انهيار لبنان لإسقاط المقاومة التي أطلقنا عليها تسمية “خطة بومبيو” والتي قلنا مؤخراً إنها لا تزال سارية المفعول حتى الآن، وهي الخطة التي أُرسيت على حلقات خمس، تبدأ بالفراغ السياسي، ثم الانهيار المالي، ثم الانهيار الاقتصادي وصولاً إلى الانفجار الأمني، تمهيداً لعدوان “إسرائيلي” ينفذ اذا تمّ النجاح في الحلقات الأربع السابقة.

ولكن بدل المواجهة رأينا كيف أعان المسؤولون في لبنان وفي مختلف المواقع أميركا على تنفيذ خطتها، التي تسبّبت بالفراغ السياسي الذي يتخبّط به لبنان منذ أن استقال سعد الحريري بشكل فاجأ شركاءه في تشرين الأول 2019، ولا يزال هذا الفراغ قائماً حتى اليوم بعد أن حُمل حسان دياب على الاستقالة وتعثرت كلّ مساعي تشكيل الحكومة من 10 أشهر وهي لن تتشكل حتى تمتلك جرأة إسقاط القرار بالفراغ السياسي. أما الانهيار الاقتصادي مقروناً بالنقدي فقد نجح سياسيون وإداريون وموظفون وطبقة مصرفية واقتصادية ومالية مرتبطة بأميركا وتسير على الإيقاع والتوجيه الأميركي نجحوا في إحداثه بشكل يفوق ما توقعت أميركا نفسها، حيث إنهم وبكلّ وقاحة وخلافاً للأنظمة والقوانين والدستور وضعوا اليد على ودائع الناس في المصارف وتحكموا بها وحرموا أصحابها منها وألقوهم في دوائر العوز والضيق دون أن يرفّ لهم جفن.

وفاقم الأوضاع سوءاً ما أسمي العقوبات الأميركية على سورية وما جاء في قانون قيصر الأميركي بصددها، فنال لبنان من الحصار والعقاب أكثر ما تأثرت به سورية نفسها والسبب عائد لاختلاف طبيعة الاقتصاد في البلدين والأداء الرسمي لدى الحكومتين.

والنتيجة أنّ أزمة لبنان الاقتصادية والضيق النقدي والمالي الحالي عائد لفئتين من الأسباب فئة داخلية تتعلق بطبيعة الاقتصاد والفساد الداخلي في الدولة وعلى شتى الصعد، وخارجية وتتعلق بالحصار الاقتصادي لا بل الحرب والعدوان الاقتصادي الذي تشنّه أميركا مع أتباعها ضدّ لبنان وهو ما قصده رئيس الحكومة بالحصار المطبق على لبنان.

وبالتالي تكون المواجهة للخروج من الكارثة النازلة بلبنان اليوم عبر العمل على خطين، عمل داخلي ويركز على الإصلاح الذي يجب أن يكون شاملاً ويتناول كلّ الأسباب الداخلية ويستوجب حكومة وطنية حقيقية وليس مجلس إدارة يمارس عملية النهب التحاصصي، ومواجهة مع العدوان الخارجي، مواجهة قد تتردّد الدولة أو يتعذر توفر الشجاعة والجرأة لدى المسؤولين فيها لاتخاذ قرار المواجهة كما حصل في مسائل كثيرة سبقت، وهنا يكون على الشعب أن يظهر مقاومته للعدوان وكما انبرت أقلية شعبية في الماضي لتنظيم مقاومة ضدّ العدوان والاحتلال “الإسرائيلي” للجنوب ونجحت في فرض التحرير فإنّ الشعب اللبناني مدعو اليوم إلى ممارسة المقاومة الاقتصادية وهي حق مشروع للدفاع عن النفس من باب لقمة العيش، ومن هنا يجب أن يفهم موقف سيد المقاومة في لبنان أو بالأحرى سلسلة مواقفه التي بدأت بشعار لن نجوع ولن نركع، ووصلت في محطته الأخيرة إلى الإعلان عن الاستعداد لاستيراد المحروقات من إيران إنْ استمرّت الدولة في عجزها عن ذلك.

وهنا وعلى سبيل التذكير نقول انه في العام 1982 عجزت الدولة عن منع العدوان ومنع الاحتلال وقبله عجزت عن تطبيق القرار 425 وتحرير الشريط المحتلّ في الجنوب فانبرت المقاومة وحرّرت ممارسة لحق تكفله كلّ الشرائع والمواثيق الدولية، واليوم إذا استمرت الدولة في عجزها عن تأمين احتياجات العيش للمواطنين بسبب حصار يريد تركيع جمهور المقاومة، فليس من حق أحد أن ينتقد مبادرة لمنع الجوع والمرض.

وبهذا… وبكلّ تأكيد يكون السيد في مواقفه في المحطات المتسلسلة منذ سنتين تاريخ العمل بخطة بومبيو لانهيار لبنان، يكون السيد قد مارس المقاومة السياسية في رفضه للفراغ السياسي بدءاً من رفضه لاستقالة الحكومة وصولاً إلى رفضه حلّ مجلس النواب الحالي، ويكون مارس المقاومة المالية رفضاً للانهيار المالي ونهب ودائع الناس عبر إدارة أموالهم من خلال مؤسسة القرض الحسن التي يقصفها أعداء المقاومة بشتى النعوت والتهم الباطلة، والآن يمارس المقاومة الاقتصادية لتأمين حاجات المعيشة. انها المقاومة التي شعارها لأهلها “سنخدمكم بأشفار العيون”.

*أستاذ جامعي – خبير استراتيجي

Hezbollah Will Keep Trying Its Best to Resolve Lebanon’s Internal Crisis – Deputy SG

11/12/2021

Hezbollah Will Keep Trying Its Best to Resolve Lebanon’s Internal Crisis – Deputy SG

Video Report

By Staff

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General His Eminence Sheikh Naim Qassem affirmed that the Lebanese party “will continue to try internally to resolve the crisis and reach a solution as much as we can,” and stressed that “we will not stop trying until things are resolved and people are relieved in light of the difficult conditions.”

While receiving an Arab delegation, Sheikh Qassem said, “Some are asking why Hezbollah did not win inland as it did against ‘Israel’,” and explained that “internal matters are much more difficult because we are not facing an enemy, we are facing political controversy, and this requires wisdom and cooperation. When there are parties that take the ship to its court, indifferent to the interests of the people in general, things get complicated and we will continue to try and show patience and fortitude.”

Sheikh Qassem pointed out that “The resistance is the only option for this stage throughout the Arab and Islamic nation. The choice of resistance aims at two fundamental things, the first is the liberation and protection of the land, and the second is the liberation of man and his convictions.” He also added “We consider the priority of the liberation of Palestine to be an undisputed one, and that priority sets the course.”

His Eminence pointed out that “The priority of liberating Palestine means that we are against the establishment of authoritarian regimes’ position that buy their tyranny with money and oil to impose their conditions on our region.” He also stressed that “This stage requires patience, endurance and effort to integrate the three things: faith, will and preparation in order to achieve the desired results. Our path is the Path of victory through martyrdom or direct victory.”

Sheikh Qassem stated that “One of the consequence of the resistance is that Lebanon has become stronger and no longer a site of settlement and that Lebanon can no longer be used as a means of putting pressure on the region and the existing reality,” noting that one of its results is also the awakening of the Arab and Islamic street after the liberation of 2000.

Sheikh Qassem continued, “The political unity is the one that unites the Axis of Resistance that is led by Iran and works with the effectivity of Syria and all the resistance movements in the region. We are with Palestine from the sea to the river, and here we must emphasize the great and important role of the al-Assad’s Syria and the Arabism, which provided a lot for liberation and was able to be a bridge for arming, sheltering and support for the resistance.” He also pointed out that “Syria today is reaping the result of its resistance by winning the presidential elections for President Bashar al-Assad with popular support, and we believe that Syria is recovering.”

Sheikh Qassem believes that “The solution is to resist until ‘Israel’ gets tired, worried and loses the capacity of its survival.” He also said, “After the “Al-Quds Sword” operation, the aggression became restricted and was no longer able to accumulate gains when it decided to attack Gaza,” and concluded that “With the resistance, there is no security for ‘Israel’, and here it can indeed be said that Al-Quds is closer.”

Sayyed Nasrallah and the Complex Approaches of Local Affairs

11/06/2021

Sayyed Nasrallah and the Complex Approaches of Local Affairs

By Dr. Mohammad Mortada

It is difficult to separate the recent appearance of the Secretary General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, from its predecessors, as it seems to be linked and rolling on more than one level, but on the Lebanese local issue, these appearances seemed more like a double approach:

1- The first pillar of the dual approach is related to an attempt to propose solutions, exits, endeavors and ideas related to the formation of the new government, with support for the initiatives presented by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on one hand, and urging the informed Government to activate some of its actions and create exits that would not conflict with the constitution with regard to the powers of ministers during the so-called conduct of business. Knowing that an important part of what needs to be done is linked to the work of the Ministry itself and not the work of the Cabinet as a whole, which allows the competent minister to exercise his powers under the laws in force, particularly in the supervisory sector, in cooperation and collaboration with the security forces and supervisory authorities, especially in combating corruption linked to monopolization, concealment of goods and price hikes.

2- The second pillar is linked to warnings about the resistance’s long-standing inability to remain silent facing the irresponsible behavior of monopolists and corrupt people, and the government’s failure to fulfill its responsibilities in securing basic commodities for citizens. In this spirit, His Eminence, in his last speech, issued a warning that if matters reached the point where the government can no longer carry out its responsibilities, and shows a clear inability to secure the basics, especially oil derivatives, the resistance would have to turn to the Islamic Republic of Iran to secure and ship this material to the port of Beirut.

This latest position represents a remarkable development in Hezbollah’s speech; it does not constitute a sudden breakthrough, but rather in the context of what might be called “smart dose increase” in the process of confronting the starvation that the US administration is waging on Lebanon.

In an earlier overview of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, His Eminence indicated that Hezbollah has so far been dealing with the fact that the government exists, and one of its responsibilities is to secure basic commodities, and that when Hezbollah feels that the state has become absent and unable to carry out its tasks, it would act otherwise without revealing what the party’s reaction is and what it intends to do.

As preceded by this situation, Sayyed Nasrallah launched his well-known slogan that Hezbollah would not let the Lebanese starve.

It is rolling situations that started with the slogan “We will not starve” to become a warning that the party could bring oil derivatives itself from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In fact, the party could not, nor would it be wise, to issue warnings such as importing gasoline without such warnings being accompanied by initiatives urging politicians to assume their responsibilities, either with regard to the formation of the new Government, or the activation of the resigned Government. Sayyed Nasrallah went beyond exhortation, as he explained in details how to address emerging crises without linking them to the radical solutions of the economic crisis. Rather, these crises can be dismantled and treated locally, pending the formation of an effective government that can innovate and invade solutions, and presenting plans and scenarios that pave the way for radical solutions that will neither be easy nor quick, given that the need for long-term radical solutions is not exempt from trying to cope with crises through temporary solutions that reduce the economic burden on citizens.

Whatever the case is, many wondered how Hezbollah would bring in the oil derivatives, where they would be stored, how would it be distributed, how to price it, and other questions. In fact, these kinds of questions are linked to the mechanisms, which are details that Hezbollah undoubtedly has answers and solutions to, and are not interested in explaining them to the public at this time.

In any case, the choice put forward by the party seems to be working according to the saying: the last treatment is cauterization. He is serious about it, but at the same time it’s a message to the people who are involved, especially those responsible for importing and securing these goods. The message is: If you are eager to secure and sustain your interests, you must secure what you have pledged to secure. Otherwise, we pledge to do the job, and we will, as always, fulfil our commitments.

Nasrallah: Gaza’s victory paves the way for the total Liberation of Palestine (full speech)

Date: 9 June 2021

Author: lecridespeuples

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2021, on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon.

Note: This is not a literal translation of Nasrallah’s speech, but a detailed summary of its content.

Source: video.moqawama.org

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

Praise be to God. Greetings on the Prophet and his family. Peace be upon you, as well as the Mercy of God.

I apologize for having given no speech since Al-Quds Day, I was a bit sick and I still am [Nasrallah clearly had difficulties breathing and was coughing; it was a pneumonia, not Covid, despite the usual Israeli propaganda about a terminal disease, as proven by his ability to make a 2-hours live speech on May 25, and by his healthy looks on his June 8th 1-hour-speech].

The days gone by have seen historical events which I have followed closely, but I could not speak publicly despite my will. I will speak extensively about the events in Gaza in this speech. Quranic verse: « And slacken not in following up the enemy: if ye are suffering hardships, they are suffering similar hardships; but ye have hope from God while they have none. » (S. IV, v. 104).

The month of May saw some unhappy events (the Nakba) and other happy ones (the Liberation of Lebanon on May 25, 2000). Congratulations to the people of Palestine who have added a new victory, from Gaza to Jerusalem to the territories occupied in 1948. Condolences to the families of martyrs and best wishes for recovery to the wounded. Congratulations in particular to the cadres of the Resistance & the people of Gaza who patiently endured Israeli barbarity.

I also congratulate the Lebanese on this Liberation Day. I want the Lebanese people, especially the new generations, not to forget that this Liberation of May 25, 2000 is the result of long years of sacrifices by many Lebanese and Resistance factions, not just Hezbollah. Let us recall the memory of the martyrs of Hezbollah, Amal movement, other nationalist movements, the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance fighters, as well as the Lebanese Army and the martyrs of the Syrian army. Let us not forget the Lebanese civilian martyrs, men, women and children, victims of the civil war and of the Israeli massacres. Finally, we should mention the martyrs of the Resistance and the people’s support for this Resistance. I don’t speak only of southern Lebanon, but of the Bekaa, cradle of Hezbollah, and all over Lebanon. May 25, 2000 (the date of the expulsion of the last Israeli forces occupying Lebanon) was the victory of all of Lebanon, of Beirut, of the North, of every place in Lebanon. The whole country helped shape this victory.

I recall in particular the martyr Sayed Abbas Mousawi (former Hezbollah Secretary General), assassinated by Israel with his wife and child; the martyr Sheikh Ragheb Harb; the martyr Imad Moghniyeh; the martyr Sayed Zulfiqar. A whole caravan of Hezbollah martyrs.

In addition to the Lebanese Resistance and the Lebanese people, we must salute the official Lebanese position embodied by President Emile Lahoud, Nabih Berri and Salim al-Hoss, as well as the majoritary position of the Lebanese government which supported the Resistance and its legitimacy. All this made it possible to obtain the Liberation, and to avoid the civil war that Ehud Barak was preparing (to devastate Lebanon after the departure of the Israeli troops).

I also praise the Syrian support of Hafez al-Assad and Bashar al-Assad, and the support of Iran, of Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei. And I especially salute Qassem Soleimani’s role in the 2000 victory, even though his name and role were kept secret at the time. This Liberation ushered in the era of victories for the Arab-Muslim world. On May 25, 2000, I dedicated this victory to the Palestinian people, with the Liberation of Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem) being the ultimate goal. This victory opened a new culture, new values, imposing new clear strategic equations. In 2000, many Zionist leaders spoke of the dire consequences this humiliating retreat would have. Yithzak Shamir, at Ben-Gurion’s grave, spoke of Hezbollah’s victory as something that could lead to Israel’s demise. Then took place the first Intifada in 2000, and the Liberation of Gaza in 2005.

The Popular Armed Resistance established two strong bases in Lebanon and Gaza, which the enemy wanted to destroy. He failed, accumulating defeats and strengthening the Resistance, whether during the 2006 war against Lebanon, or the 2008, 2012 or 2014 wars in Gaza. The siege of Gaza for more than 15 years, assassination campaigns, etc. have also failed. The last 11-day war is very different. But all these wars won by the Palestinian and Lebanese camp have confirmed and strengthened the path of the Resistance.

I now come to the last battle named “Sword of Al-Quds” by the Palestinian Resistance. I will not go into detail, but explain why this is a great victory and what it announces for the future of the struggle against Israel. The beginning was in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), with Israel’s insistence on ethnically cleansing Al-Quds and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, attacks on Palestinians, preventing worshipers from praying at Al-Aqsa during Ramadan (the Palestinians from the territories of 1948, 1967 and Jerusalem itself). Israel did its best to prevent worshipers from going to Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, and repeatedly assaulted those who did manage to get there.

There was a real threat to Al-Quds, which caused the Resistance in Gaza to issue a historic ultimatum to Israel: cease your ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah and your assaults on believers in Al-Aqsa, or we will intervene militarily. The threat was carried out by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who launched their rockets/missiles at the promised time.

This whole crisis was caused by the stupidity of Netanyahu & the Israeli leaders, their arrogance, hubris, contempt and underestimation of Arabs, traits which are a constant in the history of Israel. All previous wars had the same cause, and this enemy will remain blind, arrogant, stupid, making mistakes and miscalculations that will lead to its downfall and demise. Imam Khomeini said “Praise be to God who made our enemies stupid”. Netanyahu and the Israelis believed they could take over Jerusalem and Judaize it, expel Palestinian families, replace them with Jewish settlers, assault the Muslim/Christian worshippers, without anything happening, just empty protests. They did so, deeming the Arabs defeated and having normalized their relations with Israel. They believed that the Arab world had abandoned the cause, that the Palestinians of the territories occupied in 1948, of the West Bank and of Gaza were powerless.

The enemy never even imagined that Gaza could intervene militarily in defense of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa. It hadn’t occurred to anyone within the Zionist entity, neither the political leaders, nor the military leaders, nor the security services. But Gaza surprised both the enemy and the friend. Israel did not imagine such a thing, and therefore persevered in its indiscriminate aggression in Al-Quds (Jerusalem). That’s why Israel was surprised and defeated.

Gaza’s decision is historic, and its lessons must be understood. Previously, all the wars in Gaza had causes linked to Gaza: reaction to assassinations or Israeli aggressions in Gaza, struggle against the severe siege of Gaza, etc. The Resistance’s calculations were still purely Gazan, protecting only the residents of Gaza. But what happened in this last round is that Gaza intervened to protect Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Aqsa. This decision is historic, exceptional, and turns things upside down. The Resistance knew it was heading for war, massacres, destruction of Gaza. But the Gaza Resistance was ready to sacrifice itself to defend Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa.

Gaza and all of its inhabitants sacrificed themselves to preserve Islam’s 3rd holiest site, considering themselves to be in charge and responsible for it. It was a decision of a high level of jihad and sincerity, and that is why it had this enormous influence, rocking the Palestinians all over occupied Palestine, with the support of the refugees and the whole world, except the minority of zombies (Arab dictators) who normalized their relations with Israel. The protests on the Lebanese-Israeli, Jordanian-Israeli border and all around the world, the popular support and final victory were exceptional, commensurate with this exceptional decision of the Gaza Resistance.

The Zionists must understand this, as must the Muslim community and the Resistance Axis, but I am addressing the enemy and its leaders: this experience must lead you to redo all your calculations. You should know that laying your hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa is a red line. Assassinations here or there, expropriations here or there, besieging here or there has nothing to do with laying your hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, our holy places, as demonstrated by what Gaza has done, the promises made and kept by the Resistance in Gaza. They were sincere and will stand ready to do what they did again if Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa are threatened or desecrated again.

All the factions of the Resistance Axis (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Irak’s PMU & Yemeni Resistance) were in constant contact, hour by hour during this war. In the future, we will ensure that touching Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa will not only involve Gaza but the entire Resistance Axis. The Resistance in Gaza has imposed a new equation: if Israel lays its hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, Gaza is going to war. What we must now impose is that if Israel lays its hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, then there will be a regional war!

The whole Resistance Axis must be ready and make this clear to Israel: we will never allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be endangered. For the outcome of any regional war can only be the eradication of the Zionist entity. It is this new equation that will allow us to protect the holy city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its Muslim and Christian holy places. We are working very seriously on it. When our holy places are in danger, there is no more red line, no more calculation (= it will be total war).

I will not analyze all the consequences of this war, but highlight a few of them:

1/ The soul of the Resistance resurfaced in all the Palestinians, who all united and rose up as one man, in Gaza, the West Bank, the territories occupied in 1948, the Palestinians refugees all over the world, etc. The decades-long division and dislocation is over: the Palestinian people are united.

2/ The Palestinian cause has been revived all over the world. It was deemed buried once and for all by Trump and normalization, but this cause has reclaimed its prominent place all over the world, in all media, all minds and all consciousnesses.

3/ The Palestinian identity and the dream of Liberation have been brought back to the fore.

4/ Belief in the Armed Resistance and the Intifada has once again become the best choice to obtain Liberation. The soul of Resistance has returned to our peoples.

5/ The failure to locate (and assassinate) the main military leaders. Israel came up with several names, including Hamas Commander Mohamed Dayf, but they failed to kill them. That some (minor field commanders) were killed is normal in a war, but it is far from what Israel wanted.

6/ Israel, both in terms of political, military and security leaders, was unable, as I said, not only to anticipate, but even to imagine that Gaza would enter the scene militarily to protect Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah, just as Israel was unable to anticipate or imagine that all of Palestine would rise up in the face of Israeli aggression at Al-Quds.

7/ The Deal of the Century is definitely buried. The Resistance in Gaza and the Israeli failure to win made the Biden administration abandon Trump’s concessions. Biden put East Jerusalem back on the table and called on the Israelis not to expropriate the residents of Sheikh Jarrah. The heart of the Deal of the Century was to give all of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) to Israel, but that is forgotten now. Of course, Biden did not intervene for humanitarian reasons, but because he saw Israel’s helplessness and the risk of an explosion in the region, which thwarted his own international priorities.

8/ The true face of Israel, barbaric, bloodthirsty, slaughtering children, racist and Jewish supremacist, clearly returned to everyone’s eyes and mind, despite Israel’s grip on media and social networks. Israel couldn’t care less about the opinion of the Arab world, but not that of the Western world, and we have seen that even EU countries were forced to condemn Israel in one way or another, and put it in an awkward position.

9/ One of the most important political results is that the compass of conflict in the region has settled again on Israel, after years of civil wars, creation of bogus enemies like Iran, etc. Today, it is clear to the whole world (and not just in the Arab-Muslim world) that the enemy of humanity, of justice, of truth, the racist and criminal entity is Israel and nobody else.

After discussing the political consequences of this Gaza-Israel war, I now come to the military consequences. We must take into account the scales (in this asymmetric conflict): on the one hand, Israel is the regular Army of a State, US-backed, which has the most powerful air force in the region, and on the other hand, Gaza, under siege for more than 15 years, is a tiny territory surrounded on all sides, with +2 million inhabitants, and an ungrateful geography (from the point of view of Resistance opportunities: no mountains, etc.). Some weapons from Gaza are imported and others are manufactured locally. But we can clearly see that despite their very limited possibilities, and Israel’s total control over information (Gaza is under constant surveillance by all means: drones, electronic surveillance, spies, etc.), Gaza has been able to demonstrate courage, sagacity and victorious struggle against one of the most militarily powerful States in the world.

I will quickly set out the military consequences of this conflict:

1/ The entry of Gaza into the protection equation of Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah. In fact, Gaza has entered the issues of all of Palestine, shifting from defense to attack.

2/ Despite the severe siege, the Resistance was able to greatly improve its rocket/missile & fighting capacities. For 11 days, they continued to fire rockets/missiles despite Israel’s best efforts, its planes, drones, artillery strikes, etc.

3/ Gaza even proved its ability to fire rockets/missiles at times announced in advance, to the point that some brothers were surprised, advising not to give this information to the enemy (which would allow him to better defend itself), but it was a point of strength (psychological warfare).

4/ The number of rockets/missiles fired was very large, hundreds every day, which reflects very large stocks and great skill. The type of rockets/missiles fired, the targets hit, the damage done, it was all very powerful.

5/ All of this shook the Israeli State like never before. All countries can go through civil wars, very trying crises, and remain. But Israel is a fake, artificial State that has been shaken to the point that its very existence has been called into question. Israel is a State whose precondition for existence is security. If security is no longer there, all Israelis (who all have dual citizenships) will come back from where they come from: Europe, USA, Australia… At the first (serious) storm, Israeli society will pack up and leave! This sets Israel apart from all other countries: the Palestinians, despite 1948 and 1967, remained attached to their land. They are willing to sacrifice themselves by the hundreds of thousands to return there, until this day. They have not abandoned their territory! But Israel, no! The Israelis have their second passport ready, their suitcase ready, and they will leave at the first storm: if neither the government nor the military can protect them, why would they stay? This consequence, namely to shake Israel to such an extent, is unprecedented, even during the 2006 war. Never before has such a large area of ​​Israel been under rocket fire: Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva, Ashdod, airports, the Negev… 70% of Israelis were holed up in shelters for 11 days ! The worst for Israel was not the material losses, but the psychological losses: the warnings rang everywhere, introducing terror into their hearts. It doesn’t really matter if the rockets hit their target or not!

6/ In addition to all the economic losses and the feeling of insecurity at home, it is the same abroad: who is going to come and invest in Israel without guarantee of security for their investments, without stability? Israel’s dream of becoming an economical/financial hub in the Mediterranean is over!

7/ For the first time, the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 entered into revolt. It’s not just Gaza and the West Bank anymore. All Israeli leaders recognize that this is an existential threat for Israel!

8/ The Gaza Resistance was also exceptional: the way they carried out the fight, the way they prepared for a ground invasion, to the point that the enemy did not dare to set foot in Gaza, all of this is a huge victory.

9/ The Resistance was able to present to its people, to the whole world and to its enemies a brilliant image of victory.

On the other hand, let us see the failures of the enemy, as admitted by their officials and experts:

1/ Failure to achieve any strategic success after 11 days. Nothing!

2/ Israeli officials speak of tactical successes, but these are insignificant for such a powerful army: destroying some tunnels, killing some cadres, it’s negligible! The rocket fire could not be stopped, and Israel did not even know where it was coming from. Even when they knew the time of the rocket salvos in advance, their planes and drones were unable to locate them. The Iron Dome was also a failure. The 90% interception figure is a lie, it’s more like 50-60%. The damage proves that their 90% figure for the Iron Dome is a lie. The proof of the failure of the Iron Dome is also the fact that Netanyahu asked for military aid from Biden, who immediately granted it. The rockets kept hitting all of occupied Palestine!

3/ The failure of the trap set for the Resistance in Gaza, which Israel had been preparing to neutralize for years, but the Israeli Army proved to be powerless.

4/ The failure to prevent weapons from reaching the Resistance. The rockets did not stop and could have been launched at this rate for months on end. Israel is incapable not only of knowing where the rockets are, but has no idea how many they are, which is a colossal failure of their intelligence.

5/ The failure to locate (and assassinate) the main military leaders. Israel came up with several names, including Hamas Commander Mohamed Dayf, but they failed to kill them. That some (minor field commanders) were killed is normal in a war, but it is far from what Israel wanted.

6/ Israel, both in terms of political, military and security leaders, was unable, as I said, not only to anticipate, but even to imagine that Gaza would enter the scene militarily to protect Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah, just as Israel was unable to anticipate or imagine that all of Palestine would rise up in the face of Israeli aggression at Al-Quds.

7/ The worst part is that Israel found itself completely taken aback, lost, not knowing what to do with this unforeseen explosion on all sides.

And now I ask a question to the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Aviv Kochavi, this so-called “philosopher” who for 3 years has been rethinking Israel’s strategy, organizing colossal maneuvers, etc. His main thought was that the infantry was the basis for achieving victory. But this great strategic thinker [irony] bit the dust against Gaza, despite all his measures, all his maneuvers, all his preparations. There was not even a land incursion into Gaza! It’s a humiliating mark of their defeat.

I am not claiming that Israel is incapable of carrying out a major ground operation, no, but I am claiming that the morale of the Israeli troops is shaped by fear: they are terrified at the idea of a ground operation, whether in Gaza, Lebanon or anywhere. Despite their technology, weaponry, planes, tanks, etc., they are scared to death to conduct a ground operation. They are still haunted by their bloody debacle in 2014 in Gaza (+60 soldiers killed), with soldiers they did not even know if they were alive. That the so-called most powerful army in the region is so afraid is a major strategic failure.

Lastly, Israel has failed to present even an image of victory, short of a real victory! Polls indicate that no more than 20% of Israelis consider Israel to have won. So much for the description, consequences and lessons to be learned from this confrontation in Gaza.

I come now to Lebanon. On this day commemorating the Liberation of Lebanon, I assure the Lebanese people that Hezbollah has never been better off than today. We are more powerful than ever (weapons, numbers, experience, preparation, faith, courage, morale, etc.). I tell the Israelis not to be stupid, not to be arrogant, not to miscalculate against Lebanon. The rules of engagement remain valid (the slightest aggression against Lebanon will trigger a response). You made a big miscalculation with Gaza and saw what it cost you, so imagine what it would be like with Hezbollah, which is in a much better situation than Gaza! Despite the sanctions and the difficulties, we are not under siege! We will not tolerate any aggression against our territory or population!

Third point, the masses who support Hezbollah remain firmly attached to the Resistance despite the economic difficulties, which will not change the massive support of our popular base. The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, continues to support the Resistance and the rights of Lebanon. The same goes for the government and the Parliament. All US sanctions and threats weaken neither the Resistance nor those who support it.

Fourth point, in terms of our pending accounts with Israel, we add (to our 2 martyrs in Damascus to avenge) the martyr Mohamad Tahan, killed on the Lebanese-Israeli border while demonstrating unarmed for Palestine. I renew my congratulations and condolences to his family. This blood will be avenged: we had the patience not to avenge it immediately, but we add it to the pending accounts (and he will be avenged sooner or later).

Tahan

Fifth point before the conclusion: the formation of a new government is the key to everything. There is no need for the resignation of President Aoun, nor the resignation of Prime Minister Hariri charged with forming the government, nor the simultaneous resignation of both. What prevents the formation of a government are purely internal obstacles.

There are two solutions:

– either Hariri sits down with Aoun for as long as it takes to achieve the formation of a government. Lebanon is in your hands.

– or a friend intervenes to help you, like Nabih Berri, the President of the Chamber of Deputies. Everyone must help them to achieve the formation of a government to save the country. There is no other solution. Because the country must move forward: the dire economic, social situation can’t stand the vacuum.

In conclusion, looking back on all that has happened over the past few days, months and years, the Middle East has gone through the 10 most difficult years it has ever experienced. Entire countries were targeted for destruction. But the Resistance Axis thwarted these plans. The Resistance Axis not only preserved the Middle East, but also enabled Palestine to stand tall and achieve victories. If it hadn’t been for Iran who faced ISIS alongside the local forces in Irak and Syria, where would we be? What would have become of Lebanon, of the other countries? Iran has overcome the threat of (US) war, triumphed over sanctions, and is heading towards presidential elections. ISIS is almost eradicated in Iraq. All of Iraq supported Gaza and the Resistance. Syria is recovering from ISIS, and will also hold presidential elections tomorrow. Lebanon is holding on despite everything. But imagine what the situation would be in Palestine if Iran, Syria and Lebanon had been defeated? Where would we be, with all the regimes having normalized with Israel? Today, the Arab-Muslim world stands alongside Palestine, from one end to the other, and joins the Resistance camp at least at the level of the populations.

And in terms of political and military forces, Yemen has joined the Resistance Axis, and it is ready to share its bread with Gaza despite the famine there (Nasrallah is moved to tears): the solidarity of famine-stricken Yemen with Palestine, ready to share the very bread it lacks, while the billionaire oil monarchies normalize with Israel! This is a basis that makes you optimistic about the future.

The Liberation of Al-Quds is closer than ever, and the demise of Israel is very near. Independence, stability, noble and dignified peace are the future of our region.

I thank all those who have supported the Resistance, in one way or another, first and foremost the Islamic Republic of Iran & Sayed Khamenei, as well as the soul of Hajj Qassem Soleimani who has dedicated more than 20 years to strengthen our region. When he came to our help, he had not a single white hair on his head, and when he left, all of his hair was white. I salute the soul of this great martyr, Soleimani, who sacrificed everything for the region and Palestine, tireless even when others got tired.

Peace be upon you, as well as the Mercy of God.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: If Lebanese Government Fails to Address Energy Crisis, Hezbollah Will Purchase Fuel from Iran (Video)

June 8, 2021

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asserted on Tuesday that Hezbollah rejects the early parliamentary election in Lebanon and supports holding it on the scheduled time despite all the circumstances.

Addressing Al-Manar celebration on the Channel’s 30th anniversary, Sayyed Nasrallah called on the political parties demanding the early election to contribute to the cabinet formation that can address the socioeconomic crisis and added that they just intend to achieve partisan, not national, gains.

Sayyed Nasrallah added that Hezbollah is still exerting all the possible efforts to form the new government that can tackle the power shortage and scarcity of energy sources and foodstuffs, calling on the parties concerned with the creation process to take the scenes of this crisis into consideration.

Sayyyed Nasrallah pointed out that the crisis in Lebanon dates back to around 40 years amid various circumstances and is caused mainly by the weak performance of the public institutions, adding that ongoing stalemate may persist despite the efforts exerted by Hezbollah and House Speaker Nabih Berri.

Hezbollah Leader considered that, since the radical solution to the economic crisis can never be reached in the short term, the government must address the current situation by waging a war against monopoly and arresting the monopolizers, describing them as murderers and traitors and offering the government 20 thousand volunteers in face of this lesion.

Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the fuel crisis which obliges hundreds of cars to lineup at the gas station is humiliating, adding that government can address this predicament by one courageous decision–importing fuel from Iran.

In this regard, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the Iranian offer to sell Lebanon fuel in the Lebanese pound is still valid, warning against surrendering to the US pressures aimed at preventing Lebanon from making this deal.

Sayyed Nasrallah added that all the reports about rationalizing the government subsidies are incorrect, wondering whether the procrastination in the governmental file aims at cancelling all such subsidies as the IMF aid program stipulates.

If the Lebanese government fails to address the fuel crisis, Hezbollah will purchase fuel from Iran, Sayyed Nasrallah said.

“We will bring the fuel ships to Beirut port, and let the state prevent the people from getting this fuel to the Lebanese people.”

Sayyed Nasrallah added that approving the financing card that will around 750 thousand families, reiterating that the creation of the new government is the basic requirement of confronting the crisis.

Finally, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Al-Manar TV will continue to followup the upcoming victories, reassuring that he is in good health and reiterating his hope that he will pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in A-Quds.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Sayyed Nasrallah: I Hope that We will Pray in Al-Aqsa, If the State Fails We’ll Buy Iranian Fuel

8/8/2021

Sayyed Nasrallah: I Hope that We will Pray in Al-Aqsa, If the State Fails We’ll Buy Iranian Fuel

Zeinab Essa

Beirut-Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Tuesday a speech in the festival held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of establishing Al-Manar TV Channel.

At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah assured all his lovers on his health condition and thanks everybody who was concerned about his health. “I am, thanks to Al-Mighty God, among you, and I have great hope that I will pray in the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

“I still dream of, and I have hope that we will perform prayers together in the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said.

According to His Eminence, Al-Manar was established to be the channel of resistance and later resistance and liberation. “Al-Manar TV is not a channel that seeks profit, excitement, and competition. Rather, this channel has a cause and a message that offers sacrifices and pays the price.”

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah thanked everyone who contributed to the establishment of Al-Manar TV, atop of which is Sayyed Isa Tabatabei.

He further thanked everyone who contributed to the success and development of the channel since day one until present. “Al-Manar Channel is that of martyrs, the wounded, the prisoners, the scarifying and the victorious people,” His Eminence stated.

“During the July war, Al-Manar was ready and present, and sacrifices were made, and its image and voice did not disappear,” Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized.

Meanwhile, the Resistance Leader underscored that “What is happening in Palestine and Al-Aqsa, the sacred and blessed land, must be followed by all Arab and Muslim nation.”

“What is happening in Palestine, Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque is that we are facing a spiteful and foolish enemy, and it might move forward because of its internal crises,” he warned.

In addition, His Eminence underlined that [“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu today is defeated and suffering a crisis, and he may resort to different and reckless options to get out of his crises.”

“The Palestinians in Gaza, Al-Quds, the West Bank and the 1948 lands are determined to protect Al-Quds and the holy sites, and the nation must shoulder its responsibilities,” he added, noting that “Al-Quds and the Aqsa Mosque is the cause of the entire nation.”

Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “We’re working hard to equate the attack on Al-Quds to the regional war.”

“The first glimpse of the new equation rose from the dear Yemen,” His Eminence mentioned, noting that “The first expression of the new equation for protecting Al-Quds came from dear Yemen, by Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi.”

According to Hezbollah Secretary General, “The war on Yemen has proven that the people who are being fought in Yemen are getting stronger. Since day one of the Saudi aggression against Yemen, we believed the Yemeni people can remain steadfast and emerge victorious.”

“Today, we’re witnessing the failure of the Saudi-American war on Yemen,” His Eminence announced, noting that “What we are suffering in Lebanon today is a part of what the Yemeni people have been suffering since years to force them to compromise.”

He also viewed that “The Americans want the war in Yemen to stop but they want the siege to continue.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the fact that “Al-Manar assumed its responsibilities in confronting terrorism and during the liberation of the Lebanese outskirts.”

“Since weeks, some have been speaking about the postponement of the elections and some European countries also expressed such concerns,” he added, noting that We have not thought of the postponement of the elections and our allies have not told us so.”

Moreover, His Eminence said: “We are against early parliamentary elections as it represents a waste of time because it will not introduce anything new, and it will only distract people from the economic crises.”

“We are with continuing the government formation efforts and there should not be despair. Let those forming the government feel the people’s pain,” Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed, highlighting that “The Lebanese parliamentary elections must be held on time no matter what the circumstances are.”

According to His Eminence, “Early election is not a solution but a waste of time; we are with continuing efforts to form the government and we support Speaker Berri in his initiative.”

“The accumulation of crises has brought Lebanon to what we are suffering today, he said, noting that “Accusing Hezbollah of being the cause of the crisis and ignoring the real reasons is an American and “Israeli” statement.”  

On the internal Lebanese crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that “Our information is that there exists medicine as well as foodstuffs in the warehouses that are monopolized by drug and food dealers.”

“Today’s monopolists in Lebanon are traitors, murderers and immoral people,” he added, pointing out that “The current official performance is weak in the various files and at the various ministries and the government, ministers and directors general must shoulder their responsibilities, especially that the government formation crisis might protract.”

On this level, Sayyed Nasrallah declared that “The scenes of the queues at the Lebanese gas stations are humiliating. If Lebanon accepts at this very moment, fuel ships would come now from Iran.”

According to His Eminence, “Solving the fuel crisis in Lebanon is possible but needs a courageous political decision,” lamenting the fact that “We are in a country that has surrendered to the United States.”

“We- in Hezbollah-will go to Iran and negotiate over bringing fuel ships to Beirut port and let the state prevent the people from getting this fuel,” he said, pointing out that “Hezbollah offers 20,000 volunteers to support the state in confronting monopoly.”

Sayyed Nasrallah asked “If behind delaying the formation of the government is waiting to stop subsidizing basic needs?”

“We need a bold political decision to resolve the gasoline crisis in Lebanon,” he said, noting that “Awaiting the end of subsidization could be one of the reasons behind the delay in the formation of the new government.”

According to the Resistance Leader, “Forming the new government is the natural way to fight the symptoms of the crises and set the country on the track of solutions.”

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السيد نصرالله وخريطة طريق لبنانيّة

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في كلمته بمناسبة العيد الثلاثين لقناة المنار رسم الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله خريطة طريق لبنانية، على الصعيدين السياسي والعملي، مقدّماً تصوراً لمرحلتين مختلفتين، الأولى هي مرحلة الأمل بقدرة الدولة على استعادة قدر من الحضور والعافية في مؤسساتها لتشكل عنوان التصدي للأزمات المزمنة وأعراضها المؤلمة، والثانية هي مرحلة اليأس من عودة العافية والحضور لمؤسسات الدولة، ودخول الأزمة مراحل شديدة القسوة في تداعياتها على اللبنانيين وتهديدها بمخاطر لا يمكن قبول الصمت تجاهها.

في المرحلة الأولى وضع السيد نصرالله، أربعة عناوين، الأول هو اعتبار قيام حكومة جديدة المدخل الرئيسي لأية معالجة، داعياً لعدم ربط المساعي لهذا الهدف بمهل زمنية على قاعدة أن لا بديل عنه، ويجب ان لا تصل المساعي لحائط مسدود، وطالما أن لا بديل عن هذا العنوان فيجب استمرار الجهود بهدف تذليل العقبات من أمام ولادة حكومة جديدة وحث المعنيين بتخطي الشروط والشروط المضادة وتقديم التنازلات المتبادلة لأن اليأس من تشكيل حكومة جديدة يعني عملياً اليأس من استعادة الدولة لحضورها والتسليم بعجزها عن القيام بمسؤولياتها، وهذا لا ينقلنا الى بديل آخر في قلب المرحلة الأولى، بل يأخذنا الى المرحلة الثانية التي يشكل اليأس من قيام الدولة بمسؤولياتها عنواناً لها. وهنا استبعد السيد نصرالله كل البدائل والرهانات والتساؤلات، من نوع الانتخابات النيابية المبكرة أو التمديد للمجلس النيابي الحالي، ليضع بوضوح معبراً سياسياً إلزامياً للحفاظ على الدولة ومؤسساتها، هو قيام حكومة جديدة، يرتب استبعاده تسليماً بالفشل العام واليأس من الدولة ويدخلنا مرحلة جديدة كلياً على كل المستويات.

في هذه المرحلة التي تشكل فيها الدولة محور الرهان والسعي طرح السيد نصرالله مهامَّ راهنة تخفف معاناة اللبنانيين، منها ما تستطيعه حكومة تصريف الأعمال، ومنها ما يترتب على الحكومة الجديدة القيام به إضافة للمهام المطلوبة من حكومة تصريف الأعمال. المهمة الأولى التي ركز عليها السيد نصرالله هي تأمين السلع الأساسية والأدوية والمحروقات، التي أكد أنها موجودة في مستودعات المحتكرين، داعياً الدولة لاستنفار مؤسساتها الإدارية وأجهزتها الأمنية لملاحقتهم، مجدداً الاستعداد لرفد عشرين ألف متطوّع للمساهمة بمراقبة الأسواق وملاحقة المتحكرين إذا كان ضعف الدولة عائداً لنقص العديد اللازم للمهمة، والمهمة الثانية هي تخطي الدولة للجبن السياسي المحكوم بمحاباة الأميركيين ومراضاتهم على حساب لبنان واللبنانيين، والمسارعة للتعامل بجدية مع العرض الإيراني الذي لا يزال قائماً، لتأمين المحروقات بالليرة اللبنانيّة، ما يوفر هذه السلع الحيوية للبنانيين بأسعار معقولة، ويخفف الضغط الكبير الذي تشكله كلفتها على مخزون العملات الصعبة لدى مصرف لبنان، أما المهمة الثالثة فهي الإسراع بإقرار البطاقة التمويلية المحالة بمشروع قانون من حكومة تصريف الأعمال الى المجلس النيابي، وتشكل عوناً لثلاثة أرباع مليون أسرة لبنانية في مواجهة الأوضاع الصعبة، على أن يكون نقاش الحلول الجذرية في الحكومة الجديدة، خصوصاً في ما أشار إليه من خطط صندوق النقد الدولي ومترتباتها.

في حال اليأس من قيام الدولة ومؤسساتها بالمسؤوليات التي تفرضها الأزمة وتداعياتها، وهذا له مؤشران كما يشير كلام السيد، الأول الفشل في تشكيل حكومة جديدة قبل انهيار الدعم، والثاني عدم مبادرة حكومة تصريف الأعمال للقيام بالمهام المطلوبة لتخفيف المعاناة في ظل الأزمة، وبالحد الأدنى المهام المذكورة، في هذه الحالة تحدّث السيد نصرالله عن مرحلة جديدة كلياً يدخلها لبنان، لها سماتها التي تتخطى الشأن الاقتصادي، لكن التعامل معها لن يكون بأدوات المرحلة الأولى، ولا بالاستسلام، فاتحاً الباب للمرة الأولى لما يمكن أن تقوم به المقاومة، كمثال بإشارته الى استقدامها بواخر المحروقات من إيران إلى المرافئ اللبنانية، متحدياً أن يقوم بأحد باعتراضها، وهو ما يمكن ألا يكون محصوراً بالمحروقات وحدها، فما يمكن أن يجري في هذا المجال قابل لأن يجري مثله في المواد الغذائية والأدوية، وسواها من ضرورات العيش التي يكون لبنان قد دخل الى مرحلة فقدانها من الأسواق.

الذين يراهنون على إسقاط لبنان بأمل أن يسقط على رأس المقاومة بعضاً من شظاياه، مدعوون للتمعّن في كلام السيد نصرالله، لأنهم في المبالغة بإقفال الطرق أمام قيام الدولة بمسؤولياتها أمام شعبها، يفتحون الطريق لتغييرات جذرية ستترك بصماتها على صورة لبنان ونظامه السياسيّ وموقعه الإقليميّ.

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Al-Manar TV Channel: 30 Years of Resistance and Authenticity

Mohammad Salami

For 30 years, Al-Manar TV channel has been the authentic eye of the Islamic resistance in Lebanon and the heartbeat of all the Arabs and Muslims.

Al-Manar confrontation with the Israeli enemy started since the Channel’s establishment in 1991, two years before its crew moved to the battlefield in order to document the Resistance victory over the Zionist aggression.

The Israeli enemy launched another aggression on Lebanon in 1996; Al-Manar TV was the image of the resistance and the victory over the enemy.

Lebanon’s historical victory over the Israeli enemy in 2000 was professionally followed by Al-Manar staff that followed the resistance and the southerners movement towards the liberated villages.

In 2000, Al-Manar TV started broadcasting via the Arab satellites, reflecting the causes of all the Arab and Muslims. In this context, Al-Manar followed up the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The direct battle between Al-Manar and the Israeli enemy occurred during its war on Lebanon in 2006 when the Zionist warplanes destroyed the Channel’s headquarters in Beirut’s southern suburb. However, this did not prevent the TV staff from covering the enemy’s massacres against the Lebanese civilians and the Resistance’s fight as well as victory over the Israeli occupation army.

In 2008, the European satellite blocked the broadcast of Al-Manar TV Channel, paving the way to NileSat and ArabSat to take the same step later on.

In 2012, Al-Manar TV started following up the terrorist war on Syria, sacrificing the three martyrs Hamza Al-Hajj Hasan, Halim Allaw and Mohammad Mantash who were killed by the militant gunmen in Syria’s Maaloula.

The reconstruction of the main headquarters of Al-Manar TV, destroyed by the Israeli enemy in 2006, was completed in 2014. The staff returned to their original position, defeating the Zionist barbarism.

In 2017, Al-Manar TV followed up the military campaign of Hezbollah and the Lebanese army against the terrorist groups in Lebanon’s southeastern barrens, documenting the victory by preparing and broadcasting the Second Liberation Secrets series.

In 2021, the Resistance Channel conspicuously reflected the Palestinian resistance victory over the Zionist enemy after an 11-day confrontation.

In brief, Al-Manar is the TV Channel that has never abandoned the Lebanese, Arab and Islamic causes despite all the sacrifices, documenting the historical victories over the Umma enemies.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Hezbollah Warns Israel With Hellfire If It Strikes as Gantz Threatens to Make Lebanon ‘Tremble

By VT Editors -June 7, 2021

Sputnik Moscow: The Lebanese Shia political party and militant group has engaged in dozens of skirmishes with the Israeli military in recent years, and fought a major war against the Israel Defence Forces in 2006.

Israel is advised to stop making threats against Lebanon, and will face a previously unimaginable response in the event of hostilities with Hezbollah, Hassan Baghdadi, a member of the group’s central council, has warned.

“They should not err in their calculations again. If there is a war with Hezbollah, they will see the fire of hell as they have never imagined even in their dreams,” Baghdadi said, his comments quoted by Sputnik Arabic.

The official suggested that the problem with Israel’s leaders was that they “do not learn lessons and do not understand real politics,” and that their “aggressive and criminal nature always drives them to adventurism…adding to our faith the hope that this entity will cease to exist at a record speed.”

Baghdadi’s comments come in the wake of remarks by Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz late last month warning that Israel would stage massed strikes inside Lebanon if Hezbollah dared attack.

“We are ready as ever to protect Israeli citizens. If an attack comes from the north, Lebanon will tremble,” Gantz warned on 26 May in a speech marking the 39th anniversary of the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon in 1982. “The houses in which weapons and terrorist operatives are being hidden will become rubble. Our list of targets for Lebanon is bigger and more significant than the one for Gaza, and the bill is ready to be settled if necessary.”

Gantz’s comments came following last month’s fighting between the IDF and Hamas, during which the Palestinian political and militant group fired thousands of rockets into southern Israel, while the IDF pounded Gaza with hundreds of missiles. The conflict, the largest of its kind since the 2014 Gaza War, led to the deaths of over 250 people in Gaza and the West Bank, and caused over a dozen Israeli fatalities. It was sparked by the Israeli Supreme Court’s threat to evict Palestinian families in East Jerusalem and police attacks on worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Rockets are launched from Gaza city, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, in response to an Israeli air strike on a 12-storey building in the city, towards the coastal city of Tel Aviv, on May 11, 2021

© AFP 2021 / ANAS BABARockets are launched from Gaza city, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, in response to an Israeli air strike on a 12-storey building in the city, towards the coastal city of Tel Aviv, on May 11, 2021

IDF military exercise

© FLICKR / ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCESIDF Launches Massive Military Exercise to Simulate War on ‘Multiple Fronts’ Amid Flaring Tensions

Hezbollah, whose rocket and missile power is widely considered to be far greater than that of Hamas, has repeatedly warned Israel against possible aggression. Earlier this year, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah suggested that “should war erupt, Israelis will see events they haven’t witnessed since Israel’s inception,” and urged Tel Aviv not to “play with fire.” 

In March, Israel’s Home Front Command stated that the country would face a barrage of as many as 2,000 rockets and missiles a day in the event of war with the Lebanese militant group, and that such an assault would pose a challenge to Israel’s military and civil defence capabilities. Even the recent clashes between Israel and Hamas proved to be a challenge for Israel’s Iron Dome defence system, with Israeli defence observers expressing concerns about the militant group’s ability to partially overwhelm air defences using massed volleys of rockets, which have shown improved range characteristics since the 2014 war.

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The Horror of the North…

05-06-2021

The Horror of the North… 

By Staff

The “Israeli” entity remains in a state of horror against any possible escalation in the Northern Front, considering that “the next battle in the north will be dozens of times more difficult than what happened with the Gaza Strip during the past month.”

In this context, the mayor of the “Nesher” settlement, Roi Levy, said during the Contractors’ Conference in the occupied city of Haifa, “Several days after the ‘Guardians of the Wall Operation’, which killed 14 ‘Israelis’, thousands of rockets were fired into ‘our territory’ and hit mainly those who did not have adequate fortification.”

He also expected that “The next battle in the north will be dozens of times more difficult, with thousands of missiles a day to be fired into our region.”

According to the “Haifa News”, Levy considered that “Those who did not realize what happened in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Yavne last month, apparently live on another planet.”

“What we have witnessed in Gaza’s operation in days, will happen here in Haifa by Hezbollah in Lebanon in one single day,” he added.

“You know just like us how many unfortified homes there are, and how many people don’t have access to shelters… And that doesn’t change anything if we’re working with the Home Front and if we care about shelters, but that’s not the case, “he stated, noting that “Those who don’t have a safe room inside their house will not be immune from missile attacks.”

Sheikh Qassem to Al-Ahed: Berri Taking Steps to Form Government; the Syrian Elections Are a Success Story

28/05/2021

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Sheikh Qassem to Al-Ahed: Berri Taking Steps to Form Government; the Syrian Elections Are a Success Story

By Mayssaa Moukaddem

Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri is taking steps to form a new government. That’s according to Hezbollah’s Deputy Secretary General, His Eminence Sheikh Naim Qassem, who said that “hopes for solution” are resting on these steps.

“We need the results to appear directly this week,” Sheikh Qassem said in an exclusive interview with the Al-Ahed News.

“The country carrying on without a government means the continuation of economic and social chaos and a continuous deterioration,” he added. “Forming the government is the natural, necessary, and exclusive approach to the beginning of the solution in Lebanon.”

Sheikh Qassem also responded to the Governor of the Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salameh, in relation to the Al-Qard Al-Hasan Association. Hezbollah’s  deputy chief explained that “Al-Qard Al-Hassan Association is a charitable social institution that does not deal with banking matters and is not part of the banking system in Lebanon. Therefore, any observation that may be made by any party that considers itself to have the authority can follow it through the normal, legal channels and will find that this institution is a charitable institution, to which the accusation claimed by some does not apply.”

Regarding the elections in Syria, Sheikh Qassem asserted that “the massive turnout is proof of Syria’s recovery, and that the regime has a well-established position. This scene completely contradicts all previous bets on displaced Syrians serving as a tool to vote for someone other than President Assad, and having the president removed in a democratic and constitutional manner.”

Regarding the restoration of the relationship between Hamas and Syria and the role of Hezbollah in this regard, Sheikh Qassem noted that “the relationship was a subject of follow-up in recent months.”

“There has also been progress towards the possibility of restoring relations between them. But the honorable battle of Al-Quds Sword accelerated these steps. God willing, we will soon see a normal return of relations and repair the rifts.”

Sheikh Qassem affirmed that “the work of the resistance against ‘Israel’ does not belong to a sect, but rather belongs to the honorable Islamic, patriotic, national, and humanitarian resistance.”

“Anyone who is trying to drive a wedge between the resistance movements is acting in an absurd manner.”

Below is the full text of the interview:

1- First, all the supporters of the Secretary-General of Hezbollah are asking about the health of His Eminence, especially after his recent speech. Did you have contact with him after the speech? How can you reassure his supporters?

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, is fine, praise be to God Almighty. He was diagnosed with a mild condition in recent days that required him to rest for two to three days. But since his supporters have been waiting for his speech on May 25, failure to appear would have raised unnecessary questions. It was better for him to make an appearance, despite not fully recovering, to be on the side of his supporters who were waiting for his speech at this important and sensitive stage. And the Secretary-General is fine, God willing.

2- The head of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Yahya al-Sinwar, stated that “the rockets and planes deployed during the battle were sent in complete coordination between the resistance in Lebanon and Gaza.” What do you have to add regarding details of coordination between the resistance in Lebanon and Gaza?

It has become known that the level of cooperation between the Islamic Republic, Hezbollah, and the resistance in Palestine is high at the level of preparation, capabilities, training, and manufacturing. Therefore, any other details related to the coordination mechanisms remain a security matter, and we cannot disclose their details. However, it is clear that the battle that took place unfolded with close follow-up and permanent cooperation, thank God.

3- How did you read yesterday’s press conference where Al-Sinwar challenged the “Israeli” enemy to assassinate him, and then he publicly walked through the streets of Gaza despite the declared “Israeli” threats?

The “Israelis” usually make many threats in order to leave a psychological effect on their enemies, but it seems that they have not yet understood what the resistance and the resistance fighters are. They are confident in the victory of God Almighty and stand in the front row during confrontations alongside the honorable mujahideen. Hence, the public appearance of Al-Sinwar is a clear challenge to the “Israeli” enemy that their threats could not affect the resistance and its leadership.

4- To what extent can the equation referred to by the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, “Al-Quds versus a regional war,” be enforceable in the foreseeable future?

It is not possible to define anticipated times for wars that “Israel” might initiate or for developments that could lead to a comprehensive regional war. This matter has to do with field data that are not currently available, and the conditions are not favorable to them, but it must remain clear that we, as Hezbollah, are in a state of constant readiness for any calculated or unpredictable development.

5- Did the Al-Quds Sword battle contribute to repairing rifts that appeared between some Palestinian resistance movements and Syria? Does Hezbollah have a role in this?

The relationship between the Hamas movement and Syria has been the subject of follow-up in recent months, and there has also been progress towards the possibility of restoring relations between them. But the honorable battle Al-Quds Sword accelerated these steps. This was highlighted by the announcement of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to receive all the resistance fighters in Damascus, as well as the response of the Hamas leadership about expecting this from Syria, which has always been on the side of the resistance. God willing, we will soon see a normal return of relations and repair the rifts that have risen as a result of developments in Syria in the last stage.

6- What is your response to those who are trying to play on the sectarian chord to divide the resistance factions in the area?

The work of the resistance against “Israel” does not belong to a sect, but rather belongs to the honorable Islamic, patriotic, national, and humanitarian resistance. Therefore, whoever tries to drive a wedge within the relations of the resistance movements is acting in an absurd manner because the level of interaction and integration in the resistance work has been evident at various stages, especially at the last stage, where the level of interaction between the resistance fighters throughout the region is extensive without any sectarian dismissions.

7- After 21 years since the liberation of Lebanon, to what extent can it be said that the resistance is able to deter “Israeli” aggression and attacks?

Talking about Hezbollah’s resistance deterring “Israel” doesn’t need any further verification. “Israel” committed an aggression in 2006 with the expectation that it would crush the resistance in Lebanon, but it failed miserably. For the last 15 years (from 2006 to 2021), “Israel” is still deterred in every sense of the word. This is evidence of the effects that the liberation and the victory in the 2006 aggression left on “Israel”; it does not dare to launch an aggression in any way or form because it is fully aware that the resistance’s response will be very harsh, especially since its capabilities and methods developed extraordinarily in recent years. It is now in a much better position than it was during the liberation or following the 2006 aggression.

8- In the last two years, Lebanon entered an unprecedented phase of economic and monetary deterioration. In your view, does the path of salvation begin from the formation of the government? Do you bet on this matter, especially since there are those who doubt that a government will be born under the current circumstances? Following the disagreement between President Aoun and Hariri, [the government] will not be productive but tensions and mutual obstacles will move to the cabinet table.

There are two options in Lebanon, and there is no third. There is the option of the country carrying on without a government, and this means the continuation of economic and social chaos and a continuous deterioration without reaching any solution. The second option is to form a government so that there is an official body responsible in the country. Even if this government does not achieve everything that the Lebanese people aspire for, at least it introduces the first rescue steps on the path to a solution and begins with efforts to stop the deterioration we are in. Therefore, the formation of the government is the natural, necessary, and exclusive entry point for the beginning of the solution in Lebanon. Then, we must follow up so that the solution is effective. We must also address the gaps that slow the solution down or affect it. There are no other options in Lebanon.

9- After the Secretary-General of Hezbollah confirmed that Speaker Nabih Berri is the only party capable of solving disagreements between President Aoun and Hariri, do you know what he is preparing in this regard?

There are steps that Speaker Berri is now taking, which he hopes will create an opportunity for a solution, and we are helping and cooperating so are other parties. We need the results to appear directly this week.

10- While waiting for the formation of the government, who will the citizens that are looking for fuel, medicine, and basic needs turn to? Does Hezbollah have an alternative plan to protect societal security in Lebanon? Is there anyone who can guarantee that the street will not explode again in light of the continuous deterioration?

Social security is the responsibility of the state and not the responsibility of a particular party. No matter what any party does, it will not be able to achieve social security for the people. It may fill some gaps and address some problems, but there must be a responsible government that the Parliament will hold accountable and follow up with in order to take us to steps for social security and resolve chaos. Any betting outside the framework of forming a government is futile and a waste of time and unrealizable hopes.

11- Does Hezbollah have a project to benefit in a way from the continuous Iranian offers to Lebanon to help in several areas, including electricity, in case Lebanese officials continue to refuse or escape from it?

It is better to wait for the formation of the government, and we will try to help the state cooperate with Iranian, Russian, Chinese, and Western offers, which can speed up dealing with the electricity problem or other problems.

12- In an interview with Al-Hadath channel a few days ago, the Governor of Bank of Lebanon, Riad Salameh, said, “We learned from Washington about Al-Qard Al-Hasan’s connections, and we will investigate this, and the activity of this institution harms the banking system.” What is your response?

Al-Qard Al-Hassan Association is a charitable social institution that does not deal with banking matters and is not part of the banking system in Lebanon. Therefore, any observation that may be made by any party that considers itself to have the authority can follow it through the normal, legal channels and will find that this institution is a charitable institution, to which the accusation claimed by some does not apply.

13- Does Hezbollah support the removal of Riad Salameh from his position?

Any matter related to the governor of the Bank of Lebanon, remaining [in his post] or being ousted, requires a government to make this decision. Discussing this subject is a mere form of entertainment if it is not translated into a discussion within the government, which must take the right position on this issue according to the data presented to it.

14- How is Hezbollah’s relationship with Bkerke today?

The liaison committee between Hezbollah and Bkerke continues its regular and periodic meetings, and there is nothing new in this regard.

15- The Saudi media maintains that Hezbollah is part of the drug trade, and these allegations intensified among Gulf countries preventing Lebanese trucks from passing through their territories. Some Lebanese parties recommended accusing Hezbollah of harming Lebanon’s image and Lebanese production, what is your response?

The link between Hezbollah, drugs, the Gulf states, accusations, and evidence must be dismantled. First, Hezbollah does not trade in drugs and has nothing to do with it, neither from near nor from afar, and it prohibits drug trade and consumption. And the Lebanese security services are fully aware of the extent of Hezbollah’s contribution in providing aid and support when it comes to arresting people or raiding groups in different regions, where we have the ability to help the security services to do so.

As for Western allegations that talk about drug trafficking at the international level, they lack evidence. All the reports they announce say, “This person is close to Hezbollah, “it was leaked to us that Hezbollah may have a relationship,” and “here is an analysis saying that Hezbollah is the one benefiting.” No report dares to accuse Hezbollah directly because it has not been proven to anyone. But they are trying, in a twisted way, to pin it on Hezbollah, and so far, internationally and locally, this matter has not been proven and will not be proven because we are against drugs, drug trade, and anything related to drugs.

Secondly, the drugs seized in pomegranate shipments belongs to one or some drug traffickers, and it has absolutely no connection to Hezbollah. The measures taken by Saudi Arabia, or some Gulf countries are measures related to the shipment of drugs or other shipments. What does this have to do with Hezbollah and the position of the Gulf states with Hezbollah? Linking the matter to Hezbollah is part of the political rivalry and an attempt to tarnish the party’s image. We no longer comment on such accusations because we considered them both frivolous and degrading at the same time and based on unjustified hostility and accusations that do not have the slightest basis. So, if this matter is mentioned repeatedly and Hezbollah did not respond, it is because it has become one of the issues that do not concern us, and the people concerned know very well that we are outside the circle of drugs or the likes.

Does Hezbollah intend to file lawsuits against the media that deliberately insist on placing Hezbollah’s name in this file?

We may need to activate the entire judiciary in Lebanon if we wish to prosecute for every accusation because some throw around accusations a lot without evidence. We do not have the conviction to pursue every matter through the judiciary. We may pursue very specific and very restricted matters if we find that there is a benefit, but this is not our approach.

16- What is your reading of the high turnout in the presidential elections in Syria? And how did you interpret the tension between Lebanese factions over the turnout of the Syrians in Lebanon?

The massive turnout is proof of Syria’s recovery, and that the regime has a well-established position and that people, contrary to what they say about them in the West and some Gulf countries, are supporters of the structure and continuation of the regime. They are opposed to chaos and the fragmentation of Syria. This scene completely contradicts all previous bets on displaced Syrians serving as a tool to vote for someone other than President Assad, and having the president removed in a democratic and constitutional manner.

It became clear to all of them that this bet was unrealistic because even in the centers outside Syria where people have been displaced, the huge turnout was in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. I consider this a success and a victory at the same time for Syria’s continuity and stability in the future. Anyone looking for a solution in Syria must deal with the regime and not with America, “Israel,” and those on their side, including Daesh and others who destroyed Syria.

As for those who tried to attack some voters in Lebanon, Hezbollah issued a statement and made it clear that these people attacked others who have the right to express their opinion. Therefore, this attack is unacceptable and rejected, regardless of their arguments. Unfortunately, some feel that the aggressor has a justification because the voter passed in front of him. This justification is illogical and unreasonable. In any case, they have offended themselves with this attack and highlighted the ugly racist image that no one embraces.

‘Israel’ Advised to Learn From Gaza Failure, Prepare For Hezbollah

27/05/2021

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‘Israel’ Advised to Learn From Gaza Failure, Prepare For Hezbollah

By Staff, Breaking Defense

In wake of the embarrassing ‘Israeli’ defeat, former Commander of US Marine Corps Forces Command LtGen Richard Natonski, USMC and Jonathan Ruhe coauthored a piece for Breaking Defense entitled “Learn From Gaza, Prepare For Hezbollah”:

With a ceasefire announced in Gaza, it’s crucial to apply the lessons-learned to a likely future conflict with Hezbollah, and likely Iran, in Lebanon and beyond, the authors said.

Earlier, the Jewish Institute for National Security of America [JINSA] has laid out in a comprehensive report that this looming war will be unprecedentedly destructive. Hezbollah’s arsenals are an order of magnitude more potent than anything in Gaza, including at least 130,000 rockets and missiles that will overpower ‘Israel’s’ world-class multi-layered air system network.

Since July 2006 ‘Israeli’ war on Lebanon, Hezbollah rebuilt its arsenal, possessing now more firepower than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries, and more rockets and missiles than all European NATO members combined. As is the case resistance groups in Gaza, the vast majority of these are unguided short-range rockets, though Hezbollah likely has several times more of these than the estimated 30,000 short-range rockets and mortars in Gaza at the start of the last round of conflict.

Hezbollah also has thousands of more powerful unguided medium- and long-range rockets, many of them ranging all of the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories, compared to several hundred at most in Gaza that can reach central ‘Israel,’ including Tel Aviv, and only parts of the north. These longer ranges allow Hezbollah to disperse its arsenal throughout Lebanon, including Beirut and Beqaa Valley, covering much greater area than Gaza, according to the article.

And unlike anything in the arsenals of Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah wields dozens or hundreds of precision missiles, the authors went on to say. “Because Iron Dome focuses on projectiles threatening built-up areas, ‘Israel’s’ challenges will grow proportionally with the precision munition stocks of Iran and Hezbollah.”

This encircling “ring of fire” from Lebanon and elsewhere could overwhelm the Zionist entity’s multi-layered air systems with barrages larger than anything yet seen. To be sure, Iron Dome held its own in recent Gaza conflicts. It did so even as the rate of incoming fire increased from 200 rockets daily in 2014 to as many as 400-500 per day in 2021, including 130-rocket barrages, and even as fully half of the recent rocket launches threatened populated areas [up from 20 percent in 2014].

But Hezbollah will launch as many as 3,000 rockets, missiles and drones daily at the outset of the next war – nearly as many as in the entire 2006 and 2014 wars – and at a sustained rate of around 1,000 per day, threatening to oversaturate not just Iron Dome but the Zionist entity’s other air systems as well, according to the article.

“Hezbollah gained valuable battlefield experience since its last war with ‘Israel.’ It learned brutal combined-arms warfare in Syria, including in dense urban cauldrons like Aleppo, and now boasts advanced UAV, air defense, anti-tank, subterranean and other capabilities.”

Unlike Gaza resistance groups, whose threats of cross-border incursions were minimal in the last conflict, Hezbollah will deploy these assets not just defensively throughout Lebanon, but also offensively in concerted ground invasions against northern ‘Israel,’ they added.

The ensuing conflict will greatly strain the ‘Israeli’ occupation forces and the Zionist population. The Zionist military will have to prioritize countering launchers, suggesting more than 1,000 airstrikes daily in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and perhaps farther afield, compared to roughly 200 daily in the latest bout of fighting.

The Zionist entity’s critical infrastructure and cities will depend on passive ‘defense’ measures and luck. Thousands of rockets and missiles will target industrial, electricity, water and transportation chokepoints, and the densely-populated occupied coastal heartland. The result could be mass casualties, enormous physical destruction and severe disruptions to basic services.

The damage to ‘Israel’ likely will be unprecedented.

Meanwhile, the authors advise the United States and ‘Israel’ that they must ensure sufficient co-production of Iron Dome systems and interceptors to mitigate Hezbollah’s sheer mass of unguided and short-range rockets and artillery, as well as “David’s Sling” and Arrow air defense systems to counter Hezbollah’s longer-range and precision arsenals, including drones and ballistic and cruise missiles.

Islamic Jihad to Al-Ahed: Quds Sword Imposed New Equations, Resistance Making Confident Steps to Defeat ‘Israel’

27/05/2021

Islamic Jihad to Al-Ahed: Quds Sword Imposed New Equations, Resistance Making Confident Steps to Defeat ‘Israel’

Al-Ahed Exclusive

The leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, Daoud Shehab, said the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Resistance and the subsequent liberation of southern Lebanon coincided with the victory of Operation Al-Quds Sword.

According to Shehab, the victory carries important implications. The most significant of these is that the resistance persevered – the people of the nation decided not to retreat, and the resistance, whether in Lebanon or Palestine, is recording achievements and accumulating victories in the face of the “Israeli” enemy.

“There is no way back. We are making confident steps to defeat this entity and liberate every inch of the land of Palestine,” Shehab said in an interview with Al-Ahed News.

He pointed out that the Al-Quds Sword battle bore the meaning of the liberation of all Palestine.

“This unification in all the arenas and fields of jihad and resistance throughout occupied Palestine gives an important signal and sends hope again that we are moving towards the fulfillment of God’s promise, the achievement of the great victory, and the defeat of the occupation from all the land of Palestine as it was defeated from southern Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005,” he stressed.

Shehab highlighted the expansion of the achievements of the resistance and the nation’s collective awareness that the main priority is confronting the “Israeli” enemy.

“When Al-Quds was the main title, all Palestinian patriots met in this confrontation, and all attempts by the occupation to sow discord and cracks within the Palestinian society failed.”

The leader of the Islamic Jihad movement pointed out that “the battle of the Al-Quds Sword represents an essential course to victory and liberation.”

Shehab explained that “the battle of the Al-Quds Sword established new equations in the open conflict between the resistance and the enemy, the most important of which is that Al-Quds entered into the rules of engagement. Therefore, we are now facing a new challenge – an aggression on All-Quds will be met with a response by the resistance.”

“The second issue is that the occupation does not surrender easily and does not yield easily to the insistence of the resistance. Ahead of us is a long journey with Al-Quds as the objective. When we called this battle Al-Quds Sword, the name implies that this sword is now in the hands of the resistance that is ready to defend the city of Al-Quds.”

He also stressed that the resistance is ready at any time to make sacrifices and engage in confrontations in order to defend occupied Al-Quds. He confirmed that the resistance throughout the Palestinian homeland from its sea to its river from its north to its south is fully prepared to assume the responsibility of defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“We face two main constants in the Palestinian situation. Al-Quds is a fundamental constant that cannot be overlooked or abandoned. Secondly, the resistance is an authentic expression of the Palestinian situation in which our people live under occupation,” Shehab said.

“There is nothing that can unite the Palestinians in the stage of national liberation and occupation but the resistance,” he added, pointing out that other emergency options are futile and have not succeeded. Shehab remains convinced that any national political project has no value unless it’s based on resistance under occupation.

“We protect the state of unity by protecting the resistance. The resistance is a basic pillar to achieve internal Palestinian unity and maintain the continuous mobilization with the status of Al-Quds and what it represents in the Arab and Islamic conscience as part of our faith and our religion.”

Shehab concluded by saying that “what happened is not limited to the Palestinian interior in Gaza, the West Bank, or the occupied interior, but the Palestinian diaspora also got involved, and this is an issue that cannot be ignored.”

Sayyed Nasrallah: “Deal Of Century” had Fallen, Israel End Is Closer

 May 26, 2021

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

Al-Manar Website Editor

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech Tuesday on the anniversary of the Resistance and Liberation Day in which he congratulated the Palestinian resistance for its great victory.

“We are now celebrating two great victories, the 25th of May 2000 in Lebanon and the 21st of May 2021 in Gaza,” Sayyed Nasrallah initiated, saluting the bravery of the Palestinian resistance in the latest battle.

His eminence considered that “the liberation that the Lebanese people attained in 2000 was dedicated to Palestine because it is where our goal lies, and this victory shifted the strategic path of the Palestinian cause and the conflict with the enemy.”

As he remembered the martyrs who fell on this path and reminded of the great role that Hajj Qassem Suleimani played in supporting the resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah praised the “historic stance” of the Palestinian resistance in standing up for Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood violations, assuring that “the displacement taking place in Sheikh Jarrah is not a normal development considering the symbolism of this neighborhood. It is a step forward in Judaizing Al-Quds”.

“The Palestinian resistance took a firm and historic decision after witnessing the violations that the occupation practiced in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and the cause of this battle was the arrogance and stupidity of the enemy as well as its miscalculations and underestimation of the resistance,” he said, adding that “despite all that is taking place in Palestine, some Arab countries are still normalizing and working on improving the Israeli entity’s image”.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that “the Israelis assumed that the Judaization procedures in Al-Quds will only be faced with statements and denunciations. They didn’t expect that the resistance will take this historic decision.”

“Gaza surprised the friend and enemy with its threat in defense of Al-Quds… This historic development in “Al-Quds Sword” must be highly appreciated as Gaza has engaged in this battle not to protect itself or its own people but to protect Al-Quds,” he added.

Hezbollah SG asserted that “The Gazan people were ready to defend and sacrifice themselves for Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa mosque and the nation’s sanctities,” addressing the Israeli enemy “you should be aware that violating Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa mosque in unlike any other violation you practice.”

“The enemy’s leadership must repeat its calculations after the war on Gaza… and any violation to Al-Aqsa or Islamic sanctities in general must not be faced by the resistance in Gaza only. The equation must be a regional war for Al-Quds,” his eminence warned, stressing that “when Islamic and Christian sanctities face threats there won’t be any red lines.”

“In the latest battle the whole world felt it was standing in front of a united Palestinian people that moved in one direction toward one goal. Al-Quds Sword revived the Palestinian cause around the world and imposed it on social media. It revived the culture and spirit of resistance as an only path to liberate the land,” he further stated.

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah considered that “Al-Quds Sword” battle hit hard the normalization path as well as the normalizing countries and their media.

“After this battle we can say that the “deal of the century” had fallen bringing out the unity of the Palestinian people inside the occupied territories and reminding the world of Israel’s ugly face being an apartheid which kills innocent people and commits massacres. It further re-pointed the conflict compass towards the real enemy,” he said.

Listing the great achievements of “Al-Quds Sword” battle, Sayyed Nasrallah also stated that “it paralyzed the security of the Zionist entity and disfigured its image as a safe entity for businesses and investors. It imposed a confrontation between the occupation and the Palestinians inside the lands of 1948, which Israel considered an existential threat. The Israeli entity failed to prevent the launch of missiles in their announced timing, which is considered a data and intelligence failure,” adding to the list that Israel had failed to destroy the unlaunched missile supply in Gaza.

His eminence reassured that “the latest battle revived historic Palestine from the sea to the river and reflected a rise of faith in the choice of resistance.”

He further considered that “the last 10 years were the hardest on our region, but the steadfastness of the resistance axis in the region has been a major defense and uplift for the victory of Palestine.”

In this context, his eminence clarified that “Israel is unlike any other state because it is an “established state” not a “normally existing one”, this is why security is basic for its existence… because when the Israeli people feel insecure in the entire Palestinian land, the simplest thing for them to do is pack and leave.”

“If the Iron Dome was a success Netanyahu would have bragged about it and marketed it everywhere,” he added.

On Lebanon, Hezbollah SG considered that the resistance has never been any stronger in terms of power, number, expertise, readiness, preparation, faith, courage and morale.

As he warned the occupation of any miscalculation in Lebanon, he considered that “Lebanon is strong with its presidency and with the equation it enforced that is “army, people and resistance”.

His eminence further re-offered his condolences to the family of Mohammad Tahhan, the 21-year-old Lebanese protestor who was killed by the Israeli Army on the southern Lebanese borders, warning the Israeli enemy that “his name was added to the list… we will be patient but we will not disregard this bloodshed”.

In conclusion, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that Al-Quds is closer and the end of the Israeli entity is closer, saluting the stance of the Yemeni people in solidarity with Palestine.

“It brings tears to my eyes when I see the solidarity of the Yemeni people and their leader Sayyed Abdul Malak Al-Huthi who addressed the Palestinians saying “we are ready to share our bread with you”.”

Sayyed Nasrallah asked “do you even have bread to share with the Palestinian people?”

Source: Al-Manar

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Attacking Al-Quds Means Regional War, Gaza Victory Strategic

25/05/2021

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Attacking Al-Quds Means Regional War, Gaza Victory Strategic

Zeinab Essa

Beirut-Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Tuesday a speech marking the “the Resistance and liberation Day”.

At the beginning of his speech, His Eminence revealed that he has been sick for the past 2 weeks.

He further congratulated the Lebanese people on May 25th liberation that was made with Allah’s grace and support. “May’s liberation was not a result of the sacrifices of a sole party or faction of the resistance, but the result of the accumulative years of sacrifices by many Lebanese people and resistance factions,” The Resistance Leader stressed.

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah underlined that “May 2000 victory founded the era of victories, and on that day the resistance granted its victory to the entire Palestine because the goal is there.”

“The results of the 2000 victory were strategic, in a manner that the “Israeli” enemy leaders warned of its repercussion,” he stated, noting that “The May 2000 victory has put the enemy and the friend, as well as the Palestinian Cause and the struggle in front of a different strategic track.”

Regarding Gaza victory, His Eminence announced that “From now on, we started to celebrate two great victories in May, the 25th, of the year 2000, and the 21st in 2021 marking Gaza’s victory.”

“The “Israeli” enemy wanted to isolate the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and it has set Occupied Al-Quds and the holy sites in the circle of great threat,” he said, noting that “In light of all what was happening in Palestine, some Arab countries chose the track of normalization to polish the image of the “Israeli” entity.”

According to the Hezbollah Secretary General, “Gaza surprised the friend and enemy in its decision to implement its threat in responding to “Israeli” practices in Al-Quds.”

“Al-Quds’ becoming in a spot of a dangerous threat has pushed the resistance for a historic, decisive, and new stance,” Sayyed Nasrallah explained.

On this level, he went on to say, “The historic development in ‘Al-Quds Sword operation’ was that Gaza entered the battle to protect Al-Quds and its people, not to protect Gaza.”

“Gaza’s move was a historic and qualitative one in the history of the struggle with the enemy, and it should be highly appreciate,” His Eminence added, noting that “The people and the resistance of Gaza were ready to defend and make sacrifices to protect Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

His Eminence also mentioned that “The reason behind the recent battle was the foolishness of the ‘Israel’s’ leadership, its arrogance, underestimating the resistance, and miscalculations.”

“‘Al-Quds Sword operation’ reflected something the Zionists should understand. It is to revise their estimations and calculations,” he confirmed, denouncing the fact that “In light of all what was happening in Palestine, some Arab countries chose the track of normalization to polish the image of the ‘Israeli’ entity.”

To the “Israelis” and their leadership, the Resistance Leader sent a sounding message: “You should learn that attacking Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque is different from any other aggression you carry out.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “When the matter is related to Al-Quds and its Muslim and Christian holy sites, it will not remain limited to the resistance in Palestine.”

“Gaza has established a new equation ‘Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Quds vs. an armed resistance’,” His Eminence revealed, adding that “When the ‘Israeli’ entity recognizes that it is in front of the equation that says ‘Al-Quds vs. a regional war’, then it will know that any step it will take will result in its elimination.”

In addition, he underscored that “The ‘Sword of Al-Quds’ operation dealt a blow to the course of normalization and all those who have normalized the ties, and after this battle, the ‘Deal of the Century’ fell and vanished.

“‘Al-Quds Sword’ reconsidered the Palestinian Cause in the world and imposed it on media outlets,” Hezbollah Secretary General emphasized, noting that “One of the ‘Al-Quds Sword Operation’ results is reviving the culture and spirit of resistance as the sole way to return the occupied land.”

On this aspect, he stressed that “Al-Quds Sword Operation dealt a heavy blow to the track of normalization, the normalizing countries and their media outlet,” adding that “Among the most important results of ‘Al-Quds Sword Operation’ is that it redirected the compass in the region against the real enemy.”

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that another result of ‘Al-Quds Sword Operation” is that exposed the true and ugly face of “Israel”, especially as an apartheid regime.”

“One result of ‘Al-Quds Sword Operation’ was that Gaza Strip has entered the entire Palestinian equation, which is a major development in the battle,” he stated, pointing out that “When the ‘Israeli’ feels insecure in all of Palestine, the least he can do is leave.”

On the military level, His Eminence highlighted that “‘Al-Quds Sword Operation’ revealed the resistance’s different missile capabilities in terms of quality, quantity and range.”

“One of the most important achievements of ‘Al-Quds Sword Op’ was the movement of Palestinians inside 1948 lands, which terrified the ‘Israeli’,” he said, listing another result of Gaza victory: Another failure is that ‘Israel’ has scored at its intelligence level particularly in preventing the rockets and unveiling its launching sites. Among the results is the “Israeli” failure in getting through the real inventory of missiles that have not been launched yet.”

Shedding light on another “Israeli” failure, Sayyed Nasrallah underlined that “The most important manifestation of ‘Israeli’ defeat in the battle is the failure to wage a ground invasion.”

“When the ‘so-called strongest army’ in the region refrains from engaging in a ground operation, this is a strategic failure,” His Eminence emphasized.

Moving to the Lebanese front, Sayyed Nasrallah repeated that “The resistance in Lebanon is at its best situation. Never a day has passed that the resistance was as strong as it is now in quantity, quality, type and readiness.”

To the “Israelis”, the Resistance leader sent a clear message: “Do not to commit any foolishness and don’t make any wrong calculations regarding Lebanon… The rules of engagement still stand. Do not miscalculate and do not bet on the difficult situations in Lebanon, because this will not matter when the equation is preserving Lebanon’s security and dignity.”

Meanwhile, he announced that Hezbollah has added to its “account with the ‘Israeli’ enemy the blood of martyr Mohammad Tahhan on the way towards Al-Quds.”

Commenting on the internal Lebanese crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah urged PM-designate Saad Hariri to form a government in agreement with President Michel Aoun: “Let the PM-designate hold several meetings with the President until a result is reached. This is the only realistic solution.”

“The governmental crisis is a domestic one,” he said, noting that “There is one of two paths to form the government. Either Aoun and Hariri reach an agreement or House Speaker Berri helps them to do that.”

His Eminence also declared that “Hezbollah is ready to help Speaker Nabih Berri in his efforts.”

Back to the Resistance, its leader assured that “The steadfastness of the resistance axis in different countries was the main supporter of the resistance in Palestine as it was the protector of the victory.”

“Everything happening shows that Al-Quds is closer,” he unveiled, praising the fact that “Yemen’s interaction despite the blockade imposed on it at all levels constitutes a great force for the axis of resistance.”

Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the Yemeni Ansarullah leader Sayyed Abdul Malik Al-Houthi in reference to his remarks in support of the Palestinian people: You are a besieged nation, do you have bread to share it with the Palestinian people?”

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Hezbollah Military Victories in 2000 & 2006 Paved Way for All Axis of Resistance to Crush ‘Israel’

 May 25, 2021

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

It is a mere coincidence that the victory of the Palestinian resistance over the Israeli enemy in Gaza synchronized the 21st anniversary of the liberation of most of the Zionist-occupied Lebanese territories.

After the Israeli invasion in 1982, the various factions of the Lebanese resistance engaged directly in fighting the occupation troops, expelling them from most of the cities, including Beirut. Hezbollah then mastered the fight against the Israeli enemy in Southern Lebanon and Western Bekaa, inflicting heavy losses upon the occupation troops. On May 25, 2000, the Israeli occupation army was forced by the Resistance to withdraw from most of Lebanese territories, except Shebaa Farms and KfarShuba Heights.

What Were the Strategic Consequences of 2000 Victory?

In addition to liberating the Lebanese people, territories and resources which had been under the Zionist occupation, the Lebanese resistance managed to achieve a strategic goal in 2000.

The Israeli military leader and politician Moshe Dayan once boasted that the musical band in the Israeli army can invade and occupy Lebanon. However, Hezbollah refuted Dayan’s claim and consecrated the notion that all the Zionist military units cannot occupy Lebanon.

Hezbollah even struck the renowned slogan that the Israeli army is invincible by showing the Lebanese, Arabs and the rest of the world populations that the Zionist military can be defeated.

In other words, ‘Israel’ which used to arrogantly boast its military superiority, was humiliated in Lebanon.

Humiliation of ‘Israel’ Was Complemented in 2006

Six years after the Zionist army withdrew from Lebanon, its command thought that Hezbollah was satisfied with the liberation victory and its moral as well as psychological aspects. The Israeli command fancied that Hezbollah would not develop its military capabilities.

On July 12, 2006, the Israeli enemy waged a destructive war on Lebanon. However, Hezbollah confronted the aggression and maintained a new balance of deterrence with the Zionists.

Hezbollah managed to shake more of the Israeli basic creeds and military theories. Before 2006, the Zionist home front used to be away from all the military confrontation which the occupation army engaged in. Moreover, the Zionist military used to settle any battle within few days.

On the contrary, Hezbollah managed to involve the Israeli home front in the war by firing thousands of missiles at the occupation settlements in upper and lower Galilee and steadfastly prevented the enemy from settling the battle within few days.

Consequently, the entire military creed of the Zionist enemy was shaken, which complemented the defeat in 2000.

In the recent confrontation in Gaza, the Palestinian resistance benefited from all the lessons it learnt from 2000 and 2006 victories and implemented them thoroughly to achieve a new victory by showing field steadfastness in face of the Zionist enemy despite the sacrifices and firing thousands of missiles at the Israeli settlements.

In this context, the Zionist media described the recent confrontation in Gaza as the worst, indicating that rocketry power in the Strip will remain a threat to the Israeli security.

Israeli analysts stressed Hezbollah managed to humiliate the Israeli power in 2000 and 2006, adding that the Palestinian resistance is following Hezbollah pattern with all its military details.

The Zionist aggression on Gaza Strip, which started on May 10 and ended on May 21, killed 232 Palestinians and injured more than 1900 others. In response, the Palestinian resistance fired around 4500 missiles at the Zionist cities and settlements inflicting heavy losses upon the Israelis. On Friday, May 21, a ceasefire agreement, mediated by the Egyptian government, took into effect after 11 days of a fierce confrontation between the Zionist enemy and the Palestinian resistance.

Based on several Zionist studies, the axis of resistance poses a major threat to ‘Israel’. Thus, by following the basic rules and formulas Hezbollah has maintained in its confrontation with the enemy, the axis of resistance will be able to wipe out ‘Israel’.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

The Humiliation of ’Israel’ in the Eyes of Imad Mughniyeh

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The Humiliation of ’Israel’ in the Eyes of Imad Mughniyeh

By Latifa Al-Husseiny

Beirut – You never run out of stories about the time of liberation. It is like a spring of fresh water on a high mountain pouring on the ground. Twenty full years of Imad Mughniyeh and his comrades in jihad. There was planning, implementation, and then achieving an Arab victory that was only difficult in the dictionary of the weak.

It is May 18, 2000. The beginning of the “Israeli” withdrawal from southern Lebanon begins to unfold. The resistance and its mujahideen are prepared and aware of what is going on. Its military leadership and its cadres are meeting in a village.

The goal is to continuously assess the situation to develop hypothetical scenarios in the event of any major retreat by the enemy. Hajj Imad is heading the meeting. He, along with his cohorts of resistance officers, are providing estimates while examining hypotheticals and sny potential plans the Zionists might adopt. Before those in attendance, he repeats one chorus: the “Israeli” enemy must leave humiliated and under fire.

For this purpose, numerous meetings with the command of military operations and mobilization forces were held. Various sources of fire including the artillery and launchers were stationed in the south. Reconnaissance of the enemy’s movements and soldiers was carried out a week before the liberation of the south, especially in light of the evacuations that were taking place along some of the posts. All this was overseen by Hajj Imad personally.

The enemy’s retreat rolled on. Qantara, Al-Qoussair, Deir Siriane, and Tayibe were liberated from the occupation under the strikes of the Mujahideen, while the locals headed to the occupied gate and removed it.

The resistance leadership drew up alternative plans on how to pounce the Lahad army at the time. It also deployed military police to the southern border villages to prevent any disturbances during the “Israeli” escape.

Indeed, some Lahad forces surrendered in Adaisseh, while others fled under fire from the resistance. Bint Jbeil and the towns in that district were liberated. The liberation rumbled from Tayibe to Hula to Beit Yahoun until the miniature security belt drawn up by the then “Israeli” War Minister Ehud Barak to protect the northern settlements collapsed.

A leader in the Islamic Resistance tells al-Ahed about those days.

“We stayed in the south, watching closely how the “Israelis” fled. Hajj Imad managed the military missions and distributed tasks. When the operations began, he was at the helm of those checking the situation. He went to the Palestinian border without escort.”

On May 23 and May 24, “Israeli” soldiers continued their withdrawal. From Ainatha to Kfar Tibnit to the Khiam detention center, the Zionists withdrew defeated. Hajj Imad was waiting, while the resistance men spread around and targeted them.

On the final day of throwing out the occupiers, the battle ended at the Fatima Gate at the border. Through it, the last “Israeli” soldier fled. That moment was historic.

While Benny Gantz, the commander of the so-called Lebanon Liaison Unit in the “Israeli” army, closed the gate and put the key under one of the rocks, Hajj Imad was a few meters away looking at how the “Israelis” were humiliated.

He stood in front of the Fatima Gate, while the resistance apparatus deployed and secured all the villages. Inhaling the breath of freedom and the fragrance of Palestine, he did not care about the people who had been trailing him for years. Those people were fleeing broken, looking for a refuge to hide their failures and surrender. On the other hand, Hajj Imad was defying everything to take a look at the Galilee and beyond. He had accomplished the first step of the inevitable liberation.

Six years after the 2000 liberation of the south, the July War came. Hajj Imad led 33 days of confrontations with the enemy. He thwarted the Zionists’ promise. It was another divine victory on the road to Palestine. Angered by the defeat, “Israel” decided to take revenge. For this purpose, it utilized its tools and agents. The meeting was in Syria.

Away from the commotion of the world, a group of leaders of the resistance axis gathered in one of the party’s centers in the Kafr Souseh area in Damascus.

On the evening of February 12, 2008, a group of leaders of the Revolutionary Guards headed by the commander of the Quds Force, Hajj Qassem Soleimani, met leaders of the Islamic Resistance, headed by Hajj Imad Mughniyeh.

It was a military summit that lasted for about an hour. One of the leaders who attended the meeting explained that the main reason for the meeting was to conduct an evaluation of the general situation at the level of the resistance factions. However, the special relationship between Hajj Imad and Hajj Qassem set the tone of the meeting.

There was laughter and smiles as if they felt that this would be a farewell. Hajj Qassem told our interlocutor, “What Hajj Imad says, I implement. I am a soldier of Hajj Imad Mughniyeh.” When the latter heard that sentence, he quickly said, “No, we are brothers.”

The evaluation session was over, and it was time to depart. Hajj Qassem Soleimani stood at the elevator and embraced Hajj Imad with great affection. That moment was engraved in the memory of the people present. It was proof that the relationship between the two men surpassed the cause. It was a relationship of spirit and sacrifice similar to the relationship between al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (PBUT). They shared redemption, responsibility, and a high jihadist spirit.

Five minutes later, Hajj Imad left to carry out an important mission. When he got to his car, he was martyred.

Hajj Qassem never knew Hajj Imad’s destination. He heard a loud explosion and was informed of the news. He went back to find his companion dead.

What was the nature of the meeting they agreed on minutes earlier? It was a painful separation. However, 12 years later that conclusion was repeated with Hajj Qassem’s spirit rising to the supreme kingdom. Both men’s blood was spilt on the road to Palestine for the sake of Al-Quds.

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