Nasrallah: ‘1st Iran fuel ship has arrived, for all Lebanese’

September 14, 2021

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Below are breaking news items from a speech delivered by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on 13-09-2021, in which he provided extensive details about his movement’s ongoing efforts to import much-needed fuel shipments from Iran to Lebanon aimed at breaking what Nasrallah says is a US-led economic siege on Lebanon.

Source: Al-Manar TV (Website)

Date: September 14, 2021

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary General:

–  So as not to embarrass the Lebanese government (and certain parties), we went for the second option, which is sending the (Iranian fuel) ship to the Syrian Baniyas Port, and Syria (who accepted receiving the ship) has facilitated (the ship’s) movement at the Baniyas Port and secured fuel tanks for the transportation process of the oil derivatives (across the Lebanese-Syrian border).

– Our sincere thanks goes to the Syrian leadership for their support and facilitation (of the process), and their understanding and contribution to the success of this step so far and for the next stages (as well).

– The first ship arrived at the Baniyas Port, Sunday night at 2:30 a.m., and the unloading of its cargo will be finished today (Monday), and the transfer of this material is supposed to begin this Thursday to specific reservoirs in the Baalbek region (in Lebanon), from where it will be distributed to the rest of the regions of Lebanon

– There were some (sides who) considered (i.e. framed) our promise to import oil derivatives from Iran as mere media talk, (which is) an effort that has failed.

– The existing deterrence equation (imposed by Hezbollah that protects) Lebanon, (also protects) the fuel ships and allowed the safe arrival of the first ship and (will ensure) the other ships (arrive safely too God willing).

– The ship that arrived carries diesel oil and the second ship that will arrive in a few days to Baniyas Port will be carrying diesel too.

– All the administrative prerequisites have been completed to begin the transport of the third ship (from Iran), which will be carrying gasoline (petrol).

-The fourth ship, which will be sent later, will carry diesel due to the coming winter seasons

– As for the method of delivery, we have adopted the following mechanism: for one month, starting September 16 till October 16, oil derivatives will be made available as donations to the following entities (in Lebanon): public hospitals, retirement homes (for the elderly), orphanages, special needs facilities, water institutions, and (poor) municipalities (local government councils) that use water wells.

– Civil Defence regiments and the Lebanese Red Cross will be receiving (diesel in the form of) donations too.

– A month after the arrival of the first ship, (the second category to be provided with diesel) will be pharmaceutical factories, serum laboratories, bakeries, (local) markets/shopping centres, as well as private power companies providing people with electricity through (private) power generators.

– In selling oil derivatives for private power companies at a price lower than the cost, we will reach an agreement to (ensure) the lowering of the (currently) exaggerated (artificially inflated) prices that are set for citizens.

– Our (great) concern is that the diesel oil is utilised for the sake of easing the suffering of the Lebanese people and (not to be sold) in the black market.

– We stress that the oil derivatives will be sold at less than the cost price, and we will consider the losses as an aid and gift from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hezbollah.

– The main focus in terms of distributing (the diesel to Lebanese organisations/entites) will primarily occur via the US-sanctioned Al-Amanah Company (since it is already sanctioned!), while other (distribution) companies will be considered later on.

– My advice to the new government – which would not want (to bear the consequences of) lifting (government) subsidies – is to ensure that subsidised oil derivatives reach the citizens so that traders and monopolists won’t monopolise and sell them at (higher) new prices next month.

– Initially we (Hezbollah) were able to organise a a convoy of ships (from Iran), but we did not want to provoke (and antagonise) anybody because our goal is to alleviate (the Lebanese people’s) suffering, and so we used minimum media coverage in order to allow the process to actualise and achieve its intended purpose.

– We must thank the Islamic Republic of Iran, the leader Imam Khamenei (may his life be prolonged), President Ibrahim Raisi, and the Iranian officials.

– We thank Syria’s leadership and government for the facilitation, understanding, and cooperation it has shown and will show during the next stage.

– One of the blessings of this course (of organising fuel shipments from Iran), was that it opened new doors, especially after the immediate American actions following our move (i.e. suddenly allowing Lebanese officials to meet some of Lebanon’s electricity needs from Egypt & Jordan via Syria)

– We welcomed the visit of the official Lebanese delegation to Syria, and (thank Syria’s government) for handling the situation with openness and love despite the delicacy of the matter. 

– Iraqi fuel is supposed to arrive soon by the end of September (too), which will (contribute to) alleviating (the Lebanese) people’s suffering, and we reiterate our thanks to the Iraqi government for their efforts.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Diesel to Arrive in Lebanon Thursday… The American Conspiracies Will Fail as They Always Did

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Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech on Monday evening in which he tackled the latest political developments in Lebanon and the region.

At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah mourned the demise of prominent cleric Sayyed Mohammad Said al-Hakim in Iraq and the Head of the Supreme Shia Council in Lebanon Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan.

Moving to politics, Sayyed Nasrallah welcomed the formation of the Lebanese government that was announced on Friday and thanked all those who contributed to this achievement. His eminence didn’t forget to thank the caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab for his patience and patriotism and shouldering the responsibility over the period of caretaking the responsibilities of the already resigned government.

Highlighting that the current government’s priorities must be to save the nation from the heart of the downfall, carry out reforms, and take care of people’s livelihood, the resistance leader also voiced support for getting prepared to hold the municipal elections in the due time, and insisted on this issue.

Also on the governmental level, Sayyed Nasrallah called for finishing the ministerial statement as soon as possible for the government to gain confidence and drive the country out of the crises, urging everybody to stand in solidarity to grant the government the sufficient time before judging it.

Fuel bound to Lebanon

In key notes that were the reason for delivering Monday’s speech, Sayyed Nasrallah commented on the fuel shipments heading for Lebanon, explaining that Hezbollah had two choices regarding the destination where the ship docks, one was Lebanon and the other was Syria.

“Not to embarrass certain parties inside Lebanon, we decided to send the ship to Syria, which agreed on the matter of receiving the ship at one of its ports,” His Eminence stated, adding that Syria facilitated the movement in Baniyas Port for the storage and transferring the oil via the borders, and it also provided the cisterns in which the oil will be transferred.

Sayyed Nasrallah announced that the first ship carrying oil derivatives docked at the Syrian Port of Baniyas on Sunday evening, and today [Monday] unloading its cargo will be finished.

His Eminence further declared that transferring the oil derivatives to Beqaa area will start on Thursday and will be stored in certain reservoirs in Baalbek.

Lashing out at some bets that considered the promise to send the ships is just for media consumption, the resistance leader said the matter is left behind as the ship already arrived.

“The ‘Israeli’ was in trouble as the equation of deterrence was set, and it is the one that protected and allowed the arrival of the first ship,” Sayyed Nasrallah underlined, slamming those who betted on the Americans who failed to prevent the arrival of the ships despite the pressures and threats.

Additionally, His Eminence noted that betting on causing a trouble between Hezbollah and the Lebanese state has also collapsed thanks to the cooperation of the Syrian state: “All bets have collapsed and serious work has started although we expected setting new gamblings.”

The Hezbollah leader elaborated that the ship that has already arrived was carrying diesel oil, and the second ship will arrive at the Baniyas Port within a few days. Meanwhile, all administrative measures to send the third ship have been finished, and it will carry gas oil from Iran.

The fourth ship will later be carrying diesel oil to be used for heating as winter approaches, Sayyed Nasrallah made clear.

Elsewhere in comments on the same issue, the Hezbollah leader mentioned that based on the new government’s track and the given data, the destination of other ships would be decided.

Ruling out any intention of making profits, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah doesn’t seek trade or benefits from such ships, and it only aims at easing the suffering of the people. “The cargo that will arrive will be handed to all classes in Lebanon and is not limited to certain people,” His Eminence assured.

“We prepared a specific mechanism to deliver the oil derivatives, and we don’t aim at competing with others,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “As per distribution, we adopted several divisions; the first of which is a donation that will be sent for a one-month supply for several sides.”

Those sides are public hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and centers that take care of people with special needs, Sayyed Nasrallah said. Additionally, water facilities and poor municipalities that has water wells, the civil firefighting centers, and the Lebanese Red Cross will be considered in this donation.

According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the second section that will receive those derivatives with appropriate prices – and there are priorities in this regard – are the private hospitals, serology laboratories, bakeries, and supermarkets, the food industry, and the agricultural equipment.

“We will sell the oil derivatives to the second section with prices that are lower than the costs at the market and there will be no oil that will be sold to individuals,” the resistance leader underscored.

In the phase of distribution, Hezbollah will depend in the first place on the Al-Amana company that is already blacklisted by the US and will deal with other companies later. The quantities will be distributed gradually to increase the amount of the beneficiaries and Hezbollah will focus mainly on the municipal unions, according to Sayyed Nasrallah.

His Eminence underscored that the important point for Hezbollah is that the material reaches the due recipients and not the black market. “We will shoulder a big amount of the costs against the greed and monopoly found in Lebanon.”

The resistance group will sell the material in prices that are less than their expenses as it doesn’t seek profits and will consider the losses as an aid from Hezbollah and Iran, its leader added.

The official price for selling the diesel oil will be either announced on Wednesday or on Thursday, and it will be less than the expenses. The material will be sold in exchange for the Lebanese pound and Hezbollah will not cost the country’s treasury anything, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized.

“We aim at breaking the black market and the greed of the monopolists,” His Eminence reiterated.

Sayyed Nasrallah called on the new government to have the Lebanese Army as the guarantor in the process of delivering subsidies to the people.

In clear remarks highlighting Hezbollah’s capabilities, Sayyed Nasrallah said the party was able to get a convoy of ships at once with a media coverage, but it didn’t do so because it didn’t want to incite anybody and it is why Hezbollah achieved the matter with the minimum of media coverage.

“We don’t aim at any political employment of what happened,” His Eminence noted, affirming that among the blessings of what happened is that it opened new doors to Lebanon, especially after the direct US move to bring Egyptian gas through Jordan and Syria.

On the same level, Sayyed Nasrallah welcomed the official visit of the Lebanese delegation to Syria that was open and loving despite the critical situation.

Regarding the agreement of exchanging Iraqi fuel, Sayyed Nasrallah said it is supposed to arrive in Lebanon and thanked the Iraqi government for its efforts in this respect.

Also on the local level, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that the ration card might open another door to stealing, corruption, and politicization and called on the Lebanese to adhere to the law related to the ration card without any fraud: “Those who don’t meet the restrictions should leave the money offered by this card to other people in need.”

Gilboa Heroic Op

Hailing the operation of Gilboa Prison break, Sayyed Nasrallah described the “Tunnel of Freedom” Operation that was carried out by Palestinian heroes and resistance men as an event with major and very important significances.

“The “Tunnel of Freedom” Operation expresses the creativity of those heroes and it is a source of pride for every honorable man, it also expresses the Palestinian insistence on freedom,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Additionally, His Eminence ruled out that detaining four of the six escapees would undermine the success of the operation and underscored that the responsibility of protecting the two remaining escapees should be shouldered by all Palestinians.

July 13 Events: Gaza Liberation, Airport Massacre, Jabal al-Rafei Confrontation

As today marks the 16th anniversary of liberating the Gaza Strip, Sayyed Nasrallah commented on this “major victory the resistance has scored and it emphasized the benefit of the choice of resistance”, noting that liberating the Gaza Strip led to turning it into a main base for resistance and a source of hope for all the people of Palestine.

July 13 also marks the day when the Lebanese Army opened fire at the heads of people protesting against the Oslo Agreement, in comments on the tragic massacre, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “We were very patient on this calamity to ward off sedition some sides wanted to create against the Lebanese Army.”

“Nobody in Dahiyeh has opened fire against the security forces although they were killing their sons and daughters. Our people blocked the road in front of the sedition that was desired and later, the blood of our martyrs blended with that of the army’s martyrs,” Sayyed Nasrallah underlined, in reference to the martyrdom of a group of resistance men, including his own son, martyr Hadi Hassan Nasrallah, and a group of Lebanese Army soldiers on July 13, 1997 while combatting an ‘Israeli’ commando unit in Jabal al-Rafei, south Lebanon.

“The blood of our resistance men blended with the blood of the Lebanese Army officers, which led to victory,” the Hezbollah leader.

US will always fail

Sayyed Nasrallah concluded his speech by assuring the Americans that they will fail in every conspiracy they hatch against Lebanon: “Just as your hopes and conspiracies failed, you will fail once again and the golden equation [of Army, People, and Resistance in Lebanon] will persist.

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وقال خلال حفل تأبيني في بلدة قعقعية الجسر الجنوبية «إذا كان هدف الأميركي الضغط على المقاومة في لبنان لنخلي الساحة، فنقول للأميركي إننا سنكون حاضرين بشكل  أكبر وأقوى».

ورأى أن «المشكلة الأساسية في لبنان هي النظام، يُضاف إليها الضغط الأميركي لتتخلى المقاومة عن سلاحها»، مشيراً إلى أن «غباء السفيرة الأميركية كان في مسارعتها لردة الفعل التي فضحت النيّات الأميركية». وتابع «بضربة واحدة كسرنا حصار ثلاث دول، حيث اشترينا المازوت من إيران، وعبرنا به من سورية واستفاد منه لبنان المحاصر وهذه خطوة أولى وسنستكملها بخطوات».

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‘Israeli’ Robot Overturns During Mission to Inspect ‘Suspicious Plastic Bag’ Along Lebanon Border

 September 1, 2021

‘Israeli’ Robot Overturns During Mission to Inspect ‘Suspicious Plastic Bag’ Along Lebanon Border

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‘Israeli’ occupation forces used a robot to inspect a black plastic bag they referred to as ‘suspicious’ in the settlement of Maskafam, facing the southern Lebanese town of Odaisseh, in Marjeyoun.

The plastic bag incited the enemy’s forces, forcing them to take combat positions amid Lebanese Army and UNIFIL deployment on the Lebanese side.

For its bad luck, the robot “overturned” during its mission. This happened less than a day after several incidents the ‘Israeli’ occupation tanks have been experiencing during maneuvers along the border with Lebanon.

Hezbollah Heavy Sacrifices Led Lebanon to Defeat Takfiri Terrorists in 2017: Videos

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On the fourth anniversary of the Second Liberation, Hezbollah stands on the peak of victory over the terrorist groups, led by ISIL and Nusra Front, after fierce clashes and heavy sacrifices made in the northeastern barrens.

Hezbollah operated against the terrorist groups on both the Lebanese and Syrian sides of the border and dealt heavy blows to their sites. The Lebanese Army later joined the battle waged the Resistance and the Syrian military simultaneously.

Hezbollah forces detected the sites where the terrorists used to prepare booby-trapped cars and send them to attack various Lebanese areas.

The Resistance fighters made heavy sacrifices and confronted harsh conditions during the battle, fiercely clashing with the terrorists.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Sayyed Nasrallah: US Responsible for Transferring Daesh Militants to Afghanistan, We Reject Investigative Judge’s Acts

August 28, 2021

By Fatima Haydar

Sayyed Nasrallah: US Responsible for Transferring Daesh Militants to Afghanistan, We Reject Investigative Judge’s Acts

Beirut – Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech on the 4th anniversary of Lebanon’s 2nd Liberation.

During his speech on Friday, August 27, 2021, Sayyed Nasrallah explained the importance of Lebanon’s 2nd Liberation and its implications regionally and internationally, in addition to several other Lebanese issues before concluding his speech with the anniversary of the disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr and his companions.

The Resistance Leader asserted that Lebanon’s Second Liberation is considered “as a day of celebration; the first liberation was that of South Lebanon on May 25th, 2000, and the second was on August 28th, 2018”.

“Hezbollah insists on celebrating the 2nd Liberation day to take live lessons from the painful experience and to remind of the incoming dangers and threats,” His Eminence said, adding that “We celebrate to hail the huge sacrifices that the people offered and that led to this victory”.

More on the occasion, Sayyed Nasrallah asserted that the victory Hezbollah has scored “didn’t happen without a cost, it was the result of sacrifices, blood, patience and steadfastness”.

The SG further explained that “the ‘Joroud’ Victory came after a universal war on Syria and part of a dangerous scheme drawn for the region”.

According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] “sought to take control of Syria entirely, and Lebanon was a part of its scheme as well”.

Furthermore, part of the Wahhabi group’s scheme was “to link Palmyra to Qalamoun,” His Eminence said, adding that “had it been able to do so, the battle would have been more difficult”.

In the light of the aforementioned, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted the fact that “Daesh received international and regional support as well as major facilitations”. He went on to say that thousands of the terrorist group’s “militants were brought to the region”.

The Secretary General reminded that “Trump and other officials have over time repeated saying that Daesh is the product of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton”.

In a parallel platform, His Eminence focused on the fact that “Daesh resembled a permanent threat to the outskirts [Joroud], Beqaa, Beirut and the Lebanese Army, and this was documented in their video tapes”.

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that “The state failed to take the initiative in face of the terrorist and to defend the towns and villages in face of Daesh”.

In a related notion, the Resistance Leader noted that “The US embassy prevented the Lebanese state from confronting Daesh by threatening it to stop aid to the Lebanese Army”.

However, Lebanese President Michel Aoun didn’t submit to American pressure to refrain from confronting terrorism, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.

Elsewhere in his speech, the Secretary General reiterated that “When Hezbollah interfered in the Joroud battle, it has expressed the response to the people’s will, and the people of the outskirts, whether Muslims or Christians”.

During the Joroud Battle – also known as the Dawn of the Outskirt Battle – the resistance fighters offered many sacrifices to liberate the outskirts, and “there have been many volunteers among them”, Sayyed Nasrallah said. 

His Eminence made clear that Hezbollah interfered in the battle only “after the State refrained from shouldering its responsibility to liberate the land and defend the people”.

Sayyed Nasrallah restated that “liberation was the result of years-long sacrifices offered by the Syrian and Lebanese armies and people of both countries”.

Also in his address, the SG credited Iran for its support to Syria and Lebanon during their fight against terrorism, saying that this fight “happened thanks to the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

His Eminence noted that “The battle for liberating the outskirts was a new experience that was scored as part of the equation of ‘Army, People, and Resistance’”.

“Our battle”, according to Sayyed Nasrallah was “aimed at protecting Lebanon, liberating the land, and confronting the aggression”.

The SG warned that “Atop of the victory of the golden equation are the armaments of Resistance which some seek to disarm”.

And yet, His Eminence said, “The scheme being plotted for the region is collapsing,” giving the United States’ failure in Afghanistan as an example. “What we are witnessing in Afghanistan today is a complete US defeat and the entire failure and collapse of the Americans,” he clarified.

Sayyed Nasrallah made clear that “What is happening in Afghanistan represents a sounding ethical collapse, reflected in how the US dealt with those fleeing Kabul Airport”.

Relatedly, the SG expounded that “The US planes and helicopters transferred Daesh militants from Syria to Afghanistan” with the US aiming “to confuse all countries neighboring Afghanistan”.

“Daesh is an American tool and the Afghan experience must be a lesson for every country,” Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized.               

His Eminence elucidated to those betting on the US that they “should take lessons from the way it treated its allies in Afghanistan”.

On the issue of US sanctions, Sayyed Nasrallah spoke of sanctions targeting both, Lebanon and Syria. “There is a huge blockade targeting Lebanon in economic bans via the threat of US sanctions,” he said, adding, “The Caesar Act didn’t besiege Syria alone, but also Lebanon”.

“The Caesar Act closed the door in front of the Lebanese people who wanted to invest in Syria,” the SG noted and interpreted that “Any facilitation that might be able to revive the Lebanese economy, such as electricity, were banned”.

Still on the issue, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out, “Being free from the US bans and veto, we could have revived the sectors of electricity and gas in Lebanon,” adding, “Had the Lebanese people raised their voice high against the Americans, we could have been excluded from sanctions”.

To the Americans, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “If you really do care about the Lebanese people, then lift sanctions against make Lebanon and stop your threats”.

Regarding the Iranian fuel vessels, His Eminence explained, “We agreed with the Iranians to start loading a third ship with oil derivatives”, noting that Lebanon needs “more than three ships to confront the near future phase”.

On the Lebanese arena, the Secretary General highlighted the importance of forming a government as soon as possible in order to start solving the problem.

The Resistance Leader regretted that “all the bloodshed and all the pains suffered in Lebanon didn’t push the officials to make the achievement of forming a cabinet”.

He further noted that “Everything circulating about linking the formation of the government with foreign factors such as the Vienna talks is a ‘mere talk’”.

A final point on the internal Lebanese affair, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “The investigating judge’s act is rejected and the judiciary is demanded to intervene and act according to the Constitution”.

On the anniversary of the abductions of Imam Sayyed Moussa Sadr and his companions, the Hezbollah Leader said, “What happened is and aggression and injustice against the nation, and a targeting of the Resistance”.

“Sayyed Moussa Sadr sought to protect the blood of all the Lebanese people, and to prevent sedition and destroying Lebanon,” Sayyed Nasrallah clarified.

Accordingly, His Eminence asserted, “We will continue in the path of Sayyed Moussa Sadr and will achieve his goals; his name will strongly remain present in all our practices”.

Sayyed Nasrallah concluded his speech by hoping “to remain in the position where we can move from one victory to another and to overcome the economic war imposed on our people”.

Consequently, the SG reiterated, “If it weren’t for the American veto, we would have been able to revive the electricity and gas sectors in Lebanon”.     

Resistance Shoulders Economic Responsibilities As the US Administration’s Sanctions Cripple Lebanon

August 26, 2021

Resistance Shoulders Economic Responsibilities As the US Administration’s Sanctions Cripple Lebanon

By Mohammad Youssef

The US economic financial war and tightened blockade against the countries that opposes Washington politics and strategies has become a fixed American policy; Lebanon is no exception in this context.

Even though the US administration designates Lebanon as a friendly state and claims to have the best relations with country pillars especially the army, nonetheless it continues to impose sanctions of every kind on the country thus pushing its people to more suffering and the whole country to collapse.

This is an imminent threat yet it is an opportunity at the same time. Lebanese ought to find alternatives to cope with the miserable situation as a first step and to look into permanent sustainable solutions that render the country independent from the US control and immune to its punishment and sanctions.

The American administration has done everything to prevent Lebanon from becoming a strong state on many levels; the military, political and the economic one.

The Lebanese Army has been subject to continuous pressure and threats to stop US support in case it accepted any kind of military aid from Russia or any other adversary country to Washington.

The Lebanese banks have been and continue to be under US tight hand, every bank has to comply with the American directives. They closed many accounts to Lebanese citizens simply because Washington ordered them.

Washington imposed new series of conditions that the Lebanese banks have to comply with in a flagrant violation to the country’s sovereignty.

At the economic level, Washington has been monitoring Lebanon’s plans and projects. It exercised every pressure possible to prevent Lebanon from starting any meaningful or serious cooperation with Russia, China, Iran or any other country that is not under Washington’s list.

Meanwhile, and as Washington put all these obstacles in front of Lebanon, it did not help in any way or give any alternative plan thus preventing Lebanon from any normal progress or development. Worse than that, because the American administration failed to subjugate the Lebanese will to suit ‘Israeli’ interests and ambitions in our oil and gas, it is imposing sanctions and siege over Lebanon thus adding more suffering to the already miserable situation. Because Lebanon can through its golden equation: resistance, army, and people stand to the ‘Israeli’ might, and has humiliated it in many instances, Washington is mounting pressure and preventing Lebanon’s friends from giving any help. Had America lift its veto we would have seen financial help and support coming.

Because of that, we the Lebanese have a must to do. We should explore every opportunity and do our best to find a way to alleviate our people’s suffering. This is a moral duty. We all should assume our responsibilities and do our obligations and not listen to any threat or care for any pressure wherever it comes from. Our people are under the ruthless American hammer.

We, in the resistance has truly been able to build a very significant military force that made remarkable achievements against one of the mightiest armies in the region and the world. Yes, we made it. Now it is the turn to do something in the economic front, to contribute to helping our country survive, develop and thrive. The fuel ships coming from Iran is the one step in a thousand-mile journey. It has started and we will make it in economy as we made it in military.

Sayyed Nasrallah: Third Iranian Ship to Be Loaded with Fuel, Dispatched to Lebanon

August 27, 2021

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announced on Friday that a third Iranian ship will be loaded with fuel and dispatched to Lebanon.

In a televised speech via Al-Manar, Sayyed Nasrallah said that due to the fuel shortage in the country a deal was reached with Iran to send a third ship to Lebanon.

Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking on the fourth anniversary of Second Liberation, when territories in eastern Lebanon were liberated by Hezbollah and Lebanese Army from ISIL and other Takfiri terrorist groups.

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the victory during the Second Liberation was part of the universal war on Syria.

His eminence hailed sacrifices by the Lebanese Army and the Lebanese Army, pointing to the battles which the Syrian Army were taking part in from the Syrian side.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the latest developments in Afghanistan is a defeat to the United States, calling on the people of the region not to bet on the US occupation.

The Hezbollah S.G. also slammed the delay in government formation, calling on the Lebanese officials to meet the people’s demands.

Sayyed Nasrallah voiced rejection to a decision in which a subpoena was issued for caretaker PM Hassan Diab, describing it as politicized.

Second Liberation

Talking about the occasion, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the Second Liberation took place thanks to the Resistance weapons and to sacrifices by Hezbollah fighters, Lebanese Army and Syrian Army.

“We insist to mark this occasion in order to take lessons from the dangerous experience and challenges our country was passing through.”

“What happened in the barrens in Bekaa years ago was part of the universal war waged against Syria, and part of a great scheme in the region.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said Lebanon was targeted by the ISIL scheme, stressing that the battle against the Takfiri group was joint on two fronts: The Lebanese and the Syrian.

His eminence said that both ISIL and Nusr Front had the same ideology, pointing to the backing which such groups were offered by several international powers.

“ISIL was made by the US. Donald Trump repeatedly said that the group was created by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

“The Resistance had intervened in the battle in Bekaa barrens after the Lebanese state abandoned its responsibility to liberate its territory.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah lashed out at the US, noting that Washington was pressuring the Lebanese Government to prevent the Lebanese Army from taking part in the battle against Takfiri groups.

“The Second Liberation was part of the victory against ISIL and terror across the region.”

Sayyed Nasrallah underlined importance of the trilogy of Resistance, Army and People.

“As we say to the Israelis, we say to the Takfiris: ‘If you repeat (the crime) We shall repeat (the punishment)’.”

Afghanistan

Stressing that the US scheme in the region is being defeated, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the latest developments in Afghanistan prove that all pretexts used by the US are deceiving and aim at occupation and expanding influence.

“What we witness today in Afghanistan is a pure defeat. It’s also a moral failure when the US and UK troops leave the Afghans who help them while take their police dogs, cats and alcoholic drinks.”

“The US administration had transferred ISIL membered to Afghanistan in a bid to destabilize Asian neighbors and Russia.”

Blockade on Lebanon?

Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, hit back at those who deny that the US has been imposing a blockade on Lebanon.

“Yes Lebanon has been blockaded by the US for years. The US has been preventing several states from investing in Lebanon or even offering aids to Lebanon.”

“When the US issued the so-called Caesar Act it was not targeting Syria only, but also Lebanon. When the US ambassador says that the US will allow the entry of the Egyptian gas via Syria, then she is acknowledging that her country has been blocking such projects in the last three years.”

“If Lebanon really concerns the US then it shall give it waiver to import the Iranian fuel.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah announced that the third Iranian ship will be loaded with fuel and dispatched to Lebanon.

“We have agreed with our brothers in Iran to load the third ship with fuel and dispatch it.”

Gov’t Formation, Subpoena for Diab

Sayyed Nasrallah slammed delay in government formation, citing the urgent need to deal with the sufferings of the Lebanese people.

“Neither the blood of Tleil explosion victims, nor Lebanese people’s sufferings had prompted the Lebanese officials to fasten the formation of the new government.”

Commenting on the decision in which a subpoena was issued for caretaker PM Hassan Diab, Sayyed Nasrallah described the move as politicized voicing rejection to the decision taken by the judge Tarek Bitar who is investigating the Beirut Port investigation.

Imam Moussa Al-Sadr Abduction Anniversary

Sayyed Nasrallah said that the abduction of Imam Sayyed Moussa Al-Sadr is a painful incident “as it posed an aggression on Lebanon, its people and Resistance.”

“The abduction of Imam Sayyed Moussa Sadr was a scheme against the Resistance and the project of liberating Palestine.”

“We vow that we will keep going on the path of Imam Sayyed Moussa Al-Sadr.”

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Former LF MP to Al-Ahed: Iran is A Friend, Lebanon Needs Actual Help Not Words

August 24, 2021

Former LF MP to Al-Ahed: Iran is A Friend, Lebanon Needs Actual Help Not Words

By Sara Raad

After the disarray surrounding the recent stances voiced by Lebanese businessman and Member of the Parliament who was previously labelled as a “Lebanese Forces” [LF] affiliate, Cesar Maalouf,  al-Ahed News was briefed by the Zahlé MP who asserted that he doesn’t belong the LF Party, and noted that: “I don’t have a ‘Lebanese Forces’ card, I am an ally of this party in Zahlé, and they have been tolerating my words over the past three years; this time, however, they didn’t tolerate what I’ve said, and they blocked me from LF WhatsApp groups.”

Maalouf pointed to that the background of his stances was neither political nor electoral: “I don’t speak politics, and I don’t care for my political position; however, any country that helps Lebanon today is a friend of it. Friends indeed are friends in need. And today, it is clear who is Lebanon’s friends and who is its enemy. The friend is the one that supports Lebanon. In this case I am not speaking about axes, but instead about the conditions of people waiting in front of gas stations, pharmacies and bakeries. Lebanon is at the last gasp, heading towards the brink, and we are just watching.”

Regarding the Christian community’s reaction to Hezbollah’s initiative to import oil from Iran, Maalouf explained that “Christians, just like Sunnis and Shia, don’t care who is the MP, minister, or president, they only care for their dignity and that of their children and their livelihood. They do care for a question which is: Where is the country heading to? And how would the solution be?”

In response to al-Ahed’s question about the reason that pushed an LF-categorized member of the parliament to confront the US Ambassador, which is known to be the patron of the ‘Lebanese Forces’ party, Maalouf answered: “If the Lebanese Forces have a patron, I [myself] am not under anybody’s patronage, I address the US ambassador to tell her: Do not undermine, but help this sinking country. Do offer actual help to the Lebanese Army, or even help improve the supply of electricity. Do not impose a veto on us for drilling oil. We need not slogans or words of support, but rather an actual support.”

In the context of being accused of attacking Saudi Arabia, Maalouf made clear: “I didn’t attack Saudi Arabia. On the contrary, I asked them and all Arab countries not to abandon Lebanon and to help the country and support it. We do thank whoever helps us.” He then underscored that Iran is not a hostile country, it is rather a friendly one. The only enemy is the ‘Israeli’ enemy.

Maalouf then asked: “When was oil categorized as Iranian, Gulf, or American? Does oil belong to a certain sect? Did we ever ask about the sect of oil at gas stations? We shouldn’t sectarianize everything to abet the Christians.”

When asked about his political future, MP Cesar Maalouf affirmed that in the meantime, he doesn’t care about politics, but about “the pain and suffering of people.” The Lebanese lawmaker finally called for a speedy government formation not to have the country being taken to the unknown and to chaos, and to stop this breakdown.

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معلوف لـ"العهد": ايران صديق ولا طائفة للنفط.. نحتاج للمساعدة الفعلية لا للشعارات

معلوف لـ”العهد”: ايران صديق ولا طائفة للنفط.. نحتاج للمساعدة الفعلية لا للشعارات

بعد الضجة التي أثارتها المواقف الأخيرة لرجل الأعمال اللبناني والنائب المحسوب سابقًا على حزب “القوات اللبنانية” سيزار معلوف، استصرح موقع “العهد” الاخباري النائب الزحلاوي، الذي أكّد أنه ليس في حزب “القوات اللبنانية”، وقال: “لا أملك بطاقة للقوات، بل أنا حليف لحزب القوات في زحلة وقد تحمّلوا كلامي طيلة 3 سنوات لكنهم هذه المرة لم يتحملوه وقاموا بحظري عن مجموعات القوات على الهواتف”.

معلوف أشار الى أن خلفية مواقفه الأخيرة ليست سياسية او انتخابية: “أنا لا اتحدث سياسة ولا يعني لي موقعي الانتخابي، لكن أي دولة تساعد لبنان اليوم هي صديق للبنان، الصديق وقت الضيق واليوم يتبين من هو صديق لبنان ومن هو عدوه، الصديق يقف اليوم الى جانب لبنان وأنا لا أتحدث هنا عن محاور، بل عن أوضاع الناس أمام محطات البنزين وأمام الصيدليات وأفران الخبز، لبنان يحتضر ويتجه نحو الهاوية ونحن نتفرج”.

وحول ردة الفعل في الشارع المسيحي حول مبادرة استجلاب المحروقات من ايران، أوضح معلوف أن “الشارع المسيحي كما الشارع السني والشيعي، لا يهمه من يكون نائبًا أو وزيرًا، ولا من يكون رئيسًا، بل يهتم لكرامته وكرامة أبنائه وحياته، ويهتم لسؤال الى أين يتجه البلد وكيف يكون الخلاص؟”.

وردًا على سؤال حول السبب الذي يدفع نائبًا محسوبًا على حزب كـ”القوات اللبنانية” الى التصدي للسفيرة الأميركية التي تعتبر راعيًا لـ”القوات”، أجاب معلوف: “اذا كان للقوات اللبنانية راعٍ فأنا لا أحد يرعاني، أنا أتوجه للسفيرة الأميركية كصديقة للبنان وأقول لا تعرقلي بل ساعدي هذا البلد الذي يغرق، قدمي المساعدات الفعلية للجيش أو ساعدي بتحسين الكهرباء ولا تضعي فيتو علينا باستخراج النفط، نحن لا نحتاج الى شعارات والى دعم معنوي بل الى دعم فعلي، وهذا ليس هجومًا بل عتب على قدر المحبة”.

وفي اجابة عن سؤال حول ما اعتبر هجومًا منه على السعودي، قال: “أنا لم أهاجم السعودية بالعكس طلبت منها ومن كل الدول العربية عدم ترك هذا البلد ومساعدته والوقوف الى جانبه، أي أحد يساعد لبنان نؤدي له التحية كائنا من كان”، مؤكدا أن “ايران ليست دولة معادية بل دولة صديقة والعدو الوحيد هو العدو الاسرائيلي”، متسائلًا منذ متى كان يصنف البنزين سعوديا أو ايرانيا أو خليجيا أو أميركيا؟ هل هناك طائفة للنفط؟ هل في يوم من الايام سألنا عن طائفة للنفط على محطات البنزين؟ لا يجب تطييف كل شيء لشد العصب المسيحي”.

وحول مستقبله السياسي، شدد على أنه لا تعنيه السياسة حاليًا بل “وجع وآلام الناس”، مطالبًا بـ”الاسراع بتأليف الحكومة بأسرع وقت ممكن حتى لا نذهب الى المجهول والفوضى، ولوقف هذا الانهيار”.

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الخميس 19 آب 2021

ابراهيم الأمين

المغامرة الجديدة لضرب المقاومة في  لبنان
واشنطن تهدّد المسؤولين والشركات والمؤسسات بالعقوبات إن سهّلوا دخول المشتقات النفطية الإيرانية إلى لبنان (أ ف ب )

لم يكن يوم السفيرة الأميركية في بيروت دوروثي شيا عادياً نهار الرابع من آب الماضي. لكنها في ساعات الليل، غالبت نفسها وحاولت التخفيف عن فريقها بالقول: «كان من الجيد أننا لم نرسل تقديرات بناء على ما قاله لنا المنظّمون، وإلا لكنا وقعنا في فضيحة»!

الفضيحة، بحسب شيا، كانت عنوان اجتماع دعت إليه السفيرة ممثلي نحو 16 جمعية «مدنية» أنفق الأميركيون عليها أموالاً طائلة، وساندوها بحملة إعلامية ضخمة نظّمتها تلفزيونات طحنون بن زايد («أل بي سي» و«أم تي في» و«الجديد») ومواقع إلكترونية وعشرات الناشطين على صفحات التواصل الاجتماعي.

وكان ممثلو هذه الجمعيات قد أعدّوا برنامجاً لنشاط جماهيري قال بعضهم للأميركيين إنه سيحشد مليون لبناني على الأقل، ستتقدّم ثلة منهم وتقتحم مجلس النواب وتعلن السيطرة على البرلمان قبل السيطرة على السراي الحكومي. وهي فكرة أقرّ ناشطون بأنهم عملوا عليها، لكنهم اتهموا زملاء لهم بالخوف والجبن. لكن الفكرة من أساسها كانت مصدر قلق للأميركيين، باعتبار أنه عندما تسمّرت شيا وفريقها أمام الشاشات، لم يعثروا على المليون. وهذا ما دفعها في الاجتماع الذي عقدته في مكتبها في السفارة إلى وصف ممثلي «الثورة الإصلاحية الكبرى» بأنهم فاشلون، ويتحمّلون مسؤولية ما حصل، وأن أكثر ما قدروا عليه لا يتجاوز بضعة آلاف (حصل جدل لاحق حول تقديرات القوى الأمنية لحجم المشاركين في نشاط 4 آب، إذ تم التمييز بين الحشد العام، وبين الذين شاركوا في قداس البطريرك الراعي، وبين من خرجوا من الساحات فور اندلاع المواجهات، وينقل عن مسؤول جهاز أمني رفيع قوله إن المليون الذين انتظرتهم شيا لم يحضر منهم سوى عشرة آلاف على أكثر تقدير).

المهم، بالنسبة إلى السفيرة الأميركية، هو برنامج العمل للمرحلة المقبلة. وهي قرّرت مصارحة الحاضرين بأنه ستكون هناك من الآن وصاعداً رقابة على ما يقومون به. وكرّرت لهم أن ثقة بلادها أكبر بأهمية إنفاقها على الجيش اللبناني وكيفية التعامل مع قوى الأمن الداخلي، وأن واشنطن لا تزال تراهن على المجتمع المدني ووسائل الإعلام الخاضعة لبرنامج التعاون – التمويل، لكن صار من الضروري الانتقال إلى جدول أعمال أكثر وضوحاً: من الآن وصاعداً، مهمتكم محصورة في بند واحد، وهو تحميل حزب الله مسؤولية كل خراب يحصل في البلاد، وأن الحل هو باستسلام حزب الله. والضغط يجب أن يكون على كل من يتعامل معه.

وثمة كلام خطير قالته شيا أمام الحاضرين عن التحقيقات في جريمة مرفأ بيروت. وربما من الضروري أن يوضح المحقق العدلي ما إذا كان صحيحاً أنه يعقد اجتماعات مع سفراء عرب وغربيين وممثلين عنهم، وفي مقدمهم السفيرة الأميركية نفسها.

لكن شيا لم تتوقف عند هذا الحد. المراجعون لإدارتها في واشنطن مباشرة، سمعوا كلاماً عن ضرورة تشكيل الحكومة. لكن مهمة شيا ترتبط بمواجهة حزب الله. وهي مضطرة الآن لمواجهة التحدي الأبرز المتعلق بقرار حزب الله إدخال نفط إيراني إلى لبنان للمساعدة في مواجهة أزمة المشتقات النفطية. وهي، لذلك، قصدت نهاية الأسبوع الماضي الرئيسين ميشال عون ونجيب ميقاتي وقائد الجيش العماد جوزيف عون. وبعدما تلت معزوفة حماية لبنان وأمنه واستقراره وضرورة تشكيل حكومة مستقلين، عادت لتقول بأن هناك أهمية كبرى لضبط الحدود. وحتى لا يفهم المستمعون أنها تشكو من تهريب محروقات من لبنان إلى سوريا، أوضحت أن إدارتها «لن تكون مسرورة من أي مخالفة للقوانين الدولية أو قرارات العقوبات، وأن من يقدم على مخالفة من هذا النوع سيكون عرضة للعقوبات المباشرة».

طبعاً لم يكن ما قصدته شيا يحتاج إلى شرح لأن الكل يعرف، من الرئاسات القائمة أو المستقيلة أو المكلفة مروراً بالوزراء والنواب والمصارف وصولاً إلى الشركات العاملة في حقل النفط ومشتقاته، أن الولايات المتحدة قررت خوض معركة منع وصول أي دعم نفطي إيراني إلى لبنان، سواء عبر البحر أو البرّ أو أي وسيلة أخرى.

كل هذه المقدمة الخبرية الطويلة هدفها الإشارة بوضوح، لا يشبه كل كلام سابق، إلى الدور المباشر الذي تقوده الولايات المتحدة وسفيرتها في لبنان، بمساعدة سفراء بريطانيا وفرنسا وألمانيا والسعودية والإمارات العربية المتحدة، وتعاون غير خفي من سفراء دول عربية وأوروبية أخرى. وكل هؤلاء يعملون وفق نظرية واحدة مفادها أن هزيمة حزب الله تحتاج الآن إلى أمرين: فض الحلفاء عنه مهما كانت الكلفة، وخلق التوترات الناجمة عن أزمات معيشية أينما كان ومهما كانت الكلفة.

أنّبت السفيرة الأميركية ممثليها في الثورة على فشل خطة 4 آب وكرّرت طلبها التركيز على خطر حزب الله


قبل 15 سنة. قرر الأميركيون بمساعدة الرئيس الفرنسي الراحل – من دون محاكمة – جاك شيراك (الذي كان يتلو فعل الندامة على غلطته بمعارضة حرب العراق وعدم انخراطه في حرب مباشرة ضد سوريا والمقاومة في لبنان) الشروع في خطة إنهاك لبنان لدفعه، وسوريا، إلى التماهي مع التغييرات الكبيرة التي تلت أكبر عدوان أميركي على العراق. وتظهر وثائق ويكيليكس (النسخة السورية) أنه بدأت في ذلك الحين مشاريع العمل على المعارضة السورية ضد حكم الرئيس بشار الأسد. ولم يكن في لبنان عنوان سوى جمع أركان النظام نفسه، وتخييرهم بين البقاء كما هم لكن تحت المظلة الأميركية – الفرنسية – السعودية، وإما التعرض لضغوطات كبيرة. لم تكن مفاجأة كبرى للفرنسيين والأميركيين عدم موافقة ميشال عون على المقترح. كان الأخير يجد لبنان أمام فرصة استعادة تسوية داخلية كبيرة تتيح بناء حكم مختلف. لذلك قرر الحلف الجديد عزله ومعاقبته. وخرج وليد جنبلاط وسعد الحريري، ومعهما حتى البطريرك الراحل نصرالله صفير، بفكرة أنه يمكن تحييد حزب الله. لكنهم سارعوا إلى تلبية الطلب الأميركي بالضغط عليه، وهو ما دفع برنامج العمل على التحقيق في جريمة اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري إلى الحدّ الأقصى مباشرة: تجييش الشارع ضد حلفاء المقاومة وسوريا، اعتقال الضباط الأربعة وترويع كل من يشكك في نزاهة التحقيق الدولي، الشروع في تغييرات كبيرة على مستوى إدارات الدولة، والسعي إلى الفوز بغالبية نيابية تتيح تنفيذ الانقلاب الكبير. ومع تراجع فرص نجاح المشروع، عاد الجميع وقبل النصيحة الإسرائيلية بالتصويب حصراً على حزب الله. فجأة، خرجت الأوراق التي تقول إن حزب الله، لا سوريا، مسؤول عن قتل الحريري. وبوشر الضغط السياسي عبر وسائل كثيرة قامت على فكرة عزل المقاومة، وصولاً إلى ما اعتُبر في حينه تمهيداً مناسباً لشن العدو «العملية العسكرية الساحقة» التي توفر القضاء على قوة المقاومة العسكرية… وهو ما جعل بعض العرصات – ليس هناك من تعبير لطيف أكثر – يتحدثون عن زنزانات جاهزة لاستقبال حسن نصرالله ورفاقه. ومع الصدمة التي أذهلت العالم كله بفشل الحرب الإسرائيلية، قرر الأميركيون رفع مستوى الضغط الداخلي، وتولى ثلاثي الحريري – جنبلاط – مسيحيي 14 آذار الانتقال إلى خطة الهجوم الداخلي، مع مستوى أعلى من التصعيد، حتى وصلنا إلى ما وصلنا إليه في 7 أيار. ذلك اليوم الذي سبقه إقناع الحريري بأنه يملك جيشاً قادراً على طرد حزب الله من بيروت الكبرى، وأن هناك جيشاً رديفاً ومدداً ينتظره في عاليه والشوف وطريقي البقاع وبيروت قادر على محاصرة المقاومة، وفي اللحظة المناسبة يمكن للجيش اللبناني أن يكون جاهزاً لإدارة استسلام حزب الله… لكنه فيلم أجهزت عليه المقاومة خلال ساعات قليلة. ولم تفشله فحسب، بل أدارت المعركة في حينه بطريقة تمنع إعادة البلاد إلى زمن خطوط التماس والتجمعات المسلحة والمناطق ذات الصفاء الطائفي والمذهبي.

فشل الأميركيون حينها في تدفيع المقاومة في لبنان ثمن انتصارها على إسرائيل بين تجربة العام 2000 والعام 2006. لكن تبدل الخطط العالمية في اتجاه قطع صلة الوصل مع سوريا، جعل العالم في مواجهة جديدة مع حزب الله، وصار لزاماً تدفيعه ثمن الدور الاستراتيجي الذي لعبه في منع إسقاط حكم الرئيس بشار الأسد، وضرب البنية الاستراتيجية للجهات التكفيرية في العراق. وفوق ذلك، مدّ يد العون – على تواضعها – لليمنيين الذين يواجهون إرثاً استعمارياً عمره أكثر من مئة عام. وفوق كل ذلك، ها هو حزب الله، يلعب دوراً في إعادة لمّ شمل قوى المقاومة في فلسطين ولبنان وسوريا والعراق واليمن، ويلعب دوراً محورياً حتى في المواجهة الأخيرة التي شهدتها فلسطين التي خاضت أكبر المعارك وأكثرها أهمية في «سيف القدس».

اليوم، لا يجد الأميركيون، ومعهم فرنسا وبريطانيا وألمانيا (غريبة الجرأة الألمانية في تولي أدوار قذرة في لبنان، وكأنهم لم يتعلموا من دروس الماضي في مواجهة حركات التحرر العربية، أو لا يعون حجم الثمن الذي سيضطرون لدفعه جراء التزامهم تعاليم الولايات المتحدة وإسرائيل). يجتمع كل هؤلاء، بالتعاون مع السعودية (بكل الحقد الذي يسيطر على عقل قادتها) والإمارات العربية (بكل التوتر الذي يسود قادتها جراء الهزائم المتتالية في أكثر من ساحة)، ويقررون استخدام حيلهم اللبنانية، القديمة منها (أحزاب وزعامات إقطاعية ومرجعيات دينية ومؤسسات أكاديمية)، والجديدة (جمعيات للنشاط المدني من نوع غب الطلب، وأفراد يطمحون لتولي أدوار خاصة وربما يفكرون الآن في كيفية مغادرة لبنان والمنطقة قبل رحيل القوات الأميركية لئلا يصيبهم ما أصاب أقرانهم في كابول)، والهدف وحيد: تنفيذ استراتيجية التوتر في حدودها القصوى ضد حزب الله. في السياسة والحصار الاقتصادي وفي الأمن وفي الاجتماع والتحريض الإعلامي، وفي كل ما يقود، في اعتقادهم، إلى محاصرة الحزب وعزله تمهيداً لمحاولة جديدة يفترضون أن إسرائيل ستكون قادرة على إنجازها في مواجهة المقاومة في لبنان.

مع الأسف، قد نشهد كثيراً من الأحداث التي تعكس هذا الفهم الأميركي للفوضى، من نوع مواجهات دامية في أكثر من منطقة لبنانية، أو حملات إعلامية موتورة، أو حتى إجراءات قضائية (كما يحصل في ملف المرفأ)، إضافة إلى ضغوط أكبر لمنع حصول لبنان على أي نوع من الدعم المباشر أو غير المباشر ما لم يخضع لإدارة الغرب. وغداً ستسمعون أن أي قرش يتقرر صرفه في لبنان من خلال صناديق دولية أو عربية، يجب أن يخضع لإدارة مختلفة. وسيطلب الغرب أن يكون الجيش اللبناني هو الإدارة التنفيذية، وأن يكون ممثلو الجمعيات «المدنية» هم الأدوات المشرفة على الأرض، وأن يكون هناك مراقب من قبل المؤسسات الدولية تصدر عنه الموافقة لصرف أي قرش…

حسناً، ها نحن أمام حلقة جديدة من فيلم أميركي لم يتوقف منذ مئة عام وأكثر، وعنوانه خلق الفوضى لمنع استقرار أي حكم يرفض الهيمنة الأميركية. لكن، من الجيد تذكير كل هؤلاء بأن الخصم الذي تواجهه الولايات المتحدة تعلّم الكثير من دروس الماضي. ويعرف كيف يتعامل مع أبناء جلدته، ويجيد التمييز بين المضلَّل وبين العميل المتورط. لكن، متى حانت اللحظة، فالضربات لا توجه إلا إلى المسؤول الفعلي عن كل هذا الشر…

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Sayyed Nasrallah Urges Quick Formation of Gov’t: Hezbollah Will Definitely Bring Iranian Fuel to Lebanon

August 16, 2021

 Sayyed Nasrallah Urges Quick Formation of  Gov’t: Hezbollah Will Definitely Bring Iranian Fuel to Lebanon
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Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Sunday a speech in which he commented on Akkar incident that led to the death of dozens of citizens and Lebanese Army soldiers.

On the 7th night of Ashura, Sayyed Nasrallah lamented the fact that “What happened today in Akkar is full of sorrow and pain to every human and Lebanese.”

His Eminence further offered condolences to the Lebanese Army as well as the families of Akkar who lost their beloved ones. In parallel, he wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, he announced setting everything Hezbollah is capable of as well all its institutions in service of Akkar people and the Health Ministry to help people overcome the horrible tragedy.  

As His Eminence called for investigation to the incident, helping the people and punishing all those who are responsible, he insisted that “What is required is to uncover the details of the incident and hold those responsible for it into account, and learn from this tragic incident not to be repeated in Akkar or any other place in Lebanon.”

In addition, the Resistance Leader lamented the fact that “Instead of relieving the pains, officials in the internal Lebanese political arena started trading blames, insults, and mastered political investment,” recalling the same scene that the Lebanese have suffered after Beirut Port explosion on August 4.

“This incident must lead to the speedy formation of the government as we have no more time,” he said, noting that “The incident should be a decisive element for those concerned with forming the government as the country could no more tolerate [delays].”

On this level, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that “The first message from the martyrs and their families is that a government should be formed with two or three days. Lebanon could longer tolerate, a government should be formed and everybody should sacrifice. We’re in the phase of collapse and chaos. The situation might develop to an inclusive state of chaos.”

To the Lebanese political sides, His Eminence sent a clear and sounding message: “Form a government at any cost and in any form. For Lebanon, the game of time is over.”

Regarding the issue of lifting subsides, he stressed that “The solution for lifting subsidies isn’t to trade blames but to form a government,” cautioning that “We have a failed and disabled authority, and we have no authority to run the crisis. People are left to live with the current situation.”

As he urged all sides to facilitate the formation of the government; His Eminence viewed that “Many Lebanese people are partners in responsibility for the people’s suffering due to their greed.”

“Those who stored and sold fuel derivatives at the black market have betrayed the trusteeship,” he clarified, criticizing “Most of the companies that are keeping fuel derivatives to sell them at the black market. Those who monopolized or smuggled Lebanon’s oil to Syria are treacherous and their cash is religiously forbidden.”

The Resistance Leader reiterated that Hezbollah has continuously urged the state to follow up the issue of medicines and food warehouses but it refused.

“The Lebanese Army’s decision to raid gas stations, although it was late, it pushed some station owners to retreat their acts,” he added, addressing those stocking gasoline at their homes by saying: “What you are doing is a crime, this gasoline might explode and you might be a partner in the crime.”

He also reminded that “Confiscating oil cisterns is a robbery and whoever does this is a thief.”

Back to the issue of importing fuel from Iran, Sayyed Nasrallah wished that “The Lebanese government has taken the step.”

“There is fuel in Iran to the extent that ships are loaded and are waiting for the customers,” he declared, affirming that “By God’s will, Hezbollah will definitely bring gasoline and diesel oil from Iran to Lebanon.”

According to His Eminence “When we will bring gasoline to Lebanon it won’t happen at night, but rather in the broad daylight. We’ve promised, we won’t break out promise and won’t leave the country face this situation. It is settled. I will tell you [the timeline] in two or three days.”

“Wait for me or wait for a statement from Hezbollah,” he went on to say.

“The Americans are responsible for all what is happening in Lebanon. They’re running the chaos from inside their embassy,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated, pointing out that “There is a room running the events and targeting the electric facilities in Iraq and Lebanon is not a coincidence.”

His Eminence underscored that “The time must come when we depend on our people, minds, and right policies to build our nation. We do believe that what protect Lebanon is its people, resistance, and army.”

Bringing Afghanistan scene in front of the Lebanese, Sayyed Nasrallah warned that the US continues to betray its allies and tools. “America occupied Afghanistan for 20 years. It used to topple a government and form a new one. Now the Americans have gone and forgotten all their friends and allies. If the agreement with the Taliban has been confirmed, it means that Washington has abandoned its friends and stabbed them in their backs. The Lebanese people betting on US guarantees should bear in mind the Afghan example.”

“They’ve destroyed Lebanon by relying it on foreign powers and by destroying agricultural and industrial sectors,” he emphasized, pointing out that “There must be industry and agriculture and we have to turn into a productive nation. The US has left millions of Afghans starving, thirsty and displaced.”

Recalling August 15th Ruweiss blast anniversary, Sayyed Nasrallah addressed those sending booby-trapped cars by saying: “We will reach you wherever on Earth you happen to be.”

“The crowds and the minds that support Imam Hussein [PBUH} on the tenth of Muharram won’t be affected by famine, poverty, siege, lies, or rumors,” he concluded.

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah: Hoarding Oil Is a Betrayal of Trust

August 16, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

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In his most recent speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says that the tragic explosion in Akkar should be a determining factor for the authorities regarding the formation of a government, noting that storing fuel to sell it on the black market is a betrayal of trust.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah: We will not leave the country in this state.

Akkar explosion kills 28

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, addressed in a speech on Sunday the explosion which has left over 28 (and counting) families devastated. The explosion, which took place in Akkar, northern Lebanon, is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

“What happened in Akkar is sad and painful for every human being,” Sayyed Nasrallah said in the beginning of his speech.

Stressing that an investigation regarding the incident must take place, the secretary-general offered volunteers at the victims’ disposal: “We put ourselves, our institutions and our capabilities in Hezbollah at the service of our people in Akkar.” He continued, “We must take notes and learn lessons from what happened in order to prevent it from occurring on other occasions.”

Forming the government

The explosion, which occurred in al-Talil, Akkar, inflicted stress among the Lebanese amid an unstable political situation – Sayyed Hassan said, “The incident must constitute a divisive factor for the authorities to form a government, because the situation is unbearable.”

“The first message from the blood of the martyrs and their families is that a government is formed within the next two or three days – and everyone must be ready to sacrifice for that,” stressing its urgency. “We are in a state of collapse and chaos, and the situation might develop into complete instability,” he warned.

“A government formed in any form and at any cost will end this game,” he asserted.

Furthermore, Sayyed Nasrallah had a go on the greedy and exploitative motives of political officials running the country – who, instead of rushing to “heal wounds,” are using the dire economic situation to fill their pockets.

Addressing the BDL governor’s decision to lift the subsidies off fuel and petrol, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that the solution isn’t to shift the blame from one politician onto another, but rather to form a government. He stated that many people are suffering because of greed and selfishness.

In his speech, which was fueled with anger and frustration, expressed disappointment in those who have been storing and selling petrol on the black market. He stated, “the majority of corporations are monopolizing fuels, and are working to sell them on the black market […] those who hoarded and sold petrol on the black market betrayed our trust.”

With regard to those who have also been monopolizing and smuggling fuel into Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah deemed them as “traitors, and their money is forbidden,” which, Islamically, indicates obtaining the equivalent of ‘dirty money.’

In attempts to resolve the monopoly crisis which Lebanon has been recently experiencing, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that Hezbollah had called on the state to monitor supermarkets and pharmacies before the crisis, but the government refused to do so. In contrast, amid the Lebanese Army’s most recent decision to raid petrol stations, although it came late, it pushed back against owners who have been monopolizing the resource.

Away from station owners, the secretary-general warned civilians of grave danger that may result from storing petrol and other inflammables in their homes – “What you are doing is a crime; your bottles are threatened to explode and you may kill others along with you.” He adds, “Seizing fuel trucks is theft, and whoever does it is a thief.”

Only Lebanon will protect Lebanon

Sayyed Nasrallah addressed those who have been calling onto the international community to step in and intervene in the Lebanon crisis: “We believe that the people who protect Lebanon are the people of Lebanon, the Lebanese Resistance and the Lebanese Army.” He continues, “They destroyed the country by pledging it [to foreign institutions], they destroyed our agriculture, and they destroyed our industry,” stressing that Lebanon, in order to thrive, must turn into a self-sufficient, industrialized nation.

The United States bears responsibility for what is happening in Lebanon and Iraq

“There is a dark room that manages what’s going on,” Sayyed Nasrallah condemns US meddling as he accuses the United States for the turmoil. He says, “They bear responsibility for all that is happening – they are managing the chaos from the US embassy in Awkar.”

While Iraq is going through a similar crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah adds that there is not much coincidence that “the targeting of petrol stations in both Lebanon and Iraq coincide.”

We will bring gasoline and diesel from Iran

While addressing claims that Iran doesn’t have fuel, Sayyed Nasrallah responded to these rumors by saying, “There is fuel in Iran, to the point that the ships are full and awaiting a customer.” He promised, “I assure you that we will definitely bring gasoline and diesel from Iran.”

He stressed, challengingly, “The day we bring gasoline into Lebanon will not be at night, but rather in broad daylight.”

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated, “We promised, and we do not break our promise. We will not leave the country in this state.”

Breaking the American ‘Fantasy’

Sayyed Nasrallah said, “Whoever has hope in the United States should have Afghanistan put before him,” pointing to the 20-year occupation which has left over a million people dead, and a million and a half displaced.

Addressing the most recent developments in Afghanistan, the secretary-general said that “If the agreement with the Taliban is true, this means that Washington has stabbed its friends in the back and betrayed them.”

“The United States has left millions of Afghans hungry, thirsty and homeless,” he noted.

Nasrallah suggests Lebanese politicians aiding militants in Syria behind nitrate stockpile at Beirut Port

August 10, 2021

Nasrallah suggests Lebanese politicians aiding militants in Syria behind nitrate stockpile at Beirut Port
“Poor” Hezbollah..”Poor” Syria

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/nasrallah-suggests-lebanese-politicians-aiding-militants-in-syria-behind-nitrate-shipment-to-beirut-port/

Hezbollah’s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah comments on the political exploitation and investigation findings of the Port of Beirut Disaster that took place one year ago in Lebanon’s capital.Source: Spot Shot (YouTube)Date: August 8, 2021

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Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary General:

And after a year has passed, they (i.e. Lebanese groups leading the anti-Hezbollah campaign in relation to the Beirut Port explosion) found no evidence, proof, or investigation that could lead to this conclusion. They got lost, they were lost for a while; what can they say (in this regard)? They were waiting for the investigations, and they know that the official investigation by the Lebanese Army, the investigation by (Lebanon’s) Information Branch, the French investigation and the FBI investigation, and all the sides that took part and contributed to this investigation, reached a clear conclusion, which is now openly available and documented as well: there were no missiles, no weapons, and no munitions in Warehouse 12, nor anywhere in the entire Port (of Beirut). Nothing. And there was no (military or sabotage) action (from an external state/party). I’m not rushing (to conclusions), the (official Lebanese investigators) are obliged to announce the findings (of their investigation), but they don’t wish to announce (the results), and I’ll get back to this point.

In this case, what could they possibly do, having nothing (in hand) that can lead to (the accusation) of the Resistance and Hezbollah? They came up with a new story regarding the (Ammonium) nitrate. Who brought the nitrate (to Lebanon)? Great! The (Lebanese) judiciary should reveal who brought the nitrate, the ship that brought the nitrate. There are reports that say that (the ship’s intended) destination wasn’t Beirut, but it had an accident and resorted to the Port of Beirut. Its destination wasn’t Beirut to begin with.

So, who brought in the nitrate? Who stored them? Who kept them in (the warehouse)? Who prevented the transportation of these materials and (prevented) their sale? The same story all over again: ‘the one who brought the nitrate is Hezbollah, and Hezbollah is the one who knows about it because they brought it (into Lebanon), Hezbollah stored it in Warehouse 12 and kept it there, and the one who prevented the transportation (of the nitrate) is Hezbollah as well’.

Okay, what evidence do you have dear? What’s the evidence for this vile and atrocious accusation (against Hezbollah)? None, there is nothing. However, they have television stations, newspapers, media outlets, and an electronic army, and they can say whatever they want, and they’re (indeed) trying to frame a (particular) scenario.

Now, I want to answer (this campaign of accusations) in way that is somehow sarcastic. Poor Hezbollah, how saddening! They don’t have tons of weapons, munitions, missiles, and explosives that are manufactured in the best military factories in the world, which meet the (required) standards, poor (Hezbollah), they have nothing. They must bring nitrate and smuggle them into Lebanon, nitrate that is used for agricultural purposes and can also be used for manufacturing explosives, how poor (Hezbollah) is, it has no other choice. Poor Hezbollah, they’ve got no warehouses to transport nitrate to, they’ve got warehouses that can accommodate tens of thousands of missiles, but they do not have warehouses where they can put about 2,000 tons of this nitrate for example, so they had to leave them in the warehouse in the Port (of Beirut). Poor Hezbollah, for six or seven years, they haven’t been able to secure places to transport the nitrate to. Poor Hezbollah, they haven’t got any transportation (means) or trucks, they need to rent trucks, taxis, chauffeurs, or drivers to transport (these materials) directly to the south of Lebanon. Poor Hezbollah…

Could there be anything more ridiculous than this? Anything sillier? Anything more horrible? I’ll leave the judgement to you. If someone wishes to make an accusation, they need to make it a bit logical and make some sense. This is all absurd talk. Yet, it is intended; they know it is ridiculous and absurd, but they follow the method of telling lies upon lies as there are people who are ready to believe them, and this is a part of the battle, part of the open war.

They then developed their claim, they said: no, Hezbollah is not in need, those (stockpiles of nitrate) were brought by Hezbollah and placed in the Port so that they can move them to Syria. (I’ll use the) the same (sarcastic) approach. The poor Syrian regime, it doesn’t have ports, it doesn’t have a port in Latakia, nor in Tartus, it doesn’t have any, so, it is forced to bring them into Beirut, and burden Hezbollah with the process of transportation from Beirut to Syria. Poor Syrian regime, it has got no allies that could provide it, through aircrafts and ships, with weapons, munitions, explosives, and so on…Come on! Could someone sane believe such a thing?

Well, anyway, whatever has been said from one year till this very moment, especially the past few days, is not based on any logic or sense, and it doesn’t have any aim other than distortion, accusation, extortion, insulting, and misleading (people from) the truth. We could’ve done the same, from the first day, while people were still searching for the (bodies of the) martyrs, I could’ve went up on TV and said: The ones who killed your children and led to this (massive) explosion in the country are the ones who support the armed groups in Syria. The ones who need nitrate to manufacture explosives are neither Hezbollah nor the Syrian (government) forces. Rather, the ones who need the nitrate to manufacture explosives are the militants on the outskirts of Arsal, Qalamoun, and Al-Qusayr, and the armed groups in Syria. Certain Lebanese groups supporting (the armed militant groups in Syria) are the ones who brought the nitrate (into Lebanon), and they are known by name, and (these personalities) are present within (various levels of the Lebanese) state and security apparatus.

We could have accused them (from that very day). You have a voice and we have ours, you have (your) television (stations) and we have (ours), you have (your) social media networks and we have ours, you have your outlets and we have ours; and the people of the country would have fought each other with each side accusing the other. However, we didn’t adopt this approach, and even today, I’m only mentioning it as an evidence, you know why? Because we are a people of logic and proof, and because we have honor. Because we have honor. Because we know what if feels like to (have) martyrs, we know what it feels like to be wounded, we know how it feels for people to have their homes demolished, we know how it feels like when people have their livelihoods destroyed, we’ve been aware of this matter for many years.

However, you who are sitting behind television screens, running seminars, you and some politicians, who live with golden spoons in your mouths, how could you possibly understand these emotions? We refused to (engage in trying to) manipulate people’s emotions, the emotions of the families of the martyrs and the wounded, and the people affected (by the port explosion), or to exploit anything whatsoever – no matter how small it be – in such a serious event of this magnitude that affected everyone. This is because we are concerned about the country, the peace of the country, and harmony within the country, we didn’t exploit anything for our political interests, nor have we attacked (others) through the media; even when we were accused, insulted, and (our reputation was) distorted, we didn’t defend ourselves with (counter)attacks; we rather defended ourselves by clarifying (the situation) and by resorting to (the matter to the course of) investigations. We (reasoned with public opinion and) said that there are (findings from the) investigations which are not being made public, (and we questioned) why they are not being made public. This is the difference between you and us.

أمين عام حزب المقاومة وأمين عام حزب الحياد

 ناصر قنديل

لا تعني الصفة الدينية التي يحملها كلّ من البطريرك بشارة الراعي والسيد حسن نصرالله، أن ما يقوله كل منهما يملك قدسية المكانة الدينية التي يمثلانها، أو ان ما يقولانه يمثل الطائفة التي ينتميان إليها ويجعل كل تباين بينهما أساسا لتصادم قدسيتين دينيتين أو طائفتين لبنانيتين، أو حربا دينية، ولا يعني أن الكلام الصادر عن كل منهما يملك قدسية الموقع او النص الديني، ما يجعل رأي كل منهما محميا بالحرم الديني ويحوّل كل نقاش لهذا الراي الى تجديف، فطالما أنهما يتناولان قضايا سياسية ووطنية، فهما مرجعيتان وازنتان محترمتان تطرحان آراء ومواقف في التداول أمام الرأي العام للتأثير على قناعاته واصطفافاته، وله بكل طوائفه وتياراته أن يتبنى وأن يرفض، أن يتفق وأن يختلف، وأن يناقش ويقارن ويبني الاستنتاجات.

عندما نجرد كل من الشخصيتين من الصفة الدينية والزي الديني، يبدوان كوريثين لتيارين تناوبا على قيادة الرأي العام في لبنان خلال مئة عام، تيار المقاومة وتيار الحياد، فيبدو السيد نصرالله كأمين عام لحزب المقاومة، كحزب فكري عابر للطوائف والمناطق بين اللبنانيين، خلال قرن مضى، يضمر وينمو، يتراجع ويتقدم، ويبدو البطريرك الراعي كأمين عام لحزب الحياد كحزب فكري عابر للطوائف والمناطق يقدم للبنانيين مشروعاً سياسياً لقضايا السيادة وبناء الدولة، هو الآخر يضمر وينمو، يربح ويخسر، يتقدم ويتراجع.

خلافاً للظاهر الذي يحمل خداعاً بصرياً، بحيث يظن البعض أن تيار الحياد يطرح اليوم حلاً لمشكلة اسمها نتائج وجود سلاح المقاومة، فإنّ الحقيقة هي أن تيار الحياد كان يقود لبنان ويحكمه طوال القرن الماضي، وأن فشله في حماية لبنان من العدوان “الإسرائيلي” ولاحقاً من الاحتلال، وفشله في فرض الإنسحاب الإسرائيلي كما كان يعد بنظرياته عن دور العلاقات الدولية التي يوفرها ضعف لبنان، ينأى بلبنان عن امتلاك أسباب القوة العسكرية سيكون بوليصة تأمين لسيادة لبنان، هو الذي شكل أساس مشروعية وشرعية نشوء المقاومة التي تشاركت فيها أحزاب وتيارات لبنانية عديدة، وورث تجربتها وطوّرها حزب الله وجعلها قوة عظمى، حتى نجحت بفرض الإنسحاب الإسرائيلي من لبنان، ووفرت أمناً واستقراراً على الحدود خلال خمسة عشر عاماً مضت بعد تظهير قدرة الردع لدى المقاومة في حرب تموز 2006، من دون أن يملك حزب الحياد أي تجربة عملية تمسح خيبات تجربته السابقة، وتثبت وجود شيء جديد يتيح لها أن تضاهي تجربة المقاومة في التحرير والدفاع والردع، وتثبت أهليته لضمان ذات النتائج دون سلاح المقاومة.

في خطاب أمين عام حزب المقاومة أول أمس وفي خطاب أمين عام حزب الحياد أمس، مناظرة ضمنية بين منطقين كاملين، جديرة بالتوقف من اللبنانيين، بعقل بارد، حيث الانحياز إلى أي من الخطابين هو انحياز لوقائع لا لعقائد، ولمعيار مصلحة وطنية لا لهوية طائفية أو قدسية دينية، والإختلاف مع الخطاب الآخر ورفضه هو رفض لمنطق خاطئ او لإشتباه في التشخيص المناسب للوقائع، وليس اصطفافا في خندق طائفي بوجه خندق آخر، ولا انتقاص من قيمة مرجعية دينية وتعظيم لمكانة مرجعية دينية أخرى، إنه خيار وفقا لتقابل الوقائع بين مشروعين يريد كل منهما أن يقول للبنانيين انه الأصلح لمواجهة شيء يخصهم هم، ويخصهم بذات القدر وبذات المستوى ومن ذات الوجهة بكل طوائفهم وعقائدهم، بصفتهم لبنانيين فقط، بحيث ان مواقفهم تجاه كل من المشروعين يجب أن تنبع من صفتهم المشتركة كلبنانيين يختارون الأصلح لهم، وفقا لصحة ودقة الوقائع التي تضمنتها سردية كل من الخطابين لهذه الوقائع حصرا.

يقول أمين عام حزب المقاومة، أنّ استقراراً استثنائياً غير مسبوق ساد الحدود الجنوبية توقفت معه الاعتداءات “الإسرائيلية”، التي لم تهدأ طوال عقود طويلة، وأن ذلك تمّ بفضل امتلاك المقاومة لسلاح يحقق توازن الردع، وهذه واقعة صحيحة، ويقول أمين عام حزب الحياد إن سلاح المقاومة الذي أطلق بعض صواريخه تحت شعار تثبيت معادلة الردع، لا يحمي لبنان بل يستدرجه الى الخطر والحرب وقد سئم اللبنانيون وتعبوا من الحروب، وتقول الوقائع التي تلت فعل المقاومة أن ما حذرنا من وقوعه أمين عام حزب الحياد لم يقع، وأن جيش الإحتلال ارتدع، وبالنظر للوقائع وليس لغيرها، تثبت صحة مقاربة أمين عام حزب المقاومة ويخسر أمين عام حزب الجياد الجولة.

يقول أمين عام حزب المقاومة إن صواريخ تثبيت معادلة الردع جاءت لأنّ الاحتلال حاول كسر هذه المعادلة باستقدام طائراته لتنفيذ غارات جوية للمرة الأولى منذ خمسة عشر عاماً، والإحتلال كان قد رد على الصواريخ المجهولة قبل ساعات بقذائف مدفعية كما جرت العادة ضمن قواعد الاشتباك المعمول بها، وجاء استهداف مناطق مفتوحة بالغارات كما ورد في بيان جيش الاحتلال ليؤكد أن المقصود هو الغارات بذاتها وليس أهدافا لا يمكن استهدافها إلا بالطيران، وان هذا التغيير الخطير استدعى تذكير جيش الاحتلال بأن أي محاولة لتغيير قواعد الاشتباك ستعني استحضار معادلة الردع، وهذا معنى الصواريخ التي أطلقتها المقاومة من مناطق مفتوحة وتقصّدت القول إنها استهدفت مناطق مفتوحة، بينما صوّر لنا أمين عام حزب الحياد، ان صواريخ المقاومة كانت تحرّشاً من دون مقدمات، متجاهلا واقعة دخول سلاح الطيران على الخط، والوقائع أمامنا تجعلنا نميل لمنطق أمين عام حزب المقاومة حكما.

يقول أمين عام حزب الحياد أنه لم يعد مقبولا أن يستولي طرف على قرار السلم والحرب، الذي يجب أن يكون حصرا بيد الدولة، لكن أمين عام حزب الحياد لم يقل لنا إن كان القرار بيد الشرعية قبل ظهور المقاومة وفي زمن كانت الدولة تحت امرة حزب الحياد، أم أنه كان بيد جيش الإحتلال وحده، وطالما أن لا مشروع على الطاولة للسلم، كما يؤكد أمين عام حزب الحياد ويؤكد أمين عام حزب المقاومة، فالقضية المطروحة هي قرار الحرب، وهو قرار لم يكن بيد الدولة يوماً، والذي كان أن جيش الإحتلال كان يملك وحده حصرا هذا القرار فيعلن الحرب ساعة يشاء ويقوم بالأعمال الحربية ساعة يشاء، والذي تغير في زمن المقاومة الذي ورث زمن فشل الحياد، هو شل قدرة جيش الإحتلال على شن حرب أو القيام بأعمال حربية، وليس امتلاك قرار الحرب، وأمين عام حزب المقاومة يقول أول أمس نحن لا نريد حرباً لكننا نثبت معادلة ردع العدو عن شن الحرب، فهل نلام إذا قلنا إن الوقائع تميل لصالح كفة منطقة، خصوصاً ان حرص أمين عام حزب الحياد على امتلاك الدولة عبر جيشها لقرار الحرب لم يترجم بدعوة الجيش للرد على الغارات الجوية بل بتجاهل حدوث الغارات، ودعوة الجيش لمنع اطلاق صواريخ المقاومة ردا على الغارات؟

يقول أمين عام حزب الجياد أن على الجيش اللبناني أن يمنع إطلاق الصواريخ، ومنعاً للالتباس يضيف من بين السكان، كي لا نفهم أن المقصود الصواريخ المجهولة التي أطلقت قبل يومين من مناطق مفتوحة، ولنفهم أن المقصود هو صواريخ المقاومة التي أرادت الرواية المتداولة من حزب الحياد تعميمها بعد حادثة شويا للقول أن المقاومة أطلقت صواريخها من بين السكان، وهذا القول خطير جدا، لأنّ أمين عام حزب الحياد لم يكتف بمناقشة طروحات ومواقف حزب المقاومة، ولم يختم أطروحته بالدعوة لحوار وطني للتفاهم على القضايا المختلف عليها، بل توّج سرديته بالدعوة لعمل حربي يؤدي الى حرب أهلية مدمّرة يتواجه خلالها أعظم ما لدى لبنان، جيشه ومقاومته، وفيما هو يبدي حرصه على تظهير تعب اللبنانيين من الحروب ليرفض رد المقاومة على الغارات العدوانية، متهماً هذا الردّ باستجلاب حرب لم تقع ولم تصدق نبوءته بوقوعها، بقدر ما صدق وعد أمين عام حزب المقاومة بقدرتها على تثبيت الردع، لا يرفّ جفن أمين عام حزب الحياد وهو يدعو لحرب ستقع حكماً إذا أخذ بدعوته بتصدي الجيش للمقاومة، متجاهلاً تعب اللبنانيين من الحروب، فهل تعب اللبنانيين محصور بالحرب مع الإحتلال، وهم سيقبلون بفرح على الحروب الداخلية، بينما في المقابل كان أمين عام حزب المقاومة يقدّم لنا صورة مسؤولة عالية النبض بالترفع والتحمّل والصبر وهو يتحدث عن أحداث خطيرة كانت بوابات أكيدة للحروب الداخلية، لولا حكمته النادرة وصبره العظيم، ويقول ان اخطر ما يمكن ان نشهده هو التورط في حرب داخلية، فهل سنتردد في القول اننا ننحاز الى أمين عام حزب المقاومة، ونرفض دعوة أمين عام جزب الحياد؟

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The Big Bad Wolf Doesn’t Scare Anyone Anymore! “Israel” Fails to Deter Hezbollah, Turns to Lebanese Voices

9 August 2021

By Fatima Haydar

Last week, the Lebanese Resistance group Hezbollah fired its largest rocket salvo toward the “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories in 15 years.

The rocket fire on Friday morning surprised “Israeli” settlers and the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF]’s Iron Dome missile system tried to intercept the rockets as they came raining down.

Hezbollah’s rocket fire came as a retaliation to the “Israeli” entity’s continuous breach of Lebanese sovereignty.

An eye for an eye… an open land in the occupied territories for an open land in Lebanon. A new deterrence equation which Hezbollah has set in the aftermath of the “Israeli” airstrikes on occupied Shebaa Farms.

A Hezbollah statement said the group fired dozens of 122 mm rockets at open ground in retaliation for two “Israeli” airstrikes on open ground in south Lebanon early Thursday.

“The Islamic Resistance rocketed open ground near positions of ‘Israeli’ occupation forces in the Shebaa Farms with tens of rockets,” it said.

Furthermore, in a speech on Saturday night, Hezbollah Secretary-General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah referred to the “Israeli” airstrikes saying, “What happened days ago was very dangerous and a development that did not happen for 15 years”.

“It was necessary for the response to the ‘Israeli’ airstrike to be quick or else it would have lost its value,” Sayyed Nasrallah continued, adding that the rocket barrage “was aimed at consolidating the equation of deterrence”.

IOF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ran Kochav confirmed the new equation imposed by the group telling reporters after the strikes that the rocket fire “shows Hezbollah’s deterrence as it fired at open areas”.

Now, the “Israelis” are aware that Hezbollah, as the “Israeli” regime, does not seek an all-out war no matter how significantly the group increased its capabilities 15 years since the 2006 July aggression.

“We are not seeking a war,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “But we are ready for it, and we do not fear it.”

Based on “Israeli” estimates, Hezbollah has rebuilt its arsenal since 2006, and it is now believed to have between 130,000 and 150,000 rockets and missiles. Many of them can reach deep into the “Israeli”-occupied Palestinian territories, including ballistic missiles with a range of 700 kilometers.

It is believed that in the next war, Hezbollah will try to fire 1,500 to 3,000 rockets per day until the last day of the conflict.

But an “Israeli” military intelligence assessment released in February said more limited rounds of violence could be expected. But those limited rounds of violence always have the possibility of causing an all-out war.

During these limited rounds, similar to the most recent altercation with Hezbollah, “Israeli” settlers in settlements on the Northern border will hide in shelters.

“Israelis” across the entity are now aware that they need to be ready for that, because Hezbollah has made it clear it will continue to challenge the “Israeli” entity, despite the real risk of it deteriorating into a full-blown war.

This being said, the once feared “invincible” army, seems more like a barking dog than a biting one!

As military means failed to deter Hezbollah, the “Israeli” entity had one more trick up its sleeve. It took advantage of the already complex sectarian-divided Lebanon, encouraging figures and parties opposing Hezbollah, heading the list are various political and religious Lebanese persona of different affiliations.

“The country of Lebanon and the army of Lebanon have to take responsibility [for] what happens in its backyard,” the entity’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told his Cabinet on Saturday.

And on Sunday, Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi called for the Lebanese army to take control of the southern part of the country, and strictly implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

“We call upon the Lebanese army, which is responsible with the international forces for the security of the south, to take control of the entire lands of the south, to strictly implement Resolution 1701, and to prevent the launching of missiles from Lebanese territory, not for the sake of ‘Israel’s’ safety, but rather for the safety of Lebanon,” said al-Rahi during Sunday Mass, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency [NNA].

“We want to end the military logic and war and adopt the logic of peace and the interest of Lebanon and all the Lebanese,” stated the patriarch.

This is not the first time the Maronite patriarch echoed “Israeli” views, in August of last year, after the Beirut port blast he incited the Lebanese against the Resistance and called for the state to take control over weapons in Lebanon and to confine decisions of war and peace to the state.

The head of Lebanon’s Kataeb Party and former MP, Sami Gemayel, expressed support for the patriarch on Monday, saying that the party is “convinced” that there are many Lebanese citizens who agree with the patriarch and Kataeb Party.

Not to mention, “Israeli” media, most notably the Jerusalem Post, welcomed the entity’s idea. The “Israeli” outlet on Monday, posted a report detailing the stance of a Lebanese religious figure to the recent confrontation between Hezbollah and the IOF.

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Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai (C) holds his national flag as he blesses exiled members of Israels former South Lebanon Army (SLA) proxy militia and their families on May 28, 2014, outside Saint Peter’s church in the Israeli village of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The Maronite patriarch celebrated mass with former members of the mainly Christian-led disbanded Lebanese militia as part of his controversial trip to the Jewish state. Those who attended, a fragment of the thousands who fled across the border with Israeli forces in 2000 when Israel ended its 22-year occupation of Lebanon, said Beshara Rai’s historic visit would do little to change their circumstances. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2014, Al-Rahi visited Occupied Palestine during a visit by Pope Francis – a step condemned by the Lebanese and seen by many as a sort of indirect normalization with the occupying entity.

However, the Lebanese who have gone through a bloody civil war that has lasted for 15 years, know better than to have history repeat itself over again.

Lebanese of all walks of life took to social media platforms to express outrage at the patriarch’s comments using the hashtags “Patron of bias” and “patron of surrender”.

As the “Israeli” entity tries whatever means possible to deter Hezbollah, but in vain; all it can do now is keep on huffing and puffing, hoping that, in an alternative world, the brick wall Hezbollah has built to defend Lebanon will come crumbling down.

Hassan Nasrallah: Resistance Capabilities Have Grown

Source: Al Mayadeen 7 Aug 2021

By Al Mayadeen

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in a speech on the occasion of the 2006 July War, addresses local as well as regional issues – from the southern border retaliations to military equations.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, “The most important accomplishment of the 2006 war is achieving deterrence against Israel – this is the most important strategic and historic achievement.”

In his speech on the anniversary of the July 2006 victory, Nasrallah stated, “The victory of the July War has entered into a new stage through the heroic confrontations of the Sword of Jerusalem battle,” continuing to say, “The most prominent strategic achievement is striking a balance of deterrence and rules of engagement that protect and guarantee the security and safety of Lebanon.”

Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that, “For 15 years since the July War, Israeli raids haven’t hit a target in Lebanese territory – Lebanon has enjoyed an unprecedented-since-1948 security and tranquility,” adding that “what prevents the Israeli enemy from launching raids is its fear of a major confrontation with the resistance.” 

He stressed, “What prevents this vicious and murderous enemy, which is protected by the United States and Arab countries, from attacking Lebanon? They fear a war on their army, which collapsed in 2006, a war on their infrastructure – they’re afraid for their existence.”  

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah said, “Before 2006 and beyond, the primary issue of the Israeli enemy was the weapons of the resistance,” pointing out that “some groups in Lebanon help whether they realize it or not, to achieve the goal of disarmament of the resistance.”

Furthermore, Nasrallah also spoke about the recent aggression against Lebanese territory, explaining that “What happened a few days back was a dangerous development that has not happened since 15 years.” He said that “Some matters require an immediate response… if retaliation is delayed, it loses its value.”

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, addressing the back-and-forth which happened two days ago, said, “Our actions were intentional; they targeted an open area, we targeted an open area. This was to reinforce the old equation of deterrence, and not create a new one.” He explains that the capabilities of the resistance have increased through its wide possession of precision missiles, which Hezbollah owns now in large numbers.

He added, “We purposely responded to the Israeli rockets during the day out of respect for people’s emotions so that they don’t feel fear and terror during the night,” noting that Hezbollah has the courage to take responsibility for their actions in all formality – that includes issuing a statement along with the bombardment to send a message to the enemy.

Sayyed Nasrallah said, “An old equation was reinforced: they bomb an open area, we bomb an open area,” continuing, “Any strike on Lebanon will be responded to in a proportionate manner.” 

He stressed that “we will not neglect the achievements of the resistance in the July war, regardless of the dangers, because that will create safegrounds for the enemy to harass Lebanon,” stressing that “whatever the internal situation in Lebanon is, for us, protecting our country and our people is our first responsibility.”

“What happened yesterday is a response to the airstrikes only and has nothing to do with the response to the assassination of the two dear martyrs, Muhammad Qassem Tahan and Ali Kamel Mohsen,” he reassured.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem affirmed yesterday to Al-Mayadeen that “The Israeli occupation must understand that Lebanon is not an open arena for settling accounts in it,” stressing that “Israel must remain deterred.”

On Wednesday evening, the Israeli Air Force attacked targets in southern Lebanon, according to the Israeli media, “in response to the launching of 4 missiles from Lebanon” towards “Israel.”

The Lebanese resistance responded Friday by bombing the occupied lands in Shebaa. Yesterday, Israeli media reported that 20 rockets were launched, indicating that “the recreation centers in the north remained relatively empty after the rockets were launched from Lebanon.”

The People of the Resistance Are Those of Patience, Endurance

Hezbollah Secretary-General touched on the conflict that took place Friday in the Lebanese village Shwaya, saying that posting the incident was a “disgrace,” for he was touched by the scenes he saw, sympathizing with others who saw it. “When I saw what happened in Shwaya I wished I was able to get to the young men so I could kiss their foreheads and hands,” he added.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the people of the resistance are those of patience and endurance, adding that they will always be in the position to sacrifice themselves and remain steadfast.

“The rockets in the launcher are evident of the resistance fighters’ discipline, for the order was to launch 20 rockets,” he noted.

“Our fighters were ordered to launch only 20 rockets on targets in Shebaa Farms. The rocket launcher has the capacity of 31 rockets. I could see the 11 remaining rockets still in the launcher,” he continued.

The Secretary-General addressed the people of Shwaya and Hasbaiyya, telling them that if Hezbollah were able to attack the targeted sites from Shiite areas, they would have. He said they were militarily obligated to launch the rockets from the areas from which they were launched.

Nasrallah called on everyone not to hold the people of Shwaya and the Druze sect responsible for the assault on the resistance fighters. “It was not the people of Shwaya who attacked the fighters, and we appreciate everyone who stands by the resistance,” he added.

Sayyed Hassan indicated that those who carried out the attack against “Israel” were highly disciplined and wise, stating that those who assaulted them must be held accountable and brought to justice.

Beirut Blast Anniversary

Regarding the Beirut Blast, whose anniversary was commemorated Wednesday, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, “Since the first day, political investment started by several media outlets upon orders by the US and Saudi Arabia.”

“All parties who probed the blast reached a conclusion that there were no arms in the port,” he added, continuing to say, “When this scenario failed, they resorted to propagating the ammonium nitrate scenario.”

“Is there anything more ridiculous and worse than accusing Hezbollah of storing ammonium nitrate in the Beirut Port?” Wondered Sayyed Hassan, stressing that everything said since the blast is illogical and has no goal other than distorting the truth.

Nasrallah said if Hezbollah wanted to politically utilize the blast, they would have said the parties supporting the armed groups in Syria were the ones who brought the ammonium nitrate to Lebanon.

He indicated that those who spread fake news to mislead the investigation and public opinion insulted the blast’s martyrs, saying they turned a national and humanitarian cause into a political and sectarian one.

“Hezbollah fears no investigation, for it is not facing accusations from the judicial authorities,” Nasrallah added, saying what Hezbollah truly fears is the loss of truth, that is why the judiciary must announce its findings.

Secretary-General Nasrallah said, “What we are asking for is the announcement of the investigation’s findings.” He sees that the probe into the Beirut Blast is politicized and subject to discretion.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed the families of those martyred and injured in the Beirut Blast by saying, “Do not allow the politicization of your children’s blood.”

Confrontations erupted Wednesday near Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, between Lebanese demonstrators and the security services in light of the protests commemorating the Beirut blast on its first anniversary.

Khalde Incident Was a Massacre

Nasrallah touched on the crime that took place Sunday in Khalde, during which two Lebanese civilians were assaulted and murdered. He said, “What happened in Khalde was not an accident, it was a massacre perpetrated by a gang of criminals and murderers.

He stressed the need for arresting all those involved in the Khalde massacre as soon as possible and bringing them to justice.

“We need a definitive solution for the issue of assaulting people and blocking the highway leading to the south,” he said, adding that those insisting on assaulting civilians and threatening civil peace must be arrested.

“Our issue is not with the Khalde Arabs nor the Arab Tribes, but rather with the murderous criminal group,” Nasrallah asserted.

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President Aoun: Israeli Aggression Seriously Violates UN Resolution 1701, Threatens Security of Southern Lebanon

August 5, 2021

President Michel Aoun pointed out on Thursday that the Israeli aerial aggression on southern Lebanon, unprecedented since 2006 war, indicates the enemy hides intentions to continue its attacks and violations of the Lebanese sovereignty.

The President indicated that submitting a complaint to the UN is an indispensable step in order to deter ‘Israel’ from continuing its attacks on Lebanon.

The President of the Republic was also briefed by the Army Command, on the results of investigations related to the launch of missiles from Lebanese lands which took place yesterday, and the measures to be taken in this regard.

Israeli warplanes launched two air strikes on south Lebanon early on Thursday, in a clear violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and NNA

“Israel” Breaches Lebanese Sovereignty, Conducts Airstrikes against South Lebanon

By Staff, Agencies

Once again, the “Israeli” entity breaches Lebanese sovereignty as it takes an area in southern Lebanon under airstrikes after launching heavy artillery attack aimed again at the country’s south in response to alleged rocket attack.

Palestinian media outlets reported the aerial assaults in the early hours of Thursday, describing the target as an area lying along Lebanon’s southern border with the occupied territories.

The “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] confirmed the attack, claiming that the targeted area had been used earlier as a launchpad for rocket strikes towards the occupied territories.

According to a Lebanese security source, the strikes targeted an open area near the village of Mahmoudiyah near the border shortly after midnight.


However, there was no immediate word on casualties or damage.

On Wednesday, explosions reportedly rang out across locations in southern Lebanon as a result of “extensive artillery attacks” launched by the occupying regime under the same pretext.

The “Israeli” Kan News channel said the attacks – that came after “three rockets” were reportedly fired from southern Lebanon towards the occupied territories – saw the regime releasing “more than 100 artillery rounds” towards the country.

Last time, the “Israeli” entity came under rocket fire from the direction of Lebanon in May, when it was staging a wholesale war on the besieged Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip.

Lebanon and the “Israeli” entity are technically at war since the latter has been occupying the country’s Shebaa Farms since 1967.

The entity incessantly violates Lebanon’s airspace for aggressive surveillance operations and launched two full-scale wars against the country in the 2000s.

The wars were supposedly seeking to debilitate the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah but destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure.

On both occasions, though, the IOF was forced to beat a retreat following Hezbollah’s successful defensive operations.

The movement, which has high stakes in the Lebanese political and military sectors, has vowed to put up a similarly fearless resistance in case of renewed “Israeli” aggression.

It has warned the entity that it has stockpiled thousands of precision rockets that it could fire towards the whole expanse of the occupied territories.

‘Israel’ Fears Escalation with Hezbollah

By Staff

The Zionist security and military establishment ruled out the possibility that Hezbollah is behind the incidents of launching bombs from Lebanon towards the ‘Israeli’ occupation settlements.

According to ‘Israeli’ Walla news, the Zionist security establishment is directly linking the Lebanese state’s defragmentation and the ongoing insecurity along the border, adding that due to this, there are potential similar security incidents along the border in the near future.

The website added that it is believed in ‘Israel’ that the recent developments point to the void left by the Lebanese Army, which has been recently facing difficulties along the border region “as Palestinian militants independently open fire.”

The occupation army recommended in this period of time not to attack Hezbollah targets in response to the ‘attacks’, Walla news report added.

In front of the dilemmas ‘Israel’ is facing regarding how to respond to the ongoing launching of fire and changing the reality along the border, the website noted, the decision was made for not reciprocating directly from Hezbollah or any of its activists, not to push the situation to a deterioration or escalation.

Lebanese Army: Ammunition Hidden in a Car in North of Beirut during event Marking Anniversary of Port Blast

 August 4, 2021

Security sources told  Al-Manar TV Channel that Lebanese army seized car loaded with ammunition and arrested its owner Elie Haikal in Zouk Mosbeh area, north of Beirut, during the event marking the first anniversary of the Port Blast.

Demonstrators quarreled with the military units which were arresting Haikal and confiscating his munition-loaded car.

The Lebanese army circulated the photo of the ammunition whose owner posted the logo of Amal Movement on one of the vests in order to stir sedition.

Moreover, one of the citizens attending the event stated that a group of Lebanese Forces members attacked him physically for rejecting the flag of their party.

Lebanon marks the anniversary of Beirut Port blast which left around 200 martyrs, injured more than 2000 people, and destroyed the port as well as over 300 thousand houses.

Source: 

Al-Manar English Website

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Beirut Blast Anniversary: The Dust has yet to Settle

4-8-2020

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Rasha Reslan

Residents of Beirut are still traumatized by the Beirut port blast. The shocking scenes of the devastated waterfront set a new standard for the horror the blast caused at the time with no answers provided so far.

On August 4, 2020, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in the history of mankind ground Beirut’s Port and damaged more than half of the city. Tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a combustible chemical compound commonly used in agriculture as a high nitrate fertilizer, caused the explosion.

A year full of scars

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the blast, the marks of the explosion, which led to the martyrdom of around 217 people, injury of more than 7,000, and the displacement of over 300,000 remain engraved in the city, as the Lebanese people still await the truth.

Dr. Sam Rigby, Senior Lecturer in Blast and Impact Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said, “The disaster that hit Beirut was devastating and we hope that nothing like that ever happens again. This was an unprecedented event because never before has such a large explosion been so well documented.”

Official investigation: No answers yet

In a country that has witnessed assassinations and bombings over the last two decades, none of which have been solved, except in rare cases, and with none of the perpetrators being held accountable, the Lebanese are still waiting for answers to determine who is to blame and what caused the tragedy.

Today, the Lebanese capital remains a ghost town, with little progress made in determining who is to blame for the disaster. Furthermore, the official investigation is battling to hold those responsible accountable as a result of decades of inefficiency, corruption, and political influence.

The investigation has been referred to Lebanon’s judicial council. So far, it has ordered the arrest of 25 people, including the Port’s Director and the Head of Lebanon’s Customs Authority, and has taken more than 50 witness statements.

Beirut blast probe targets officials 

Reviewed government documents showed that many Lebanese officials were well aware of the dangers posed by the large chemical stockpile long before last year, as reported by The Washington Post

According to the documents, responsibility for the ammonium nitrate was passed around for years among various public and private entities, including the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the judiciary, the army, and even a private explosives company.

On December 10, 2020, Lebanese Judge Fadi Sawan, the first investigative judge appointed, charged some former Lebanese MPs with “criminal negligence”, according to Amnesty International.

Simultaneously, Judge Sawan halted the investigation for nearly two months on December 17, 2020. Soon after, on February 18, 2021, Lebanon’s Court of Cassation dismissed Judge Sawan.

On July 2, 2021, the new judge assigned to the case, Judge Tarek Bitar, submitted a request to the parliament to lift the parliamentary immunity of three MPs who once held ministerial positions. Bitar also requested permission to prosecute security service leaders, including the former Army Chief, Jean Kahwagi.

According to the state-run National News Agency, Bitar decided to summon a number of powerful politicians and security officials for questioning as suspects, which could result in charges against them related to the blast.

“In July 2021, investigative judge Tarek Bitar demanded permission to investigate MPs and high-level security officials, including MP and former Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, MP and former Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter, and MP and former Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, as well as the Head of General Security Directorate Major General Abbas Ibrahim, and the Head of State Security Major General Tony Saliba, over the explosion,” according to Amnesty International.

In an interview for Al Mayadeen, former minister Ali Hassan Khalil said that the charges and criticism leveled against him were not justified, even though he was aware of the presence of hazardous material in the port, arguing that this was only aimed at diverting the course of the investigations.

Moreover, a recent investigation published by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that the investigation is hindered and has been marked by “obstruction, evasion, and delay”, including “flagrant political interference”.

“Official conduct, in a context of longstanding corruption and mismanagement at the Port, allowed for tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a potentially explosive chemical compound, to be haphazardly and unsafely stored there for nearly six years,” the same report added.

Furthermore, official documentation strongly suggests that some government officials anticipated and “accepted the risks of death posed by the presence of ammonium nitrate in the port”, according to the same report.

Public rage: Justice shall be served

A year after the Beirut blast, public anger in Lebanon is mounting, owing to a stalled investigation, a devastating economic crisis, and political paralysis. 

🇱🇧 A year ago today. Still nobody has been held accountable. #BeirutBlast pic.twitter.com/vQy34TQrWG— PiQ (@PriapusIQ) August 4, 2021

The victims’ families have called for marches at 3:30 (12:30 GMT) toward the port, where prayers will be made. The names of the victims of the explosion will be read between six and seven minutes after the explosion.

During a press conference on Monday, the victims’ families set a 30-hour deadline for officials to lift the immunity of officials summoned to appear before the judiciary by the investigative judge.

The families of the victims of the port explosion and activists call for accountability, launching viral campaigns on social media with the hashtags “#Justice for the victims of Beirut Port explosion,” or urging demonstrations, with various hashtags such as #we are all victims, and “#we Will Not Forget”.

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أسئلة شديدة الملوحة حول تفجير مرفأ بيروت؟؟؟

 الأربعاء 4 آب 2021

 ناصر قنديل

يدور النقاش اللبناني الداخلي وما يواكبه من نقاش خارجي حول من يجب ان يُلاحق بموجب التحقيق الجاري حول تفجير مرفأ بيروت، ولا يخفي نقاش الحصانات، سواء بدعوة رفعها عن الجميع، أو بالتحصّن خلفها من الجميع، أو بتمييز البعض عن البعض، وسواء ما يصدر عن القوى السياسية او عن المحقق العدلي او عن الهيئات الحقوقية الخارجية والداخلية، أن الأصل في النقاش هو السياسة، وفي هذا توظيف لدماء الشهداء ولشعاري الحقيقة والعدالة، لأن الأصل في تحرك من ينشد الحقيقة والعدالة ليس البحث عمّن يمكن تحميله المسؤولية وتقديمه على مذبح الحقيقة والعدالة، فالأصل هو البحث عن الحقيقة ثم إقامة العدالة، لأنّ البحث عن العدالة يعني البحث عن قصاص يعادل سقوط أرواح غالية ودمار وخراب لحقا بأملاك الناس وتشويه أصاب وجه المدينة الجميلة، والبحث عن قصاص يعادل الجريمة قد لا ينسجم مع السعي للحقيقة التي تبدأ من طرح الأسئلة الحقيقية، قبل الحديث عن المسؤولية، وتبحث عن توصيف الجرم قبل الحديث الجريمة والمجرمين.

الأسئلة التي توصل الى الحقيقة لا يجب ان تعرف المجاملة، ولا السعي لتجنب الإحراج، ولا التوجيه السياسي، والأجوبة على هذه الأسئلة يجب ان توضع في تصرف الرأي العام ليُبنى عليها الإتهام، وفق التوصيف الجرمي الذي توفره الحقيقة وحدها، وما دامت الحقيقة غائبة أو مغيبة، يبقى كل اتهام وكل توصيف جرمي سياسة، ولو رافقته سياقات مدبجة قانونا، وتبقى كل حصانة سياسة أيضاً ولو رافقتها سياقات مدبّجة قانوناً، والصراع بينهما صراع سياسي بغلاف قانوني، لأنّ الفريقين الإتهامي والمتحصن، لا يقدمان أولوية البحث عن الحقيقة، بل يدخلان فوراً في النقاش الجرمي والإتهامي، مع إيهام الزعم ان في ذلك سعياً للعدالة.

نحو الحقيقة يجب ان نعرف بداية، هل ان النقاش يدور على قاعدة التسليم بأن لا عمل جرمياً وراء جلب النترات، وأن لا عمل جرمياً وراء استبقائها، وأن لا عمل جرمياً وراء تفجيرها، وانّ كلّ المعنيين أبرياء من هذه الزاوية، والنقاش محصور بتوصيف جرم الإهمال وحدود المعرفة بالخطر الناتج عنه، وهذا هو معنى القتل بالقصد الاحتمالي قانوناً، فلماذا لا يقول لنا التحقيق أولاً إنّ الفرضيات الجرمية القائمة وراء جلب النترات واستبقائها وتفجيرها، ساقطة، وإنّ لديه سردية تقول إنّ كلّ شيء تمّ عفواً وبالصدفة، وسقط الشهداء وتخرّبت المدينة لأنّ المسؤولين لم يقوموا بما كان يمكنهم القيام به لتجنب الكارثة، تماماً كما هو التوصيف الرائج لسردية الانهيار المالي، القائمة على نفي وجود جريمة الاستدانة المفرطة، والفوائد المفرطة، والأرباح المصرفية المفرطة، والتحويلات المفرطة، والإنفاق العام المفرط، وانّ كلّ القضية انّ المسؤولين نسوا أن ينتبهوا لما يجب فعله لمنع الإنهيار!

الأسئلة نحو الحقيقة تبدأ من تقديم جواب مقنع ورسمي من اليونيفيل حول كيفية تعاملها مع ملف النترات، وهي الجهة الأمنية المزوّدة بأحدث التقنيات، والموجودة للتشدّد في مراقبة كلّ ما يقع تحت تصنيف عسكري او شبه عسكري في البحر ويحاول دخول المياه اللبنانية، من دون مزحة المانيفست، لأن الألمان والطليان والفرنسيين ليسوا موجودين لمنع تزوّد حزب الله بالسلاح من خلال مراقبة ما اذا كان يجلب السلاح مصرحاً عنه وفقاً للمانيفست، بل لتجاوز المانيفست ومعرفة المخفي والمخبّأ ووضع اليد عليه، فما هي معلومات البحرية الدولية عن النترات، وكيف تفسّر تسامحها مع دخولها ومع بقائها، وكيف تفسّر ما هو أخطر الحديث عن استعمالها، خصوصاً انّ الإتهامات الرائجة توجه نحو حزب الله الذي وُجدت هذه البحرية الدولية لمراقبة ما هو أقلّ ومنع وصوله، فهل يعقل ان اليونيفيل البحرية كانت علم خلال ست سنوات وتصمت على تخزين حزب الله للنترات واستجرارها نحو سورية او غيرها، وربما في وجهات أوروبية كما يقول خصوم حزب الله، فماذا تقول اليونيفيل عن كلّ ذلك، ولماذا لم يسألها مجلس الأمن الذي انتدبها لمهمة واضحة وحاسمة، عن تبريرها لهذا الانتهاك الخطير لمهمتها، وهل قام المحقق العدلي بمراسلة من تعاقبوا على قيادة هذه القوة البحرية واستدعاهم للتحقيق، لأنّ جوهر مهمتهم وفق القرار الأممي هو مساعدة البحرية اللبنانية على ضبط السواحل اللبنانية ومنع دخول أيّ مواد عسكرية وشبه عسكرية، لغير الجهات العسكرية الشرعية للدولة اللبنانية؟ وان لم يفعل فلماذا؟

الحلقة الثانية من الأسئلة تطال زيارات متعددة تمّت لبوارج حربية أميركية وبريطانية وفرنسية، الى مرفأ بيروت، آخرها كانت زيارات البارجة الأميركية يو اس اس راماج في شهر أيلول 2019، وبعدها حاملة الطائرات الفرنسية تولون في آب 2020، وقبلهما حاملة الطائرات البريطانية أوشن في شهر آذار 2017، وقبل هذه الزيارات زيارات أخرى، تمت لمرفأ بيروت، من سفن حربية غربية، ومعلوم عند أبسط الخبراء الأمنيين أنّ مسحاً أمنياً تفصيلياً يتمّ لمدى جغرافي لعدة كيلومترات، بواسطة معدات تقنية عالية الدقة، تهتمّ اصلاً بوجود المواد المتفجرة، في دائرة قريبة، وكلّ هذه الزيارات وما سبقها من مسح أمني جرت في فترة إقامة النترات في المرفأ، فماذا قال الخبراء وكيف صنفوا وجودها ودرجة خطورتها، ولماذا تغاضوا عنها، وكلّ الخبراء يقولون انه يستحيل الا تكون قد ظهرت على شاشات أجهزتهم، أو ان يكون قد فاتهم حجم خطورتها، وانّ التفسير الوحيد للتغاضي هنا هو وظيفة متفق عليها ومعلومة من المعنيين في الغرب وبعض نظرائهم في لبنان لمهمة النترات واقامتها، لأنّ القول بالعكس بالنسبة لعمليات التفتيش العسكرية كما بالنسبة لليونيفيل يعني ضمنا تبرئة المسؤولين اللبنانيين العسكريين والأمنيين، الذين لا يمكن اتهامهم حتى بالتقصير ان كان كبار خبراء الغرب العسكريين لم يعتبروا ان وجود النترات مصدر خطر، فكيف من هم أقلّ مسؤولية وخبرة من وزراء ومدراء لهم صفات ادارية!

الحلقة الثالثة من الأسئلة التي تقودنا للحقيقة، هي لبّ القضية، فهل تمّ استقدام هذه النترات لاستعمالها، والوجهة المنشودة كانت الحرب السورية، ولحساب من في سورية، وإذا ثبت سواء لجهة الاستقدام المتعمّد لهذه الغاية، او استثمار بقاء النترات وإطالة أمد بقائها عمداً، سيكون سهلاً معرفة الجهة اللبنانية الإدارية والسياسية والأمنية التي ارتكبت جرم التواطؤ من خلال معرفة جهة الإستخدام السورية، خصوصاً انّ التقرير المسرّب عن الـ «أف بي أي» يقول إنّ الكمية التي تفجرت هي أقلّ من ربع الكمية الموجودة نظريا وعلى الورق، وتبعه محامي القائد السابق للجيش اللبناني، المتهم بالتقصير في الملف، العماد جان قهوجي، يقول انّ حزب الله كان يهرّب هذه النترات الى سورية، ولأنّ الحقيقة هي الحقيقة، وجب على المحقق العدلي ان يسير بفرضية واحدة يمكن الحديث معها عن جرم عمد، هي جلب أو استبقاء النترات بهدف ارسالها الى سورية، وتتبّع هذه الفرضية لنفيها او تأكيدها، وإن تأكدت تحديد وجهة الإستخدام، ليسهل تتبّع جهة التسهيل اللبنانية، وبالمناسبة قد يفيد التذكير بأنّ سورية من الدول الأولى في العالم بإنتاج نترات الأمونيوم، وأنّ مصنعاً واحداً تملكه الدولة السورية قرب بحيرة قطينة بجوار حمص ينتج 250 ألف طن من النترات سنوياً وموجود منذ السبعينيات من القرن الماضي وكان يصدّر الفائض من إنتاجه للخارج، وبقي تحت سلطة الدولة السورية، وتمّ تخفيض إنتاجه خلال سنوات الحرب لتراجع الطلب داخلياً وصعوبة التصدير للخارج بسبب ظروف الحرب ومصاعب العلاقات الدولية الناتجة عنها ما ينفي حاجة الدولة السورية للنترات، لكن بكلّ حال على المحقق ان يتتبّع خيوطه ويطرح أسئلته ويبحث عن الأجوبة، حتى يجد ما يقنعه ويخرج به على اللبنانيين طالبا اقتناعهم؟

اذا كانت الخلاصة التي تختصر حقيقة التحقيق هي ما بُنيت عليه الاتهامات، فهي تقول ان لا جرم ولا جريمة، وان القضية هي انّ هناك من عرف بوجود النترات وخطرها ولم يفعل ما كان ينبغي فعله، وهؤلاء قصّروا ويجب ان يحاسبوا على تقصيرهم، وهذا معنى القتل بالقصد الاحتمالي، وان ثبت هذا فالاستنتاج صحيح، لكن قناعة المحقق بهذه الحقيقة يجب ان تقال بصراحة ووضوح، وله أن يمضي في توزيع المسؤوليات بعد ذلك، وفقاً لمعادلة درجة المسؤولية عن واجب المعرفة، ودرجة المسؤولية وفقاً لموجب القدرة على التحرك، ومن يجب ان يعرف ولم يعرف لا ينال البراءة، ومن ضمن صلاحياته التحرك ولم يتحرك لا يمنح صكّ البراءة لأنّ أحداً لم يراجعه، فوفقاً للصلاحيات ثمة من اطلع عرضاً وليس من مهمته المعرفة ولا من صلاحياته التحرك، وثمة من عليه ان يعلم وعليه ان يتحرك، وهؤلاء في مقدمة من يجب ان يتحمّل المسؤولية، ووفقاً للقوانين اللبنانية ثمة ثلاث جهات لبنانة يجب ان تعلم ويجب ان تتحرك، هي الجمارك، والنيابة العامة وقيادة الجيش، وقبلها جميعاً قيادة اليونيفيل البحرية!

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