أول استقلال مع «ميشال عون»

روزانا رمّال

نوفمبر 22, 2017

صودف أن عيد الاستقلال في لبنان يتزامن هذه السنة مع أكبر عملية ابتزاز يتعرّض لها، ومع أصعب اختبار دستوري وميثاقي لاستكمال ممارسة مهام المؤسسات العامة، فأحد لم يكن يتوقع بعد كل أيام السنة من الودّ والانسجام السياسي الحاصل جراء الصفقة الرئاسية الحكومية أن يكون حضور الحريري لملئ كرسيّه في جادة شفيق الوزان خلال عرض الاستقلال السنوي هو حدث ينتظره اللبنانيون والمراقبون الدوليون، لم يكن متوقعاً أن يصبح الواجب الوطني مفصلاً من عمر الدولة اللبنانية ولحظة يتنفس فيها الصعداء لبرهة ثم تنحبس الأنفاس حتى يقرّر الحريري اطلاع اللبنانيين على فحوى الابتزاز الذي اتفق عليه المعنيون عبر إرغامه على ما «لا طاقة له به».

إنه أول استقلال مع «ميشال عون» كما يناديه اللبنانيون. هذا الرجل الذي لا يعنيه لقب الرئاسة لأنه مناضل قديم… في أيام الاستقلال يظهر المناضل ميشال عون بشكل واضح او ربما أوضح. في ايام الاستقلال يقول عون للبنانيين والعالم لن أقبل بهذه المهزلة، وقفوا عند مسؤولياتكم، ومستعدّ للتضحية بالرئاسة. يعرف جيداً هذا المناضل أن تحدي المجتمع الدولي، وخصوصاً الدول العربية بقيادة المملكة العربية السعودية يعني «مقتلاً» في هذه الظروف التي تمر بها الرياض. وهي ظروف لا تقبل فيها المملكة المساومة وسط خيارات عمودية بين إقصاء أمراء كبار ورجال أعمال وقطع للعلاقات مع دول جارة مثل قطر، ونسف كل ما يتعارض مع سياستها بضوء أخضر أميركي. يعرف عون جيداً من دون أن يحتاج أحد ليذكره بما جرى سابقاً مع الرئيس اميل لحود عندما تمّ عزله بدعم أميركي مباشر وأول مَن عزلوه هم جزء من اللبنانيين الذين قرروا خوض غمار التجربة الى آخر الطريق فقاطعته الدول الكبرى والصغرى وصار قصر بعبدا خالياً من أي زائر يشير إلى أن الرئيس لا يزال موجوداً يمارس مهامه بشكل طبيعي ما خلا بعض الحلفاء.

القلق لا يزال حاضراً، وعون كما اللبنانيين يترقبون المزيد من الخيارات باتجاه التعاطي مع لبنان، وربما الرئاسة، هو الذي يدرك ان استهداف الحريري هو استهداف للصفقة التي أتت به الى قصر بعبدا. يعرف أن التضحية بهذه الصفقة وارد. وهو بذلك يضع نفسه أمام خيارات صعبة ويعلن استعداده لخوضها، لا يبالي الرئيس اللبناني بمقاطعة الرؤساء العرب والأجانب له. هذا ربما بديهي فقد فهم خصومه قبل حلفائه ذهنيته والخلفية التي ينطلق منها في مواقفه، لكن الأهم هو شيء آخر وفي مكان آخر. الأهم ان الرئاسة اللبنانية لأول مرة من خلال عون استطاعت قلب مزاج المجتمع الدولي والتأثير عليه بتحدّيه وتصلّب موافقه. وهنا لا تتم مناقشة صوابية مواقف عون من عدمها بل تتم الإضاءة على تعاطي الدول الكبرى مع الرئيس اللبناني خلال الأزمة فقد كانت هناك إمكانية غير مسبوقة من حشد اهتمام غربي كثيف، بالرغم من اعتبار خصوم عون انه حليف حزب الله وإيران بمفهوم «التبعية» ما يدحض هذا الكلام جملة وتفصيلاً. فقد بدا ان الأميركيين والفرنسيين وهم أكثر من يمكن ان يقدّموا مؤشراً بديهياً عن الموقف من عون لحظة فشل خطة الاستقالة المفترض أن تخض البلاد والمؤسسات، فقد بدا الرئيس ترامب والرئيس ماكرون بعد أن ضبط عون إيقاع الازمة مجبرين على السير وراء الموقف الرئاسي اللبناني الذي أحرجهم وصار أمام الفرنسيين مسؤولية كبيرة في تلقي الدعوة اللبنانية في التدخل والبحث باسترجاع رئيس حكومة لبنان من منطلق التلويح بتدويلها أولاً وباعتبارها قضية حريات وخرق للدستور اللبناني ثانياً.

تسلّح عون بالشارع الذي التفّ وراءه يقول جزء كبير من اللبنانيين إنها المرة الاولى التي شعر فيها بالاستقلال الحقيقي، لأن رئيسنا استقلالي. ها هو «يخالف» خطط الغرب ولا يقاطعونه ويصادق الإيرانيين ولا يفرضون عليه عدم التعاطي مع المملكة، بل هو زارها فوراً لدى انتخابه رئيساً، بل هو غير مستعدّ لتلبية شروط أحد. ها هو يحالف الشيعي «حزب الله» ويحمي كرامة السنة «تيار المستقبل» وكرسي الرئاسة الثالثة.

الأكبر من الاختبار في زمن الاستقلال هو الشارع اللبناني الذي التفّ حول الرؤساء عون وبري والحريري والتفّ وراء الوحدة الوطنية. وقد اكتشف الكل أن اللبنانيين هم يد واحدة في لحظة صادقة تتعلق بمهابة وكرامة البلاد، وأن اللبنانيين ميالون او تواقون للتمسك بالثوابت الوطنية، إذا لم يتم العبث بأمنهم واستقرارهم وتهديدهم او فرض عليهم رؤساء كرسوا الرئاسة اللبنانية لخدمة مشاريع أو اصطفاف معين بدون التوقف عند مقام الرئاسة.

في زمن الاستقلال صار للرئاسة اللبنانية «قيمة». فبدون مجاملات او جدالات يعرف كل لبناني أنها كانت كرسياً فارغاً حتى ولو تمّ ملؤه فصلاحيات رئيس الوزراء طغت لفترة من الفترات، وتسلّحت بالجو السياسي الإقليمي الملائم. وهناك رؤساء أساؤوا استخدام صلاحيات رئاسة الجمهورية، لكن الأهم أنهم لم يدركوا او يلتفتوا إلى الحفاظ على مهابة هذه الكرسي وحدها أمام المجتمع الدولي.

أما عن خطاب الاستقلال:

فالاستقلال مع ميشال عون هو توضيح كل شيء وليس ترفاً أو عيداً ولا عرضاً عسكرياً.

الاستقلال مع ميشال عون هو وحدة الوطن.

الاستقلال مع ميشال عون هو التصدي لـ «إسرائيل».

الاستقلال مع ميشال عون الابتعاد عن الفتنة.

الاستقلال مع ميشال عون هو حماية الدستور.

الاستقلال هو نصيحة أبوية صادقة.

لبنان مع ميشال عون سيّد، حر، مستقل..

 

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A Walk to Liberation…

Fatima Haydar

25-05-2017 | 16:03

It’s much more than your ordinary hiking trip. It’s when the land speaks to heaven.

A Walk to Liberation...

With every step I take, the land underneath my feet whispers stories of brave men who trudged up Mount Safi, better known to Southerners as the Revolutionaries’ Mountain.

Mount Safi with its rough terrain and cruel weather is never forgotten, but it is during this time of year that visitors particularly southerners pay tribute to the mighty mountain.

Seventeen years had passed and Mount Safi stands proud safekeeping secrets of the brave Revolutionaries’ stories of heroism and endurance. Stories waiting to be told… waiting to be passed on from one generation of Revolutionaries to another.

A Walk to Liberation...

With only a backpack on my back, I set out on a walk that changed my perception of the littlest of things. At 10:15 a.m. [Beirut time] the hiking group I accompanied met with Abu Hadi, a Hezbollah field officer, who took us on an excursion.

The Hezbollah-sponsored daytrip was held on the occasion of the Resistance and Liberation Day. On May 25, 2000, Lebanon’s southern villages witnessed the withdrawal of the occupying “Israeli” entity – a date which marks the victory of a brave handful over the apartheid entity’s so-called “invincible army” in South Lebanon.

Our two-hour walk which started from Ain Boswar, a village in Nabatieh Governorate in South Lebanon, ended in Mleeta, the Hezbollah Resistance Museum or the Tourist Landmark of the Resistance, as it is officially known.

A mile or two up the mountain with nothing much to carry cannot compare with the same miles walked with 40 to 50 kg [88 – 110 lbs.] of military equipment that the Revolutionary men carried under enemy bombing and fire.

A Walk to Liberation...

Abu Hadi, a veteran in his mid-forties, wore his military uniform that camouflaged with the surrounding. With his southern Arabic accent, Abu Hadi tells us about the profound relation of Mount Safi to its neighboring villages that endured moments of heroism and pain at the same time; as the area had been shelled during the “Israeli” aggression in 1993 and 1996.

The veteran officer went on to talk about the mutual relationship between the Revolutionaries’ Mountain and the Revolutionaries themselves, who had gotten used to dwelling in the area prior to the 2000 liberation.

He told us how the men would carry their military supplies and weaponry in addition to food and gas tanks from nearby villages up to their camp site at Mount Safi, pointing to an old man-made well where they would get water given the lack of pipelines.

A Walk to Liberation...

In his will, Martyr Abdulmalik Karaki tells Martyr Moustafa Karaki: “Whoever wanted to be assigned to Safi Mount particularly in the pre-liberation stage [2000], would have to sacrifice greatly and be physically fit.”

The presence of the Islamic Resistance on Mount Safi dates back to 1986 – 1987 due to its strategic location as it overlooks the Western Beqaa area, Said, Tyre and the towns nearby, Abu Hadi added.

Back then, Great Martyr Leader Sayyed Abbas al-Mousawi managed the Resistance’s military operations from Mount Safi.

Abu Hadi noted the strategic importance of Safi stressing that had the “Israelis” occupied it, the entire South would have fallen.

It was a beautiful day for a hike. Luckily, it wasn’t too hot.

At times, mist would cover the entire mountain transforming the field into a heavenly place; a view that sends you into a state of serenity and peace.

All the way up Mount Safi, the sole thought on my mind was how tiring the hike is. I wondered how the Resistance men bore the hike through the years.

Women and young ladies from different walks of life took part in this life-enlightening walk. Like me, they were all pushed by the curiosity to experience what it is like to be a Revolutionary, as many of them are mothers, sisters, wives and daughters of these honorable men.

A Walk to Liberation...

A light breeze blew as we sat listening to Abu Hadi narrating stories of valor. Under a big branched tree sat Hajje Zeinab, mother of martyr Abbas al-Mousawi who fought in Syria.

For Hajje Zeinab, the mother of seven young men, the walk is a continuation of her son’s path. She had already sacrificed a son and is relentless to sacrifice the rest for the sake of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] and his Household.
Given her life experience and wisdom, Hajje Zeinab advised us to learn from the events of Karbala and withstand the way Sayyida Zeinab did when she was deprived of her loved ones by Yazid.

I would never forget her comparison of Imam Hussein [AS] and his loyal Sahaba who fought Yazid and his tyrant army; she said “Hezbollah men are the successors of Imam Hussein [AS] and they are fighting the same army of Yazid – the ‘Israeli’s and their Western and Arab allies are the Yazids of this age.”

At 12:30 p.m., we reached Mleeta weary, thirsty and hungry. The women and young ladies were all desperate for a cozy place to relax in.

As I sat in the restaurant, sipping a cup of hot chocolate, I look at mighty Mount Safi. I smile. I take a deep breath of fresh air. I think of those brave men who suffered and persevered so that we are safe and free. I think of those courageous Revolutionaries fighting today to defend our honor.

To Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah… To all the honorable men of Hezbollah… To the sons of Imam Hussein [AS]… To whom we owe our lives… This is dedicate to you.

Many Happy Returns to you, the makers of victory.

Source: Al-Ahed News

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Italian Delegation: Hizbullah Best Answer against Terrorism, No One Can Hide the Crimes of KSA! (Part 1)

 Fatima Haydar

The “Israeli” apartheid regime’s troops completely withdraw from South Lebanon by May 25th, 2000. Sixteen years on the liberation and the Lebanese still cherish this day stronger than ever.
Italian Delegation

This year, it is not only the Lebanese who celebrated the 16th anniversary of the Resistance and Liberation Day, an Italian delegation that visited Lebanon to show solidarity with Hizbullah had a lot to say to national, regional and international public.

The Italian delegation consisted of 11 activists and public figures from Italy and Spain among which were Alberto Palladino, an Italian journalist and executive board member of Solidarite Identites, a humanitarian organization to support the Syrian people, as well as Italian politician Giovanni Feola, leader of the Italian CasaPound movement.

Other members of the organization were: Poalo Sebastianelli, Rodrigo Gomez, Manfredi Pinelli, Rudy de Astis, Carlo Pezzolesi, Dario Zimbardi, Davide Granconato and Damiano Crudele.

It was not a coincidence that the delegation’s visit to Lebanon coincided with the Resistance and Liberation Day. According to the delegation’s deputy speaker, Alberto Palladino their visit to Lebanon was “much intended. We want to participate in this victory and this march”.

Italian Delegation: Hizbullah Best Answer against Terrorism, No One Can Hide the Crimes of KSA! (Part 1)

Palladino indicated that the Resistance’s May victory is very important and that it is a “symbolic victory because in this time no one can invade another sovereign nation; all the people in the Mediterranean zone, every free people have the right to defend their homes from invasion…”

He went on saying that “The victory of Hizbullah against “Israel” is the symbol of a new freedom in the Mediterranean zone. On another level, it is a very great victory because a powerful and very well-equipped army was defeated by the pure resistances of Hizbullah revolutionaries.”

According to Palladino, it is via their organization’s work in Syria that they met Hizbullah and founded a relations ship with the group.

He indicated that the Italian delegation intends to “create or rebuild the relation between Europe – specially the countries that are in contact with the Mediterranean Sea – and the close east; that is, the Middle Eastern countries on the Mediterranean Sea” pointing out that through “analyzing our similitudes, we find that we are very close in culture and history as well as political views”.

Palladion explains that the main example of likeness between the European and Middle Eastern countries in the Mediterranean zone is the fight against terrorism saying that “terrorists have engulfed Syria as it did in Paris and Brussels; so we have to be close as much as possible to solve it.”

When asked about the concerns over the wave of terrorism that has extended from the Middle East to Europe and the delegation’s expectations from their visit, Palladino said, “We aim to launch a signal through this activity to have the Europeans understand that there is an alternative to the official relation between Europe and Arab countries.”

“Take Saudi Arabia for example, our government and politicians have diplomatic ties with it; Saudi Arabia is killing the Yemeni people and no one in the West spoke out” Palladino said.

He added that “everyone in Europe considers Hizbullah as a terrorist organization, but no one speaks of the situation in Yemen where our military planes are sold to Saudi Arabia and are used to kill the Yemenis.”

On the level of Hizbullah’s fight against terrorism in Syria, Palladion said that the group “gives the best example it can give to the world” shedding light on the fact that now Hizbullah and its martyrs are the best answer against terrorism.

“It is not a terrorist organization! Hizbullah is fighting outside its territory and spending weapons, money and lives to defend the freedom and security of Syria and the Syrian people,” he added.

Palladino went on to say that “No one can hide the sacrifices of Hizbullah in Syria in the same manner that no one can hide the crimes of Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen as well as their public attack against Iran!”

He indicated that “now, people in Italy are getting their information directly from the source – your website for example – via the internet, and they no longer depend on the official media for news” explaining that Europeans are becoming more aware of the truth and their view Hizbullah.

To be continued…

Source: al-Ahed News

 

28-05-2016 | 16:43

RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION DAY REFLECTIONS: WHAT IF THERE WAS NO HIZBULLAH?

hizbullah flag skying

“If there was no Hizbullah, there would be no hope, no Mouqawamah, no victories, no freedom; there would only be ‘Israel’ and its hegemony. Hizbullah saved us all. And on this 16th annual Resistance and Liberation Day, as a means of moving forward in the next phase of our battle for total liberation, it is best we remember and cherish this undeniable reality.”

by Jonathan Azaziah

What if there was no Hizbullah? Resistance and Liberation Day isn’t merely a time of celebration in commemoration of the history-echoing victories achieved by Hizbullah. It is also a time for deep reflection, as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah noted in his breathtakingly wonderful speech today. Indeed it is a time when we should be reflecting on where we are in our struggle, the severity and the status of the regional and international equations, and how to progress forward towards our ultimate goal of rendering ‘Israel’ obsolete. And I can’t think of a more profound point of pondering than the following question above: What if there was no Hizbullah? We don’t have to start as far back as 1982 when the Lebanese Islamic Resistance first emerged out of its humble beginnings of namelessness, nor do we need to refer to the ‘93 and ‘96 ‘Israeli’ aggressions, nor the liberation itself on May 25th, 2000, as the majority, not the vast majority or even most persons, unfortunately, but the majority of Lebanese agree that Hizbullah’s triumph over the cancerous Zionist entity and the end of the monstrous occupation were good things. So let us start with the 2006 July War and allow me to ask again: What if there was no Hizbullah?

If the Mouqawamah disbanded after the liberation of Lebanon, there most certainly wouldn’t have been a 2006 July War because the Zionists would have launched their devious, murderous aggression much sooner. With no Hizbullah to defend the Jnoub, ‘Israel’ would have ripped through villages, towns and entire cities with a genocidal Jewish savagery not seen since the Nakba.

‘Israeli’ occupation forces would have reestablished their illegal buffer zone, only this time, they would need no SLA or like-similar auxiliary to do their dirty work because there would be no resistance to contend with, thus leaving the enemy nothing but free reign to expand their control all the way into Beirut, the full spectrum of the Lebanese coast, the Bekaa and beyond.

Yes, it’s true that there were Lebanese communists, socialists and other leftists who fought the usurping Jewish entity when it invaded Lebanon in 1978, and though their sacrifices and bravery should be saluted, the truth is that their effectiveness was minimal at best and despite their best efforts, ‘Israel’ expanded and felt emboldened enough to further its expansionism in 1982. So if there was no Hizbullah, simply put, Lebanon would be lost.

With no Hizbullah, which the ‘Israelis’ view as their number one enemy, their most dangerous enemy, their most effective enemy, etc. and they have reiterated this over and over, Lebanon would be subjected to a Palestine-style occupation. Colonization, ethnic cleansing, settlements, destruction of olive trees and other crops, theft of resources, contamination of water, a barbaric gulag-like prison regime that makes Nahal Oz and Ofer look like five-star resorts, more settlements, the proliferation of completely insane Jewish supremacist squatters throughout Lebanon’s greenest, most beautiful lands, and of course, routine, Halakhic-Talmudic, ritualistic massacres of civilians, especially children, as Lebanon is fractured into a hodgepodge of Swiss-cheese-statelets.

As ‘Israel’ doubles in size, it sees zero threat coming from the Syrian Arab Republic and decides to launch its Takfiri destabilization project. With no Hizbullah, there is nobody to guard and/or liberate the Syrian-Lebanese border, i.e. the ultra-strategic, ultra-rugged Qalamoun Mountains and the Arsal barrens, from the Takfiri scourge. With no Hizbullah, the Wahhabi terrorists move into the Homs countryside with ease, overrunning the Syrian Arab Army in the pivotal battle for super-imperative Al-Qusayr. Homs itself falls. Then Damascus. Then Hama, Quneitra and Daraa. The Syrian Arab Army is bloodied, exhausted, pushed to collapse and before we can even blink, the Syrian Arab Republic is no more and a Saudi-style, Zionist-normalizing Takfiri emirate now rules over Bilad al-Sham.

Massacres of Lebanese Sunnis, Shi’a, Christians, Druze and anyone who doesn’t submit to Takfirism begin with reckless abandon on the border as well as deep into Lebanon’s northern regions as there is no Lebanese Islamic Resistance to stop the carnage. Why should we go to such extremes? Because long before Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Russian Aerospace Forces intervened in Syria, it was Hizbullah, with its tactical finesse, brilliant hybrid guerilla-conventional warfare and sacrifices, which intervened at a most critical time, staved off the Takfiris and prevented Syria from falling into US-‘Israeli’-Saudi hands. With no Hizbullah however, Syria would be lost, and the pluralism that has long prevailed among the peoples of Bilad al-Sham is shattered into countless, unsalvageable fragments.

With Lebanon and Syria removed from the regional picture in a mere matter of years, Palestine is alone and abandoned, as Resistance Axis bases of operations and coordination in the Levant are destroyed and occupied by ‘Israel’ and its Takfiri tools. With no Hizbullah, the Second Intifada ends early as there is no external support provided by the Lebanese Islamic Resistance; there are no moujahideen to smuggle guns and missiles into the West Bank and Gaza Strip; there are no moujahideen to train the Palestinian Resistance in the art of tunnel-digging and rocket-building; there are no moujahideen to teach the Palestinian Resistance the effective, ghost-like resistance strategies that were integral to pushing the ‘Israeli’ terrorists out of Lebanon. With no Hizbullah, ‘Israel’ doesn’t need Operation Pillar of Cloud and Operation Mighty Cliff, as it decapitates the Falasteeni Mouqawamah during Operation Cast Lead. There is never a siege on Gaza because it never gets liberated to begin with and another stage of the Nakba begins as the Jewish supremacist regime begins the final purge of all “Goyim” from the River to the Sea. If there is no Hizbullah, Palestine is lost.

With Lebanon, Syria and Palestine gobbled up, the Zionists, high as a kite on their “chosenite” arrogance, launch an invasion of the Islamic Republic of Iran with full-blown US-NATO-GCC support. And while one can never count out the Iranian people, without support from their Hizbullah, Syrian and Palestinian allies, it’s hard to imagine Iran making it out of such an encounter fully intact. In the simplest terms one could muster: With no Hizbullah, with no Divine Victory in 2006, the Resistance Axis is eviscerated, the neocons’ New Middle East comes to fruition, ‘Greater Israel’ is resurrected from the graveyards of South Lebanon, and the entire region goes up in flames, ushering in a Dajjalic era of unthinkably evil Anglo-Jewish hegemony. And this isn’t too far off nor some kind of farfetched doomsday scenario. Everybody has heard former NATO Commander Wesley Clark’s infamous “7 countries in 5 years” interview as well as his comments on why ISIS was unleashed; everyone has read the “Clean Break” document; everyone has studied “A Strategy For ‘Israel’ In The 1980s” aka the Oded Yinon plan. This was the scheme. Eliminate Hizbullah, take over the Arab-Islamic world.

And yet there are too many lummoxes to fathom who still vomit the nonsensical Zionist-Wahhabi hasbara about Hizbullah being “just as dangerous” as ‘Israel’ because “Hizbullah is trying to implement an Iranian project”, whatever that’s supposed to mean. It’s essentially too asinine to even attempt to process. This is the irony though, isn’t it? If there was no Hizbullah, these bigoted, utterly atrocious dimwits would be lost too; either under Zionist jackboots or on a chopping block set to be beheaded by Takfiri lunatics. One way or another, even the likes of these clownish sectarians owe Hizbullah a debt, whether they want to admit it or not. As does our region. As does the world. Every one of us does, truly. For if there was no Hizbullah, there would be no hope, no Mouqawamah, no victories, no freedom; there would only be ‘Israel’ and its hegemony. Hizbullah saved us all. And on this 16th annual Resistance and Liberation Day, as a means of moving forward in the next phase of our battle for total liberation, it is best we remember and cherish this undeniable reality.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to Al-Ahed: Hizbullah Made Nation Proud, Forms A Model for Defeating Zionists

Mukhtar Haddad

In a statement to the al-Ahed News Website, the spokesperson for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Brigadier General Ramadan Sharif, congratulated the Lebanese people on the anniversary of the Resistance and Liberation day.

Brigadier General Ramadan Sharif

Brigadier General Ramadan Sharif added, “When we look at the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the occupation by the Zionist entity of Arab lands, we see that there are two visions on this matter; the first is the resistance strategy focused on expelling the occupying enemy and relying on the people of the occupied nations. There is another vision that relies on international human rights institutions and foreign powers which claimed to support the Arab resistance. [General Sharif] notes “experience has shown that defeating the Zionist regime and the liberation of the occupied territories came with the entry of the Lebanese people into the arena of resisting the Zionists. And the resistance in Lebanon has forced the Zionists enemy to flee from the south.”

Brigadier Sharif stressed that,

“the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon has become a symbol of steadfastness, courage and will. It was able to expel the Zionist enemy from southern Lebanon, as well as defeat the Zionists during the July 2006 war.”

We congratulate the Lebanese people and the Arab and Islamic nation for its resistance and for making the nation proud and defeating the Zionists. He added,

“the hearts of the Muslim and Arab peoples are always with the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine.”

The spokesperson for the Revolutionary Guards also said, “this model is a beacon of light, turning the resistance into a role model for those whose lands are being occupied by the Zionists,” adding that the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon was a good role model for Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Palestine, which defeated the Zionist enemy in the wars of recent years in the Gaza Strip.

Brigadier General Ramadan Sharif congratulated the Islamic nation, the Lebanese people, Hizbullah, the families of the martyrs, and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on this occasion and expressed hope that the resistance will soon liberate Palestine and Al-Quds and the Islamic nation will get rid of this insidious entity “Israel”.

Source: al-Ahed news 

26-05-2016 | 13:18

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Sayyed Hachem Safieddine Chairman of the Executive Council of Hezbollah in Lebanon

Via The Saker

May 26, 2016

In an interview with the official website of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, conducted in Beirut by Marwa Osman*, Sayyed Hachem Safieddine Chairman of the Executive Council of Hezbollah in Lebanon commemorates the 25th of May the Resistance and Liberation day by saying that the Zionist entity is unable until now to repair it losses at the moral, military and combating levels after their defeat in the 2006 war. He says the liberation of South Lebanon in the year 2000 is a true nightmare that hit the Israeli military, political and security leaderships and this nightmare still entrenched within their conscience, their culture, and their military and security institutions.

“Our perception of the interests of both the Israelis and the Americans indicates that now is not the time for a new war,” Sayyed Safieddine told Khamenei.ir.

Sayyed Safieddine emphasized that “Ayatollah Sayed Ali Kkamenei reassured us that victory will be on our side and his words had a great impact on us all and on the souls of the mujahedeen (resistance fighters).” His eminence also declared that Ayatollah Khamenei always envisions the future with optimism and constantly promises that our region will retain self-determination and revert to its people and that the day will come when there would no longer be an “Israel” and when the US hegemony on this region will end.

The following is a transcript of the recorded interview with Sayyed Hachem Safieddine Chairman of the Executive Council of Hezbollah in Lebanon exclusively for Khamenei.ir

Section One: Hezbollah v/s the Israel Entity

1. Commemorating the Resistance and Liberation day of May 25, 2000, how do you assess the position of the Islamic Resistance Hezbollah after 16 years of ending the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon knowing that their withdrawal is still incomplete?

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. After 16 years of the liberation of South Lebanon and some occupied Lebanese lands, facts have proven that the Israeli entity has faced a big defeat and was unable until now to repair it losses at the moral, military and combating levels. The proof of this is what happened in the year 2006. The Israeli entity is still overwhelmed by the victory of the year 2000, which was followed by the victory of June 2006. The Zionist entity still feels till this day that it is incapable of encroaching on Lebanon as it did in the past. And at the moment in which the Zionists find the circumstances possible to defeat the resistance in Lebanon, it will not hesitate to target the resistance. Despite carrying all the reasons according to our enemy’s logic, and I am not justifying for them, to launch a war against the resistance, the Israeli entity is not doing so. Therefore the Israeli enemy is suppressed and still lives through the harsh moments of defeat. Until today in their political analysis, military, security, and strategic studies and even when they talk about the major challenges facing the Zionist entity, they place the resistance at the top of their list of challenges. This proves that they are still living through this nightmare. Therefore, the liberation of South Lebanon in the year 2000 is a true nightmare that hit the Israeli military, political and security leaderships and this nightmare still entrenched within their conscience, in their culture, and in their military and security institutions. In return, the resistance is becoming stronger and more visible. It declares its intentions and always does what it declares. We experienced several ordeals during the past years when the enemy would try to test our readiness and the resistance proved to be prepared and present. The resistance will always be there for its people and its supporters and it reassures all the Lebanese public that the Resistance maintains tangible professionalism that protects the country and has proven this fact by providing experiences and models renowned all over the world. Hence, on the one hand the Israeli entity is still living the impasse, and on the other hand, the resistance has enhanced its strength, enriched its expertise and became heavily armed. We have enough pride in the power recognized by our enemy.

2. Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in a speech in March 2016 eliminated the possibility of any Israeli war against Lebanon in the short term, noting that the Zionist entity does not carry out any military move without the American approval, yet in Mid April 2016, US signaled that it might increase military aid to Israel in a ‘largest single pledge in history’ from $3.1 billion to a probable $5 billion boost in military aid. Isn’t that a green light from Washington and an approval for a huge war to be waged against Lebanon in the near future?

On the contrary, the fact that the US is willing to increase military aid to the Zionist entity proves that the Americans only want to soothe the Israelis so as not to ruin the region, since if the US agenda does not include war, then the US might become more generous with the financial aid and the armaments only to further mollify their Israeli ally keep them away from any adventure; that is in some cases and not always.  That is first. Second, it is true, the Israeli entity cannot launch any war against Lebanon without the consent, the support and the signature of the US, with the exception of the 2006 war which was the opposite case where the Israeli entity wanted to go through the war while the US administration went along with their Israeli partners. During the 2006 war, the Israeli entity didn’t ask for permission to attack Lebanon. That specific war had its own conditions at the level of the American-Israeli relationship and its results were disastrous for the Zionist entity. Therefore the existence of financial support is to boost the superiority of the Zionist entity psychologically. As if the US is telling the Israelis that it is true you have lost facing the Resistance in Lebanon but we shall increase our support for you to prove to you this supremacy and be it at the psychological level and at the level of at least convinces your people of this supremacy. Third, we knew exactly what is happening in the region and not only in the case of Lebanon versus the Zionist entity, but also in all what is going on in the region that the Israeli entity is a strategic ally and a key ally. It is always in the higher interest of all US administrations to extend the Zionist entity with more experiences, armaments and financial support and this is not an exception. The increase in the amount of money being given to Israel by the US might be the result of sensing of the immense nature of the risks facing the Zionist entity after all the recent variables hitting the region one of which is the development and growth of the strength of the Islamic Resistance. And finally, if the US wanted war or if the Israelis wanted to engage in war with US approval, they would have their own accounts associated with their interests in the region. We believe we are now at a moment where the decision of waging war on Lebanon is not yet made. Our perception of the interests of both the Israelis and the Americans indicates that now is not the time for a new war. At the same time, when our enemies feel that they can achieve their goals, they would hurry to do so without hesitation. But in our conviction and our logic, the deterrent force of the resistance is the first preventive measure against any war at this stage.

3. Hezbollah has managed in the past through his achievements and capabilities to convince the Zionist entity that any war it launches against Lebanon will be very costly for the Israelis, however after Hezbollah’s engagement in the war against terrorism inside Syria, the Israeli entity has been claiming that Hezbollah has become weaker at the southern border and their evidence relies in their success to target and assassinate several Hezbollah commanders in the recent years. How hard would it be for Hezbollah which is fully engaged in the war against terrorism in Syria to defend the Lebanese territories in the event of an Israeli aggression? Knowing that this time the civilians have literally no place to hide since Syria is no longer an option.

We have said since the beginning that the Syrian issue did not distract us from our Israeli enemy, thank God, the resistance possesses enough of human potential, armament programs, plans and readiness to confront any Israeli threat at any time. Throughout the period of our presence in Syria we always take into account the Israeli danger. At any time now and every day we are positioned in Syria we fight in defense of the resistance and in defense of our country and we consider that the Israeli hand is behind the chaos happening in Syria. At the political level, in our point of view the outcome of the battle in Syria proved that we are handling the same enemy and the same instigators of war who have specific goals which they want to achieve through waging war on Syria. At the level of combat, the resistance always reassures its people and its audience that the battle front with our enemy Israel has never impaired and that our engagement in Syria will not affect our readiness against the Israeli entity. We are fully ready at any moment.

4. How do you describe the accounts of the leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, assuring the divine victory in 2000 as well as the victory of Hezbollah against Israel during the war that continued for 33 days in 2006? Can you tell us his thoughts in this regard and if possible some of which that has not been published or announced yet?

Of course for us this is a matter which have become supported by strong clarifications and evidence. In the battle of 2006 during the war of 33 days, a message was sent by his eminence Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei to the commander-in-Chief Secretary General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in which he spoke clearly about the nature of this battle and about the side that started this battle and about who exactly was planning to carry out this war and also talked about the preparations prior to July which we saw as a strange matter, since we did not have any concrete evidence or any analysis or any intelligence information that indicated that a war is about to hit us. While His Eminence spoke about how this war was prepared by the Israelis and the Americans beforehand and that what happened in July was not the reason this war started. His words were echoed after the war when Ehud Olmert (Israeli PM at that time) declared clearly that the preparations for the 2006 war actually began in the month of March of that year. The leader told us in this letter that this war will be a hard one, very similar to the Battle of the Trench during the days of Prophet Muhammad the messenger of God (God bless him and grant him salvation) but he also reassured us that victory will be on our side and his words had a great impact on us all and on the souls of the mujahedeen. According to our experience with His Eminence the leader, his promises are a result of his insight and from the Holy Quran and the traditions of history and primarily from his faith in God Almighty (swt) which granted us full confidence that victory will be with us and indeed that is exactly what happened. Hence the leader’s words which reassured us, spoke at the same time about the nature of the battle where this letter was at the beginning of the war, as if he knew that ahead of us lies a long and tough battle which will bear huge losses but eventually while resemble the Battle of the Trench, but eventually the leader told us that victory will be with us and this is what happened. And after the victory at the end of the war, his eminence also sent another letter to Sayyed Nasrallah, in which he spoke clearly about the aptitude that Hezbollah has obtained from this victory emphasizing that because of this aptitude our enemies will work with all the power they possess to besiege it and to strike it but will eventually fail in their attempts and the strength of Hezbollah will only increase, this time not only in the face of the Israeli entity in the region but all along the Arab and Islamic world and this is also what happened.

5. In one of the speeches of Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah spoke of some aspects of his meeting with Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei and in specific about six accounts of the leader’s views with various dates about the defeat of America and Israel. How do you explain the vision of the leader Ayatollah Khamenei to defeat Israel during the past twenty five years and how did these aspirations become a reality?

His Eminence the leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei possesses a clear vision with a fixed foresight, he understands matters and offers appropriate and convenient treatments. The leader knows the nature of the enemy that influences our region which is the US which is why his eminence always focuses on the US hands in all what is going on in the region starting in Palestine to all other events stirring up our region and this is all backed by evidence and well documented. The leader also knows what the capabilities of our enemies are. He knows this through his understanding, know-how, expertise, knowledge and experience. Ayatollah Khamenei always envisions the future with optimism and constantly promises that this region will retain self-determination and revert to its people and that the day will come when there would no longer be an “Israel” and when the US hegemony on this region will end. This clear vision may need years to be accessible at the level of implementation and application and may need more sacrifices, but the leader has no doubt at all that the future will be much better for the peoples of the region. This vision reveals first a deep understanding of the history and analysis and secondly the strong belief of the promise of God the Great and Almighty and understanding of the Holy Quran and the traditions of the history, and thirdly reveals the deep experience in the nature of the events and its course of action in the future. The leader does not speak about dreams and aspirations; he talks about facts known through vivid expertise. And finally, we in the resistance have never entered an experience where His Eminence indicated to be successful and not come out of it successful which is always achieved by the praise of God the Great and Almighty.

Section Two: Hezbollah v/s PGCC

1. The PGCC-Saudi led decision to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization obviously represents an Arab and International cover for any Israeli war against Lebanon and Hezbollah in specific, doesn’t this fact deeply impact the deterrence formula that Hezbollah has managed to carve over the years of fighting? And how do you anticipate the stance of the Lebanese government be in the event of a confrontation with Israel? knowing that there is a division within the Lebanese government concerning the decision of the PGCC against Hezbollah.

Predicting the position of the Lebanese government in case of a war is waged against Lebanon is a premature call, so let’s wait till the time comes. Meanwhile, we don’t believe that the PGCC-Saudi led decision to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization will have an impact on the position of Hezbollah especially towards confronting the Israeli enemy and the reason for this is very clear, throughout all the past decades in which we have resisted the Israeli entity those states you mentioned had the very same position towards Hezbollah as they do today. The difference is that their position back then was disclosed and now it is openly declared. Even in the 2006 July war, for 33 days we were clear about it when we said it and we now reaffirm that the Saudi and several Gulf states was strongly and directly involved in the paying of the cost of the war. The cost of the July war 2006 was fully covered by the Gulf money. Even when the US and British administrations were sending weapons, equipment and ammunition to the Israelis it was all being paid for by the Saudis. And before that, back in the 1990s and in the 1980s we saw many scenarios where the CIA was being aided by Arab, Gulf and Saudi intelligence and even then they were targeting the resistance, but their circumstances at that stage did not allow them to declare so. I tell you more than that, for us at the level of understanding the role of these states since the Palestinian Nakba on, when of course some Arab and Gulf States did not exist in those days, the roles of these states was to stand in the face of popular resistances so that Israel maintains the upper hand and remain the strongest entity in the region. These states are merely tools stirred by the United States of America. So what they are doing today with such declarations is simply within as agenda escalating day after day in their announcement and disclosure. They were always in the obstructive, disruptive and besieging position against the resistance, however the resistance became much stronger and we are today at a much better stage than we were before ten or twenty years ago. Those states obviously have millions to spend along with draconian media empires with heavy propaganda aimed against the resistance day and night. However, have anyone who lives in Lebanon or beyond all across the world, anyone from the close friends of the resistance to its foes that resistance has been affected by this propaganda? Did the resistance take any step back? Is there one resistance fighter who has abandoned his arms for fear of Saudi Arabia? Is there a dignified family that chose not send their sons to the resistance to fight off the Israelis and the Takfiri terrorists because of the pressure exerted by the Gulf media? These states need to know because they do not know and I think they will never know, they have to know that our peoples and our families and our resistance fighters have enough awareness that secures them from such false propaganda. We are at a point where our society is now certain that every time they see these states in a certain position they immediately know that they are on the wrong side and that righteousness is in exactly the opposite direction. Therefore this pressure of course is backed by huge sums of money funneled into the media but by the will of God Almighty will only be a smoke screen without any impact on the resistance.

2. Hezbollah declared that they have information about the Saudi scheme to crush the resistance but Sayyed Nasrallah stated he will not talk about the matter because of local considerations. Are these local considerations even relevant when Saudi Arabia has reportedly spent millions of dollars in a bid to destroy the resistance, this same resistance that is protecting all of the Lebanese territories?

Local considerations must take into account in each move we make as a resistance because we are always keen to our country and our homeland and eager to our environment and our society. And we know very well that the aptitude of the US and Saudi influence on Lebanese communities is of great capacity. In other words we take into account the possibility that some Lebanese communities might be affected by this influence against resistance and against Hezbollah and might not bear many facts, leaving things for time so that the Lebanese do not become engaged in specificities that do not impose a priority. Let the Lebanese remain focused toward the real enemy that is working nonstop in sedition and wreaking havoc either in our country or in our region. As the Lebanese proverb says, “leave things be until the right time”, the best wisdom requires us to take these considerations in our country. These aspects simply confirms our views for the stability in our country especially when we fight our Israeli enemy and our Takfiri enemy and when we protect our country from the disinformation campaigns waged by the Takfiri terrorists including media and political campaigns, we always take into account our country’s stability and the safety of our internal societies, this is a priority that must be to taken into account in all what we do and we are doing it without any affect against our duties and responsibilities.

3. Saudi Arabia has the financial, media and religious power in which it uses to threat whoever opposes it and in this case is working successfully against the resistance regionally and internationally while banning several media outlets from reporting the other side of the story; with the massive winnings of the Gulf-funded mainstream media what is the strategy at hand that the resistance and its allies in the region can reside to in order to oppose the PGCC propaganda? Can they even compete with it given the current media blackout?

Competing with them is not at all an option. Unfortunately, as long as the main driver of media is money, then it is natural for us not to be in a position to compete with the financial capabilities of Saudi Arabia in this regard. We face this massive media campaign and propaganda as you refer to it through staying steadfast, showing our right, demonstrating our capacity to state our position loud and clear and fully expressing our position and this is evident throughout history. Eventually, if we don’t possess the financial capability that our enemies own, it does not mean that we should abandon the media arena on the contrary we should do what we can according to our abilities and capabilities. It is important for us not to withdraw from the media arena, what is important is for us to stay standing and not fall. It is important for us not to allow the enemy or the conspirator to feel that we have fallen into the trap that he wanted to push us into. The world today has changed. No one can claim that the media belongs to a specific group or can propagate one specific point of view. Yes, there is on the one hand a side that has huge media potentials and on the other hand another side with limited media potentials. However, this limited side can face this other more capable side through patience and firmness towards righteousness and praise God we have many good experiences in that case. Imagine, for example, talking about experience, for example in the July war of 2006, the Israeli entity recognized that the resistance was not only victorious in the field militarily, but it also managed to possess a high level of media propagation and a high level of speech that exceeded that of the Israeli potential which is historically known in our region as the psychological war. So there are certain levels in media propagation which we can reach through focusing on the art of speech and the ability to express our position through statement and through righteousness that becomes secured as time passes along with a few sacrifices, we can eventually manage to do it. We believe that the success of which the Saudis speak of through their money and media is a success in the possession of the tool and not a success in making an impact and fully influencing the public. Impact and influence usually affects the weak and the doubtful, however the resistance depends on a wide audience of followers that are full of awareness, knowledge, experience and stability which allows them to be immune enough to face a ruinous influence. Banning the media of the resistance does not affect the course of the war. It undoubtedly deprives the resistance from a vital weapon that was used during the confrontation in a specific place. We, of course, try to work on compensating this tool with a proper substitute. But to say that banning the resistance media impacts the course of the war or weakens the fighters is inaccurate. Even in Yemen, we know that the Yemenis are immunized enough even if they do not have great media outlets but they are fighting and fallingmartyrs, their homes are being destroyed and their sanctities are being destroyed yet they keep expressing themselves and speaking out. If the Yemenis were to fall to the Saudi aggression they would have fallen in the first month of the war. They are definitely stronger than that.

Section three: Hezbollah in Syria

1. The famous saying by Sayyed Nasrallah We will be where we should be has halted all  expectations of a Hezbollah withdrawal from Syria anytime soon, what would you say to those who are accusing Hezbollah of playing the same role inside Syria that the Syrian army once had inside Lebanon before their withdrawal in 2005? What guarantees can Hezbollah provide to the Syrian people that its stay in Syria will not be indefinitely?

This approach is inaccurate. To say that Hezbollah’s presence in Syria is similar to the former Syrian presence in Lebanon is inaccurate. There are significant differences and vast differentials. We are fighting in Syria to defend our country, defend our people as well as defend the Syrians themselves and there are lots of facts which prove that. While we have the capacity to support the Syrian army and here it is useful to use clear expressions while stating the facts, those who defend Syria are the Syrians themselves from the Syrian Arab Army, the national defense and various forces from popular formations and we are there to help them. When we are present at certain sites giving assistance, for example in Homs, when the liberation is done Homs goes back to the Syrian civilians and other regions in Damascus also go back to the Syrian civilians. We help the Syrians restore security and stability and expel this virus of Takfiri terrorists that threatens Syria and all the region. It is not our goal to be like the Syrian Army and everyone knows that the resistance has enough causes to defend against the aggressions of the Israeli enemy and our presence in Syria is to fight terrorism and in defense of a fundamental cause. We do this because we firmly believe that any negligence or leniency in the issue of Syria or in the face of terrorism will result in eliminating the resistance, will harm Lebanon and will dismiss all the achievements and the victories obtained throughout the past decades. This is exactly what the US wishes to achieve and what they have been openly declaring as their primary objective. They publicly announce that the objective behind Isis (Daesh) is to fight back Hezbollah and the resistance. We have no specific goals to achieve, neither in Syria nor outside Syria. We know how to protect our country and our people and how to face this Takfiri terrorism which to target and attack us and to target all our region.

2. The US and Russia have been actively engaged in head-to-head talks to find a political solution in Syria, and as History has shown, politics are maneuvered by those who hole the power in the battlefield. Now Hezbollah has time and again stated the axis of resistance aims at reaching a political settlement that preserves the Syrians’ rights to determine the destiny of the ruling system, but there must be a more personal goal for Hezbollah in the event of a political solution. What might this goal be and will Russia approve of it being within the list of conditions for a Syrian Political solution?

We reaffirm today as we did since the first day that the solution in Syria is a political, meaning to leave the Syrians alone to choose their own system of ruling, to choose how they should manage their political, economic and social matters and this is a drafted right for the Syrian people. We don’t have any special program linked to the priorities and choices of the Syrian people. Even if we are in the battle field it does not mean that we must invest in the results of the negotiation table. We believe since the very beginning that what is happening in Syria is an aggression against the Syrian people, the Syrian decisions and the Syrian choices. And just as this aggression targets Syria, it is also intended to target Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen and all the region. Therefore, no one should consider that we want a price in return for our military presence in Syria. What we want is for Syria to return to its old days and for the aggression against Syria to end, because defeating this aggression will terminate the possibility of it spreading into Lebanon or targeting the remaining region. The Russian side are have clarity in their words about political solutions, they seek with all their strength a good political solution for Syria and they are constantly talking about that.

3. It is well known that the Russian intervention in the war waged on Syria has helped in achieving massive gains on the ground by the SAA and by Hezbollah as well. How do you describe the Russian-Hezbollah relationship and how does Israel see this coordination?

Coordination on the ground is mainly done with the Syrians. The Russian forces coordinate with the Syrian forces directly. Our job is to support the Syrians in this battle and they Syrians choose and determine the priorities and ways and means to do so. On the other hand, it is very natural that the Israeli entity doesn’t like any action taken by Hezbollah and the resistance to defend any cause. Every day the Israeli entity speaks about what is to be of them after Syria, about the danger of Hezbollah after Syria and the resistance’s capabilities and military expertise and the goals to be achieved, this is normal, the Israeli entity is the enemy and is still haunted by the fear of Hezbollah’s expertise and capabilities and this is how it should remain, we do not see any problem in that situation whatsoever.

Section Four: Hezbollah in Lebanon

1. In a wide offensive last year, Hezbollah drove most of the terrorists out of the border Qalamoun region, but many still remain in an area east of Arsal and nearby Ras Baalbek were thousands of Daesh and Nusra Front militants are believed to be holed on Lebanon’s northeastern border with Syria. And recently, end of April 2016, Hezbollah reported that resistance fighters destroyed a bunker belonging to Nusra Front militants on Arsal’s outskirt in the area of Dahr al-Huwa. Relatively speaking, is it more costly for Hezbollah to keep withholding from taking the fight against takfiris into the town of Arsal to avoid sectarian tension in Lebanon or rather to enter Arsal and liberate it from terrorists that can and already have infiltrated into other Lebanese regions creating dormant cells and targeting civilians?

Hezbollah has never spoken about any intentions to enter the town of Arsal.This is up to the Lebanese army and the Lebanese security force and also up to the nature of the battle. We cannot talk now about what could happen in the future. As we defend the entire eastern Bekaa Valley, we also defend the people of Arsal from being targeted by these terrorists whether militarily, security wise or even by simple psychological pressure. Anyhow, the municipal elections that took place in recent days in the Bekaa region and in Arsal specifically proved that the resistance and the Lebanese army were able to protect all the Lebanese people by securing for them the needed freedom and stability which allowed them to participate in the elections and Arsal obviously benefited from these achievements and from these sacrifices. Therefore we have always been very clear, our aim is to avert the Takfiri danger away from Lebanon. As long as this line of terrorism is away from Lebanon, we feel comfortable that Lebanon is stable and that the Lebanese reside in security and stability. The nature of the battle, how will it be, how it will extend, in what direction, which hill, in which region, this will all be determined by the nature of the battle field data and we are till this day facing off with these takfiris so as to prevent them from stretching forward and expanding their areas of control.

2. Concerning the Presidential deadlock in Lebanon and the bickering over the electoral law, Hezbollah has time and again stressed that Lebanon can only be built upon the concept of partnership; Ironically it is the same logic that Hezbollah’s political foes use against the resistance by saying that how can there exist a partnership between Hezbollah and other Lebanese political blocs when the decision of war and peace is solely incubated within the hands of Hezbollah?

We have been over this since a long time. Such statements are issued by some Lebanese politicians for domestic consumption. When they feel that is best fits their interest to be with us in the same government formation, they simply be with us, and when their interest lies alongside our position in any political process you see them by our side, thus their stance are tentative and not static. They use such statements to achieve an echo abroad and not inside our country because these statements serve their positions and generate them money and political support. They aim to reach certain embassies with such statements through reports written by official embassy employees and eventually pin a price to their political stance by that embassy or other foreign entity outside the country. Such debates are over and they know perfectly well that any talk about the disarmament of the resistance is now beyond discussion, because it has been proven that these weapons are here to protect the country and no one in Lebanon has the option to allow the stability in the country to be put in any jeopardy and we will not allow anyone in Lebanon to reinstate the Israeli threat or the Takfiri threat against our country. The issue of the disarmament of the resistance is much bigger than any local political talk inside Lebanon.

3. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has in the past indirectly accused Leader of the Lebanese forces Samir Geagea of collaboration with Israel during the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War. And Geagea for years has attacked Hezbollah over its ties to the Islamic Republic of Iran and military involvement inside Syria. Despite the obvious enmity Hezbollah declared that it is not embarrassed by its ally Michel Aoun receiving the endorsement for presidency of fierce rival Samir Geagea, doesn’t Hezbollah have concerns as to what might Geagea’s demands be in return for this endorsement?

Not at all. We have full trust in the decisions of our Lebanese allies and we know what they want and where they aspire to reach, this is first. Second, we have full confidence in our ability to understand what is happening in the Lebanese arena. We are not worried at all from any alliances in the internal arena regardless of the matter that we may support a political stance in some places and may not support it in other places. This issue does not affect our positions and our vision and our alliances because our alliances and specifically with the Free Patriotic Movement, are based on clear foundations and principles of and well-built frameworks. This alliance have proved its ability and its effectiveness in the Lebanese arena serving the interest of all the Lebanese.

4. Do you think there is a possibility to elect a president or the Lebanese Republic anytime soon?

The key for the Presidential elections in Lebanon is in the hands of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis control the timing of the elections, end of discussion.

5. Hezbollah’s political foes March 14 have declared that there is no “Saudi veto” against Aoun but rather that Iran has a problem with it, where last month in April, Geagea commented on Iran’s stance saying: “The Iranian ambassador told Western diplomats to ask the Vatican to convince Aoun to withdraw his nomination so that the presidential election can be held.” How do you perceive such an allegation and why is Hezbollah still perseverant on boycotting the parliament sessions to elect a president?

We have declared from the start our position from the Presidential elections and it is our constitutional and legal right to demonstrate our stance from it and to defend that stance with all available means legally and constitutionally, that is first. Second, we said that there we support our own candidate in this race who is the major general Michel Aoun and anyone who wants to address this subject should meet with General Michel Aoun and communicate with him on the matter. Third, at the elections level and participation in the parliament, we have always stressed that the moment in which we feel that the atmosphere is ready and well prepared for a presidential elections, we will be the first to go to the parliament and elect a president for the republic; however the question remains: who is prevented the eligible candidate from becoming the President of the Lebanese Republic? The answer is Saudi Arabia.

source: http://english.khamenei.ir/news/3845/How-did-Ayatollah-Khamenei-predict-Israeli-aggression-and-Hezbollah-s


* Marwa Osman is a Media studies university lecturer at the Lebanese International University and a political commentator from Lebanon. She is also a member of The Blue Peace initiative’s media network. She hosted a political show on ‘Al Etejah English’ TV channel, and she is often seen on ‘Russia Today’ as a panelist.

Sayyed Nasrallah on Resistance and Liberation Day: Tension to Escalate in Region, Daesh Coming to An End

Nasrallah Message to Palestinians

Palestine Banner to Be Raised again

Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech on the 16th anniversary of the

“Beware of those who want to present “Israel” as a friend and an ally. I say to our people in Palestine to beware of these traitors and collaborators who want to create a thousand different enemies and conflicts other than “Israel”. Beware of those who want to abandon you and have in fact abandoned you time and time again. If they had anything to give you to help you, they would’ve done so years ago. Beware and do not count on those who have let you down for 70 years. You won’t receive any support or good things from them,”

Zeinab Essa

Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech on the 16th anniversary of the “Liberation and Resistance Day”.

Addressing a huge crowd of people in Nabi Sheit, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Lebanese people on this great occasion, on the historical divine victory resembled by the 2000 Resistance and Liberation Day.”

“Today on the Resistance and Liberation Day we liked to come back to the town of former Secretary General, Martyr Sayyed Abbas al-Mousawi… We liked to mark this ceremony in the Bekaa land. Despite its geographical location, the Bekaa was always the frontline in our war against “Israel”… The Bekaa was and always will be loyal to the resistance,” His Eminence said.

On the occasion, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that “We insist on commemorating this occasion every year because it provides evidence that we are live people and a nation that adheres to its present, history, culture, achievements as well as to the sacrifices of the martyrs. We commemorate this blessed day because it is not only a day of the utmost importance and uniqueness not only for ‪‎Lebanon‬ but for all free people of this world.”

“We are proud of these achievements and we are to raise our children and grandchildren and all the coming generations on this culture” he added,

Calling on the Lebanese every year to approach this occasion as a national day par excellence and to deal with this victory as being the victory of them all, he thanked Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam for making this day as a national holiday.

“On this day in Bint Jbeil in 2000, we offered this victory to the Lebanese and Palestinian people as well as to all free people in the world,” His Eminence stated, pointing out that “we insist on marking this holiday due to its cultural value more than its political or military value.”

In parallel, he called on the Lebanese who are still overlooking this day and disregarding its importance to put their partisanship and the political rivalries aside and to reevaluates their stance on this great occasion. “We want as an unfading national day in the history of this dear country.”

The Resistance Leader went on to say: “It is imperative that we recall the reasons which led to the defeat of “Israel”. You beloved and blessed people, with your resistance and your sacrifices, you broke the myth of the invincible Zionist army.”

Sayyed Nasrallah further addressed the people of the Resistance by saying: “You transformed the “Israeli” army into the defeated army which fled in the middle of the night like cowards.”

“There exists some sides in the region that want to forget how “Israel” emerged and occupied ‪Palestine ‬ through the most abominable crimes. They want us to forget the all Zionists’ massacres, terrorism and wars of aggression,” he warned.

In response, His Eminence confirmed: “On this blessed day, we remind everyone that we will never forget Palestine and we will never forget the crimes of “Israel”, the tumor.”

Recalling that “Israel” is the real enemy, he warned that “Israel” wants our riches, sanctities, lands and resources. It is the biggest danger.”

“Some want to present “Israel” as a friend but we know better,” he cautioned, assuring that: “We know that only comprehensive Resistance, in all its dimensions, military, intelligence, economic, political, security, religious, security, official and
popular can deter this enemy.”

According to the Resistance Leader, “it is this Resistance which gives our people strength, especially in an era of Arab betrayal, Arab abandonment and Arab invention of artificial enemies.”

To the people of the region, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a sounding message: “Forget these traitorous Arabs. Resistance is the only guarantee of our security and our liberation after God.”

As His Eminence reminded of the occupied land and captive bodies with the apartheid “Israeli” entity, he vowed: “On this blessed day, I reiterate my promise that the remaining Lebanese lands of Ghajar, Shebaa Farms and Kfar Shouba Hills and our prisoners will be liberated and the bodies of our martyrs despicably held by the enemy will be recovered.”

In addition, he stated “we must uncover the fate of the Iranian diplomats who were handed to “Israel”.”

Concerning the Palestinian cause, the Resistance Leader underscored that “when we declared May 25th Resistance and Liberation Day from Bint Jbeil in 2000, there was nobody happier than the Palestinian people. The door of hope was opened to Palestine as our Palestinian brethren saw that the enemy which practices humiliation can be humiliated and beaten. We saw the Aqsa Intifada and the liberation of Gaza after our great victory.”

On the 16th anniversary for the Liberation, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the Palestinian people to beware of those taking advantage of the confusion in the region.

“Beware of those who want to present “Israel” as a friend and an ally. I say to our people in Palestine to beware of these traitors and collaborators who want to create a thousand different enemies and conflicts other than “Israel”. Beware of those who want to abandon you and have in fact abandoned you time and time again. If they had anything to give you to help you, they would’ve done so years ago. Beware and do not count on those who have let you down for 70 years. You won’t receive any support or good things from them,” he emphasized.

Moreover, he viewed that the only salvation lies in unity and perseverance of the Palestinian people parallel to their blessed resistance.

“I vow to you that unlike these traitors and cowards who pretend the Palestinian cause is now irrelevant that we in Hizbullah shall not be shaken. We, in Hizbullah, will never abandon you.”

Similarly, he assured that those who have supported Palestine since day one, namely the Axis of Resistance, will continue to support it.

“Iran, ‎Syria‬ and Hizbullah will never leave you alone in this fight. The Resistance Axis will not be defeated! We will be victorious and the Palestinian flag shall be raised so all know that the conflict with “Israel” is the only thing that remains until it is ultimately eliminated. We will return to Palestine. This day is coming soon,” Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated.

Moving to the Lebanese arena, he stressed that the army-people-resistance equation will remain a source of strength for the country in this era of Arab inaction and global support for “Israel”.

“Our strength in Lebanon is being targeted and the entire axis of resistance in this nation is being targeted. Some do not want the army to get stronger and they are even taking advantage of individual incidents to practice sectarian incitement in order to tear our people apart. Everyone must be concerned with preserving the elements of strength,” he added.

According to His Eminence, “the municipal elections held here in ‪‎Lebanon‬, including in the villages on the border with occupied ‪Palestine‬ proved that people were able to vote because of this Resistance.”

“If it wasn’t for struggle and our martyrs, there wouldn’t be voting in these blessed villages. There would be occupation, terror and oppression. There would be destroyed homes, “Israeli” prisons and massacres,” Hizbullah Secretary General underlined.

Meanwhile, he insisted that “this Resistance took our people out from darkness and gave them the normality of a regular life.”

As Sayyed Nasrallah called for Parliamentary elections based on Proportionality, he clarified that “some parties refuse to hold parliamentary elections under the pretext of the security situation.”

To them, His Eminence said: “Now, this pretext is over and the municipal vote proves this. We call for an electoral law that guarantees right representation. We oppose the 1960 electoral law and support electoral law based on proportionality. The municipal elections are complex and more difficult to conduct than any other elections. This excuse that parliamentary elections can’t happen due to security reasons is over.”

On this level, he announced: “If elections take place based on proportional representation, Hizbullah and the Amal Movement’s parliamentary blocs will shrink, however despite this we are calling for such a system.”

“Those who refuse a proportional-based law are those who want to monopolize authority,” he continued.

He also warned that “there is a psychological war and pressure on Hizbullah to abandon its moral and political duties.”

“Hizbullah will not abandon its obligations. He wants to have the presidential elections must sit for discussion and dialogue,” he added, calling all sides to deal with the situation in the region with high responsibility and awareness.

Back to the region, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed: “With everything happening in the region , so much chaos and destabilization, from ‪‎Yemen‬ to Egypt, ‪‎Syria‬ to ‪‎Iraq‬ and now the genocidal warmonger Avigdor Lieberman getting selected as “Israeli” War Minister, with the escalated expected tension we must be vigilant.”

Despite all that is taking place, the Resistance Leader vowed on this blessed day that our final victory is near.

“Our final victory will be the day that there is no Zionist project and no Takfiri scheme in our region. This day is coming… The beginnings of our final victory were set in motion on May 25th, 2000 and the full realization of this triumph will come soon. On this 16th annual Resistance and Liberation Day, we renew our vow to the Sayyed of our martyrs, Sayyed Abbas Moussawi that we shall preserve this Resistance and continue to achieve victory after victory. Daesh ending is near.”

Source: al-Ahed news

25-05-2016 | 21:01

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