The ‘Israeli’ Army Assesses Scenarios for Its Next War with Hezbollah

23.10.2021

The ‘Israeli’ Army Assesses Scenarios for Its Next War with Hezbollah

By Staff

The military correspondent at the Maariv Newspaper, Tal Lev-Ram, discussed several potential scenarios that the ‘Israeli’ army is preparing for in case of a war with Hezbollah. The ‘Israelis’ are conducting assessments and developing strategies in an upcoming military exercise.

“The army expects two incidents related to hazardous materials in the city of Haifa over a three-week period, in addition to the targeting of the port with precision missiles that can be fired from the Lebanese side,” Lev-Ram explained.

He indicated that “the home front, the police, and the various rescue services will maneuver on this basis next month.”

“Amid Hezbollah’s developing capabilities in terms of the number and accuracy of missiles, our army has prepared several assessments of the damage that will occur in the war,” he added.

“These assessments are considered to be highly likely for the next confrontation scenario. After examining the data about Hezbollah’s capabilities as well as the capabilities of the ‘defense’ systems in the ‘Israeli’ army, the latter took into account that approximately 6% of the rockets launched by the party will hit urban areas and will not be intercepted by ‘defense’ systems.”

He pointed out that “in the industrial zone adjacent to Haifa Bay, there are many facilities housing hazardous materials that are expected to be targeted and cause a very large explosion, while releasing these hazardous materials.”

According to Lev-Ram, Tel Aviv is “very seriously considering the possibility of damage and the great threat from this scenario as the area is inhabited by a number of settlers who may inhale these dangerous materials.”

“Every year, prior to the home front exercise, the authorities assess scenarios attributed to the extent of the expected damage in their cities, so that they can prepare accordingly. Among other things, the heads of the emergency services and agencies in each local authority are required to plan their activities in order to be ready to evacuate about 4% of their settlers after their homes are directly or indirectly hit.”

Lev-Ram claims that “in recent years, efforts have been made to reduce the size of the threat by fortifying facilities in Haifa Bay or reducing the quantity and type of materials stored there, but it is still considered a strategic target for Hezbollah fire, as well as the seaports in Haifa and Ashdod.”

“The qualitative difference between the situation in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and the situation today is that Hezbollah is accumulating accurate capabilities, a given that makes this threat very significant in the upcoming confrontations with the party,” the Maariv correspondent added.

“After the end of the maneuvers, which will begin on November 10 of this year, a joint exercise will be conducted by the Home Front Command and the various rescue services in Kiryat Shmona, which will simulate a missile hitting a factory containing dangerous materials.”

Lev-Ram notes that when it comes to hazardous materials, “one war room is supposed to work for all the relevant rescue services: the home front, the fire department, the police, the Magen David Adom, and additional government agencies.”

“After a complete fortification, the forces are supposed to work together with the factory management to determine the source of the leak of hazardous materials, in return the police will block roads to prevent citizens from entering the dangerous area.”

“The Home Front soldiers will work to evacuate the residents in accordance with the standards of the leakage of hazardous materials, the severity and level of danger, and the extent of its impact on residential communities in the area,” Lev-Ram said.

Anxious “Israel” Expects 2k Rockets A Day in Any War with Hezbollah

Oct 18, 2021

Anxious “Israel” Expects 2k Rockets A Day in Any War with Hezbollah

By Staff, Agencies

The “Israeli” entity does not want war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, however, in order to avoid going through the 2006 war events again, it said it is prepared to face about 2,000 rockets a day from the resistance group if conflict breaks out, a senior “Israeli” military official told AFP.

In May this year, the “Israeli” Occupation Forces [IOF] waged an 11-day war against Palestinian resistance movements in the besieged Gaza Strip, who fired around 4,400 projectiles towards the apartheid entity.

The entity said its Iron Dome system intercepted around 90 percent of the rockets.

The rate of fire surpassed that seen in the entity’s 2006 war against Hezbollah, when a similar number of rockets were launched from Lebanon – but over the course of around a month – the IOF said.

In May, cities like Tel Aviv and Ashdod experienced the “highest number of fire towards them in the history of ‘Israel’”, said Uri Gordin, chief of the IOF’s “Home Front” Command.

“We saw a pace of more than 400 rockets fired towards ‘Israel’ on a daily basis.”

He said that in the case of “conflict or a war with Hezbollah, we expect more than five times the number of rockets fired every day from Lebanon to ‘Israel’”.

“Basically we are looking between 1,500 and 2,500 rockets fired daily towards ‘Israel’,” he told AFP.

Set up in 1992 after the first Gulf War, Gordin’s Home Front Command is responsible for readying the entity in case of threat, conflict or disaster. The unit was criticized for its response to the 2006 war with Hezbollah.

That war was a “wake-up call” for the “Home Front” Command, Gordin said, adding that it had since beefed up its liaison units, which are now active across 250 “Israeli” municipalities to provide assistance in case of any attack.

The “Home Front” Command uses computer projections to predict a rocket’s trajectory after it has been launched, and advises “Israelis”, within a specific range, to head to bomb shelters.

During the Gaza conflict in May, this allowed emergency services to “go to every incident within less than five minutes”, Gordin said from the control room of the unit’s headquarters in Ramla, near Tel Aviv.

He said preparations had been made for any incidents on the border with Lebanon.

Snipers from Rooftops, Testing out a Third War قناصون من البنايات.. تجريب الحرب الثالثة

14 Oct, 2021

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Source: AlMayadeen

Mohammad Faraj

The Third War’s main target is to incite domestic tensions by politicizing the Beirut Blast investigations and directing accusations towards one public.

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The third war focuses on igniting internal tension using various tools.

“Israel” and the US have experienced two wars against the Resistance in Lebanon – the first of which was a direct confrontation in July 2006. According to a study by Anthony Cordesman published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, the 2006 war had 3 main goals:

The first was the total destruction of Hezbollah’s missile capabilities, in particular, its medium and long-range arsenal, in addition to extinguishing the organization’s military infrastructure in general. The second was restoring “Israel’s” reputation in the region, especially after their humiliating defeat and retreat from the South of Lebanon in 2000. The third goal is to weaken the Lebanese government, rendering the country engrossed in a waning political environment, engulfing a feeble resistance. Observing these three goals, alongside the glaring aftermaths and conditions of the war on Syria over the past ten tears, one could say that none of these goals have come close to completion.  

In fact, Hezbollah’s military arsenal has developed, “Israel’s” image has exponentially deteriorated, despite the fact that the political situation in Lebanon has been in continuous turmoil and decline.

After the Israeli failure on the battlefield, the focus was shifted to a new type of war (The Second War): It hinges on waging a “War of Ideas” – as publicized by the RAND Corporation – coupled with a “Media War”, by dedicating immense budgets to paint the Resistance and Iranian foreign policy in a sectarian light, a smearing strategy repeatedly advocated by Carnegie Endowment. 

The Second War did not achieve the strategic goals the US and “Israel” were vying for, although the rising sectarianism in the country has brazenly affected multiple arenas; this could be found in the clear-cut wedge between those who promote normalization and those who fight against imperialism. What makes this divide distinctive is that it is not restricted to intellectual and elitist circles, but has rather seeped into the population as a whole.  

“Israel’s” failed experience with the full-scale war in 2006, with its adamancy to carry on the model of the Second War, the Third War’s main target is to incite domestic tensions with a number of means. This means politicizing the August 4 Beirut Blast investigations by directing accusations towards one public, hence setting a number of officials as scapegoats in an attempt to generate chaos.  

Beginning with the sniping at a funeral in Khaldeh, to another shooting at peaceful demonstrators at Adlieh, with deaths and injuries piling after every event, one cannot detach the sequence of events from an Israeli logical framework that has, through history, employed small tools with large effects. In other words, when the Second War failed to scale up sectarian tensions into a civil war, the Israelis placed a number of snipers and armed men atop buildings: Blood will only beget blood, and disaster will loom on the horizon.

However, what happened at Adliyeh isn’t exclusive to Lebanon: The pattern could be observed across multiple grounds – what happened in Iraq is subject to the same logic and sequence. The abrasive war eventually spawned a resistance, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), which compelled Biden to withdraw from Iraq before the end of the year and to tone down on his camouflaged rhetoric, forcing him to stick to advisory missions. In the midst of experiencing vicious terrorism over the years, the PMF was exposed to sectarian propaganda in Iraq – the War of Ideas – before facing the Third War where domestic tensions arose, elections were tampered with, and public fury-inducing normalization conferences were organized in the north. With its power to provoke and incite unrest, this sequence of events equates to snipers aiming their weapons from Beirut rooftops at the heads of peaceful protesters. 

Domestic tension is the upcoming theme of the season, as “Israel” grows more and more desperate. With time, “Israel” realizes that the motions of the region’s geopolitics are moving against its interests, especially as the US rolls back its withering empire. In the upcoming phase, “Israel” will display a frantic obsession with instigating internal chaos. This behavior refers back to its desire for larger “presents” from the US before further withdrawal. 

“Israel” flounders amid unprecedented regional settlements, an experience it never dealt with, even following its previous wars. 

The opinions mentioned in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Al mayadeen, but rather express the opinion of its writer exclusively.

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قناصون من البنايات.. تجريب الحرب الثالثة

ما جرى أمام منطقة “العدلية” في بيروت ليس حدثاً لبنانياً خالصاً، فما جرى في العراق يخضع للمنطق نفسه والتسلسل نفسه.

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تركّز الحرب الثالثة بشكل أساسي على تحفيز التوتير الداخلي بأدوات مختلفة، وحصة لبنان من هذه الأدوات هي تسييس مسار التحقيق.

حربان جرَّبتهما “إسرائيل” والولايات المتحدة ضد المقاومة في لبنان؛ الأولى كانت الحرب المباشرة التي تكثّفت في لحظة تموز/يوليو 2006م، والتي تكثفت أهدافها في 3 أهداف أساسية، بحسب دراسة أنتوني كوردزمان في مركز الدراسات الاستراتيجية والدولية في واشنطن، الأول تدمير القوة الصاروخية لحزب الله، وتحديداً الترسانة المتوسطة والبعيدة المدى، وتدمير بنيته التحتية العسكرية بشكل عام، والثاني إعادة الهيبة لـ”إسرائيل” بعد الانسحاب الذليل والمر من الجنوب في العام 2000م، والثالث هو العمل على تأسيس حالة سياسية تتكوَّن فيها حكومة لبنانية ضعيفة ومضطربة، تضبط مقاومة ضعيفة. 

بعد التأمل في الأهداف الثلاثة، وسحبها أيضاً على مناخات الحرب على سوريا خلال عشرية النار، يمكن القول إنها فشلت جميعاً ولم تتحقق، فالقدرة الصاروخية لحزب الله تطورت، وصورة “إسرائيل” استمرّت بالتراجع، والمناخات السياسية في لبنان عانت الأمرّين، إلا أنّ الحالة التي بحثت عنها “إسرائيل” لم تتحقّق. 

بعد الفشل الميداني الإسرائيلي، بدأ التركيز على نمط جديد من الحروب (الحرب الثانية)، وهي التركيز المسعور على حرب الأفكار (كما روّجت مؤسسة “راند” البحثية في أكثر من مناسبة)، وحرب الإعلام، وتكريس الشق الأكبر من الميزانيات والأموال لمصلحة محاولات تطييف المقاومة، ومحاولة وسمها بمقاومة طائفية، ومحاولة تطييف السياسة الخارجية لإيران بالترافق مع كل ذلك (كما روّج مركز “كارنيغي” في أكثر من مناسبة).

لم تتحقّق النجاحات الاستراتيجية المرجوّة أميركياً وإسرائيلياً من الحرب الثانية، فحالة الشحن الطائفي التي لا ينكر أحد نجاح مفاعيلها في الجولات الأولى في أكثر من ساحة، تفرّغ الحيز الأكبر منها بشكل ضمني مع الفرز الواضح بين محور التطبيع ومحور المقاومة، وميزة هذا الفرز أنه لم ينحصر في دوائر النخب والمثقفين، إنما امتدّ شعبياً، كجزء من ملاحظات المواطنين الاعتيادية.

مع عجز “إسرائيل” عن إعادة تجريب الحرب الأولى (المباشرة الشاملة)، ومع إصرارها على استكمال نموذج الحرب الثانية (حرب الأفكار)، تركّز الحرب الثالثة بشكل أساسي على تحفيز التوتير الداخلي بأدوات مختلفة، وحصة لبنان من هذه الأدوات هي تسييس مسار التحقيق، والعمل على وضع جمهور محدد في خانة الاتهام المباشر ومحاولة استفزازه.

من أحداث منطقة خلدة، وقنص أشخاص يسيرون في جنازة، إلى قنص متظاهرين سلميين أمام العدلية، وإحداث إصابات خطيرة وسقوط شهداء، كلّ ذلك يسير في فلك المنطق الإسرائيلي القائم على استخدام أدوات صغيرة قد تحدث نتائج كبيرة. 

بمعنى آخر، إن لم تنجح حرب الأفكار في إشعال نار حرب أهلية، يتمّ استخدام عدد محدد من المسلّحين والقناصين الذين يطلقون النار من أسطح البنايات، لعلّ الدم يجلب الدم، وتتدحرج كرة النار.

ما جرى أمام العدلية ليس حدثاً لبنانياً خالصاً، فما جرى في العراق يخضع للمنطق نفسه والتسلسل نفسه، فالحرب المباشرة أنتجت في نهاية المطاف مقاومة أجبرت الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن على التصريح بالخروج قبل نهاية العام، وأجبرته كذلك على تحييد اللغة الرمادية والمموّهة (الإبقاء على مهمات استشارية).

وبعد الحرب المباشرة، وخلال تعرض العراق لموجة إرهاب عاتية، تعرّض الحشد الشعبي لدعاية التطييف ذاتها (حرب الأفكار)، وها هو اليوم يواجه الحرب الثالثة في العراق، وهي توتير الداخل من خلال التدخل في الانتخابات أو تشجيع مؤتمر تطبيعي في الشمال يستفز الجمهور العراقي. إن ذلك فعلياً مكافئ تماماً لمبدأ قناصين على أسطح بنايات في بيروت. 

توتير الداخل هو العنوان الأساسي للجولة الإسرائيلية اليائسة القادمة، التي تعرف أنَّ المسار الاستراتيجي يسير ضد مصالحها، ولا سيما مع التراجع الأميركي.

“إسرائيل” تحديداً ستكون مهووسة خلال الفترة المقبلة بمناخات التوتر. ويعود السبب في ذلك إلى أنها تريد حصد أكبر قدر ممكن من الهدايا الأميركية قبل المزيد من الانسحاب. إنه الصراخ “الإسرائيلي” في مخاض التسويات الذي لم تجربه سابقاً، حتى بعد الحروب.

إن الآراء المذكورة في هذه المقالة لا تعبّر بالضرورة عن رأي الميادين وإنما تعبّر عن رأي صاحبها حصراً

Has the first domino already fallen and if so, when? (UPDATED!)

October 10, 2021

Has the first domino already fallen and if so, when? (UPDATED!)

A few years back, I wrote a column I entitled “Kosovo will be liberated” in which I wrote the following: “Kosovo will be the very first place in Europe where the pendulum of history will reverse its current course. ”  It now looks like I might have been wrong. But by how much?  Check out this headline today:

Bosnian Serbs to ‘withdraw consent’ for joint military, taxes and courts, citing ‘violence’ by international overseer“.  Please do read the full article since I won’t simply repeat it all here.

The big question is this: will the US/NATO/EU grip on the Republika Srpska slip before it slips from Kosovo?

I don’t know, but I definitely think that this is a possibility.  If so, I got the location wrong, but the principle right.  Two points here:

  • There are also very serious tensions around Kosovo right now, so don’t rule anything out yet!
  • There is no equivalent of Camp Bondsteel in the Republika Srpska or anywhere else in Bosnia

But that is not even crucial.  What is crucial is this: does anybody still think that the US/NATO/EU still have what it would take to re-attack, re-invade or even re-strike the Serbs in Bosnia or Serbia (I include Kosovo under “Serbia” simply because Kosovo is the heart of Serbia, always was, and always will be, no matter what empires want)?

Seriously, after the humiliation inflicted by the Iranians on CENTCOM or the truly galactic (and oh SO revealing!) massive faceplant in Afghanistan?

On paper, yes, absolutely.

But in reality, no, I really don’t think so.

Besides, the Serbs now have very good options, including what I call the “salami option”: cutting thin pieces off a big salami slowly but repeatedly and inexorably.  Like right how: so the Bosnian Serbs “withdrew consent” from an agreement with their occupiers.  So what? Big deal!  I mean, sure, they are bad bad bad bad bad bad Serbs, and the US/NATO/EU gang still hates them, but nobody is going to go to war over just that, right?

So what will the US/NATO/EU do about it?  Probably apply all sort of pressures (threats, bribes, etc.) on specific Serbian politicians, which will result in one of two outcomes:

  • the Bosnian Serbs will withdraw their withdrawal
  • or they won’t

In the first case, all the Serbs need to do is wait, and cut off a tiny piece of salami elsewhere, say in Kosovo.  Just a little one, and see what the US/NATO/EU will do about it.  After that, rinse and repeat, as many times as needed until the bastards at the US/NATO/EU run out of energy, both figuratively or even maybe literally (see below).

In the second case, the Bosnian Serbs need to wait some time, just so everything cools down a little, and cut off another thin piece of the imperialist salami.

Oh, and did I mention that South Stream pipeline will go through Serbia and the Republika Srpska (see also here)?  As for the EU, it ain’t exactly “swimming in energy” nowadays (thanks to its idiotic subservience to Uncle Shmuel and Greta Thunberg!).

My point is not that the Republika Srpska or Kosovo will be liberated soon, or even that the EU cannot bypass either entity with other pipelines.

Remember that in early years of the Cold War when the US was justifying its genocidal policies in Southeast Asia under the infamous “Domino Theory“?  At the time all that this really meant was that the US would oppose the decolonization of the planet everywhere and anywhere.  It was only a pretext, not the real motive or reason for US actions.

But today, I submit that this process has not only begun, but has been under way for some time already.

Where did it begin?  A good answer could be to mention Hezbollah whopping of the Israelis in 2006 Lebanon.  But that was easy to hide (the two clueless clowns who initiated the Israeli invasion of Lebanon both called it a “victory” and the media-brainwashed public it mostly bought it or did not really care as they “knew” that they were “invincible” and, besides, the US and Israeli plebes had their bread and games).

“It” also happened elsewhere.  But what is that “it”?

I call it the “fall of the domino of fear” and that “it” happens every time when any country or nation which was oppressed by US imperialism begins to lose its fear from the “only world hyperpower”.  The same loss of fear which the Lebanese showed in their “Divine Victory” in 2006 is also shown by the Afghans today.  It has also been shown by Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution!   But the subsequent propaganda deluge concealed this reality from the West.

But the faceplant Kabul became the first such domino which could NOT be hidden from the public view.

And, just for the record, the Bosnian Serbs also showed that lack of fear during the US/NATO/EU aggression on the Serbian nation, but they were back-stabbed by politicians in Belgrade, as were the Kosovo Serbs later.  That was long before Hezbollah in 2006 and, at that time, the Islamic world was very effectively conned by the Anglos – the same Anglos which then turned against the Islamic world after the 9/11 false flag.

True, in the early 90s the Empire had the means to crush the Serbs or the Iraqis (which also displayed that same lack of fear on one hand, but also the same corruption as the Serbian politicians on the other).

But that was in distant 1991.  Three decades ago. We now live in a radically different world.

What about the so-called “Bosniaks” or “Kosovars”?  Well, like all “invented nations”, they will only exist as long as Uncle Shmuel has the power to artificially keep them alive.  So even IF, big IF, the US/NATO/EU still can bring the Serbs to heel today, how long do you expect that ability to remain true and for how long will such inventions such as “Bosnia” or “Kosovo” remain viable?

And what about the equally artificial entity known as “Israel” (which is now much more feared by US politicians and officials than anywhere else in the Middle-East!)?  How long do you expect this obscene, officially racist and genocidal entity to survive?

Okay, maybe for a few more years, that is possible.  But keep in mind that with each passing year, less and less oppressed nations still fear the (basically already dead) AngloZionist Empire.

My advice to the “Bosniaks”, “Kosovars” and “Israelis” would be this: get the hell out here BEFORE you see a repeat of Kabul in Sarajevo, Pristina or Tel-Aviv!  Oh, I know, they won’t heed my advice, but since the same causes have the same effects, I fully expect to see similar “take-offs” from these and ALL THE OTHER totally artificial entities created by the British and/or AngloZionist empires in the past.

As for the folks in Europe, they better get their act together, but they won’t: while they blame Russia for everything and everything (including for selling them gas AND not selling them enough of it!), their suicidal immigration policy and “multiculturalism” of the EU elites will destroy the little left from the 1000 year old European civilization.  They did it to themselves.

As they say in the US “please pass me the pop-corn”!

Andrei

UPDATE: since we are talking a lot about the Serbs, Serbia and history, I want to draw your attention, especially my Muslim readers, to the section I have recently added on the bottom right of the main page:

There you will find A LOT of very interesting info, not necessarily to agree with it, but at least to compare and contrast with the usual (dis-)information found in the West!

USA Wants Lebanese Proxies to Fight Hezbollah

September 2, 2021

In light of the US failure to defeat and eradicate Hezbollah through the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006 and the takfiri invasion of the region during the past decade, Washington has decided to resort to the Lebanese proxies in order to fight Hezbollah.

Hundreds of NGOs have recently emerged in a weird manner and under the pretext of providing social aids amid the deteriorating socioeconomic conditions in Lebanon are ready to engage in a political warfare against the Resistance. Moreover, the traditional foes of Hezbollah will not miss any chance to confront the Resistance Party.

In this context, a delegation from the Foreign Affairs Committee at the US Congress headed by Senator Chris Murphy visited Lebanon, underestimating the oil crisis caused by the American siege imposed on the country.

Murphy briefed the reporters about the outcomes of the delegation’s meeting with President Michel Aoun, “We have discussed the parliamentary elections of 2022, which will bring new faces to power. The government must ensure that every Lebanese can vote next spring in a safe and free manner.”

In this context, Senator Richard Blumenthal described Hezbollah as a cancer that must be eradicated.

In response to journalists’ questions about the Iranian oil ship, the delegation alleged that “there is no need for Lebanon to depend on Iranian fuel, and the US is actively working to solve the fuel crisis in Lebanon.”

So, Washington wants the parliamentary elections to introduce new ‘faces to power’ and insists the Iranian fuel ships are needless. It is a clear call on the Lebanese proxies to reject Hezbollah honest and determined endeavor to cope with the oil crisis caused by the US sanctions and to utilize 2022 vote in their confrontation with Hezbollah.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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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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Anti-Tank Weapons: Hezbollah Merkava Hunters Will Be Watching For It in the Next War

Anti-Tank Weapons: Hezbollah Merkava Hunters Will Be Watching For It in the Next War

Al-Ahed Exclusive

A report titled “Hezbollah’s Creative Tactical Use of Anti-Tank Weaponry” by the “Jamestown Institute for Security Studies and Counter-Terrorism Affairs” concluded that “among the many aspects to be investigated is the vulnerability of ‘Israel’s’ powerful armored corps to small, hand-held, wire-guided anti-tank weapons.”

It further stated that “Hezbollah’s innovative use of anti-tank missiles was the cause of most ‘Israeli’ casualties and has given the small but powerful weapons a new importance in battlefield tactics.”

The Merkava, or God’s Chariot, as the “Israelis” call it turned into the gates of hell in July 2006 that were opened by the Islamic Resistance’s anti-tank units.

“In the ‘Israeli’ consciousness, the Merkava tank cannot be defeated by any weapon in the Arab world,” an officer in the Islamic Resistance’s anti-tank unit explains to Al-Ahed News.

In a physical or material comparison, during the occupation, there was no weapon in the Arab armies capable, with technical qualities, of piercing the Merkava tank. For example, Egypt only had Malyutka and HOT, and Syria only had Fagot and Malyutka. We saw the Merkava for the first time on Lebanese soil in 1982. It belonged to the first generation.

*The Merkava is the obsession of the southerners

From the eighties until the nineties, the Merkava played an essential role in protecting enemy soldiers and strengthening their positions in southern Lebanon; the Lahd site, which was two meters high during the first days of the occupation, is now 12 meters high. In a short period of time, the enemy had developed all of its defense systems along the border, then the Merkava tank came to protect this deployment and was able to turn into an obsession and a source of fear and anxiety even for civilians in the south.

* Alaa Bosnia leaves his mark in the first Merkava ambush

The officer in the anti-tank unit recalls when the first Merkava tank was destroyed by the resistance.

“The Merkava tank became an obsession even for some Palestinian resistance factions at that time, and we were faced with a big question: What should we do? We did not have enough knowledge or experience. We made the most of our capabilities and were able to destroy a number of Merkava tanks. The first destruction operation was in an ambush prepared by the resistance in the heart of Beit Yahoun, and the martyrs Alaa, Malak, and Ali Tohme were at a distance of 15 meters from the Merkava tank. The ambush was in one place and the tank in another. A force was supposed to attack the tank and capture it, while another force isolated it. But the roles were reversed because the two tanks passed in a different order, then the men approached the tanks and clashed. Alaa Bosnia and martyr Salah Ghandour, aka Malak, confronted the first tank.”

With a passionate smile, the officer says: “The two martyrs, Salah Ghandour [Malak] and Ali Tohme (Siraj) threw a B7 shell at the tank. At that time, Alaa Bosnia was attacking the tank, but with what weapon? With an M16. The tank attacked him, and he hid by staying low to the ground. He remained in this state for 15 minutes until the tank disappeared. His colleague called out saying: ‘The ground swallowed the tank.’ Hajj’s colleague, who said the phrase with a smile, patted Hajj Alaa on the shoulder, advising him to get some sleep [he had not slept for three days prior to the ambush], only to find out later that the tank while retreating was not swallowed by the ground but fell into Beit Yahon’s pond, and three Zionist soldiers were killed.”

* To the Islamic Republic: The Merkava is the target

The Islamic Resistance was decisive in its pursuit of a solution for facing the Merkava. The Islamic Republic was the compass. There, the resistance fighters trained with the Malyutka, the TOW, and other weapons. In 1992, the resistance had one goal – to break the Merkava tank after the enemy used it as a means to prevent resistance operations. For more than a year, “Israeli” military targets were in the crosshairs of the resistance fighters, but a decision was made to only target the Merkava.

The officer says, “In one year, the point of weakness turned into strength, and the Malyutka had a major role in securing the mujahideen during their operations and providing them freedom of action along the border strip, and that was the first headlines of victory against the Merkava tank.”

Recalling the statements of the Islamic Resistance at that time, it turns out that the first Merkava was destroyed by the fighters with a Malyutka on the Talloussa road on March 2, 1993.

The statement read:

“The Islamic Resistance targeted a mechanized enemy patrol on the Markaba-Talloussa highway, which led to the destruction of a Merkava tank and its complete burning, killing and wounding everyone on board.”

A Zionist military spokesperson admitted the operation and kept the losses discrete. However, the extent of these losses became clear through the hysterical response of the enemy and its agents, which was manifested by the targeting of liberated villages adjacent to the occupied strip with artillery. At the time, a Zionist official admitted that “Hezbollah’s use of this type of weapon would constitute a real threat to our soldiers.”

*The Malyutka

The Malyutka that insulted the Merkava in the early nineties was designed in 1953, and it is a weapon that requires high craftsmanship. It is a man-portable anti-tank guided missile and is not classified as a smart weapon.

The resistance officer memorized by heart every tank and can tell you how each of them was destroyed.

“The second Merkava that was destroyed by a Malyutka was on the Deir Seryan-Alman Shumariya Road. The tank was struck while one of the brothers was filming it along with a centurion that was transporting five soldiers, all of whom were blown out.”

From here, the actual confrontation with the Merkava began, and the war of minds began. “After striking a tank in al-Salhani, the ‘Israelis’ established a committee to develop Merkava protection, and they actually started with the idea of reactive armor. Then, they established a second investigation committee to study other measures. Most of the measures taken by the enemy on the borders were measures confronting missiles to prevent them from targeting the Merkava tank. But for us, we had to defeat consciousness. We lured them in many places, and we could hear them. One soldier told the other, ‘do not show it, we are waiting for you.’ Yes, the tank became the opportunity we were waiting for, and for the ‘Israelis’ it was like a hunter in disguise who did not dare to appear.”

Not all of the mujahideen innovators in Merkava hunting had diplomas, but they had the will and intention. In 1996, the enemy began using other techniques. It kept the Merkava tank, but introduced anti-armor weapons to some posts to confront the mujahideen. As for the Merkava, the “Israelis” restricted its use to nighttime because the resistance’s capabilities were limited at night in this field. What about hunting Merkava at night?

The officer in the anti-armor unit answers, “We had no doubt that the first Merkava tank we targeted at night was targeted by God; the means were very, very, very simple –  night vision goggles, and navigating by the stars. We depended on stars due to the lack of a means of determining directions. This is how we struck the first Merkava tank at night in Al-Dabshe, with a primitive fist and a night missile. After striking the first tank at 3:00 am, the ‘Israelis’ went crazy. At that point, we accomplished the goal of breaking the Merkava, and we moved on to the next goal, which was to kill the soldiers. We no longer shot at the tank; we targeted the patrols on the border.”

* Spirituality while facing the Merkava

According to the officer, the Merkava tank faced “the spirituality and creativity of the young men, we even touched the Merkava physically. The level of courage that our men in the resistance possessed enabled us to do so. Bilal Adshit and Alaa Bosnia were hiding in one of the operations in Al-Dabshe after they were spotted by the Merkava. They walked right beside it. The mujahideen of the Islamic Resistance managed to break the narrative that the Merkava tank is the protector. In many places, we used to see them leave the tank after a missile fell close to it. They left it and fled.”

The officer recalls a scene from Al-Khiam in July 2006: “In Al-Khiam, one of the tanks got stuck in a trench while fleeing after four others were hit. The crew jumped from it to another and fled. They did not dare to return to pull the tank until the cease-fire.”

In the third stage of development, the enemy started making technical modifications to the Merkava tank, introducing the reactive armor. The Islamic Resistance officer explains that “the reactive armor consists of explosive plates that explode when exposed to a missile, preventing penetration. Then, they made two heads for them, so what did we do? We confronted the reactive armor by either repeating the shooting at the same point or using more than one weapon at the same point, and this created a big problem for the enemy. All this was with simple weapons. Liberation came in 2000 and the Merkava came out defeated, without any confusion or discussion. The enemy brought with it the Merkava tank to protect it and to fight, but it was like a coffin for the enemy’s soldiers. After the liberation, we started planning for a broader war.”

* What about the Merkava in 2006?

According to the officer, “the enemy entered 2006 and the Merkava was the tip of the spear. I can confidently say that in 2006 the enemy reached the conclusion for the first time that it would not be relying on the Merkava in the next war. As for us, it gave us the conviction that it is the easiest weapon to deal with in the war if you developed your methods.”

The Merkava 401, or the fourth generation, was a defeated scrap of metal in 2006 and until today, the officer says, “I am responsible for my words. The enemy did not change anything in them. Every development the enemy makes, we read it as a weakness because all this ability is associated with firepower, and the soldier is hiding under it. It means nothing. This is proof that you are defeated. When you develop the missiles, planes, the radar, all this is beautiful, but in practical terms, the soldier will be the one fighting on the ground. The bottom line is the Merkava was marketed for a specific purpose, so Hezbollah struck it and canceled this purpose. Thus, the enemy must look for other options.”

* Trophy: A fake armor

Trophy is a positive defense system. The officer asks, “Why are the ‘Israelis’ developing and reconsidering the use of tanks? Is it because they are no longer valid in confronting Hezbollah? What did the enemy say in 2006? Listen carefully. In 2006, the enemy said that the use of tanks was not up to the organizers. I want the enemy to hear my words well. They said they have the best combat doctrine for the armored corps, but the soldiers and officers did not use this doctrine in the scope of the battle. So, I ask, will these soldiers use this doctrine in the next war? You planted in the minds of your soldiers that protection is by means of Trophy and its derivatives. You, the officer, when you rely on such technology and then it malfunctions on the battlefield, what will you tell your soldiers?”

“We do not count on weapons but on the mujahideen who long for this moment. They have built their spirituality on this and feel that they have shortcomings when they read Ziyarat Ashura. To them, the real place to show these shortcomings is in the battlefield. This is not just morale. This is how we are,” the officer vows with confidence.

The tank massacre that humiliated the “Israeli” army was only some of what the officer wanted to inflict on the enemy. Here, he recalls what he had previously repeated before the Secretary-General of Hezbollah His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

“The 2006 war was an irreplaceable golden opportunity. I said it to His Eminence the Secretary-General. It was an irreplaceable opportunity. It was ‘haram’ for a tank to leave the south. We were facing 400 tanks, and all of them should have been destroyed. But we fought the enemy in a hurry. We deployed the Kornet 7 days after the war started. If there had been a prior deployment, we would have hit all 400 tanks.”

“In 2006, our surprise was not that the Kornet destroyed the Merkava tank. Rather, the surprise was that the Kornet destroyed the tank before it entered the range of engagement, that is, before it reached the point of danger. The surprise was in the range, and to this day, the Kornet is still a worrying weapon for the ‘Israeli’ army. And all the measures taken by the enemy are not adequate measures.”

* Bilal Adchit and his comrades

When talking about the mujahideen, their high spirits, and their firm determination, the officer elaborates on the explanation and description: “Some of the brothers who struck the Merkava in the 2006 war were among the Taabia’a. They targeted the tank and when the ‘Israelis’ tried to pull it out, they’d fire at it again. I remember them all. I remember how many missiles we fired at the enemy in 2006, and I remember every brother who fired at them, how many tanks were hit, and who fired where. I think that this is the least I can do.”

Speaking of the Merkava, it’s necessary to talk about Bilal Adchit, whose name is synonyms with the Merkava. The officer says, “Bilal is a rare case. He loved to work and did not leave until he finished what he was assigned to do. He did not know failure and could not return disappointed. By ‘Israeli’ confession, he killed 48 ‘Israeli’ soldiers. I wrote them down in every location – Bilal in Al-Aziya, Bilal in Al-Qalaa, Bilal in Al-Dabshe, Bilal in Sujud, Bilal in Al-Rayhan, etc.”

In Wadi al-Hujeir, there were feats of Bilal the officer would not forget.

“In Wadi al-Hujeir, Bilal fired the first time and the ‘Israelis’ fired at the source of the shooting. Then, Bilal moved to another place, and thus he kept toying with the ‘Israelis’ from one area to another until the ‘Israelis’ decided to limit their movement to nighttime. But Bilal was also on the lookout, like a ghost. Bilal found a creative solution, which he did not learn in workshops nor in books, nor is it found in all the regular foundations. Bilal created a fire (the fire at night disrupts heat monitoring), and he started from the side of the fire. The ‘Israelis’ did not detect it. This is creativity!”

By killing Bilal, the enemy was not able to achieve this strength. According to the officer, “Bilal left behind him many Bilals, for he was one of the most prominent. Apart from him, there were important creativities from the brothers in 2006. The brother that hit the tanks in Al-Khiam was 50 years old and had undergone open-heart surgery. He carried the launcher to a distance of about 500 to 700 meters. He put it on the ground, rested a little, then began to ram the tanks. Likewise, martyr Rabi’ Qasir, the brother of martyr Ahmed Qasir, was another symbol of courage.”

* Priority for the initiative

The officer had a great role in the war, in distribution and in leadership, and in his accurate knowledge of geography.

“In 2006, one of the brothers called me to say that they heard the ‘Israeli’ soldiers through wiretaps, saying that they would get out of this place, so I laughed. He asked me, ‘why are you laughing?’ I said, because I have been waiting for them there for seven days. We’ve been reading the ‘Israeli’ mind.”

Likewise, for individuals, the advantage was not based on age or experience, but rather on initiative.

“One of the martyrs on the Ghandouriyeh axis continued to fire at tanks until it reached his proximity. When it arrived, he sat on the attic and detonated the mine as soon as the ‘Israelis’ entered the house.”

* The capture operation

During the July 2006 war, the Anti-Armor unit had a hidden role in the success of the capture operation in Khallet Warde.

“In capturing operations, we plant a bomb and stop the vehicles. But in the operation in Khallet Warde, the strip was placed along the road where the ‘Israelis’ crossed inside the line. So, the anti-armor unit was asked to stop the vehicles. The unit sent Bilal to investigate, and the idea was … when the brothers asked for the Humvees to be stopped, we resorted to an innovative idea. The shot usually hits or misses, so does the shell. So how would we ensure that we hit the killing area? We converted every two cannons into one, and every 2 B7s into one B7, and we used two B7s in the face of one Humvee. Thus, we fired six shots, two of which hit the target during the capture operation, which stopped the Hummer. Bilal and his comrades who fought in the war took part in the capture operation.”

* In the next war: We are assured and the enemy is definitely defeated

The officer tells Al-Ahed, “Technically, it is clear that when the weapon enters any battle, it is used in the next battle based on the previous one. And this is what happened in 2006. In the next battle, the enemy considers that this weapon is the main threat, and what the enemy has done so far is that it created a positive defense system, which is an intelligent system, a radar system that senses the missile. When the missile reaches a close range to the tank, a charge explodes and the effort of the missile is dispersed. This system, for me, will be fragile, and the proof of that is that not everything that works in a clean environment can work in the field (in battle). The bottom line is that we are reassured.”

“I have confidence that the enemy is defeated because with this technology, it will rely on the tank entering the battlefield. Their dependence is on technical means, and therefore the lessons learned by the enemy in 2006 were not enough. What happened in 2006 was a victory against armors, according to the testimony of the Secretary-General. However, this is not a certificate of good conduct, but rather a religious responsibility that entails greater responsibilities on us,” the officer says with confidence.

Lebanon Is Under Maximum Pressure, and the Target Is Hezbollah: Iran Sends Its Support

18 Aug 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

Elijah J. Magnier

Lebanon is under unprecedented economic and social pressure, paying the price for Hezbollah’s military capability that causes a threat to “Israel”.

Lebanon Is Under Maximum Pressure, and the Target Is Hezbollah: Iran Sends Its Support
https://english.almayadeen.net/articles/opinion/lebanon-is-under-maximum-pressure-and-the-target-is-hezbolla
  • Hezbollah cannot provide and has no intention of replacing the services provided by the state.

Lebanon is under unprecedented economic and social pressure, paying the price for Hezbollah’s military capability that causes a threat to “Israel”. The options offered by those (US, EU and “Israel”) effectively participating in cornering Lebanon -notwithstanding decades of domestic corruption and mismanagement – are limited to two: either disarm Hezbollah or push Lebanon toward a failed state and civil war. However, the “Axis of the Resistance” has other options: Iran has responded to the request of Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah by regularly sending to Lebanon food supplies and medicine. It is now sending oil tankers, which are expected to reach the country in the coming weeks via the Syrian port of Tartous. Iran is rushing to support one of its strongest allies in the “Axis of the Resistance”, Hezbollah, which is suffering severe domestic pressure, as are the entire Resistance Axis members in their respective countries. Hezbollah’s supporters of all persuasions are affected by the acute socio-economic crisis. But will Hezbollah succeed in overcoming the inevitable result of the current long-term crisis? How serious are the challenges?

In one of his private meetings, Sayed Nasrallah said: “Israel considered that Hezbollah’s military capability constituted a “vexing danger” at the first years of its existence. The level of danger moved up to “challenge” in 2000 when “Israel” withdrew from Lebanon, to the “serious menace” level after the 2006 war, and to “existential danger” after the wars in Syria and Iraq.”

In line with what the Secretary-General of Hezbollah believes, it is common knowledge that “Israel” possesses nuclear weapons. Therefore, no other power in the Middle East can be considered an “existential threat” to “Israel”. However, according to the Israeli military leadership, Hezbollah possesses accurate missiles carrying hundreds of kilograms of explosives each. Thus, Hezbollah needs only ten missiles – not hundreds – to hit 6 electric stations and 4 water desalination plants over the entire geography to render life impossible for a vast number of Israelis. The Israeli leadership stated that there is no need to count the precision missiles that could hit any oil platform, ship or harbour and destroy any airport control tower in any future war.

Consequently, there will be not many Israelis willing to stay, and it is conceivable to believe that a considerable number of Israelis would leave. This scenario constitutes an existential threat to “Israel”, indeed. In this case, as the military command says, “Israel” will never be able to coexist with such an existential threat looming over its head generated from the other side of the Lebanese border. Hezbollah possesses hundreds of precision missiles spread over a wide area in Lebanon, Syria, and mainly along the fortified eastern mountainside that offer ideal protection for these missiles. So what are “Israel’s” options?

Following the failure to subdue Hezbollah in 2006 in the 3rd  war, the victory of the “Axis of Resistance” in the Syrian conflict, the prevention of the division of Iraq and the fall of Yemen under Saudi Arabia’s control, the area of ​​influence of the Resistance Axis expanded, as well as its theatre of operations. Consequently, the danger to “Israel”, to the US’s goals and hegemony in West Asia, significantly increased.

The nuclear dossier is not that far away from the threat the “Axis of the Resistance” is confronted with. By increasing its nuclear capability, Iran forced President Joe Biden to put the nuclear negotiation at the top of its agenda during (former) President Hassan Rouhani’s mandate. Whatever has been said about the possibility of future progress in the nuclear talks in Vienna, lifting sanctions on Iran – while Iraq is labouring under heavy financial debt, Syria is subjected to a severe economic blockade, and Lebanon faces a becoming degraded state -seems unrealistic to the US.

To the west and “Israel”, releasing Iran’s frozen funds – which exceed $110 billion – at a time of maximum financial pressure and heavy sanctions, is not logical. Moreover, allowing Iran to sell and export its oil and lifting the maximum pressure means that all the previous US efforts to curb Iran’s will and progress are due to fail just when the results of these sanctions are turning in favour of the US in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

Consequently, maintaining economic pressure on the “Axis of Resistance” has become a US necessity and strategy. With this in mind, the US failed to comply with the nuclear agreement, to improve the leverage of the US negotiator and impose its conditions over Iran to include, above all, its relationship with its allies and the maintenance of hundreds of sanctions in place.

With the arrival of President Ibrahim Raisi to power and his plans to give little time for the nuclear negotiation, the US sees itself faced with two very bitter choices: either allowing Iran to become a nuclear power or removing all sanctions so as to persuade Iran to delay its entire nuclear capability. Both decisions are impossible choices and inconvenient for the US administration. Thus, the US needs to hit Iran’s allies without negotiating with Tehran, because it refuses to include it – as well as Iran’s missile program – in any nuclear talks.

Suppose the maximum pressure on Lebanon fails to weaken Hezbollah. In that case, Washington needs to evaluate future steps to choose between the nuclear threat or the “Axis of the Resistance” threat to “Israel”. And if the US opts for the 2015 nuclear agreement –which is unlikely – then “the Axis of Resistance” will experience a strong revival, recovering from the extreme US pressure. Whatever America’s choice is, it has become more than evident that Iran will eventually become a nuclear power and offer more than adequate support to its allies to keep them strong enough to face whatever challenges.

In Lebanon, Hezbollah cannot provide and has no intention of replacing the services provided by the state. Nevertheless, it is involved in the food supply through “al-Sajjad” cards delivered to families needing to buy food at a sharply reduced price, which raised the number from 150 000 to 200 000. It is supporting thousands of families who have reached the level of extreme poverty. Moreover, Hezbollah brought medication from Iran (more than 500 types) to cover some of the country’s needs when pharmacies are closing their doors and lacking essential medical supplies.

Furthermore, in the coming weeks, Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah have agreed on delivering Iranian oil to Lebanon. Hezbollah will receive the gasoline from the supply to its forces and for covering its daily movements. Hospitals are at the top of the list of those expected to receive the Iranian oil distributed by Hezbollah to prevent their shutting down. Many hospitals closed more than half of their departments. Other medical facilities transferred their patients to hospitals that still have fuel to generate electricity for the next few days. In various parts of Lebanon, hospitals are asking many patients to leave due to the lack of diesel fuel for electricity. The American University of Beirut Medical Centre stopped ventilators and other lifesaving medical devices for the lack of fuel oil.

Also, Hezbollah is expected to deliver Iranian oil to the owners of tens of thousands of private electric generators. The lack of electricity in the country boosted the presence of thousands of privately-owned generators who, for decades, offer their paid services to compensate for the lack of electricity. These are expected to benefit from the oil delivered by Hezbollah to secure electric power supply for people. The shortage of diesel fuel for the owners of generators reached a critical degree in the current hot summer, raising the level of discontent among the population. 

Also, diesel fuel will be provided to some municipalities to secure waste removal from the streets for fear of the spread of disease. Al-Amanah Company is also expected to distribute the Iranian oil and diesel to dozens of stations approved by it and other local gasoline stations spread throughout the Lebanese territory.

But Hezbollah will not satisfy everyone in the country and is not able to prevent internal deterioration within the Shia society (-the majority of Shia stand with Hezbollah, but there are others in the Amal movement under the control of Speaker Nabih Berri and not Hezbollah) in the first place and among its allies in the second place. The social decline is at a peak, and Iran’s support is insufficient unless Iran fully achieves its own recovery – if sanctions are fully lifted – and its domestic economy recovers. As far as it concerns Iran, the consent to its allies is mandatory because the “Axis of the Resistance” is united and all share the same vocation. 

However, it is not in Iran’s capability to take on the entire burden of Syria and Lebanon’s economy. Iran supported Syria financially throughout the decade of war but is in no position to finance all the needs of the state. Also, Hezbollah started as a popular resistance force against the Israeli occupation, intending to impose deterrence and protect the state from Israeli violations and ambitions. It has been heavily involved in social support to the deprived Shia sect and managed to cover many infrastructure and service holes left by the incapability of the state. But the challenge faced in the last couple of years is beyond Hezbollah’s competencies and probably beyond the means of the state itself.

It should be borne in mind, though, that the flow of the Iranian oil into Lebanon carries with it several potential risks:

First: The risk of an Israeli strike on the supply lines. This will require Hezbollah to strike back “Israel” to maintain the balance of terror and deterrence equation. The tension in the military situation between “Israel” and Hezbollah will reach its climax without going to an all-out war because “Israel” prefers “campaigns between wars” to control the damage that may result from the confrontation. However, if “Israel” strikes the Iranian oil tankers or other countries try to stop the oil from reaching Lebanon, Iran would reply and it is not expected to stop sending its tankers to Lebanon.

Second: The supply route passes through areas not controlled by Hezbollah. What will the other anti-Hezbollah groups do? Will Hezbollah find a solution to convince the (hostile) Druze, Sunni and Christians spread along its supply road to avoid intercepting its trucks, or would it be forced to face groups and be dragged into an internal battle? How will Hezbollah guarantee the cohesion of its areas from the Beqaa to the southern suburbs of Beirut and even to the South of Lebanon so that its environment would be safe from the sectarian incitement the US manipulates and drags the country toward it?

There is no doubt that Lebanon is heading toward the dissolution of the state in a fast-paced manner. This will lead to the security forces’ weakness in general and push each sect or party to provide the necessary support to the membership of its society. Lebanon is expected to live again in the 1980s era when social services were reduced, waste spread in the streets, health and education levels declined, security forces were inefficient and hopeless, and warlords were emerging out of it.

From a specific aspect, the US-Israeli blockade is relatively in the interests of Hezbollah because it receives its financial support in foreign currency. Hezbollah is a regular and coherent organisation, and it will increase its revenue from the sharp devaluation of the local currency, the selling of medicine, oil and food. Hezbollah is expected to sell gasoline and diesel at prices relatively lower than the market price. Furthermore, it is also expected to allow other areas in Lebanon to have access to all the reached products. That will permit Hezbollah to expose greedy Lebanese merchants who monopolise and stockpile medicines and gasoline to starve the market and increase prices. These Lebanese merchants will be forced to sell their goods if these are no longer a rarity in the market. The goods are currently sold on the black market at prices unaffordable to the majority of the inhabitants. 

What Lebanon is suffering from is the result of decades of corruption conducted by the US friends who held the political power in the country. The downgrading of Lebanon is primarily due to the US and Israeli interventions and influence in this country: It has lost the name “Switzerland of the East” forever. The disadvantage for Hezbollah will be the security chaos, the fragmentation of the security forces and their inability to impose their authority, and the spread of poverty to hit all walks of life. It is also expected to see the country suffer different sabotage acts, bribes, further corruption- and to become a fertile platform for the Israeli intelligence to operate in. A possible and potential scenario will force Hezbollah to “clean up” the roads to ensure the continuity of its supplies, link all Shia areas together and impose “self-security” to reduce their vulnerability.

Time’s arrow cannot be reversed, and Lebanon will not return to what it was before, not for the next ten years at least. There is a possibility to create Lebanese cantons with different warlords without engaging in a civil war. Each Lebanese party would end up arming its group to support its people and area, not to engage in a battle with other parties, but to defend itself.

The collapse is the master of the situation. The US has prevented Lebanon from benefiting from Chinese and Russian offers to rebuild the country and stop it from deteriorating further. Moreover, the US forbad Europe and the oil-rich Middle Eastern countries from helping Lebanon in this crisis as they used to in the past. After all, Lebanon needs 3 to 4 billion dollars to stand on its feet and regain some of its strength after halting subsidies on various items that gobble up its cash resources.

But the challenge remains for the “Axis of Resistance” members, struggling to survive and resist the US hegemony and confront the US projects to dominate West Asia. Unless the “Axis of Resistance” members take the initiative and move from a defensive to an offensive position and impose new equations that prevent starvation of the population, this pressure will remain and even increase with time. However, supposing the US pressure is maintained, and the “Axis of the Resistance” adopts only survival mode: In that case, Lebanon’s people and the country’s stability will pay an increasingly heavy price, both now and in the years to come.

Imam Khamenei’s Rep. in Al-Quds Force: “Israeli” Defeat in Gaza Is Product of July Victory

August 14 2021

Imam Khamenei’s Rep. in Al-Quds Force: “Israeli” Defeat in Gaza Is Product of July Victory

By Mokhtar Haddad

Tehran – A top Iranian official congratulated Lebanon’s people, government and the mujahedeen of the Islamic Resistance as well as the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, on the occasion of August 14. This is the anniversary of Hezbollah’s triumph over “Israel” in the bloody 2006 war.

Houjjat al-Islam Sheikh Ali Mohammadi is the representative of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, in Iran’s elite Quds Force.
 

In an exclusive interview with al-Ahed, he said “the victory in the 33-day war was an important and strategic achievement, and its outcome was the transfer of the experience and the model of the resistance from Lebanon to the occupied territories and the broader Axis of Resistance.”

Below is the full transcript of the exclusive interview:

– Your Eminence, what is your message to the government, people and resistance in Lebanon, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Resistance in the 33-day war?

Before I say anything, I offer my congratulations on the anniversary of the great and commendable victory of the great Lebanese people and Hezbollah in the 33-day war against the aggression of the Zionist entity, which turned the balance of power in the region in favor of the resistance front.

I extend my sincere congratulations to all the Lebanese people of different faiths and sects, as well as the Lebanese government and especially the mujahideen of the Islamic Resistance, particularly my dear brother the mujahed, His Eminence, Hujjat al-Islam  wal-Muslimin, Hajj Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

The victory of the Lebanese people in the 33-day war constituted a historical turning point in the struggle against the criminals and the Zionist aggressors, and it was achieved in light of the courage and sacrifices of the Islamic Resistance Mujahedeen and the army and the support of the Lebanese people and government.

The 33-day war began at a time when the Zionists through they would emerge victorious, but the Islamic Resistance disrupted all the Zionists’ calculations and changed the course of the war into a loss for the Zionist entity.

The war, which was scheduled to end in a few days with the victory of the Zionist entity in accordance with the operational plans of the Zionist army, lasted 33 days and finally ended with a catastrophic defeat for the Zionists.

Of course, it must be emphasized that the role of Hezbollah and the management and leadership of Hujjat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, along with other factors, played a distinct role in achieving victory during the 33-day war. Even the psychological and propaganda warfare of the Zionist enemy was dominated by the unique performance of Hezbollah and its Mujahid leader, and it dealt a blow to the enemy.

The victory in the 33-day war was an important and strategic achievement, and its outcome was the transfer of the experience and model of the resistance from Lebanon to the occupied territories and the broader axis of resistance.

This led to Gaza’s resistance and steadfastness against the Zionist attacks on the Strip in 2009 and 2014.

This victory and the resistance that Hezbollah achieved in Lebanon against the Zionist entity is a permanent example for the mujahedeen of the Resistance Front, and it has not and will not be forgotten.

The recent war in Gaza and the victory of the Palestinian resistance in the of the Al-Quds Sword Battle against the Zionist enemy can be interpreted as the most recent reflection and result of the Zionist defeat against Hezbollah in 2006.
 
– How do you evaluate the role of martyr Lieutenant-General Hajj Qassem Soleimani in strengthening the resistance and fighting the conspiracies of the enemy and creating security in the region?

What is generally called the axis of resistance, as we see it in the region today, is the most important legacy of the martyred Lieutenant-General Hajj Qassem Soleimani.

Martyr Soleimani redesigned this front and strengthened its infrastructure.

Martyr Soleimani was the biggest supporter of the resistance front, which enriched the capabilities of the resistance factions in the region. Among the brightest and most prominent features of the leadership of Lieutenant-General Hajj Qassem Soleimani was the strengthening and support of Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance groups, which was manifested in several battles, including the 33-day war and the victory of the Palestinian mujahideen in the 22-day war in Gaza against the Zionist army.

In fact, we cannot forget the great role martyr Soleimani played in the resistance front in achieving victory in the 33-day war and other battles against Zionism, including the battle of Gaza. I recall an interview with the Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement in which he emphasized the role of General Soleimani in sending weapons to Gaza, which he described as a miracle.

It was Hajj Qassem Soleimani who proposed the idea of training the resistance fighters in Gaza to manufacture long-range missiles, which is a very important achievement. Today in the Gaza Strip, there are thousands of rockets and factories for making mortars and RPGs that operate around the clock.

We ask God Almighty to bestow upon Lieutenant-General Hajj Qassem high esteem and for the resistance to be victorious.

The Yas’ur Hunter: The Next War Will Be Fatal

August 13 2021

By Staff

On the anniversary of the downing of the Yas’ur helicopter on August 11, 2006, al-Ahed news unveils a never-before-seen interview with the Yas’ur Hunter, during which he details the operation and reveals the weapon used to shoot down the aircraft.

Below is an excerpt of the interview. The Islamic Resistance fighter who shot down the “Israeli” helicopter says the entity will be “dealt a hard blow in the next war will”. 

  • Place: South Lebanon – Yatar / Maryamin
  • Date: August 11, 2006
  • Objective: Shoot down a Yas’ur helicopter taking part in a hostile landing operation in Wadi Maryamin
  • The most important objectives of the “Israeli” Air Force during the July 2006 war:
  1. Hit the bank of targets
  2. Destruction of the resistance’s capabilities
  3. Dismemberment
  4. Committing the largest number of massacres against civilians
  • What are the features of the Yas’ur?
  1. A US-made transport helicopter
  2. Code is CH-53 Sikorsky
  3. The “Israeli” army named it Yas’ur. It also calls it the “divine machine” that is “untouchable”.
  4. 27 meters long and 9 meters wide (there is another type with a width of 7 meters)
  5. It can carry up to 35 soldiers with all their equipment and 35 soldiers with machinery
  6. Its propeller is 16 meters wide
  7. It is a heavy-lift transport and strategic aircraft used by the “Israeli” army, along with the Black Hawk aircraft, which can carry only 13 soldiers.
  8. Prior to its downing, the Yas’ur’s task was to transfer the leadership team that would manage the axis of hostile progress.
  9. During its downing, it was carrying five “Israelis”: the pilot, co-pilot, a technical officer [who worked in electronic warfare], and two other officers. All on board were killed.

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis السيد صفي الدين لـ”العهد”: ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis

By Mayssaa Moukaddem
 
In the spirit of the anniversary of the victory of Lebanon and its people in July 2006 and with the anniversary of the second liberation approaching on August 28, Al-Ahed News met with the Head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council His Eminence Sayyed Hashem Safieddine.

Sayyed Safieddine to Al-Ahed: Hezbollah Established Its Equation with the Enemy, Mobilized To Confront Internal Crisis

 Sayyed Safieddine outlined a number of positions and said “the equation [with the enemy] was confirmed by the missiles that were launched, and if the ‘Israelis’ think they can change the rules and requirements of this equation, they won’t be able to.”

“The readiness of the resistance is permanent; it is ready to deter the enemy when it commits any aggression regardless of any internal political or regional changes,” he added. “The equation of the army, the people, and the resistance stands and is stable, successful, and productive.”

With respect to the anniversary of the Beirut Port explosion, Sayyed Safieddine reiterated Hezbollah’s belief that “not explaining what happened and not providing a report, vision, or narrative of what happened means that the door will remain open to speculation, jurisprudence, and interventions.”

“Defining and describing what happened sets the course for the investigation so that people are made aware, and in this matter, we see that things are not right.”

Responding to a recent attack from Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Sayyed Safieddine told Al-Ahed that Riaydh “has failed. It has failed in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and Lebanon, and it has failed in its wrong choices when it adopted purely American policies contrary to the interests of the people. Your problem is that you have failed. Why do you want to blame us for your failure?”

“You spent tens of billions of dollars in the wrong place, at the wrong time, on the wrong cause. These are your mistakes. You allied with those you thought were serving your policies, but they were powerless.”

Regarding the living condition, the head of Hezbollah’s Executive Council announced that “at the level of our special programs in Hezbollah, we are today in a state of complete mobilization, and all our formations are working in the service of the people.”

Sayyed Safieddine unveiled the Imam Al-Montathar Fund, which was formed four months ago and consists of donations made by full-time employees and contractors in Hezbollah from their salaries. “The sums of money have become large, praise be to God, and they are being spent in the service of the people, and the day will come when we will announce all these sums.”

Sayyed Safieddine stressed that “the resistance was established in the name of God and as a result of the sacrifices of these good and pure people. These people have never let it [the resistance] down, and it will never let them down. The resistance stands with its people and the covenant that it made to them. This resistance is always with them in all fields and arenas, defending their dignity, causes, and pride. It stands by them, speaking the language of honesty, the language of the heart, logic, reason, and truth. We are fully and completely confident, as we faced many difficulties in the past and overcame them, I am certain that we will overcome these difficulties that come in a new guise, method, and style.”

Below is the full transcript of the interview:

Escalation in the south:

– After the response of the Islamic Resistance to the recent “Israeli” raids that constituted a violation of the rules of engagement established in 2006, does Hezbollah think that the rules of engagement have been established again? Is “Israel’s” decision to refrain from responding a sign of deterrence and an unwillingness to launch a war, or is it a preparation for something greater, especially when we consider what was reported by the “Israeli” media, which quoted a senior security official who said “the ‘Israeli’ army is working to formulate responses against Hezbollah in multiple ways, both publicly and in secret?

In the end, military action is not a picnic. Rather, it is hard and tiring work in which things happen from time to time at the level of readiness, the battle, and friction that may be uncalculated, deliberate, or unintended. These are partial and simple matters, and they were contained by the people involved.

Yes, it is very natural for some media professionals or some politicians, who we know do not support the resistance and harbor hostility towards it and plot against it, to try and take advantage of any event and try to exaggerate it. But we still believe that the popular and political environment that incubates the resistance is strong, large, and dominant in Lebanon.

Beirut Port explosion and political investment

– In the context of the anniversary of the port explosion, the technical report on the causes of the explosion is still kept secret. Who is responsible for this ambiguity? Does Hezbollah have any doubts about the reasons why this report has not been issued yet?

Not just Hezbollah, but everyone is eager to know what happened in the catastrophic August 4 explosion. Everyone wants to know what happened so that things are clear and the truth is clear because not explaining what happened and not providing a report, vision, or narrative of what happened means that the door will remain open to speculation, jurisprudence, and interventions. The Lebanese imagination is very broad. We know that some politicians, media professionals, and malicious parties in Lebanon receive money to promote malicious political goals and objectives. They do not care about the feelings of the families of the martyrs or about the horrific consequences they are trying to impose on the Lebanese. All of them will benefit from the lack of clarity about what happened.

Fuel and people’s needs

We have a set of programs that cover agriculture, loans, and helping people secure their most basic needs. This is different from what we do through the ministries of health and industry and our efforts through various other ministries. This is an aspect that is usually not highlighted – most people keeping track and the politicians in the country know perfectly well that some of the issues that were resolved, even partially, whether we’re talking about subsidies or other things, Hezbollah and its ministers and members of the parliament played a major role in that resolution, and this is our duty.

As for our special programs in Hezbollah, we are today in a state of complete mobilization, and all our formations are working in the service of the people in the health and agricultural sectors and in securing foodstuffs and the necessary medicine through all the projects that we presented. The Sajjad card is one of these items that, God willing, will see remarkable development in the coming weeks.

Among the things that Hezbollah launched after the speech of His Eminence the Secretary-General is the formation of a fund that we called the Imam Al-Montathar Fund. This fund consists of donations provided by full-time and contractors in Hezbollah from their salaries. The goal is for all our brothers to participate in solving the economic and living problems and to stand by our people to whom we are ready to give blood so that it remains strong, stable, solid, and dear. This fund was formed four months ago, and there is a substantial sum of money now, praise be to God, and the day will come when we will release all the figures. But these are large sums being spent in the service of the people and on various important projects that serve the people, whether in securing foodstuffs for the needy or supporting projects that contribute to agricultural production. What is important is that it reaches people and serves them directly. Praise be to God, the Imam Al-Montathar Fund, which the full-timers and contractors contributed to financing has now large sums of money that are being spent in the service of the people.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our loved ones, dear ones, and brothers working in Hezbollah for their efforts in developing this fund, and I invite them to continue to do so. I also know that many of our brothers, full-timers and contractors, are contributing to funds located in their villages, neighborhoods, and towns to support the needy. This is our culture and the aspirations of our young mujahideen as well as our brothers and sisters, may God protect them all.

– Did the leadership of Hezbollah conclude that the time has come to import fuel from Iran? Is there a date for the implementation? Is there a similar step with regard to medication?

Committing to timetables with such files is wrong. We do not want to commit ourselves and the people to specific times. The reason is that there are serious challenges and complications, and we are working to overcome these obstacles. Some people imagine that as soon as we say that we want to bring gasoline and diesel, it means that it will come directly. The issue is more complicated than this, but the decision has been made. God willing, these steps will become visible in the next few days through actions and not words.

I have my insight

– To commemorate Ashura this year, Hezbollah chose the slogan “I have my insight.” What is the link between the slogan and the stage we are living in?

I would like to clarify that this phrase is for the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali bin Abi Talib, peace be upon him, who was the ideal of patience, insight, and endurance to save the path he belongs to, which is the path of authentic Islam and the legacy of the Messenger of God [PBUH]. We quoted this slogan from the words of the Commander of the Faithful [PBUH] because we know that this stage requires intuitive insight and beautiful patience at the same time. It is beautiful patience and intuitive insight that can give us the ability to endure and face events so that we can all overcome them. All those who believe in the blessed Husseini approach and the blessed Islamic approach, know very well that this approach takes important steps forward. Today, problems are placed before him, he is wronged and attacked, despite all the sacrifices, victories, and achievements he has made. Preserving these achievements, victories, results, and values as well as all of the people’s sacrifices requires patience and insight. This is what we learned from the Commander of the Faithful, and this man who was present in Karbala. Karbala was mountains of patience, insight, and clear vision. If the companions of Imam Hussein [PBUH], whom he described as the best of companions and the most loyal companions, did not possess a clear vision, they would not have stood firm and fought until martyrdom. If they did not possess great patience, they would not have been able to withstand all these pressures from the armies that gathered around them. The example of patience and insight are Imam Zein Al-Abidin [PBUH] and Sayyeda Zeinab [PBUH], who remained on the path and approach with these two concepts in addition to all faith and religious values and brought religion to the shore of safety. 

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السيد صفي الدين لـ”العهد”: ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

ميساء مقدم

في اجواء ذكرى انتصار لبنان وشعبه في تموز 2006، ومع اقتراب ذكرى التحرير الثاني في 28 آب، التقى موقع “العهد” رئيس المجلسالتنفيذي في حزب الله سماحة السيد هاشم صفي الدين، الذي أطلق جملة من المواقف، أكد خلالها أن “المعادلة (مع العدو) تم تثبيتها والتأكيد عليها من خلال  الصواريخ التي أطلقت، وأن الاسرائيلي اذا كان يفكر أن بامكانه أن يغير قواعد ومستلزمات هذه المعادلة من طرفه فهو غير قادر على ذلك”، مشددا على أن “جهوزية المقاومة دائمة، وهي حاضرة لردع العدو عند القيام بأي اعتداء بغض النظر عن أي تغيرات وتبدلات ساسية داخلية أو سياسية اقليمية على مستوى المنطقة” وأن “معادلة الجيش والشعب والمقاومة قائمة وثابتة وناجحة ومنتجة”.

وفي ما يرتبط بذكرى انفجار مرفأ بيروت، جدد السيد صفي الدين تأكيد حزب الله أن “عدم تبيان ما الذي حصل وعدم تقديم تقرير أو رؤية أو سردية لما حصل يعني أن الباب سيبقى مفتوحا أمام الاشتهاءات والاجتهادات والتدخلات والاستثمارات” وأن “تحديد وتوصيف ما الذي حصل يحدد الكثير من الاتجاهات التي ينبغي ان يذهب اليها التحقيق حتى يكون الناس على بيّنة، وفي هذا الموضوع نحن نرى الأمور غير سليمة وغير صحيحة”.

وحول الهجوم الأخير لوزير الخارجية السعودية على حزب الله، قال السيد صفي الدين لموقع “العهد”: “السعودية فشلت، فشلت في اليمن وفي سوريا والعراق وفلسطين ولبنان، وفشلت في خياراتها الخاطئة حينما اتخذت سياسات أميركية محضة خلافًا لمصالح الشعوب. مشكلتكم أنكم أنتم فشلتم لماذا تريدون أن تحملونا فشلكم؟”، وتابع “أنتم أنفقتم عشرات المليارات من الدولارات في المكان الخطأ، في التوقيت الخطأ، في القضية الخطأ، في الساعة الخطأ، هذه أخطاؤكم أنتم. أنتم تحالفتم مع من اعتبرتم أنهم يخدمون سياساتكم لكنهم كانوا عاجزين”.

في الشأن المعيشي، أعلن رئيس المجلس التنفيذي في حزب الله أنه “على مستوى برامجنا الخاصة في حزب الله نحن اليوم في حالة استنفار كاملة، وكل تشكيلاتنا تعمل في خدمة الناس” كاشفا عن صندوق الامام المنتظر (عج) الذي تشكل منذ 4 أشهر وهو عبارة عن التبرعات التي يقدمها العاملون في حزب الله من المتفرغين والمتعاقدين من رواتبهم الخاصة، وأنه الى الآن “أصبحت المبالغ كبيرة بحمد الله وهي تصرف وتنفق في خدمة الناس وسيأتي يوم نعلن عن كل هذه المبالغ”.

وشدد السيد صفي الدين على ان “المقاومة التي انطلقت على اسم الله وعلى تضحيات هؤلاء الناس الطيبين الطاهرين المضحين الذين ما خذلوها يوما وما خذلتهم يوما هي مع شعبها وأهلها على العهد الذي كانت عليه، هي دائما معهم في كل الميادين والساحات تدافع عن كراماتهم وقضاياهم وعزهم وتقف الى جانبهم لتتحدث معهم بلغة فيها كل الصدق ولغة القلب والمنطق والعقل والحق، ونحن على ثقة كاملة وتامة، كما واجهنا في السابق صعابا كثيرة وتجاوزناها، هذه الصعاب ذات الثوب الجديد والطريقة الجديدة والاسلوب الجديد أقطع واجزم أننا سنتجاوزها”.

وفي ما يلي نص المقابلة:
* التصعيد في الجنوب

ـ بعد رد المقاومة الاسلامية على الغارات الاسرائيلية الأخيرة التي شكلت خرقًا لقواعد الاشتباك منذ الـ 2006، هل يعتبر حزب الله أن قواعد الاشتباك ثُبتت من جديد؟ وهل الانكفاء الاسرائيلي عن الرد هو ارتداع وعدم رغبة في الحرب، أم أنه تحضير لما هو أكبر، خصوصًا مع ما نقلته وسائل اعلام اسرائيلية عن مسؤول أمني كبير من أن “الجيش الاسرائيلي يعمل على بلورة ردود ضد حزب الله من خلال طرق ووسائل متعددة منها ما هو علني ومنها ما هو سري”؟

نحن تعودنا على الطريقة الإسرائيلية في التعاطي مع هذه الملفات، حينما يكون وضعه غير مساعد وهو مضطر الى أن يستجيب لمقتضيات تثبيت المعادلة القائمة يتحدث عن وعود في المستقبل علنية أو غير علنية. في نهاية المطاف نحن نعرف أننا في مواجهة مع الاسرائيلي على مدى الأيام والساعات. لكن ما يهمنا الآن هو ليس المواجهة بمعناها الواسع والعريض انما ما يهمنا هو تثبيت المعادلة، أن المعادلة تم تثبيتها والتأكيد عليها من خلال هذه الصواريخ التي أطلقت، وأن الاسرائيلي اذا كان يفكر أن بامكانه أن يغير قواعد ومستلزمات هذه المعادلة من طرفه فهو غير قادر على ذلك. هذا هو الأساس في هذه المواجهة بعيدًا عن أي تكهنات وتحليلات ووعود اسرائيلية لشأن داخلي سياسي، هذه الوعود مرتبطة بالمشكلة السياسية التي تعانيها الحكومة الاسرائيلية الجديدة.

نحن لاحظنا خلال ساعات المواجهة التي حصلت أنه كان هناك فرق لدى الاسرائيلي بين المستوى السياسي والمستوى العسكري. العسكري كان من الواضح أنه لا يريد التصعيد باتجاه الحرب لأن ليس له مصلحة في ذلك، وهذا حديث آخر، وبين السياسي الذي كان مربكا واستمر النقاش الى ما يقارب منتصف الليل حتى حسموا خياراتهم بعدم التصعيد. وهذا دليل على أن القيادة السياسية في “اسرائيل” ما زالت حديثة العهد وتخاف من اي مغامرة سياسية غير محسوبة، ونتنياهو بالانتظار.

ـ هل المقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان جاهزة لخوض مواجهة عسكرية مع العدو الاسرائيلي حاليًا؟ وهل هناك من يضمن أن أي مواجهة مقبلة لن تتطور وتتوسع الى حرب اقليمية؟

هناك قاعدة اعتمدها حزب الله في عمل المقاومة الإسلامية طوال كل السنوات الماضية، هي جهوزية المقاومة الدائمة والحاضرة لردع العدو عند القيام بأي اعتداء بغض النظر عن أي تغيرات وتبدلات ساسية داخلية أو سياسية اقليمية على مستوى المنطقة. البعض دائما يحاول الربط بين الوضع السياسي الداخلي أو الوضع السياسي الاقليمي وبين ما تقوم به المقاومة ونحن نقول ان هذا الربط ليس صحيحا وليس موفقا ولا يمكن الركون اليه دائما. لا يعني ذلك أننا نعيش في عالم آخر، نحن نعيش في لبنان والمنطقة الا أن وظيفة المقاومة في جهوزيتها الردعية هي وظيفة مختلفة ولا تتأثر كثيرًا بالوضع السياسي الداخلي والاقليمي.

القاعدة الثانية في عملنا كمقاومة اسلامية أننا لم نسع في يوم لحرب ولا نسعى في يوم الى حرب. لا أحد يتخيل أو يتصور أو يحلل أن المقاومة الاسلامية هي في طور الدخول في حرب، ابدا هذا ليس من أهدافنا، نعم اذا فرضت علينا الحرب نكون دائما في جهوزية.

ـ في الداخل، عاد الهجوم على حزب الله من بوابة قرار السلم والحرب، واتهام المقاومة بتحويل لبنان الى ساحة لتحقيق أهداف ايران، كما تحدثت بعض الصحف كـ “النهار” عن ضعف أصاب معادلة “الجيش والشعب والمقاومة” خصوصًا بعد أحداث شويا وخلدة، وظهور عدم احتضان شعبي للمقاومة من قبل فئات، وأيضًا بعد بيان الجيش الذي أثار استغرابًا وظهر بمظهر “المحايد” بأفضل الأحوال بين المقاومة والعدو، ما هو تعليقكم؟

معادلة الجيش والشعب والمقاومة قائمة وثابتة وناجحة ومنتجة، لا يعني ذلك أن الأدبيات التي يستخدمها الجيش هي نفسها الأدبيات التي تستخدمها المقاومة، لكل موقعه وأدبياته وظروفه، أما حين نتحدث عن هذه المعادلة فنحن نتحدث عن هذا التماسك على مستوى الرؤية ومستوى الجبهة ومستوى العدو، هذا لم يختلف لا شعبيا ولا سياسيا ولا عمليا على مستوى ما نواجهه مع العدو الاسرائيلي. اما حصول بعض الأحداث الطفيفة فيتم تطويقها بلحظتها وهذا يحصل. في نهاية المطاف العمل العسكري ليس نزهة، بل هو عمل فيه مشقة وتعب وفيه أمور تحصل بين الحين والآخر على مستوى الجهوزية والمعركة والاحتكاكات التي قد تكون غير محسوبة أو مدروسة أو غير مقصودة. هذه أمور جزئية وبسيطة وتم تطويقها من قبل نفس أهالي الذين وقعوا بالتباس معين أو دفع بهم للوقوع بالتباس معين.

نعم بعض الاعلاميين أو بعض السياسيين الذين منذ اليوم الأول نعرف أنهم لا يؤيدون المقاومة بل يضمرون لها العداء ويكيدون لها، من الطبيعي جدا أن يحاولوا الاستفادة من أي حدث لتكبيره وتعظيمه. الموضوع ليس كذلك، ما زلنا نعتقد أن البيئة الشعبية والسياسية الحاضنة للمقاومة هي بيئة قوية وكبيرة وغالبة في لبنان.

* انفجار مرفأ بيروت والاستثمار السياسي

ـ في أجواء الذكرى السنوية لانفجار المرفأ، ما يزال التقرير التقني حول أسباب الانفجار طي الكتمان. من يتحمل مسؤولية هذا الغموض؟ وهل لدى حزب الله ريبة من خلفيات عدم صدور هذا التقرير؟

ليس لدى حزب الله فقط، بل كل حريص على معرفة ما الذي حصل في الانفجار الكارثي في 4 آب، كل حريص يريد ان يعرف ما الذي حصل لكي تكون الأمور واضحة والحقيقة بيّنة، لأن عدم تبيين ما الذي حصل وعدم تقديم تقرير أو رؤية أو سردية لما حصل يعني أن الباب سيبقى مفتوحا أمام الاشتهاءات والاجتهادات والتدخلات والاستثمارات، والمخيال اللبناني الموجه واسع جدا. ونعرف أن بعض السياسيين والاعلاميين والمغرضين في لبنان موجودون ويتقاضون أجورًا وأموالًا للترويج لأمور وأهداف سياسية خبيثة. هم لا يهتمون لا بمشاعر ولا بأحاسيس أهالي الشهداء ولا بالنتائج البشعة التي يحاولون فرضها على اللبنانيين. كل هؤلاء سيستفيدون من حالة عدم وضوح ما الذي حصل.

السيد صفي الدين لـ"العهد": ثبّتنا المعادلة مع العدو.. ومستنفرون بمواجهة الأزمة الداخلية

بالنسبة الينا منذ اليوم الأول كان المطلوب أن يقال للبنانيين سواء من القضاء أو الجهات المعنية التي يمكنها ان تتحدث، في الحد الأدنى من القضاء أو الجهات المعنية في التحقيق أن تقول ما الذي حصل، ليس منطقيا أن يتم تراشق الاتهامات يمينا وشمالا دون ان يفهم الناس ما الذي حصل. وبعد ان يفهم الناس ما الذي حصل يمكن أن يتم الحديث عن مسؤولية ما حصل. أما أن يبقى ما حصل غامضًا ثم نريد تحميل المسؤوليات هكذا فهذا أمر غير متوازن وغير منطقى وغير طبيعي. الذي حصل في المرفأ هل هو اهمال اداري فقط، هل هو اهمال أمني، هل هو اهمال أمني واداري، هل هو عمل عبثي جاء من جهة أو من الخارج؟ تحديد وتوصيف ما الذي حصل يحدد الكثير من الاتجاهات التي ينبغي ان يذهب اليها التحقيق حتى يكون الناس على بينة. نعم في هذا الموضوع نحن نرى الأمور غير سليمة وغير صحيحة.

ـ  هذا الاستثمار السياسي والاستغلال الاعلامي وكم الاكاذيب والاضاليل التي ترمى لاتهام حزب الله بالمسؤولية وراء انفجار المرفأ، هل يعيدنا الى أجواء العام ٢٠٠٥؟ ومن هو المحرك الاساس وراء ما نشهده؟ هل هي تصفية حسابات داخلية أم أن المحرك طرف خارجي؟

يجب أن نميز بين أمرين حين نتحدث عن انفجار المرفأ، بين عوائل الشهداء والضحايا وبين الاستثمار والاستغلال. نحن حتمًا مع مشاعر وأحاسيس وكل ما تشعر به أية عائلة فقدت عزيزها، هؤلاء في نهاية المطاف شهداء وضحايا سواء ضحايا الاهمال أو العبث أو ضحايا الفساد. بالنهاية هؤلاء ضحايا نتضامن معهم الى أبعد الحدود، ونحن أكثر الناس معرفة بهذه الأحاسيس لأننا قدمنا شهداء ونقدم دائما شهداء وهذه هي سيرتنا. هذا لجهة، والجهة الثانية هي الاستغلال.

الاستغلال والاستثمار ليس فقط عمل سياسي، بل عمل سياسي غير أخلاقي. في السياسة أيضا هناك أخلاق وغير أخلاق. أن يجوّز بعض السياسيين لأنفسهم استغلال هذه الدماء والمشاعر والأحاسيس لحشدها في بوتقة سياسية وهدف سياسي محدد فهذا غاية الاستخفاف بالمشاعر وعدوان آخر على الشهداء والضحايا وهذا نوع جديد من أنواع الفساد الذي أرادوا أن يغرقوا الساحة اللبنانية فيه من 2005 الى اليوم. هذا نمط. هم ينتمون الى مدرسة في الحقيقة فشلت في لبنان ولم تعط أي نتيجة. من 2005 الى اليوم ما الذي حصدوه؟ حصدوا مزيدا من الأحقاد والتحريض والتفرقة بين اللبنانيين والاستثمار على هذه التفرقة لجلب الخارج ليمدهم بالمال والدعم في زمن الانتخابات وغير زمن الانتخابات. جربوا هذا في 2005 والى الآن وفشلوا في السابق. هم الآن يعيدون تجربة فاشلة بائسة يائسة عديمة الجدوى لها أضرار وأذية على عوائل الشهداء والمضحين، وعلى لبنان ووحدته ولحمته في وقت يحتاج فيه لبنان أكثر من أي وقت مضى الى التماسك لمواجهة أزماته المتتالية والصعبة.

ـ شن وزير الخارجية السعودي مؤخرًا هجومًا جديًدا على حزب الله متهمًا اياه بأنه وراء أزمات لبنان، وداعياً السياسيين في لبنان الى مواجهته، أي رسالة يوجهها الى الداخل اللبناني؟  

لو سألنا كل السياسيين اليوم والمطلعين في لبنان والمنطقة، هل نجحت السعودية في سياساتها الخارجية؟ الجواب فشلت. دائما السعودي يريد أن يحمل فشله على الآخرين، واليوم “طالع معه” أن حزب الله هو العدو رقم واحد، مثل بعض السياسسين في لبنان. يا أخي أنتم فشلتم. السعودية فشلت، فشلت في اليمن وفي سوريا والعراق وفلسطين ولبنان وفشلت في خياراتها الخاطئة حينما اتخذت سياسات أميركية محضة خلافًا لمصالح الشعوب. مشكلتكم أنكم أنتم فشلتم، لماذا تريدون أن تحملونا فشلكم؟ وموضوع لبنان ليس كما يتحدث السعودي على الاطلاق. دائمًا يتحدث الأمراء السعوديون عندما يلتقون مع بعض اللبنانيين أو غير اللبنانيين، يقولون نحن أنفقنا مليارات الدولارات ولم نحصد سوى العداوة. ليست المشكلة في من هو معكم ومن هو ليس معكم. أنتم أنفقتم عشرات المليارات من الدولارات في المكان الخطأ، في التوقيت الخطأ، في القضية الخطأ، في الساعة الخطأ، هذه أخطاؤكم أنتم. أنتم تحالفتم مع من اعتبرتم أنهم يخدمون سياساتكم لكنهم كانوا عاجزين. السعودي يعرف أكثر من غيره أن فشله في الساحة اللبنانية هو نتجية أخطاء في الخيارات الاستراتيجية والخيارات التكتيكية، وما حصل في لبنان مشكلته بأيدي الذين صنعوا هذه الطبقة السياسية التي كانت تنتمي في معظمها الى السياسة السعودية والأميركية.

* الوضع الحكومي

ـ عاد الوضع الحكومي الى تعقيداته السابقة بعد أجواء تفاؤلية أشيعت قبيل تكليف الرئيس ميقاتي، هل لحزب الله دور حالي في تذليل العقبات؟ وفي حال الفشل مجددًا بتشكيل حكومة، الى أين نحن ذاهبون، خصوصًا وأن الحديث يدور عن أن نادي رؤساء الحكومات السابقين لن يكون مشاركًا في تسمية أي رئيس مقبل؟

نحن في السابق قمنا بجهود كبيرة لتذليل العقبات من أجل أن تبصر الحكومة النور من اجل اللبنانيين جميعا وقلنا اكثر من مرة وتحديدا في تسمية الرئيس ميقاتي أن هدفنا هو أن تكون هناك حكومة. اليوم موضوع تشكيل الحكومة هو أولوية لكل اللبنانيين ولمصلحة جميع اللبنانيين نتيجة الوضع المعيشي والمالي والاقتصادي والمآسي التي يعيشها اللبنانيون وهي أكبر من كثير من السياسات التكتيكية والداخلية والداخلية التي يذهب اليها البعض رأينا المطلوب أن تتشكل حكومة. اذا لم تتشكل هذا حديث آخر، وان شاء الله تتشكل.

– هل حزب الله ما زال مطمئنا الى شعبيته وبالتالي الى نتائج الانتخابات النيابية المقبلة؟

بغض النظر عن الانتخابات نعتبر أنه ما زال مبكرا الحديث عن الانتخابات النيابية. لا نريد أن نتحدث عن حزب الله وتأييده من زاوية انتخابية. أما اذا تحدثنا عن شعب المقاومة نحن نعتقد ان شعب المقاومة ثابت صلب متماسك قوي رغم كل الحملات الاعلامية التي يواجهها وهو شعب واعٍ وخبير، واختبر الكثير من التجارب التي حاول البعض من خلالها النيل من حزب الله ومن هيبته ومن قوته ومن قدرته. شعبنا يعرف تماما حجم الحملة التي تشن على حزب الله وحجم الأموال التي تنفق من أجل تشويه صورة حزب الله ومن أجل تحميل حزب الله كل موبقات الفساد الموجودة في البلد، ولسنا قلقين من هذه الجهة أبدا. نعم نحن واجبنا أن نسعى دائمًا لأن نكون معهم. بالنتيجة شعبنا هو نحن ونحن والمقاومة والشعب جهة واحدة، يجب أن نكون في خدمة هؤلاء الناس من أجل تأمين الاحتياجات واللوازم الضرورية والحياتية.

* المحروقات وحاجات الناس

ـ أين أصبحت خطة حزب الله في مواجهة الأزمة الاقتصادية والمعيشية لا سيما في بيئته؟ ما هي التقديمات الحالية وماذا تغطي؟

لدينا مجموعة من البرامج تم الاعلان عنها على المستوى الزراعي ومستوى القروض ومستوى مساعدة الناس في تأمين الاحتياجات الضروية، هذا غير الذي نقوم به من خلال وزارتي الصحة والصناعة والجهود التي نقوم بها مع الوزارات المختلفة، هذا جانب عادة لا يتم تسليط الضوء عليه، ومعظم المتابعين والسياسين الموجودين في البد يعرفون تماما ان بعض الامور التي كانت تجد حلولا ولو جزئية سواء في الدعم أو في غير الدعم كان لحزب الله ولوزارئه ولنوابه الدور الكبير في الوصول الى نتائجها وهذا واجبنا على أي حال.

أما على مستوى برامجنا الخاصة في حزب الله فنحن اليوم في حالة استنفار كاملة، وكل تشكيلاتنا تعمل في خدمة الناس، في الجانب الصحي والزراعي وفي جانب تأمين المواد الغذائية وتأمين الدواء الضروري من خلال كل المشاريع التي قدمناها، وبطاقة السجاد هي أحد هذه البنود التي ان شاء الله ستشهد تطورًا ملحوظًا خلال الأسابيع الآتية.

من جملة الأمور التي أطلقها حزب الله بعد كلام سماحة الأمين العام دام حفظه هو تشكيل صندوق أسميناه صندوق الامام المنتظر (عج)، هذا الصندوق هو صندوق التبرعات التي يقدمها العاملون في حزب الله من المتفرغين والمتعاقدين من رواتبهم الخاصة، والهدف أن يشارك كل إخواننا في الحل للمشكلات الاقتصادية والمعيشية والوقوف الى جانب شعبنا الذي نحن جاهزون أن نعطيه الدم ليبقى قويا وثابتا وراسخا وعزيزا. هذا الصندوق تشكل منذ 4 أشهر والى الآن أصبحت المبالغ كبيرة بحمد الله وسيأتي يوم نعلن فيه عن كل هذه المبالغ لكنها مبالغ كبيرة تصرف اليوم وتنفق في خدمة الناس، وفي مختلف المشاريع المهمة التي تخدم الناس سواء في تأمين المواد الغذائية للمحتاجين أو دعم المشاريع التي تساهم في الانتاج الزراعي، المهم أنها تصل الى الناس وخدمة الناس بشكل مباشر. والحمد لله صندوق الامام المنتظر(عج) الذي ساهم في تمويله المتفرغون والمتعاقدون أصبح فيه مال وفير ويصرف في خدمة الناس.

ويهمني أن أتقدم بالشكر الجزيل من أحبائنا وأعزائنا وإخواننا العاملين في حزب الله على جهودهم في تنمية هذا الصندوق وأدعوهم الى الاستمرار في ذلك. كما لا أنسى أن هناك عددًا كبيرًا من أخواننا المتفرغين و المتعاقدين كلٌّ في قريته أو في حيه أو بلدته يساهمون في صناديق موجودة في كل هذه البلدات من أجل دعم المحتاجين في كل تلك البلدات، وهذه هي ثقافتنا والمتوخى من شبابنا المجاهدين وإخواننا وأخواتنا حفظهم الله جميعًا.

ـ هل وجدت قيادة حزب الله أن الأوان قد حان لاستقدام المحروقات من ايران؟ هل من موعد لبدء التنفيذ؟ وهل هناك خطوة مشابهة في ما يتعلق بالدواء؟

التوقيت في مثل هذه الملفات خطأ. نحن لا نريد أن ندخل أنفسنا وندخل الناس معنا في توقيتات محددة والسبب أن هناك تعقيدات ليست سهلة ولا بسيطة ونحن نعمل على تذليل هذه العقبات. بعض الناس يتخيل أنه بمجرد أن نقول اننا نريد أن نأتي بالبنزين والمازوت يعني سيحضر مباشرة، الموضوع أكثر تعقيدًا من هذا، لكن القرار متخذ وإن شاء الله هذه الخطوات ستظهر لاحقا في القادم من الأيام من خلال العمل وليس القول.

* “إن معي لبصيرتي”

– اختار حزب الله لاحياء عاشوراء هذا العام شعار “إن معي لبصيرتي”، ما هو الرابط بين الشعار والمرحلة التي نعيشها؟

يهمني أن أوضح أن هذه الكلمة هي لأمير المؤمنين الامام علي بن ابي طالب عليه السلام الذي كان المثل الأعلى في الصبر والبصيرة والتحمل لانقاذ المسيرة التي ينتمي اليها وهي مسيرة الاسلام الأصيل وهي ارث رسول الله (ص). نحن اقتبسنا من كلام أمير المؤمنين(ع) هذا الشعار لأننا نعلم أن هذه المرحلة تحتاج في آن واحد الى البصيرة الثاقبة والصبر الجميل. الصبر الجميل والبصيرة الثاقبة هما اللذان يمكنهما أن يعطيانا القدرة على التحمل ومواجهة الأحداث لكي نتخطى نحن جميعا. كل الذين يؤمنون بالنهج الحسيني المبارك والنهج الاسلامي المبارك، يعلمون جيدا أن هذا النهج يخطو خطوات مهمة نحو الأمام. اليوم توضع أمامه مشاكل ويظلم ويعتدى على هذا النهج رغم كل التضحيات وكل العطاءات والانتصارات والانجازات التي حققها. الحفاظ على هذه الانجازات والانتصارات والنتائج والحفاظ على هذه القيم وكل تضحيات الناس يحتاج الى صبر جميل وبصيرة ثاقبة. هذا ما تعلمناه من أمير المؤمنين(ع) وهذا الذي كان حاضرا في كربلاء. كربلاء كانت جبالًا من الصبر وجبالًا من النظر الثاقب والرؤية الواضحة. أصحاب الامام الحسين (ع) الذين يقول عنهم إنهم خيرة الأصحاب وأوفى الاصحاب لو لم يمتلكوا رؤية واضحة وجلية لما صمدوا ولما قاتلوا حتى الشهادة، ولو لم يمتلكوا صبرا عظيما لما تمكنوا من تحمل كل هذه الضغوطات من هذه الجيوش التي اجتمعت حولهم ومثال الصبر والبصيرة هما الامام زين العابدين(ع) والسيدة زينب (ع) اللذان اكملا الطريق والنهج بهذين المفهومين مع كل القيم الايمانية والدينية وأوصلا الدين الى شاطئ الأمان.

* وعد المقاومة

– في شهر آب الذي يجمع بين ذكرى تحقيق الانتصار في حرب تموز 2006، وذكرى التحرير الثاني في 28 آب، ما هي رسالة المقاومة الى جمهورها؟ وما هو وعدها؟

المقاومة التي انطلقت على اسم الله وعلى تضحيات هؤلاء الناس الطيبين الطاهرين المضحين الذين ما خذلوها يوما وما خذلتهم يوما هي مع شعبها وأهلها على العهد الذي كانت عليه. هي دائما معهم في كل الميادين والساحات تدافع عن كراماتهم وقضاياهم وعزهم وتقف الى جانبهم لتتحدث معهم بلغة فيها كل الصدق ولغة القلب والمنطق والعقل والحق. المقاومة هي في موقعها العادي والطبيعي والضروري للدفاع عن قضايا أمتنا وكل قيمنا وكل مقدساتنا. ونحن على ثقة كاملة وتامة، كما واجهنا في السابق صعابا كثيرة وتجاوزناها، هذه الصعاب ذات الثوب الجديد والطريقة الجديدة والاسلوب الجديد – وكل الصعاب كانت نتاج الخبث الأميركي والاسرائيلي ومن معهما – هذه الصعاب الجديدة أقطع واجزم أننا سنتجاوزها بمزيد من التحمل وبمزيد من العمل والجهد شرط أن نبقى حاضرين في الساحة، لأن الصبر وحده دون العمل لا يعطي نتيجة. نصبر ونعمل. نتكل على الله عز وجل ثم نقدم على القيام بواجباتنا.

وعدنا أننا سنقوم بكل ما هو ممكن وكل قدرة متاحة بين أيدينا للوصول الى تحقيق الأهداف المرجوة والمطلوبة ومن بين الأهداف تخليص الناس من هذه الصعاب التي يعيشونها اقتصاديا وماليا ومعيشيا.

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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Sayyed Nasrallah: We Won’t Allow ‘Israel’ to Change Rules of Engagements, Fire for Fire

Hezbollah S.G. Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah during televised address via Al-Manar on the 15th anniversary of 200 July War (Saturday, August 7, 2021).

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Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed on Saturday that the Resistance won’t allow the Israeli enemy to change the rules of engagements, warning that the Israeli army will be destroyed in any future war.

In a televised address via Al-Manar on the fifteenth anniversary of divine victory in the 2006 July War, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the balance of deterrence is the most strategic achievements of the 33-day war.

His eminence described the Israeli aerial aggression on south Lebanon on Thursday as a dangerous development, elaborating on the Resistance retaliation in Shebaa Farms which took place on Friday.

The Hezbollah S.G. also said that Hezbollah doesn’t fear a war with the Zionist entity, affirming that the Lebanese Resistance party is fully prepared to confront any Israeli war.

On the issue of Beirut Port blast, Sayyed Nasrallah slammed anti-Hezbollah propaganda launched by some foreign-backed Lebanese media outlets, warning against politicizing and dealing with double standards regarding this case.

Touching upon Khalde ambush last week, Sayyed Nasrallah described the attack as a massacre committed by gangs, stressing that the issue will be settled through the Lebanese state institutions.

His eminence stressed that Hezbollah is following up on livelihood conditions in Lebanon and will exert efforts to meet the people’s needs. He reassured the Lebanese citizens and the Resistance supporters that the current ordeal the country has been facing won’t last long.

Balance of Deterrence

Starting his speech by talking about the occasion, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the first major responsibility nowadays is to maintain the achievements secured by the Resistance in July War in 2006.

“Such achievements were secured thanks to blood of martyrs and other forms of sacrifices of the Lebanese people.”

Sayyed Nasrallah described the balance of deterrence set up by the Resistance as the most strategic achievement of 2006 July War.

“Throughout 15 years, the Israeli enemy has not dared to stage aerial attack on Lebanon, except for a conflicting strike on a border area between Lebanon and Syria in 2014.”

He noted in this context that the Israeli enemy has been in the last years carrying out strikes in Syria in a bid to achieve two goals: the first is to offer aid to foreign-backed terrorists and the second is to prevent Hezbollah from developing its military capabilities and especially from attaining precision missiles.

Reaching about Thursday’s Israeli air strikes on Al-Jarmak and Al-Shawakeer areas in south Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah said the attack is a dangerous development that has not happened in 15 years.

He clarified that some retaliatory operations by the Resistance are not bounded by time, but noted that other operations can’t be delayed. In this context, he said that the Resistance retaliation to Thursday’s aggression could not be postponed.

“Yesterday, we chose to strike an open area and during the day. Then our retaliation was fully-considered. We issued a statement in which we claimed responsibility for the operation, and we have the courage to announce our responsibility for any resisting action against the Israeli enemy,” his eminence stated.

Rules of Engagement

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed, meanwhile that the aim of the retaliatory strike on Friday is to maintain rules of engagement which the Israeli enemy attempted to change.

“Any strike in the future will be retaliated for in an appropriate way. We won’t throw away the achievements which were secured by blood.”

Sayyed Nasrallah chose to send clear and direct messages to the Israeli enemy by warning its officials against making wrong estimations.

“To Israeli commanders I say: Don’t miscalculate by estimating that we are busy with our internal issues, no matter how these issues are pressuring. To us, it’s our responsibility to defend our people so don’t bet on livelihood pressures on the Lebanese people.”

His eminence also warned Israeli commanders against betting on the disagreements among the Lebanese sides and on schemes aimed at inciting the environment of the Resistance against Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Friday’s strike was just retaliation to Thursday’s aggression, and had no relation with Hezbollah’s revenge to the Zionist entity’s killing of Resistance fighters Ali Mohsen (in Syria) and Mohammad Tahhan (on Lebanese-Palestinian border).

The Hezbollah S.G. also warned that Hezbollah’s retaliation to any future aggression could be in the north of the Zionist entity.

“We can strike Galilee or Golan; our choices are open.”

His eminence warned Israeli commanders against committing any folly.

“The most major idiocy that Israeli commanders would commit is to take a decision to launch a war against Lebanon.

Shwayya Interception

Sayyed Nasrallah slammed the incident where some citizens intercepted Hezbollah fighters who were firing rockets on Shebaa Farms on Friday in Shwayya southern town, describing it as regrettable and shameful incident that has dangerous indications.

“When I saw the footage of the incident I was impressed. I hoped that I could reach those fighters and kiss their hands and their foreheads.”

He said that the affiliation of those who intercepted the Hezbollah vehicle is well known, noting that some of Shwayya residents defended the Resistance fighters. In this context, he urged the Resistance supporters not to generalize in dealing with this incident, noting that most of Lebanese Druze back the Resistance against the Israeli enemy.

Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, hailed the fighters’ discipline and wisdom.

“Our fighters were ordered to fire only 20 rockets on targets in Shebaa Farms. The rocket launcher has the capacity for 31 rockets. I could see the rest 11 rockets still in the launcher. Our fighters are highly disciplined. And when they were attacked, they exert high levels wisdom and patience, for they were armed. However, they did not use their weapons against their brothers in the country.”

Beirut Port Blast First Anniversary

Touching upon the Beirut Port blast, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed to the US-Saudi campaign against Hezbollah, saying that such propaganda was launched in the first hours that followed the blast last year on August 4.

“Since the first day, political investment started by several media outlets upon orders by the US and Saudi Arabia. Such channels tried to propagate that Hezbollah was storing ammunition and arms in the port. All sides who probed the blast reached a conclusion that there were no arms in the port. However, when this scenario failed they resort to propagate scenario of the Ammonium Nitrate.”

“All what was said about Hezbollah in this regard is baseless, politicized and dealt with double standards.”

His eminence addressed the families of the blast victims by urging them to go to Judge Tarek Bitar and asking him to announce the result of the technical probe which is over now.

Sayyed Nasrallah here slammed the investigation into Beirut Port blast as politicized, accusing the Lebanese judiciary of dealing with double standards with the issue.

Khalde Ambush and Ashura Commemoration

Commenting in the attack on funeral of Ali Shebli last Sunday, Sayyed Nasrallah said the shooting was neither an incident, nor a clash.

“It was a deliberate ambush by criminal gangs. It was a massacre in which 3 people were martyred and 16 others were wounded. We were patient out of power and wisdom rather than out of weakness and fear.”

“The Resistance supporters dealt responsibly with the issue. All perpetrators of Khalde ambush must be held accountable, and the issue of blocking Beirut-south highway must be settled.”

On the governmental issue, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Hezbollah awaits the results of talks between President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Najib Mikati.

He added that Hezbollah has been closely monitoring the livelihood conditions and the feul shortage in the country, noting that the Resistance part will exert efforts to meet the Lebanese people demands.

Touching upon Ashura commemoration this year, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed on importance of abiding by COVID-19 health protocols, warning that Ashura ceremonies could be cancelled if the people don’t commit to health measures.

Hi eminence concluded his speech by reassuring Lebanese people that the ordeal which Lebanon has been passing through won’t last long.

“The path of the Axis of Resistance is a path of victory.”

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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البنزين والمازوت والأدوية في الطريق

 الجمعة 6 آب 2021

مع الكلام المنسوب للأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله في سياق التحضير لخطب مناسبة عاشوراء وما تضمّنه عن عزم على جلب المازوت والبنزين والدواء من إيران الى لبنان يعكس حقيقتين، الأولى انّ الآمال بسرعة ولادة حكومة جديدة تتراجع، بعدما ربط حزب الله بلسان السيد نصرالله إجراءات الحزب العملية باليأس من تحمّل الدولة لمسؤولياتها، وبوابة هذه المسؤوليات هي الحكومة، والثانية انّ بين جميع القوى اللبنانية التي تستثمر سياسياً في الأزمة بتعبئة طائفية بحسابات انتخابية دون ان تقدّم لا رؤية للحلول ولا أن تلتزم بخطوات عملية تخفف من وطأة الأزمات، يخرج الفصيل الرئيسي في حركات المقاومة الذي يمثله حزب الله، ليثبت انّ خيار المقاومة ليس طريقاً لمواجهة العدوان والدفاع عن الاستقلال، بل هو أيضاً الخيار الأكثر جدية في الالتفات لهموم الناس والسعي لمواجهتها.

خلال سنوات ماضية عرفت المقاومة مرحلة أولى كانت تنأى فيها خلالها عن مقاربة الملفات السياسية، ومسألة إدارة الحكم والسياسات، وترمي ثقلها لحصرية موقعها في مواجهة خطر الاحتلال والعدوان، وبقيت على هذه الحال حتى حرب تموز 2006، ولو لم تفعل ذلك لما تحقق التحرير عام 2000 ولا النصر في 2006، لكن المقاومة منذ ذلك التاريخ وهي جزء عضوي في المشهد السياسي اللبناني، خصوصا بعد خروج القوات السورية من لبنان، وقد شكلت منذ ذلك التاريخ محوراً مركزياً لتحالفات عابرة للطوائف نجحت في إجهاض المشاريع السياسية التي دبّرت لنقل لبنان بقعل الفراغ الناجم عن عودة القوات السورية الى بلادها بداية، والحرب التي استنزفت سورية لاحقاً، وبينهما المناخات الناجمة عن اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري، والتي تمّ توظيفها لفرض المشروع الغربي الخليجي على لبنان، ويخطئ من يقيس الأمور بقياس السؤال هل نجحت المقاومة ببناء النظام الجديد أم لا، بينما السؤال هو هل نجحت المقاومة بصد المشروع الغربي الخليجي لبناء سلطة تابعة في لبنان أم لا؟

بنتيجة الفشل الغربي الخليجي، وصمود المقاومة وتحالفاتها، وتهيّب خصومها المحليين تلبية الطلبات الانتحارية للغرب والخليج، قرّر الغرب والخليج قلب الطاولة على رؤوس اللبنانيين جميعاً حلفاء وخصوم، أملا بالنيل من المقاومة، ومن لبنان، وشكل الحصار المالي وحرمان اللبنانيين من أبسط مقومات العيش الطريق لتأليب اللبنانيين على مقاومتهم، والمرحلة التي تستعدّ المقاومة لدخولها هي التصدي لمهمة عنوانها إحباط حرب التجويع، وفي هذه اللحظة المفصلية على الغرب والخليج الاختيار بين مواصلة الضغط وفتح الباب لتحوّلات ستقودها المقاومة نحو تغييرات هيكلية اقتصادياً، تضع الغرب والخليج خارج لبنان سياسياً، وتوفير مقومات صمود اقتصادي واجتماعي، او التراجع عن الحصار منعاً لوقوع لبنان في حضن الخيار المقاوم بدلاً من وقوعه على رأسها كما كان مدبّراً.

هذه نقطة بداية المسار الجديد لكنها ليست كلّ المسار فقضية التغيير السياسي والاقتصادي تبدأ بتحويل تحدي الحصار الى فرصة لتعديل التوزان الشعبي حول الخيارات.

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.

أزمة لبنان.. من هم أعداء الوطن والشّعب؟

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31 تموز 2021

المصدر: الميادين نت

حسني محلي

هذا هو سرّ كلّ الأحداث التي يعيشها لبنان الآن وسابقاً، ولنقل اعتباراً من قرار مجلس الأمن الدولي رقم 1559 بتاريخ 2 أيلول/سبتمبر 2004.

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يريد الجميع أن ينتقموا من هذا البلد وشعبه، لأنه رفض الاستسلام للأعداء والعملاء والمتآمرين.

من دون العودة إلى تاريخ لبنان القديم والحديث، وخصوصاً بعد أحداث ما بعد الاستقلال، يكفي التذكير بما عاشه هذا البلد اعتباراً من الحرب الأهلية التي يعرف الجميع كيف بدأت ولماذا وكيف انتهت، ويعرف الجميع أيضاً أطماع الصهاينة، حتى قبل “قيام الدولة العبرية”، بلبنان أرضاً وبحراً ومياهاً، وهو ما يفسّر كلّ التدخلات الإسرائيلية اللاحقة بأشكالها المختلفة، كما يفسّر تآمر الأنظمة العربية والدولية المتحالفة مع “تل أبيب” ضد هذا البلد الذي كان، وما زال، محط أنظار الجميع، بسبب مقاومته الاحتلال وبسبب الخيانة بكلّ أشكالها الداخلية والعربية والإقليمية!

يريد الجميع أن ينتقموا من هذا البلد وشعبه، لأنه رفض الاستسلام للأعداء والعملاء والمتآمرين الَّذين لم يستطيعوا تحقيق أهدافهم، ليس في الحرب الأهلية فحسب، بل خلال الغزو والاحتلال الإسرائيلي للجنوب أيضاً، ثم في حرب تموز/ يوليو 2006، فاتّفقوا على تدمير لبنان بمن فيه، انتقاماً لصمود المقاومة، كما أقسموا على تدمير سوريا لأنها وقفت إلى جانب المقاومة ولبنان.

هذا هو سرّ كلّ الأحداث التي يعيشها لبنان الآن وسابقاً، ولنقل اعتباراً من قرار مجلس الأمن الدولي رقم 1559 بتاريخ 2 أيلول/سبتمبر 2004، إذ أكد ضرورة انتخاب رئيس جديد للبنان وحلِّ الميليشيات اللبنانية، التي كانوا يقصدون بها “حزب الله”، ونزع سلاحها، وبالتالي انسحاب القوات السورية، وهو ما وافق عليه الرئيس بشار الأسد في نيسان/أبريل 2005 بعد المؤامرة الكبرى، ألا وهي اغتيال رفيق الحريري، وما تلاها من مؤامرة أكبر، وهي الحملة التي استهدفت سوريا سياسياً وإعلامياً، من دون أن يتذكر أحد أن كل الرؤساء الأميركيين الذين التقوا الرئيس الراحل حافظ الأسد وكانوا يشترطون عليه التخلي عن دعم المقاومة والقضية الفلسطينية مقابل إعطائه كل ما يشاء عربياً ودولياً، وهو ما رفضته دمشق دائماً.

وجاءت حرب تموز لتؤكّد من جديد عزم الأعداء وإصرارهم على الانتقام من لبنان وسوريا، إذ أرادت “تل أبيب” من خلال هذه الحرب أن تنتقم لهزيمتها وانسحابها من الجنوب اللبناني، وقبل ذلك لضحايا التفجيرات التي استهدفت في تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر 1982 مقر قيادة “الجيش” الإسرائيلي في صور، ومقر “الشاباك” الإسرائيلي قرب المدينة، والتي أدت إلى مقتل 131 إسرائيلياً. 

ويفسر كل ذلك أيضاً اهتمام واشنطن وباريس معاً بما يسمى “أزمة لبنان الحالية”، وعبر التدخلات المباشرة وغير المباشرة، من خلال حلفائهما في الداخل أو في المنطقة، إذ لم تنسيا معاً ضحايا الهجمات التي تعرَّضت لها الثكنات الأميركية والفرنسية في بيروت في 23 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 1983، وأدت إلى مقتل 241 من العساكر الأميركيين و58 من الفرنسيين. 

وفي جميع الحالات، قد يرى البعض في هذه الذكريات أحداثاً طوى التاريخ صفحاته عليها، ولكن التاريخ علمنا أيضاً أن الدول الإمبريالية لا تنسى كلّ من انتصر عليها وأهانها بشكل من الأشكال، كما لا تنسى كل من خدمها ما دام مستمراً في هذه الخدمة، مهما اختلفت أشكال الخدمة المباشرة وغير المباشرة، كما هو الحال في لبنان. وقد صمد شعبه بكل فئاته أمام أعتى أنواع التآمر والخيانة داخلياً وإقليمياً ودولياً، وأثبت أنه صاحب المعجزات في الصبر والانتصار. 

ويبقى السؤال: إلى متى سيستمر تآمر المتآمرين اللبنانيين ضد شعبهم، وهم يعرفون أن أسيادهم لا يكنّون إلا مشاعر الحقد والعداء للبنان وكل شعوب المنطقة التي ترفض الاستسلام، وهو ما أثبتوه في سوريا ولبنان واليمن والعراق ودول أخرى في المنطقة؟

ليس للجميع إلا هدف واحد، هو التخلص من سلاح المقاومة وغطائها السياسي “حزب الله”؛ مصدر الذعر الحقيقي الوحيد لـ”إسرائيل”، وباعتراف قياداتها، وهي ترى دائماً في الأنظمة العربية والإقليمية ملاذها الوحيد، لأنها ساعدتها وتساعدها وستساعدها دائماً للتآمر على دول المنطقة وشعوبها برمتها.

ويفسّر ذلك كلّ التطورات الأخيرة التي يعيشها لبنان بكلّ فئات شعبه، الذي يريد له المتآمرون أن يكون ضحية خياناتهم، بعد أن أثبتوا جميعاً أنّهم لن يرحموا أحداً، أياً كانت انتماءاتهم الدينية والطائفية والقومية. وإلا، لماذا لا يريد البعض من أعداء الوطن والشعب للبنان أن يستورد المازوت والبنزين من إيران التي أعلنت استعدادها لتقديم هذه المساعدة من دون أي شروط؟ ثم لماذا هذا التأخير في الاتفاق مع العراق في هذا المجال؟

والسؤال الأهم: لماذا لا تفكر أنظمة الخليج المتآمرة في تغطية احتياجات الشعب اللبناني “الشقيق” من هذه المشتقات النفطية، ولو لمرة واحدة، بدلاً من أن تفكر في التعاون مع “إسرائيل” التي تغطي معظم احتياجاتها من هذه المشتقات من أذربيجان وكردستان العراق، وعبر الموانئ التركية؟ ومن ثم من يؤخّر التحقيق في حادث انفجار المرفأ، وبالتالي قصص الفساد الخطيرة التي طالت معظم رجال المال والسياسة، الذين يعرفهم المواطن اللبناني بالأسماء والألقاب؟ ولماذا؟ ولِمَ لا تفكر تركيا بدورها في تسخير بواخرها ذات المولدات الكهربائية المتورطة بقضايا فساد لتغطية احتياجات لبنان من الكهرباء مجاناً، وهي التي تغطي جميع احتياجات الفصائل المسلّحة في سوريا وليبيا؟

كما أنّها تقوم بما تقوم به في هذين البلدين، بعد أن أقامت قواعد عسكرية في العراق والصومال، وهي تتدخل في كل بلد عربي بشكل أو بآخر، وخصوصاً بعد ما يسمى بـ”الربيع العربي”. وكان هذا الربيع كافياً لوضع تركيا في خندق العداء لسوريا ومن معها، إذ دخلت أنقرة بعد ذلك التاريخ في حوارات وتحالفات سريعة مع كل الأطراف اللبنانيين (زارت أنقرة أكثر من مرة) المعادين لـ”حزب الله” وسوريا، على الرغم من زيارة رئيس الوزراء إردوغان الشهيرة إلى بيروت في 24 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر 2010، إذ أعلن آنذاك “استعداد بلاده للانضمام إلى المساعي السورية السعودية من أجل إنهاء الخلاف حول المحكمة الدولية”.

وقد قال “إنَّ لبنان انتصر على إسرائيل في الحرب التي شنّتها عليه في العام 2006، وسينتصر عليها في أي حرب قادمة”، من دون أن ينسى آنذاك زيارة بلدة الكواشرة في عكار، ليفتتح آباراً ارتوازية، ويدشّن مدرسة أنشأتها تركيا في هذه البلدة التي يقطنها مواطنون من أصول تركمانية، ويتكلمون اللغة التركية، والذين أطلقوا هتافات “قومية”، ورفعوا لافتات كتبوا عليها بالتركية: “أهلاً بأحفاد السلطان عبد الحميد”، الذي أصبح اسماً لفصيل تركماني مسلّح يقاتل الآن في سوريا، وهو ما كان بداية الاهتمام التركي بلبنان داخلياً، في محاولة من أنقرة لموازنة الدور الإيراني/ السوري الذي تحول بعد ما يسمى بـ”الربيع العربي” إلى مصدر قلق جدي بالنسبة إلى تركيا وأنظمة الخليج ومن معها في المنطقة وخارجها، فكان لبنان منذ هذا “الربيع” هدفاً لكل المؤامرات الخفية والعلنية بكل أطرافها الداخلية والخارجية التي لم تبالِ بمقتل مئات الآلاف من أبناء العراق وسوريا واليمن، والتي شرَّدت الملايين منهم.

كما أنَّها لا تبالي بما يعانيه الشعب اللبناني، ولن تفعل، لأنها السبب في هذه المعاناة بكل أشكالها، وستكون معالجتها سهلة جداً عندما يرى المتواطئون أنّ لبنان للجميع، وهو أغلى بكثير من حفنة دولاراتهم، كما كان دائماً منذ زمن الكنعانيين، الذين عاشوا في لبنان وسوريا وفلسطين قبل زمن طويل جداً من اليهود ودويلاتهم، كما كانوا فيها قبل قرون عديدة من اكتشاف كولومبوس لأميركا وخرائط “سايكس بيكو”!

بين أسباب ذعر الغرب من انتصار المقاومة في تموز… وأهداف حربه الاقتصاديّة ضدّ لبنان

July 26, 2021

حسن حردان

 في مثل هذه الأيام سطّر رجال المقاومة البطولات في ميادين مواجهة قوات الاحتلال الغازية خلال عدوانها على لبنان في تموز من عام 2006  وحطّموا خلالها جبروت جيش الاحتلال الصهيونيّ وأذلوا ضباطه وجنوده ولقنوهم دروساً في القتال وجهاً لوجه في بنت جبيل ومارون الراس وعيتا الشعب وعيترون وسهل الخيام ووادي الحجير والغندوريّة إلخ… وقد تجسّد ذلك في حالة الانهيار في معنويات جنود النخبة الصهاينة الذين وجدوا أنفسهم أمام قتال حقيقي أصبحوا فيه شخوصاً يصطادهم رجال المقاومة في الليل والنهار، فيما دبابات الميركافا التي كان يحتمي فيها جنود العدو تحوّلت إلى توابيت لهم بعد أن أحرقها المقاومون بصواريخ الكورنيت…

بفضل هذه البطولات التي جسّدها المقاومون كان يُصنع النصر في كل ساحات المواجهة في البر والبحر وفي تحويل مدن ومستعمرات الكيان في فلسطين المحتلة إلى ساحة حرب افتقد فيها الصهاينة الأمن والأمان، مما هزّ وخلخل مرتكزات وجود كيانهم الغاصب، وقلب المعادلة رأسا على عقب، فبدل أن تُسحَق المقاومة وتحطّم قوتها وتنهار شعبيتها ويقوّض نموذجها الناجح في إلحاق الهزيمة بجيش الاحتلال، وتحرير الأرض من دنسه بلا قيد ولا شرط، وجدنا انّ المقاومة هي مَن سحق ودمّر جيش العدو الذي حاول دون جدوى أن يمحو آثار ونتائج وتداعيات هزيمته عام 2000… فإذا به يُمنى بهزيمة أشدّ وأقسى…

لقد أدّت هذه الهزيمة الجديدة لجيش العدو الصهيونيّ إلى نتيجتين:

النتيجة الأولى، ازدياد شعبية المقاومة التي أثبتت مجدّداً أنها قادرة على تحقيق آمال وتطلعات جماهير الأمة العربيّة، حيث أخفقت الجيوش العربيّة، وذلك بتأكيدها أنها قادرة على إلحاق الهزيمة تلو الهزيمة بجيش العدو وتحطيم أسطورته، واستعادة الحقوق المغتَصبة.. ولهذا نجحت المقاومة الشعبيّة المسلّحة في إدخال كيان العدو في مسار الهزيمة والتراجع والعجز عن تحقيق النصر في مواجهة المقاومين.. وبالتالي فإنّ هذا الكيان كما حقق النصر على العرب تلو النصر واحتلّ الأرض قطعة إثر قطعة، فإنّ المقاومة ستلحق به الهزيمة تلو الهزيمة وصولاً إلى إنهاء وجوده غير الشرعيّ على أرض فلسطين المحتلة…

النتيجة الثانية، قرع جرس الإنذار في العواصم الغربية الاستعمارية، التي خيّم عليها الذعر وأدركت انّ الكيان، الذي زرعته في فلسطين المحتلة ودعمته وزوّدته بكلّ عناصر القوة لحراسة مصالحها الاستعمارية ومنع توحّد الأمة العربية، وضرب حركات التحرّر وتقويض الأنظمة التقدمية، أدركت انّ هذا الكيان بات عاجزاً عن الاستمرار في تحقيق هذه المهمة، ويحتاج إلى مَن يحميه، لا بل انّ وجوده أصبح بخطر حقيقي، ولهذا فإنّ درء هذا الخطر والحفاظ على وجود واستقرار هذا الكيان أصبح مرتبطاً بتقويض المقاومة التي تجرّأت على إلحاق الهزيمة به، خاصة أنّ استمرار هذه المقاومة وتزايد قوّتها لم يعُد يهدّد فقط وجود الكيان الصهيوني، وإنما بات يهدّد أيضاً النفوذ الاستعماريّ الغربيّ في الوطن العربي، وبالتالي تحرير ثروات الأمة من نهب الشركات الغربية…

انطلاقاً مما تقدّم، يمكن تفسير لماذا كلّ هذه الحروب الإرهابية والاقتصادية التي تستهدف هذه المقاومة والدول الداعمة لها، لا سيما سورية وإيران… ولماذا شدّدت واشنطن وحلفاؤها في الغرب، الحرب الاقتصادية على لبنان، وعمدت إلى دعم أحزاب ومجموعات من الـ NGOZ، وأغدقت عليها الأموال الطائلة باعتراف المسؤول في الخارجية الأميركية ديفيد هيل الذي قال إن واشنطن أنفقت 10 مليارات دولار في لبنان ضمن استراتيجية مواجهة حزب الله..

ولهذا فإنّ ما يعاني منه لبنان واللبنانيون هذه الأيام من أزمات مالية واقتصادية واجتماعية خانقة إنما يعود في جزء أساسي إلى هذه الاستراتيجية الأميركية، القائمة على إثارة الاضطرابات في لبنان ودعم قوى سياسية وأهلية، بالتزامن مع تشديد الحصار الاقتصادي ومنع الحلول المتاحة لهذه الأزمات، وذلك بهدف تحميل حزب الله المقاوم وحلفائه المسؤولية عن الأزمات ومحاولة تأليب اللبنانيين ضدّهم في سياق خطة لإخضاع لبنان للشروط الأميركية، مقابل رفع الحصار الاقتصادي…

لكن المقاومة التي عرفت كيف تلحق الهزيمة بقوى الإرهاب في الجرود اللبنانية وتنجز التحرير الثاني، وتسهم إلى جانب حلف المقاومة في إلحاق الهزائم بجيوش الإرهاب الأميركية الصهيونية الغربية في سورية، والعراق، قادرة على إحباط أهداف الحرب الاقتصادية الأميركية الجديدة.. وهو ما كان قد وعد به قائد المقاومة سماحة السيد حسن نصرالله، في بداية تفجّر الاحتجاجات الشعبية في 17 تشرين 2019، عندما قال، لن نركع ولن نجوع وسوف نقتلك، مخاطباً الأميركيّ بطريقة غير مباشرة…

ولهذا بعد نحو سنة وثمانية أشهر، نجد اليوم أن العواصم الغربية تعبّر عن قلقها من أن يؤدي اندفاع الأوضاع في لبنان إلى الانهيار الشامل وتحلل الدولة اللبنانية نتيجة الحصار الاقتصادي الخانق الذي تفرضه على لبنان، الى هجرة اللبنانيين والنازحين السوريين نحو الدول الأوروبية، وتعزيز موقف حزب الله وتمكينه من القيام بدور الدولة في حلّ أزمات اللبنانيين من خلال تأمين الدعم من إيران وسورية والعراق إلخ… وتحقيق التكامل الاقتصاديّ المشرقيّ… مما يشكل ضربة قاصمة للنفوذ الأميركي الغربي في لبنان.. لهذا بدأت العواصم الغربية تتحدّث عن ضرورة تقديم المساعدات للبنان لمنع انهيار الدولة، لدرء النتائج السلبيّة على نفوذها في لبنان، وتجنّب هجرة جماعيّة باتجاه الدول الأوروبيّة.. وفي كلتا الحالتين يمكن القول إنّ خطة إحداث الانقلاب السياسي في لبنان بوساطة الحصار الاقتصادي واستغلال أزمات اللبنانيين الناتجة عن الحصار، لتطويق المقاومة ونزع سلاحها وفرض اتفاق لتحديد الحدود البحريّة يخدم الأطماع الصهيونية، انّ هذه الخطة الانقلابية أخفقت، ولهذا لجأت العواصم الغربية إلى استبدالها بنسخة أخرى تقضي بالعمل على محاولة تحقيق هذا الانقلاب في الانتخابات النيابية المقبلة عبر استغلال الأزمات وانفجار المرفأ وتقديم الدعم المالي للقوى والمجموعات التابعة للغرب، للفوز بأغلبية المقاعد في البرلمان بما يمكنها من إعادة إنتاج السلطة والسيطرة على مفاصل القرار التشريعيّ والتنفيذيّ للعمل على تنفيذ الأهداف الأميركية الغربية المذكورة آنفاً…

لهذا على اللبنانيين أن يدركوا جيداً مَن يقف وراء أزماتهم ومعاناتهم، وأن يعوا انّ مقاومتهم كانت ولا تزال وستبقى هي درعهم الواقي وضمانة أمنهم واستقرارهم، وحمايتهم من العدوانية والأطماع الصهيونية، وطريق خلاصهم من براثن الهيمنة الاستعمارية الغربية التي تسعى الى إخضاع لبنان وإعادته إلى زمن قوّته في ضعفه، حيث كان مستباحاً من قبل العدو الصهيونيّ…

July War Diary: Hezbollah Fighters Turn Lebanese Towns into Graveyard for Israeli Invaders

 July 21, 2021

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Hezbollah fighters standing beside a rocket launcher (photo from archive).

In the tenth day of July War in 2006, the Israeli enemy went crazy with its air strikes and bombardment of Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the Resistance fighters’ heroic confrontations with the occupation soldiers in the southern border towns made it clear to the invaders that “this land is forbidden to you”.

The Israeli warplanes in that day (Friday, July 21, 2006) launched more than seventeen air strikes on Baalbeck city, killing or injuring dozens of Lebanese civilians. The strikes also destroyed Mudeirej Bridge which links Beirut to Bekaa.

More than 100 strikes were also launched on the southern city of Tyre, with Israeli warplanes dropping leaflets there, calling on residents to evacuate the area.

The Israeli air strikes, meanwhile, targeted several schools that hosted displaced Lebanese in Bint Jbeil (south Lebanon) and in Baalbeck (Bekaa).

Strikes on the southern city of Nabatieh and Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh) also did not stop, with more residential areas were targeted.

Israeli artillery also fired internationally-banned cluster bombs at several Lebanese towns in the south, including Maroun Al-Ras, Khiyam, Aitaroun, Qulaiaat, Ebl Sukei and Houla.

For its part, Hezbollah kept the rocket fire at occupied territories, with missiles pounding Israeli cities of Safad, Haifa, Nahariya and Taberias, as well as settlements of Upper Galilee, Lower Galilee and Kiryat Shmona.

A Raad-2 rocket hit the Israeli city of Haifa, killing or injuring 30 Israelis.

Also on Thursday (July 21, 2006), the Israeli soldiers repeated attempts to make a ground incursion in the southern border towns. Israeli media reported that at least 300 and 500 Israeli soldiers backed by 30 tanks were already believed to be over the border. However, Resistance fighters were closely monitoring the invaders. Hezbollah fighters who were positioned in the border town of Maroun Al-Ras repelled the Israeli infiltration. Several Israeli soldiers were killed and at least three Merkava tanks were destroyed, with the occupation military acknowledging that 7 soldiers were killed. The Israeli army usually minimizes its military losses.

On the political level, it was clear that the United States was opposing a cessation of hostilities, in a bid to make more pressure on Hezbollah. Then US Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice made her well-known stance, describing the war on Lebanon as a part of the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”.

Then US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, also defended the Israeli war, wondering about the futility of “holding talks on ceasefire with a terrorist organization”.

For his part, then Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said that the Israeli war on Lebanon was planned before the Resistance operation in which it captured Israeli soldiers, noting that the Zionist regime took Hezbollah’s border operation a pretext to launch its military campaign against Lebanon.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech in the “Renewing Media Discourse and Managing Confrontation” Conference

July 23, 2021

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Translated by Staff

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivered a speech at the opening session of the Renewing Media Discourse and Managing Confrontation Conference on July 5th, 2021

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan. In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon our Master and Prophet, the Seal of Prophets, Abi al-Qassem Muhammad Bin Abdullah and his good and pure household and his good and chosen companions and all the prophets and messengers.

Peace, mercy, and Allah’s blessings be upon you all. Welcome to you all.

To begin with, I would like to welcome everyone attending this honorable and blessed conference. God willing, we will benefit from the dialogs, discussions, and outcomes of this conference to be used in our media battle, which is an essential and the main part of the great battle – the battle of the comprehensive confrontation. I would also like to thank the organizers of this conference, who made an effort to complete it today, and thanks to all the participants.

My speech will focus on the conference. But at the end of the speech, I will leave a small window, to discuss the political situation. Nevertheless, the bulk of the time will be dedicated to this conference.

First: The importance of the media and media discourse in this confrontation is very clear, and we do not need to talk to the media professionals, and the leaders of the media front in the resistance about this matter.

Second: The necessity and importance of developing and renewing the media discourse in this confrontation is also clear, precisely now and in principle. This is the circle of life; everything must develop and progress. There should be no stagnation. Since the conflict’s capabilities and methods of confrontation in its other forms developed so did the military, security, and political confrontations. It is natural that the media confrontation also develops. Firstly, because it is an integral part of the battle. And secondly, to keep pace with the developments in other arenas.
Another factor requiring this renewal in discourse is the steadfastness of the axis of resistance for ten years and its victory in more than one arena and field. When we say: the steadfastness of the axis of resistance within countries, governments, movements, parties, and peoples, people may see it as simple or small. But a huge number of martyrs, wounded, tears, blood, and pain were given and dangers, challenges, difficulties, obsessions, and battles of existence were fought.

Another reason is the resounding victory of the Palestinian resistance in the Al-Quds Sword battle and the new equations it imposed, in addition to the existing challenges as the battle continues. The battle is not over yet. Rather, it is on the rise and facing new dangers, new challenges, new hopes, and new equations.

Third: The media discourse that we want to renew and develop is in the face of whom? Here, we are not talking about internal problems of internal, local, or national nature. We are talking about a confrontation with the “Israeli” occupation and the American hegemony, with the Zionist project and the American project in the region, the “Israeli” occupation of Palestine, all of Palestine – Gaza is outside the circle of occupation – the occupied Syrian Golan, the Shebaa Farms, the Kafr Shuba Hills, and the Lebanese part of the town of Ghajar, the “Israeli” occupation as well as the American hegemony. 

In this confrontation, dismantling is not correct. The American hegemony is the basis and the most dangerous because this hegemony is, first and foremost, a problem for our countries and people. It is based stealing the decision-making process, plundering goods, imposing regimes, and preventing our people from deciding their fate in any field. This American hegemony is the one that is protecting “Israel.” Palestine cannot be liberated without confronting the American hegemony in our region because it has transformed the regimes and armies into dead structures – there is no movement, no will, and no action. This hegemony provides support and all the survival elements of this usurper entity.

Can you imagine, brothers and sisters, that after only 11 or 12 days of the Al-Quds Sword battle, voices in the Zionist entity began to rise and appeal to the United States of America to support it with what the Iron Dome needs in terms of missiles to confront the missiles of the resistance? After 12 days only! This entity is basically dependent on its existence, survival, continuity, arrogance, and superiority. It depends on American hegemony and support. Therefore, we cannot dismantle or isolate during our speeches and confrontation. Every massacre committed by the “Israeli” army is an American and an “Israeli” massacre as it is. Every “Israeli” aggression is an American as well as an “Israeli” aggression.

So here we are talking about a confrontation with the “Israeli” occupation and the Zionist project with its ambitions, threats, and challenges to all countries and people in the region. We are also facing an American hegemony, which sometimes turns into a direct occupation as in Afghanistan that extended for nearly twenty years. And it is now over, with a humiliating, weak, and failed withdrawal. The US was unable to achieve anything. [The US occupation] turned into a direct occupation in Iraq. The American forces now in Iraq are occupying forces. They claim that they came at the request of the Iraqi government, but they are behaving as occupation forces, with their hegemony over Iraq’s skies, attacks against the Iraqi people, and in its recent aggression against the Popular Mobilization Forces at the Iraqi-Syrian border. These are the practices of occupying forces and not friendly or supportive forces. They also occupied east of the Euphrates in Syria. Hence, we are facing a hegemony that sometimes turns into an occupation, as well as other areas, as it is now said about the presence of US forces in southern Yemen. The speech, then, aims to confront the Zionist project, the American project, the “Israeli” occupation, and the American hegemony.

4- The media rhetoric in the axis of resistance was and still is based on main elements of power, and when we want to develop this discourse or renew it, we must renew and develop it based on these main elements of power, which the other media, the hostile media, lacks most of them. 

First: Relying on righteousness. The media of the resistance and the resistance axis as well as the media discourse here express righteousness, the right to Palestine, the right of the people of Palestine to their land from the sea to the river, Syria’s right to the Golan, and Lebanon’s right to the rest of its occupied territories. I always used to say that one of the features of the Palestinian cause is that today if we go around the world, we will find that the most important and clearest cause when it comes to righteousness, the legal right, the religious right, the humanitarian right, the moral right is the Palestinian cause. We find that the standards of righteousness that we use as a reference is the clearest in the Palestinian cause and in this conflict.

Hence, we rely on righteousness in our discourse and in our position. You stand for righteousness, while the other media outlets express falsehood by all standards – legal, religious, moral, and humanitarian standards. It is the right for our people to decide their fate away from American hegemony. America and the West must not impose on these people regimes and options. It is the right for our people to benefit from their wealth, while America and international actors loot these goods. So, first we rely on righteousness.

Second: We also rely on strength, and this is one of the developments in the struggle with the enemy today. The resistance’s media does not recite poems of lament and reminisce, but rather it recites poems of glory from victories and changing the equations. This is the truth.

Hence, today we also rely on the element of strength. When we talk about the resistance and its discourse, we are talking about achievements and victories, especially in the last two decades, in the past 20 years – the liberation of the south in 2000, the victory in 2006, the liberation of the Gaza Strip, the victories and steadfastness of Gaza in the face of several “Israeli” wars, and finally the last battle of Al-Quds Sword against the Zionists. There are also the achievements and victories of the axis of resistance against the global war and the biggest strife in our region, the rules of engagement imposed by the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, on the “Israeli” enemy as well as the Americans in Iraq and elsewhere.

The resistance imposed rules of engagement and balance of deterrence in more than one arena and area. The enemy’s army was considered the strongest and an invincible army that assaults, bombs, kills, and commits massacres without taking anyone into account. The resistance imposed new equations in protecting Al-Quds. The project I am talking about is liberating Palestine, and I will return to this point later. Therefore, reliance on strength and from a position of strength, and the media’s contribution in creating victory.

Third: Relying on external facts and realities. This is one of the strengths of the resistance’s media and media discourse. It relies on external facts and realities at the political, cultural, and emotional levels of the nation, its people, the resistance, and the resistance’s environments, and the enemy.

Knowing the enemy is one of the most important features of the discourse of the axis of resistance during the past 20 years. It was not gibberish discourse. I will use the expression scientific discourse, an objective discourse, a discourse based on numbers, facts, realities, studies, and research. Knowing the enemy’s points of strength and weakness, acknowledging them, confronting them, absorbing them, overcoming them, and weakening them. We should also know the enemy’s weaknesses to create victories.

The most important matter in the media discourse for 40 years, since 1982 when the resistance began in Lebanon; then, it escalated in Lebanon and Palestine, even though the Palestinian resistance came before. But now we are talking about our experience. The most important thing in this stage and in our psychological warfare is that it was based on facts, not illusions, fantasies, inventions, dreams, or lies. Of course, we must continue in this manner.

Fourth: Based on the third point, we come to the fourth point. One of the most important elements of strength in the media and the resistance axis is honesty. Honesty, which led to credibility, and credibility does not come for free. Credibility is not created by money, by the abundance of media outlets, or by the increasing expertise of media outlets.

True credibility is made by honesty – honesty in several areas:

1- Honesty in conveying the news of what the resistance is saying to the people and what the resistance’s media and its discourse are saying to the people. Honesty in conveying facts must continue regardless of the difficulties and challenges because this honesty accumulated and led to real credibility. Today, the enemy, its leaders, and settlers – because there is no people. There are occupying settlers, occupation army, and occupied people. There are no real civilians. These people today trust and believe the resistance’s media more than they believe their own leaders and media. How did we reach this conclusion? It is as a result of honesty, the long experience, and the facts that appeared before their eyes. Hence, honesty in conveying news.

2- Honesty in the promise. During all these decades, the resistance did not make promises that are far from reality and far from being achieved. When the resistance in Lebanon was founded – with all its parties and factions whose roles we appreciate – it promised liberation. It fulfilled its promise on May 25, 2000, and before that in 1985. When the resistance promised that we are a people who do not leave our prisoners in prisons, it waged wars for their release. The Palestinian resistance also entered into serious confrontations and challenges until it was able to release large numbers of prisoners, and the Palestinian prisoners are still at the top of the Palestinian resistance’s priorities. The resistance in Gaza promised to defend Al-Quds and start a battle with the enemy if it threatened the Maqdisis, the holy city, and the sanctities. Many in the nation were waiting [for this promise]. Some considered it a worthless threat. Hence, the resistance in Gaza began its battle starting with the defense of Al-Quds to create a new equation. Therefore, honesty in fulfilling a promise is also an element of strength. 

There is also honesty in the hopes you give.     The resistance does not promise dreams as a way of deception or false hopes. Today, when the resistance promises something, sets goals, or talks about equations of protection, it accomplishes the equations, as it did in Lebanon by establishing the rules of engagement and the balance of deterrence. The brothers in Palestine are now trying to do so too.

When we talk today in the axis of resistance about the liberation of Palestine – allow me to be very clear, and this disturbs many in the world – about the removal of this usurping entity that occupies, the cancerous gland, and the main enemy from existence, we are not talking about dreams, fantasies, or false hopes. And when we say that Al-Quds today is closer, yes, it is closer. The Al-Quds Sword battle brought Al-Quds closer, closer than ever before.

So, we’re talking about real hopes. We’re not exaggerating. This is one of the most important elements of the resistance’s strength: not exaggerating, not exaggerating in conveying the facts, being accurate, not exaggerating in portraying events, not exaggerating in describing achievements and victories, not exaggerating the goals achieved or the ones we seek to achieve, and not exaggerating hopes and distant goals.

Fifth: The popular base – on which the resistance media and the resistance discourse are based – is the broad popular base in our Arab and Islamic world and in the world as well. Among the characteristics of this base is that it is religiously diverse – Muslims, Christians, and even Jews who reject Zionism and have a real presence – intellectually, culturally, ideologically, nationally, and ethnically diverse. It extends throughout the region and in the world and is united by Al-Quds, its sanctities, and the grievances of the Palestinian people. It is the most important common denominator upon which followers of religions and ideas can agree because they agree on truth, justice, and confronting injustice. This broad base receives the discourse, accepts it from you, and interacts with it on more than one level.

Interaction can happen through the media or the people. It may be by being present in the field, by expressing a position in the media or on social media, by financial support, by going to the border with occupied Palestine, by participating in the battle fronts, by the willingness to sacrifice all that is precious and valuable, or by martyrdom.

There are people whose houses were destroyed, and yet they stand patiently over the wreckage, expressing their determination to continue resisting.

There are those whose family members are killed, as we have recently seen in Gaza and see every day in Al-Quds and the West Bank in Palestine as well as in the occupied Palestinian territories in 1948. There are similar scenes in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and many places. Therefore, this base exists. It needs your discourse, the facts that you report, as well as your interaction because the word that comes from the heart enters the heart. In many events, battles, and wars, when we used to see, for example, the commentator, the analyst, or the broadcaster emotionally interacting and shedding tears, the fighters on the battlefronts cried.

So, this level of interaction exists. When media outlets are launched, they search and want to establish an audience for themselves. I always used to say that when the resistance’s media was launched, it was based on an existing audience base. But the media must address the audience, preserve it, develop its culture and awareness, strengthen its will, respect its emotions and feelings, and increase its strength, momentum, and determination. It is also the responsibility of the media here to address the others who are still neutral, expanding this base. It should also address the others who lined up behind the enemy, championing it, normalizing with it, or conspiring against the resistance. This is a hard and difficult task, but it is possible. No one must despair, not those who are neutral or those who stood with the enemy.  

The historical facts in many wars show us – there is not enough time to mention examples – how true, honest, and logical discourse bring or push large numbers of people from the enemy’s front to join the front of the friend. This transformation was caused by logical and scientific discourse, truthful and persuasive discourse. This also falls under the domain of strength that bears responsibility.

Sixth: The great human and material capabilities that the axis of resistance enjoys these days. This, of course, has no precedent. It is as they say: It is what it is. If we compare between the resistance’s media in the past and now, there is a very big development – compared to the capabilities of the enemy is another research. There is no proportionality in quantity. Yes, there is a balance. The axis of resistance can sometimes dominate in its influence because it is based on elements of real strength. These capabilities include the television, radio, magazines, newspapers, social networking sites, popular platforms, various popular discourse platforms, and all other means. This, of course, today is one of the important points of strength of the resistance axis and in the battle of the resistance. These means were able, during all wars, to participate in creating victory.

Allow me to say that it did not only report or cover news of the victory, but it also participated in creating victory in every sense of the word. There is no exaggeration in it at all. In the latest battle, the Al-Quds Sword, the unbeatable enemy supported by the first superpower in the world, after days of military failure in the face of the besieged resistance and the besieged people in Gaza, what was it looking for? It was looking for an image of victory, an image of victory, and not for a real achievement of victory. As for the resistance front, there were real achievements of victory and real images of victory, and the media of the resistance participated in creating this victory. During all the previous stages, I believe that the media participated in creating victory, preserving it, and showing it. Without the media, victory would have been lost. This is one of the challenges that I will return to talk about shortly. This is possible thanks to the elements of strength as well as the human and material capabilities available to the resistance today, in addition to your blessed presence – there are distinguished human minds, experiences, and capabilities; there are creative people. This is a fact and not a compliment. We say this knowing that there is no proportionality between the material and financial capabilities available to the resistance media and the other camp’s media. We must be objective since we are examining. 

Unfortunately, we sometimes rush to focus on the elements of weakness, on the negatives, on the gaps, on the mistakes, and this is not objective. Objectivity in any evaluation assumes that we talk about achievements and failures, and not only about failures. We must talk about elements of strength and elements of weakness. We must talk about everything. Hence, we confirm, strengthen, and develop our strengths and achievements, address the weaknesses, and fill in our shortcomings and gaps.

Putting ourselves down as we always do is wrong. In the military field, there have always been gaps and mistakes, but they usually do not appear. What appears is the achievement, which is the field victory. The same applies to the security field where everything is even more concealed. When a failure occurs, only those concerned know about it. In the media, however, since it is clear and is public, yes, the failures, gaps, and errors appear and are highlighted. I tell you that the achievements of the resistance’s media are great and very important during the past decades. We must build on them. Focusing on the weaknesses only and beating down oneself does not lead to an objective evaluation nor does it open up prospects for development and renewal. Rather, it leads us to frustration, despair, and weakness. We can’t do anything; we’re weak and powerless – if we always think like this in the fields of media, the military, politics, and economy, we are choosing death, demise, and loss for ourselves. This should not happen at all. The first and most important sign of the influence of these media outlets is the position of the enemy front. Why are they taking down channels from satellites? If these channels have no effect, let them be.

There are hundreds of satellite channels, maybe thousands of satellite channels, I don’t know. Here, there is a hundred on the cable, at the very least. There is a thousand or more elsewhere. There are many satellite channels in the world. Let them forget and ignore these satellite channels the way they do with the rest of the channels in the world. But they take certain satellite channels, I will not name any so as not to leave some of the channels out, in more than one Arab and Islamic country and take them down. Today, the rest of the satellite channels live under the threat of being taken down from the satellites. The same goes for radio stations. Newspapers are prohibited from entering, even if we are now in the age of the Internet, because the issue is difficult. The same goes for the websites of some media outlets. A few days ago, the Americans shut down more than 33 websites. If these had no influence and were ineffective, why would the enemy bother taking them down?

This is evidence of influence, that it has a positive effect on the nation and is a source of disturbance to the enemy, regardless of the degree of disturbance. I’m getting close to the last part. We need to strengthen these means. They should complement each other. There should be positive not negative competition between them. We need to benefit from each other’s experiences in the media field the way we are doing it in the military field. One of the most important strengths in the armed resistance today is that there is an exchange of experience and expertise. There is no dismantled military front, but rather there is a continuous, cooperating, and integrated military front that will expand in terms of integration, God willing, in the future. The same goes for media.

What we need today which also requires your guidance and your expertise is to make the most of the great potential available via social media platforms and whatever reasons the enemy has in opening this door to the world. This is because we can turn threats into an opportunity. I looked over some statistics that asked why the world interacted more with the Al-Quds Sword battle than any other battle. Some studies credited the effectiveness of social media platforms for this. You can ban satellite channels, radio stations, and newspapers and bring them down. But you can’t do that with social media since it reaches the whole world today. It was able to transmit images and sounds of the battle in a way that wasn’t possible during past confrontations, injustices, and massacres in occupied Palestine.

This is a very great opportunity in which every human being, every individual, not only the elites, thinkers, analysts, intellectuals, and the media, but every individual in this axis and in this nation can become a creator and address the whole world and convey images, facts, and positions. Brothers and sisters, today we are waging the battle of revealing righteousness, reviving the people, and resurrecting sincere hopes. On the other hand, in the media, we are waging a battle against misinformation, distortion, fake news, and deception. This is a harsh battle.

This needs a plan on its own. This is in the defensive field, and all we talked about is included in the attack plan. Yes, today there are a lot of capabilities invested in this, especially in Lebanon, the Arab world, and the Islamic world. These people cannot defend the enemy. They cannot talk about the right of the enemy because it is false; they cannot talk about the humanity of the enemy, even if some Gulf media outlets tried to do so during the past year. However, the Al-Quds Sword battle erased these lies. Thus, they cannot defend the enemy, its behavior, brutality, crimes, falsehood, massacres, ugly face, past, or its present. And they cannot convince the nation that this enemy has no ambitions in the future. Hence, they turn their weapons toward the resistance in order to distort its image, distort its truth, falsify its positions. But the central focus is distortion, distortion in every sense of the word. So, today we see when we keep up with other hostile media outlets, I am not saying the opposite [media outlets], but hostile, that they are waging a media war day and night. Many human cadres and billions of dollars are provided for them, by their own admission. What for? For the purpose of distortion.

But in general, the focus is first on the Palestinian cause – intellectually, culturally, and religiously. We have been hearing lately – here it also needs a cultural and religious effort –  from some Gulf media outlets, especially religious theorizations that yes, Palestine is a right of the Jews, it is the right of the “Israelites” – Allah Almighty says they believe in part of the Scripture and disbelieve in part.

Focusing on the ability of the enemy – this enemy cannot do anything, so we have to accept the wreckage – and the inability of the nation. But the most dangerous is the focus on distorting the image of the resistance. Today, for example, the resistance fighters in Iraq are accused of being Iran’s tail by some hostile Iraqi media outlets and on social media. When you are a jihadi resistance fighter and want the sovereignty, independence, and freedom of Iraq and Iraq’s oil to belong to the Iraqi people, you are a tail. But when you are an agent of the American embassy and a servant at its gates, you are a patriot. The same applies to the resistance in all the region, in Lebanon, in Palestine – you are tails, you are agents, you are Iran’s agents, you are an Iranian community, etc.

This is all easy – communities and agents, especially in this time. Accused of being an agent has become a normal thing. But the worst is when the resistance movements are accused of being mafias, mafias that steal, drug-trafficking mafias, crime mafias, without presenting a single evidence. They work on this night and day, and some people believe it. They even hold the resistance movements responsible for the dangerous situations in their countries – the economic and living conditions in Lebanon and elsewhere – even though they have nothing to with them. In any case, they even deny the victories created by the resistance and work to deny them. This happened in Lebanon in 2006. 

But after the Al-Quds Sword battle, I was watching some Arab satellite channels. While the Palestinians were talking about their victory and how the world and the Zionists recognized their victory. These channels were focusing on the numbers of the wounded, on the job opportunities that were lost, and on the pain and suffering of the people, even though the owners of the destroyed homes and the families of the martyrs and those who lost job opportunities were expressing their belief and their pride in victory. Just like what happened in Lebanon. The enemy was unable to create an image of victory. Yet, the hostile Arab media outlets created an image of a victory for it out of the bones and limbs of children, women, martyrs, and the wounded in the Gaza Strip and in occupied Palestine. This, of course, needs to be confronted. This is a tough battle that needs to a planned and follow up. But, first, allow me to say we need self-confidence. First, we must not be shaken by this distortion. We must have great confidence in ourselves, in our brothers and sisters, in our environment, in our people, in the resistance movements. These people are not infallible. They make mistakes, but the resistance movements enjoy credibility, sincerity, a high level of willingness to sacrifice, and loyalty. But these qualities do not prevent them from having some who make mistakes and commit sins. We must work to address mistakes and sins. They exaggerate the mistakes, but in general, they are fabricating lies and fake news that have nothing to do with the resistance and the resistance movements.

Today, you are invited to study this discourse on the basis of these elements of strength and to develop and renew it on every level in line with all the developments taking place in our region, with all the capabilities available in our hands – militarily, politically, culturally, socially, financially, etc. Development should also be in accordance with the threats, challenges, and opportunities. We must work to transform threats into opportunities. We need to review our rhetoric, our discourse, our literature, the terminology, methods, means, tools, ideas based on these constants. We do not want to start from scratch, but we want to take this great amount of quantitative and qualitative achievements in the axis of resistance, including achievements in the media, as a basis. We all must benefit from the results of your discussions and dialogues, God willing.

I would like to personally ask you for your own effort to help consolidate the new regional equation that we are proposing, to make it the regional equation for the protection of the Holy City. The resistance in Gaza wanted to indicate that they will meet any threat against al-Quds. The entire region will protect Al-Quds against any threat. This talk is not for media consumption, not for scoring points. We didn’t do that in the past, and we won’t do it now. This is a serious and real project that can be used as a basis. It is now being used as a basis – even if it has not yet been translated into practice. When the Zionists are convinced, and they are convinced, that threating the Holy City as well as the Islamic and Christian sanctities in the Holy City will lead to a regional war, they will reconsider and tread carefully when taking such a step. Launching the equation can impose a deterrent rule, let alone working to stabilizing it or even translating it into reality in the near or medium future.

We are working to link the elements of strength – states, governments, movements, and people – to this equation in the axis of resistance. We stay up at nights, hold meetings, coordinate, communicate, study, make plans, and put possible and hypothetical scenarios and various plans, etc. But this also needs the creating of a new public opinion, as we are emerging from a difficult stage during the past ten years. We need a new public opinion. If we were talking about an equation that will protect a geographical area in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, or Yemen, the idea of a regional equation or a regional war might not be acceptable to many of our people. But when we talk about the Holy City and the sanctities that concern everyone – the entire nation, the governments in the nation, all the free people of the world, and all the followers of the heavenly religions – this idea must be accepted and appreciated and has fertile ground, and we must work strongly for it. This requires focused effort during the next stage.

The last part of my speech is a look into the local situation. It will be said that O Sayyed and brothers – the speech can be addressed to you and me – now you are gathered to discuss the media discourse and its renewal in the face of occupation and domination, assessment, investment, and appreciation of the victory in Palestine.  We were expecting you to talk to us about the queues at gasoline stations, absence of medicines and baby formula, and the internal problems we suffer from. I would like to comment on this point and conclude with a couple of words.

In fact, it is required of those who conspire and lay plans in the region, in our Arab and Islamic world is to make all the people of this region preoccupied with internal issues, political problems, bread, gasoline, fuel, a bottle of gas in their homes and the milk of their children, their salary, and the national currency, so that there will be no place in their minds and hearts nor will they have the will, determination, concern, planning, and following on matters that concern the nation, including Palestine and Al-Quds. This is well known, and there is nothing new. But I am only reminding you. This has been in the works for decades, in one form, other than regional wars, wars between brothers, wars between friends, tearing up the nation, tearing up countries, etc. This is what is taking place in every country; the siege and economic sanctions on our countries, especially on countries and people belonging to the axis of resistance. In fact, their goal is for us to reach the point where there is no place for Palestine – in our minds, hearts, emotions, sentiments, our media follow-ups, our interests, our participation in the battle at any level. This is where they wanted people to be, and they are relatively successful. Let’s be realistic, and they are relatively successful. We have to acknowledge this and face it.

The correct thing to do is to work on two tracks or paths at the same time. The first path is to remain fighting this main conflict, not to lose sight of it, not to leave it, not to neglect it. The second path is to address our internal problems in our local, national society. We must do our utmost to address our political, living, financial, and economic crises and not abandon them. But we have to – here is our problem – work on both tracks, and I admit to you that working on both tracks is stressful, tiring, confusing, and difficult. However, with will and determination, we can advance. The first path does not make us abandon our internal interests, and the second path should not drown us and cause us to fall into our internal problems at the expense of the first path. This is the complexity of our battle that we must continue and fight.

Today, the Lebanese people and all those who queue in front of petrol stations and pharmacies must know what is happening with their currency and salaries. They must not lose sight of all the real causes of the crisis. The same goes for the countries in the region. Yes, there are real reasons that are frankly related to the crisis of the system in Lebanon. We are not only facing a government crisis. The government crisis in Lebanon expresses the crisis of the system. It is the product of the crisis of the system. There is a crisis of the system in Lebanon. There is a political crisis in Lebanon. There is rampant corruption. There are a lot of thefts. There is limitless monopoly. Until now, it is incomprehensible what is happening with the  gasoline and diesel and in renewing its causes. Sometimes some reasons are being exaggerated. They talk to you about smuggling. Control the issue of smuggling. How much is the percentage of smuggling? But look at the percentage of protected and abandoned monopoly. Well, we have a problem. True! It is a political crisis, corruption, a crisis of administration, a crisis of government, monopoly, a crisis in responsibility. Allow to speak at the popular level. There is a crisis of awareness among the people. We are not beating our people down. There are many people who are aware. But there are people take things where the enemy really wants. We need a little patience. It doesn’t make sense for people to shoot and attack each other with knives at the gasoline station. This is ignorance. This is ignorance beyond ignorance.

In any case, there is another reason, a real reason, a very big reason –  it’s America and its policies. It besieges, punishes, and prevents any help that can come from anyone in the world, whether it comes in the form of deposits in the Central Bank, donations, or loans. The US is the one that is preventing [them from reaching Lebanon]. You are America’s friends in Lebanon, don’t you know that? Aren’t you ashamed of that? The US ambassador makes appearances every day and sheds crocodile tears. Isn’t her government and administration the one preventing any country in the world from providing assistance, gifts, a deposits, or loans to Lebanon for political goals that are not related to Lebanon? Rather, it they are in the service of the “Israeli” occupation, in the service of the project to stabilize “Israel”, in the service of the settlement project, in the service of usurping gas and oil from our territorial waters, in the service of for “Israel’s” security. Isn’t it? Is it not the US administration that is preventing Lebanese banks from bringing their money and dollars from abroad? Is it not the US administration that is imposing sanctions and threatening sanctions? Is it not the US administration and its policies that are preventing the Lebanese, the Lebanese governments, the Lebanese state from seeking the assistance of any friend from the East? It is forbidden to ask assistance from China. Here, we are not just talking about arguments. There are real opportunities to address the economic and living situation in Lebanon. Real opportunities. Lebanon needs investments. This does not require a lot of philosophizing, either deposits to strengthen the Lebanese pound a little, gifts, aids, loans, or investments. The best are gifts and investments because they do not have effects on the budget and the Lebanese people. There are major Chinese and Russian companies that are ready to invest in Lebanon based on the BOT method, and without the Lebanese state paying anything. Then, these companies are told: No, no, no.

Don’t the Lebanese officials know that this will revive the Lebanese economy and the country, address a large part of our crisis, and secures tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of job opportunities? They know, but I tell you frankly, there is the American veto and fear of the Americans. They do not fear that the US will include the Lebanese state and the Central Bank on the list of sanctions. Rather, there is personal fear – they fear that they, their people, their wives and children, be included in the list of sanctions. 

The Lebanese people in various areas and from various parties and factions offered their best youth, men, and women, as martyrs to save Lebanon and liberate it. In order to save them financially and economically, don’t Lebanon and the Lebanese people deserve that the politicians in Lebanon sacrifice and bear, even if that means they will be included in America’s list of sanctions? Why don’t we have the courage?!

Otherwise, tell me what are the solutions? What are we waiting for? The Lebanese are waiting for a slow death; everyone is talking about collapse. They only differ on the timing of the collapse. Well, these are real solutions, these are realistic solutions. America is threatening to put Lebanon, the officials, or political figures in Lebanon on the sanctions lists. Reality is telling us that all of Lebanon is heading toward death. What will you do? How will you act?

This should not be forgotten while facing the internal confrontation. This is part of the main conflict. This is basically their goal. They tried for years in Gaza to incite the people against the resistance. They besieged Gaza. 

After more than two years of calm, stability, and security in most of the Syrian regions and governorates, and when Syria was calling on companies from all over the world, from the east and elsewhere, from the Arab world, even Lebanese companies to invest, America’s Caesar Act came to impose a siege on Syria. It threatened any company that invests in Syria within a certain scope with sanctions. So, the companies retreated. They got frightened and retreated, even countries friendly to Syria. This is in order to put pressure on Syria.

Iraq is still suffering. Iran is still suffering. Yemen is besieged. Gaza is still under siege. This is the logic of the sanctions in Lebanon. The Americans are frankly saying that our goal in Lebanon is to incite the Lebanese people against the resistance in general and specifically the environment of the resistance against it. These people have no shame. They do not hide their goals. They said years ago that we spent 500 million dollars in 2005 and 2006 just to tarnish the image of Hezbollah. Today, the Americans are saying we want to incite the Lebanese people and the environment of resistance against the resistance.

O Lebanese, the main partner in destroying your national currency, the reason for the crises and calamities you are also experiencing, the high prices, hunger, and the loss of job opportunities is the US administration, the US policies, and the US embassy in Lebanon, which deceives you by giving you two or three masks here and malicious smiles. Yes, there are other problems – I don’t want to defend – but other problems have always been there, corruption, banditry, wrong policies for decades. But the difference is that these practices were protected by American policies and by successive American administrations. The most prominent thieves, spoilers, and corrupt people in Lebanon are America’s friends in Lebanon as well. Why did America remain silent about them during all the past years and now came out to fight corruption? It is not even honest when it talks about corruption. This is a cover for the real economic battle.

Today, we find them clearly speaking in “Israeli”-American discussions. Following their failure in the July 2006 war – so far, they have failed, and we are in 2021 – they threatened us with war. They threatened us with bombing, bombing our places, our camps, and our factories if we do not stop with precision missiles. All their threats were in vain because they know the nature of the equation. They know that war with Lebanon is not a picnic. They keep on threatening, but they also know the price in return. Well, what are they betting on? Today, all the “Israeli” enemy’s research centers are pinning their hopes om the economic and living crisis in Lebanon. So, I tell our people to, first, arm yourselves with awareness, patience, and determination – yes, with hard work, you can address these crises – to, at the very least, persevere during these crises.

In conclusion, the issue of the government. Now, the prime minister-designate has returned. These days are supposed to be decisive. I do not want to say anything now because there are meetings that will be held today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow that can clearly paint a picture of the government scene.

We also have the news that we heard in the media about allegations against the caretaker prime minister, a number of former ministers, and a number of military and security leaders. We did not read names of judges, and it was not said that there were judges. Of course, it is unfortunate that the defendants find out about the allegations against them from the media. Until this moment, I think – at least this morning – no one has been officially informed that they are the defendants or wanted for investigating over the Beirut Port case. Of course, this is one form of political exploitation of the issue. We previously rejected this, and we reiterate our rejection of this issue.

Today, I will not comment. I will leave the comment for a later time until the real judicial information comes out to see whether the information circulated and leaked in the media is true or not. We previously talked about the standards and the difference in standards. What we are seeking as the anniversary of the explosion and this horrific massacre nears is justice and truth. Until now, justice is still far away, and the truth is hidden. For a year and for months, we called on the former investigative judge and the current judge to publish the file of the technical investigation regarding this horrific incident. So far, our demands have fallen on deaf ears. Was what happened an explosion? Was it intentional? Was it caused by negligence? Were there rockets owned by the resistance in the Beirut Port? Were there resistance weapons stores Beirut Port as was said in the first few days and weeks?

This is part of the campaign of lies that we did not spare time to give evidence for. And you know it doesn’t need evidence. So far, no one told the truth yet, not even to the families of the martyrs. We do not want you to hold a press conference, my brother. Just gather the families of the martyrs and tell them how their children were martyred. Was there an “Israeli” missile? Was there an “Israeli” aggression? Were there explosives? Did the resistance use the warehouses in the port? Was there negligence? And secondly, we want to see whether there is a unity of standards or not, a real judicial action or political targeting. Then based on this, action will be taken.

As for the living conditions, we must all continue to work towards real solutions, effective solutions, not small or simple actions. This can only happen through a courageous will and a high willingness to sacrifice to open the doors to save the Lebanese economy.

Thank you for giving me your attention. You are used to listening to me for an hour and maybe I go further to an hour and a quarter. I wish that your conference will be productive and useful, God willing. And we will certainly benefit from all your ideas, opinions, and creations. May God grant you wellness. Thank you for all your efforts from now and in the past. And thank you, in advance, for your sincerity and loyalty in this battle. 

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you.

Western Media Parrots “Israeli” Lies: July 2006 War An Example

18/07/2021

Western Media Parrots “Israeli” Lies: July 2006 War An Example

Western Media Bias towards ‘Israel’: 

By Dr. Ibrahim al-Moussawi*

Western media generally has always played a pivotal role in misinforming rather misleading the public instead of supplying them with correct information and news; in short not telling them the truth.

All preaching and rhetoric of honesty, fairness, accuracy and transparency become obsolete, especially when it comes to our region and specifically to what used to be called the Arab Israeli conflict. To be more specific, the Western-backed ‘Israeli’ occupation to Palestine has the lions share in the field of propaganda. A propaganda which aims at polishing the ‘Israeli’ Image and distorting the Palestinian one.

This issue was not only limited to occupied Palestine and the resistance there but it has extended and stretched to include all those who resist or fight the US ‘Israeli’ occupation in any place in the region. Lebanon is not an exception.

The examples about the Western media bias towards ‘Israel’ are numerous. If we recall the ‘Israeli’ occupation of Lebanon we can find so many.

First and most importantly, the terminology.

The Western media presents ‘Israel’ as “a peaceful democratic ‘state’ which is always “defending itself against fanatic terrorists and dictator regimes and countries.” These definitions are not only misleading and incorrect but they are very dangerous because they justify the ‘Israeli’ continuous crimes against its enemies in most of the cases they are innocent civilians and children.

The big lie that ‘Israel’ and its Western allies tried to sell was that Palestine was empty without people and the ‘Israelis’ made a miracle as they came and turned the desert into a heaven on earth. This is the translation of the ‘Israeli’ slogan: a land without people to people without land.

In July 2006 war, the writer of this article has had the opportunity to meet scores of Western journalists from different European and American nationalities. I did so many interviews and answered hundreds of questions. It was a real and complete shock how most of the media personnel are grossly misinformed about the basics or the alphabet of the issue.

I had to inform many of them about the nature of the struggle and how it started and how does it unfold and manifest itself every now and then.

The ‘Israeli’ narrative is the one prevalent: “‘Israel’ is a civilized tolerant entity, it is a victim, and it is seeking to live in harmony, coexistence and peace with its surroundings, while its ‘enemies’ are pursuing every effort to destroy it.”

The ‘Israeli’ aggressions, incursions, occupations are crucial and necessary and they are actions of “self-defense.” ‘Israel’ resorted to them as a last choice and only after it has exhausted all other means.

The mainstream media in the West and in many so-called Arab outlets especially in the Gulf region has the ‘Israeli’ narrative as their official line of news. This is very telling about the size and severity of the distortion taking place.

If the journalists and media people who are supposed to inform people with accuracy about the real ongoing events and the facts are that ignorant, manipulated and biased, what one can expect from the average person in the street. This is a systematic distortion of facts with catastrophic consequences on many levels.

If the Western official line of media is biased to ‘Israel’ and telling lies to people to support ‘Israel’, then the responsibility of the informed activists and human rights advocates is very big. With the presence of social media and public applications and platforms the alternative media should be activated.

An urgent action is needed to be organized and coordinated by all those individuals and organizations who are fully aware of the situation to inform the world public about the real facts.

The task and mission performed by our media outlets as an axis of resistance is very distinguished and significant but it is not sufficient to strike the necessary balance with pro-‘Israeli’ media.

More voices are needed here, they are there we only need to make them join the circle to build our system and narrative. This is very urgent, crucial and vital now more than any time in the past.

*Dr. Ibrahim al-Moussawi is a Member of Hezbollah’s Bloc at the Lebanese Parliament. He is also a Professor of Media Studies and Social Studies at the Lebanese University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK.

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