Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah disclosed that the resistance was behind the bomb which targeted an Israeli patrol in Shebaa Farms in mid March, noting that it was part of response for the Israeli raid on a resistance garrison in Janta. Sayyed Nasrallah during an interview with as-Safir Lebanese daily
In an inclusive dialogue with Lebanese daily, As-Safir, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Israeli enemy got the message well, noting that “the issue here is not about rules of engagement (with the Zionist entity), but about deterrence.”
Sayyed Nasrallah considered that the Zionist entity through its raid on Janta was testing the ability of resistance to benefit from the current situation, especially Hezbollah’s involvement in the battle in Syria, in a bid to change the rules of engagement.
“When we had planted the bomb in Labbouneh we wanted to deliver a message for the enemy: We don’t permit to change the rules of the engagement. Wherever you enter, and we know, we will confront you,” Sayyed Nasrallah said referring to the bomb planted by the resistance in Labbouneh near Naqoura last August.
Sayyed Nasrallah said that if the resistance held its tongue following the raid, “the enemy may have striken any truck, house or any other target in any place (in the future) under the pretext that Israel is committed to strike qualitative weapons.”
Hezbollah S.G. ruled out a new Israeli war on Lebanon, stressing that the course of events in Syria raise the concerns of the Israelis.
Following these developments, the Israelis are raising questions about whether this experience will enable Hezbollah, if a new war takes place (with Israel), to adopt new courses in the battalion. In this context Israel’s eye is on Galilee, resistance leader added.
Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah considered that the risk of terrorist bombings in Lebanon has dropped considerably, noting that the resistance is not facing a problem with its mass over the involvement in the Syrian war.
“On the contrary, some of those who were hesitant have now made their choice to support us,” Sayyed Nasrallah told as-Safir, adding: “some of March 14 public support our intervention in Syria in order to protect Lebanon from Takfiri terrorist groups.”
His eminence pointed out that the danger of Syrian regime fall has ended.
“They can launch an exhaustive war as long as some states still funding, arming and inciting.”
He said nothing indicates that the opposition in Syria can launch massive war, noting that what is coming on in Lattakia and Kassab can’t be called a massive war.
The great battle which they have talked about starting from Syria’s south is an exaggeration, Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that the experience in the last three years has proven that the regime is not weak and that it also enjoys popular incubation.
He stressed that one of Hezbollah’s priorities is to end the Syrian war, pointing out that “we have passed the danger of partition.”
The resistance leader revealed that serious offers were presented to (Syrian) President (Bashar) al-Assad to cut ties with Iran and resistance movements, and to go seriously on a settlement with Israel. However, President Assad refused and “this stance should be recognized.”
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that many Arab states are “in contact with the Syrian regime under the table and tell President Assad: We are with you, hang in there.”
“I even know that some Arab states support the opposition ostensibly. However under the table, they ask the regime to resolve the battle.”
According to the Russian position, Sayyed Nasrallah said he believes that Moscow’s stance following Crimea’s crisis will be firmer, adding that support to Syria will be greater.
Concerning his eminence’s approach to the “Arab Spring”, Sayyed Nasrallah said that protests in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt started by people and youths, noting that these protests surprised the Arab regime as well as US, France, the West, the international community and the regional countries.
“The problem of leadership and planning within these popular movements paved the way for another parties and sides to interfere and exploit the events.”
“Prior to the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ there was a serious discussion, precisely by the Americans, over the necessity to divide Saudi Arabia,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
His eminence added that France and Britain were involved in this discussion (to divide KSA), noting that some Gulf States reported this event.
Resistance in Better Condition
Sayyed Nasrallah said analysis suggest that the Israeli raid on Janta had no serious target, noting it was aimed at testing the capabilities of the resistance, and changing the rules of engagement.
In this context, Hezbollah S.G. said that the location of the raid chosen by the enemy was fully considered. “The enemy had chosen a military target in a hill which was unfrequented by civilians. The territory is ambiguous: is it Lebanese or Syrian? In that area there are Lebanese lands possessed by Syrians and also there are Syrian lands possessed by Lebanese.”
“Yes the bomb in Shebaa Farms, which was not claimed by Hezbollah so far, was the work of resistance… And this is not the response. It is a part of the response on the Israeli raid.”
Sayyed Nasrallah said Hezbollah has decided not to abide by the media policy concerning the claim of responsibility of the resistance operations… and “this is a new policy.”
His eminence said that the Israeli enemy got the message of Labbouneh bomb (last August), which says that “there is no change in the rules of engagement, and that the resistance has the decision, will, determination, seriousness and courage.”
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the resistance is now more powerful than it was in the year of 2006, warning that “despite the engagement in the Syrian war, the resistance will fight better than its fight in 2006. This (issue) is completely assured”.
Asked about the possibility for launching an Israeli war against the resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Zionist entity doesn’t engage in a war if it is not decisive, swift and lead to distinct victory.
His eminence wondered if the enemy can guarantee the victory in the next war, stressing that “so far no one in Israel can do so”.
He said that the regional condition of the resistance in Lebanon now is better than its condition on the eve of July war in 2006, noting that the internal conflicts of the Arab countries serve the interests of the Zionist entity.
Threat of Terrorist Bombings Dropped
Hezbollah S.G. stressed that the risk of terrorist bombings in Lebanon has dropped considerably, as he praised the security measures from both the Syrian and the Lebanese sides.
“We can say that the threat of explosions has dropped considerably” because of the field developments in Qalamoun area especially in Yabroud, where the booby-trapped cars had been equipped by terrorists with explosive materials before the town’s liberation by the Syrian army.
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah praised the efforts exerted by the Lebanese and Syrian security apparatus to discover and dismantle the explosive-rigged cars.
“In general we can say that threat has dropped, but we can’t say that this threat is over. This issue needs more efforts whether on the Syrian border or inside Lebanon,” his eminence told the Lebanese daily.
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed the importance of the cohesion among the resistance mass and community, saying: we do not face a problem with our mass about our involvement in Syria, on the contrary, some of those who were hesitant have now made their choice to support us, especially after the terrorist bombings which targeted Dahiyeh and Hermel.
“I can say that some of March 14 public support our intervention in Syria to protect Lebanon from Takfiri terrorist groups,” he said.
Danger of Syrian Regime Fall Ended
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed meanwhile that the danger of the Syrian regime fall has ended, noting that the Syrian government can hold out against the foreign-backed opposition.
“In my estimation the stage of toppling the regime (in Syria) has ended,” his eminence said, noting that regional and international developments indicate that this stage is over.
“They can’t overthrow the regime. They can launch an exhaustive war. What is going on in Latakia and Kassab we can’t call it a massive war, it is limited operation, Sayyed Nasrallah said, pointing out that the massive war which they have been talking about in Syria’s south is an exaggeration.
Meanwhile he stressed that the war in Syria must stop, adding that the Syrian parties must sit to dialogue. He noted that one of the most dangers Syria has face is partition.
In this context Sayyed Nasrallah said he believes that this danger has been passed.
The Other Front Fragmented
Also talking about the Syrian war, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the military option against Damascus has failed, noting that the majority of states are talking now about a political settlement for the Syrian crisis.
The resistance leader noted that the aim of the Syrian battle was not making democracy or justice or fighting corruption, but changing the position of Syria.
“The offers President Bashar al-Assad received more than once prove this.”
His eminence revealed that serious offers were presented to President Assad to cut ties with Iran and resistance movements, and to go seriously on a settlement with Israel. However, President Assad refused and “this stance should be recognized.”
On the other hand, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the front which is against Syria is fragmented in light of the latest developments rocking the region, especially the current crisis in Egypt following the ouster of president Mohammad Mursi.
Disputes grew with this front, which compromises Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Egypt, his eminence said.
Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah expected that the Russian stance will be firmer in favor of Damascus following Crimea’s crisisو because Moscow wants to stick by its strength factors.