On the Day of the Martyr Leaders [Sayyed Abbas Mousawi, Sheikh Ragheb Harb, and Hajj Imad Moghniyeh], Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech in which he tackled various regional and internal developments on top of which the “Israeli” threats.
Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech came during a ceremony at Sayyed Shuhada’a complex in Dahiya [Beirut’s Southern suburb] under the slogan: On the Path to Palestine.
On the Commemoration
The Leader of the resistance welcomed via video-link all participants in the commemoration as he paid tribute to the families of the martyrs and the martyr leaders.
“In this memory we vow to honor the will and the cause of the martyrs,” His Eminence stressed, and pointed out that “in this anniversary, we learn to inspire, renew our vow and pledge, preserve the will, and remain the men of position.”
His Eminence further stated that “these martyr leaders remain the witnesses of all stages of the resistance.”
On the Martyr Leaders, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted: “Martyr Sheikh Ragheb was a witness of the foundation, leadership and decisive choices. Sayyed Abbas was a witness on the stage of stability and focus and consistency in the path of resistance. Martyr Haj Imad was a witness on the stage of the quantitative and qualitative development as well as on achievements and victories.”
In this context, His Eminence called for being faithful to the martyrs’ will and to the cause.
“The biggest threat in the region is “Israel” and Zionism,” he said, and highlighted that “the only logical choice is popular resistance to face the “Israeli” threat.”
He also warned of the dangers of adopting narrow thinking, regarding regional issues. “The resistance achievements form evidence of its capabilities: from the liberation to the deterrence power and protection of the country.”
On the Path to Palestine
As Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that “the future will reveal the aspects of cooperation between the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance,” he mentioned: “For 30 years the resistance was one of the strongest realities that changed regional strategies.”
“The Lebanese resistance has helped the Palestinian resistance by all means to become strong. The resistance succeeded when the Lebanese stood by its side and the people were the ones to achieve the liberation,” His Eminence clarified.
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that “the martyr Haj Imad had many major roles in communicating, and transferring experience between Lebanon and Palestine.”
He offered his condolences to the Iranian Republic over the martyrdom of the Iranian official Houssam Khoshnevis. “All these martyrs fell on the path to Palestine as they were linked to Palestine, and its sanctities in a relationship based on faith, devotion, love, passion and great concern.”
On the regional level, His Eminence saluted the Bahraini revolution as he hoped that national dialogue will be able to achieve people’s aspirations in the country.
Regarding the threats of an “Israeli” war on Lebanon, the Hizbullah chief viewed that “an anticipated “Israeli” war against Lebanon are mere inventions that were disseminated by local factions instead of the Zionist entity.”
He stated that “Israel” implicated Hizbullah right after Burgas bombing. “”Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu immediately accused Hizbullah.”
“Many Lebanese sides were quick to adopt the accusation, sue us and enter Lebanon in the economic and political consequences for the possibility of naming us on the international terrorism list. “They even prepared themselves to topple the government,” Sayyed Nasrallah iterated.
His Eminence said: “I don’t want to comment on the Bulgarian accusations. This issue is being looked at in a patient and calm manner and we will see later how to deal with it depending on the outcome.”
However, the leader of the resistance accused some Lebanese and Arab media outlets of taking advantage of the incident to tarnish the resistance’s image.
“The worst thing here is: that all this talk about a possible war by “Israel” on Lebanon was done by Lebanese and Arab media outlets and figures,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that “some people hope to exploit the Syrian crisis, to attack Lebanon and try to eliminate the resistance, as Damascus is occupied in its war and is unable at the moment to aid the resistance in Lebanon in a war against “Israel”.”
“”Israel” does not need a pretext to launch any aggression on Lebanon. In 1982, “Israel” accused the Palestinian factions of the attempt to assassinate the “Israeli” ambassador in London and waited no investigation or charge, yet directly attacked Lebanon” he added.
However, His Eminence assured that “the resistance is ready and possesses all armaments and weapons required and needed to face any “Israeli” aggression without the need of Iranian or Syrian aid.”
“The resistance will respond to any attack against Lebanese territories,” he stressed, and assured that “nowadays, and particularly after the 2000 liberation, the “Israelis” count thousands of times before even thinking of carrying any attack on Lebanon.”
Sayyed Nasrallah also affirmed that the resistance is able to target the infrastructure of the Zionist entity. He vowed with the great honored blood of the martyr leaders that the resistance has greater determination and a stronger will to confront any aggression, and preserve the martyrs’ will.”
“Still our respond and account with the “Israeli” is open,” His Eminence asserted.
Sayyed Nasrallah Slams Hariri’s Provocation:
On the domestic level, Sayyed Nasrallah responded to allegations that head of the Future Movement, MP Saad Hariri mentioned during the commemoration of late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri’s assassination earlier on Thursday.
“Reducing the number of Shiite ministers aimed at giving a chance to a reputable historical family in Lebanon, the Karami family, to take part in the political life. And the scarified Shiite minister belonged to Amal Movement and not Hizbullah,” His Eminence stated in response to Hariri’s accusation to Hizbullah of paying bribes to preserve the resistance arms.
Concerning the Special Tribunal to Lebanon, the resistance leader expressed Hizbullah’s understanding to Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s position: “Does this form a bribe or shame? PM Miqati and his government will remain faithful to the resistance.”
Furthermore, Sayyed Nasrallah commented on accusing Hizbullah of supporting MP Michel Aoun’s proposed Orthodox Gathering electoral law for the same purpose of preserving arms.
“We favor an electoral law that considers Lebanon a one single electoral district and adopts proportional representation, but we do support Christians’ call for just representation and hence, we will go with the Orthodox suggestion,” he reiterated.
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah reminded that “since 2006, General Aoun was decisive in his choices as he stood by the resistance when it was required to crush Hizbullah. His position was based on moral and national aspects. “Was this position in sake of the Orthodox proposal?” he wondered.
His Eminence went on to comment on the allegations concerning Hizbullah’s relation with the National Struggle Front leader, MP Walid Jumblatt. “He has a clear stance towards the resistance but we are divided on Syria’s conflict, and we will not encourage tension in the country because of our different views on this topic.”
“The resistance is a priority to us because Lebanon and the region are threatened and it is the only mean for defense,” he said, and noted that “all what leads to transmitting the Syrian conflict to Lebanon is a big mistake.”
Did You or Your Father Receive Bribe?
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that “we agreed on the four-party alliance in the 2005 parliamentary elections to preserve national unity and avoid the Sunni-Shiite strife.”
“You suggested neutralizing the issue of the resistance’s arm to support you to head the government but we rejected, because we want a prime minister that resides inside Lebanon and is available in the country,” he stated.
As he slammed Hariri’s provocative speech, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered: “Had your father received a bribe when he vowed to reserve the resistance arms until a comprehensive Arab-“Israeli” agreement?”
Moreover, His Eminence revealed that “the late PM even pledged to resign and travel if Sayyed Nasrallah didn’t agree to deliver weapons once all Arabs reach a compromise with “Israel”, rather than get into conflict with the Resistance over such a matter.”
“Disarming Hizbullah was not mentioned in the Doha accord that you agreed on and the resistance was an exception to handing over the weapons by other groups in the country. Have you agreed in receiving a bribe,” he clarified.
Addressing Hariri, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “You proposed to neutralize the arms of the resistance if we agreed to support you as a premier.”
He pointed out that Hizbullah rejected the deal over “national interests.”
Nasrallah stressed that “if the weapons of the resistance weren’t to confront “Israel” it wouldn’t be worth the sacrifice.”
Sayyed Nasrallah once again reiterated “Hizbullah’s commitment to equal power-sharing and this is why we agreed on the Orthodox Gatherings draft law.”
“We want a Lebanese Prime Minister, who lives in Lebanon, and follows up the ministers and governmental issues,” he said.
“We do not want to take over the country and monopolize the rule, we believe in sharing power. We want the establishment of a state in Lebanon and we believe in the Taif accord,” he concluded.