Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned on Tuesday that the Resistance party would not stand silent if the Israeli enemy attacked the Lebanese Army in the future, pledging that the Israeli hand that attacks the national army would be cut off.
Sayyed Nasrallah was speaking through a large TV screen at Al-Raya stadium in Beirut’s southern suburb, during the ceremony held by Hezbollah to mark the fourth anniversary of the Divine Victory, a few hours after an Israeli aggression against the Lebanese Army.
“I say honestly, that in any place where the Lebanese army will be assaulted and there’s a presence for the resistance, and it is capable, the resistance will not stand silent, or quiet or restrained,” Sayyed Nasrallah told crows of people who took part in the ceremony.
According to Sayyed Nasrallah, the Israeli aggression against Lebanon, its land, and its sovereignty never ceased, but continues in various ways. “It has manifested itself in no less than 7,000 Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty since August 14, 2006, over which the world prefers not to open its mouth. These violations occur in the air, land, and sea, and what we saw today was just another expression of this,” his eminence said, adding that what happened on Tuesday only proves that.
Addressing the developments in the South, Sayyed Nasrallah paid tribute to the Lebanese Army which ended the day with two martyrs who fell while defending their land and their country. “The Lebanese army did what it was asked to do, and that is to sacrifice soldiers. Even the Lebanese media sacrificed one of its own,” his eminence said.
Hezbollah Secretary General, meanwhile, emphasized that the Resistance was on highest alert during the day, explaining that Hezbollah leadership has notified the Lebanese military since the first moments of the conflict that it is prepared to stand by its side. “I was personally in contact with the commanders in the area, and I asked them not to act before receiving a direct order. We announced that we would not initiate any activity as long as we did not receive authorization from the highest command of the Lebanese army. We contacted the army’s commander and explained that we were ready to take action if they ask us to. We did what was needed in order to protect our sacred land,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. “It was wise to stand behind the army, but we told the army’s commander: The Resistance is at your disposal.”
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the Lebanese message upon the clashes was very clear: “Lebanon, the whole of Lebanon, will not tolerate any violation of even one hand span of its sacred land.” According to his eminence, the formula ‘the army, the people and the Resistance’ was baptized in blood.
Yet, Sayyed Nasrallah vowed that the scenario wouldn’t be the same in the future in case the Israeli enemy repeated its mistake. “From now on, if the army is attacked in any area where the resistance has a presence or a say, the resistance will not stand by idly,” Hezbollah Secretary General pledged. “We will cut off the Israeli hand that reaches out to (attack) the Lebanese army,” his eminence went on to say.
“Officers and soldiers in the Lebanese military are our brothers and loved ones. How could it be that the Resistance will sit with its armed crossed from now on as the military is bombed? I will say honestly: We will not sit with arms crossed, and the Israeli hand outstretched to strike the Lebanese military will be cut off by the opposition.”
Hezbollah Secretary General also tackled the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, rejecting Israeli accusations against Hezbollah of involvement in the murder, pledging to give a tangible proof of an Israeli involvement in the case during a press conference to be held next Monday.
“The Israeli media gladly reports all kinds of speculations on the direction, in their opinion, Lebanon is headed. They speak of a big explosion, a civil war, crisis, and more,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, stressing that his party wants the truth. “We want to protect the unity of Lebanon and the well-being of its citizens,” his eminence stressed. “We want to preserve our country, its unity and civil peace, and because we want the truth and the safety of our country, we made our outcry weeks ago.”
“This coming Monday, I will hold a press conference during which I will present evidence of Israel’s involvement in Hariri’s assassination and the goings-on in the international tribunal in The Hague. We will present significant proof that Israel, via its agents, tried to convince Hariri already in 1993 that Hezbollah wants to assassinate him. We blame the Israeli enemy for the assassination, and the figures I will reveal will open new horizons in the investigation that will lead to the identity of the true murderer,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
Sayyed Nasrallah declared that for the first time ever, he would be obliged to reveal one of the most important secrets related to one of the Resistance’s major operations to disclose and prove the Israeli involvement in Hariri’s assassination. “After the press conference, Lebanese authorities should take the initiative and seriously take into consideration the facts that will be revealed,” his eminence pointed out.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah Secretary General said that the tripartite summit that was held in Beirut last week and joined Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, Syrian President Bachar Assad and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz was concerned of protecting Lebanon. “What we understood is that there are Arab efforts to protect Lebanon and we welcome all these efforts and express our joy over every Arab rapprochement, especially between Syria and Saudi Arabia because the blessings of Arab rapprochement would first affect Lebanon and the consequences of Arab disputes would first show in Lebanon,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, commenting on last week’s landmark summit.
Sayyed Nasrallah concluded his speech by stressing that “there is a place for worrisome over a possible war on Lebanon,” but reassured the Lebanese that until this day there are no indications of a war on Lebanon, ruling out such a war in the imminent future. “Let Israel remain misinformed and let it believe what it wants, there are things which we reveal for the sake of protecting the country and there are things which we don’t reveal also for the sake of protecting the country,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that Hezbollah policy of “constructive ambiguity” prevents him from revealing what the Resistance has in store regarding “aerial deterrence” in case of any future war with the Zionist entity.