“All Lebanese and Palestinian resistance groups, supported by Iran and Syria, thwarted the project to pull the plug on the front. The steadfastness and resilience demonstrated by Hezbollah in Lebanon, Gazans, Syria as well as Iran foiled the fiendish plot against the region back in 2006,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Friday evening.
He then praised the sacrifices made by all members of the Islamic Resistance Support Association, especially the female members, over the past 30 years.
Nasrallah also condemned a recent decision by the British government to outlaw Hezbollah in its entirety, stating that some countries would follow suit.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah has issued a statement “strongly rejecting” a British decision to consider the resistance movement a terrorist organization.
“They list us as a terrorist organization because they have failed in their military confrontations and schemes, and are fearful of a new war. Hezbollah’s willpower and might is getting stronger day by day indeed.
“The latest US sanctions are part of the psycho-economic war against us. We expect further sanctions and punitive financial measures against Hezbollah and all its allies in the Middle East. The financial difficulties, which the anti-Israel axis of resistance is currently enduring, are part of the US-Israeli war on it. We must weather difficulties through patience, tolerance and good management,” he said.
Nasrallah further noted that the United States wants to achieve through economic war what it has failed to accomplish via acts of aggression.
The US has imposed new sanctions on Hezbollah, but observers say Lebanon as a whole will be affected by the punitive measures.
He expressed hope that Hezbollah will eventually emerge victorious from the ongoing financial war.
Nasrallah added that Hezbollah has managed to collect more than two million dollars in donations for the crisis-hit Yemeni people, and transferred the money to relevant authorities there to be distributed among needy people.
A new report finds US and UK-made bombs have killed and maimed nearly 1,000 civilians, including more than 120 children in Yemen.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah touched down on the fight against corruption in Lebanon, stating that Hezbollah has launched the campaign in the country in order to preserve its national victories.
“We have already announced that fighting corruption and reducing bureaucracy must be among the major priorities of the incumbent Lebanese government. If the economy is in the doldrums, then the government would collapse and everything would be in disorder. We cannot stand idly by and watch Lebanon plunge into chaos,” he commented.
A Hezbollah legislator has urged the new Lebanese government to launch talks with banks to bring down the cost of servicing the state’s public debt.
Nasrallah underlined that Hezbollah will never sacrifice Lebanon’s national interests to boost its own popularity, emphasizing that his movement will support any group or party that would contribute to the battle against corruption.
“Corrupt people and thieves are standing against this campaign. We will not get tired and will never lose our hopes in this regard. Hezbollah will never stop the anti-corruption campaign regardless of all the sectarian and political considerations. There is national consensus on such a need,” the Hezbollah chief concluded.