Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that “Hezbollah is interested in reaching a real defense strategy that protects Lebanon, and that the party does neither intend to boycott the national dialogue table nor to sabotage it, “however, we refuse that the participation of the other team in the dialogue be turned into a material to blackmail the President of the Republic or the cabinet to reach certain goals that have nothing to do with the dialogue itself.”
His eminence believed that “if the aim of the dialogue is serious about reaching a defense strategy to protect Lebanon, we consider this goal more sacred than any other issue, and shouldn’t be impeded for any reason; yet, the dialogue aim was not as such.”
“Today, the state is blackmailed in order to return to the dialogue, which aims at dissolving government.”
Sayyed Nasrallah declared that “should the dialogue table be held at any time, we will not boycott it,” and that “cabinet survival is not linked to holding the table.”
Sayyed Nasrallah speech was delivered during the annual central Iftar of Resistance Support Association in Beirut, where at the beginning of his speech, his eminence saluted the Army establishment, commander and soldiers on Army Day, asking Allah Almighty to help the Lebanese people to cooperate in order to preserve this establishment, its unity and strength to carry out its goss national duties.”
He called upon all not to argue that in 2000 Israel was defeated and Lebanon achieved victory, adding that “any talk rather than that refers only to the insane or the envious.”
“Also, no one should argue that credit for this victory after Allah is of the Resistance, not of international community of Arab League. Only the arrogant and the jealous who deny this fact.”
“Everybody knows that after 2000 victory, the Resistance didn’t ask for any power or authority, but granted the victory for the Lebanese and demanded the state to assume its responsibilities on the border.”
Sayyed Nasrallah mentioned that after the 2000 victory, an American –Israeli demand emerged which later became the very target: getting rid of the Resistance and its weapons, considering that Hezbollah was seen as the core and largest faction of the resistance.
“They want to disarm the party who defeats Israel,’ he said, pointing out that some political forces in Lebanon has adopted this goal, which putted us before a new political and media battle, and before a battle of negotiation inside and outside Lebanon entitled by: “disarming the Resistance.”
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad looks at the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine as part of the Arab nationalist security strategy, recalling that a settlement had been offered for Syria before resolution 1559 was issued, but Assad refused it because the price was disarming Hezbollah and the Palestinians.
Sayyed Nasrallah also stressed that Hezbollah has been refusing to participate in any official discussion regarding the Resistance weapons, but we agreed upon discussing Hezbollah arms in order to assure the Lebanese people, which was translated by the treaty signed with the Free Patriotic Movement in 2006.
“I ended my word then by what former PM said once a day: “the real cause is how to protect Lebanon. Resistance is an urgent need, but the problem lies in that Resistance arms have been limited to only one category of the Lebanese. We want a strong army and a Resistance, along with coordination between both of them”,” his eminence said.
“Every talk that we do not want to present a defense strategy is insolence,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.
Hezbollah Secretary General believed that “dialogue table was not designed to protect Lebanon, but to lead the other team to make up his mind and hand over arms.”
“March 14 didn’t sit to the table to discuss how to protect Lebanon, but there was only one theme: the U.S. wants the weapon and they gave it what it demanded.”
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that one of March 14 officials said a few days ago: do not bother yourself discussing the strategy. Assad regime will fall and Hezbollah will hand over arms. “Thus the goal is to disarm Hezbollah,” he stated.
“Some say there are two solutions: Are the political system and the state ready to take the decision and let Iran equip the army – which is ready for? Our political system is afraid of the Americans. If we hand over Resistance weapons to the Army, where would the army put those weapons and missiles?” he asked.
“Whom who talks about handing the Resistance weapons to the Army is forfeiting the first and abandoning the second. Their demand to hand over weapons aims at getting rid of the Resistance weapons, not at protecting Lebanon,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.
What protects Lebanon most is a balance of terror and deterrence with the Zionist entity.
“What resides the balance of deterrence is the fact that Israel fears of any party possessing weapons. Once the weapon became under the state control, it will lose its deterrence capability,” he said.
“In the balance of deterrence, the enemy must remain afraid,” he stressed.
During his speech, his eminence made clear that liberation strategy is not a new theme, since a part of our land is still under occupation. “It is a matter of sovereignty,” he said.
“If the state refuses to formulate a liberation strategy, residents of south Lebanon have the right to consider it occupied territory. And if the state abandons developing a liberation strategy, it should entrust this task to the people.”
“Discussing a liberation strategy proves the efficiency of the Resistance, for this they do not want to form it.”
Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that the Resistance represents today all of this heritage and enormous sacrifices of our people, resistance and the Lebanese Army.
“We are not slaves of weapons, territories or entities, we are the slaves of Allah. When He created us, we were touched by honor, pride, refusal to live humiliated, or our land be occupied.”
“We agree to cooperate and discuss. We are keen to get to a positive result once the dialogue participants demand the dignity and interest, and for the Lebanese the dignity and honor,” Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah concluded.