Category Archives: Islamic Resistance

Gen. Gantz: Hizbullah is an ‘existential threat’

In a recent statement, Israeli army top gun, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has added more names to Benjamin Netanyahu’s list of “existential threats to Israel” (Iran, EU, Turkey, UNHRC, etc.). Gantz’s new addition is Hizbullah: as a “closer” and “proven” threat, as its rockets and missiles could reach every corner of Israel in the next war with Lebanon. However, Gantz assured the Zionist Jews that Israeli forces are ready to teach Hizbullah a lesson it will never forget.

Some Israeli military analysts have interpreted Gantz rant as a ‘smokescreen’ to cover Jewish army’s weakness to defend the entity in case a major confrontation materializes in the near future between Israel, Syria, Hizbullah and Iran.

Last year, in an Op-Ed at Israeli newspaper YNet, Ron Ben-Yishai, one of Israel’s top military commentators, said: “We will pay heavy price if Gantz exaggerated.”

Tony Karon admitted at the Jewish Time magazine (August 15, 2006) that Israel failed miserably to achieve its desired goals during the 34-day war: to destroy Hizbullah as a military adversary and turn Lebanese people against Hizbullah by mass killing of civilians and destroying country’s infrastructure. In fact, it made Hizbullah more popular among Lebanese and the rest of the Arab world. Karon also admitted that Hizbullah fighters killed 119 Israeli soldiers while losing 49 of its fighters. Watch a video below.

In August 2013, Colonel Yaron Formosa, a chief artillery officer of the Jewish army, in an interview with YNet admitted that Hizbullah fighters fighting along with Syrian army have gained more military experience and would pose much greater threat to Israeli soldiers than they did in 2006 war.

Sami Kleib has penned an excellent Opinion Post on Hizbullah, published by Al-Akhbar on April 11, 2014. Kleib begins with a quote from an European diplomat, saying: “Hizbullah did not withdraw from Syria, yet it sits with its adversaries in (Lebanese) government. Hizbullah did not deliver its weapons, yet some of its adversaries have been disarmed and are being prosecuted through a security plan, in which it is participating. It did not announce a change in its strategy to confront Israel, but the West is knocking on its door again. Hizbullah is a difficult but necessary partner that must be consulted.”

Kleib put forwards following reasons behind the above statement.

A conviction, that grows day by day, is that Hezbollah is unbreakable, on the security, social, and political levels. The party has the proper capabilities, expertise, and weapons to serve as a counterbalance against Israel and its local and regional rivals.

The party went from being accused by NATO of terrorism to becoming a partner in counter-terrorism. The Lebanese army cannot succeed in its current and future plans without at least moral support from Hezbollah. It would not be possible to eliminate terrorist and takfiri groups in Syria without the party. Security actors are aware of the important intelligence role played by the party in uncovering bombs and networks aiming to terrorise Lebanon and ignite strife. The party and its allies form a heavy political force, making it impossible to take any major national political decision against the party or without it. The presidential elections are the best example.

Despite all the social calamities of the Israeli war prior to the victory of 2006 and its repercussions, the party’s remained firm and steadfast, especially when the areas destroyed by Israel were rebuilt better than how they had been. The organic alliance between Hezbollah and the Amal Movement (lead by Speaker Nabi Berri) did not disintegrate, despite disagreements on some occasions.

The party’s involvement in Syria did not weaken the party, although martyrs are continuing to fall. The general situation of the regional environment is still supportive of the Resistance and its leader.

 

Hizbullah: Israel got the message

Sheikh Hasan Nasrullah, leader of Lebanese Islamic Resistance, Hizbullah, in a recent interview he gave to Lebanese newspaper As-Safir said that Hizbullah fighters were behind the bomb which targeted an Israeli patrol in Israeli occupied Shebaa Farms last month injuring four Jewish soldiers.

Sheikh Nasrullah said that the ambush was to warn the Zionist regime that Hizbullah is always ready to strike-back on its top enemy. He said Israeli army through its raid on Hizbullah target in Janta earlier, was testing the ability of resistance to benefit from the current situation, especially Hizbollah’s involvement in Israel’s proxy war 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.

Nasrullah ruled out a new Israeli war on Lebanon, stressing that the course of events in Syria raise the concerns of the Israelis.

Hizbullah is the only Arab military organization which has humiliated Jewish army at battlefield twice: in 2000 and 2006.

On January 20, 2008, American Jewish academic and author, Norman Finkelstein, in an interview with Lebanese ‘Future TV’ said both the US and Israel will keep on waging wars against Hizbullah until it is destroyed as a military resistance against Israel. He also said, Israel alone will never be able to defeat Hizbullah. Watch interview below. BTW, the video was posted by Israel MEMRI.

On December 16, 2010, Reuters quoted Israeli Gen. Giora Eiland saying: “Israel doesn’t know how to defeat Hizbullah“.

Arab Summit 2014 salutes Hizbullah

In an official statement issued on the conclusion of the 25th Arab League Summit 2014 held in Kuwait on March 25-26, 2014 – the 21-member body saluted the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah in foiling Israeli aggressions in Lebanon and Syria.

Hizbullah has always encountered the Israeli aggressors especially the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon,” said the statement.

The irony lies in the fact that the Arab greeting to the resistance was mentioned in the presence of the Saudi FM who accused Hezbollah during 2006 war that it is a group of adventurous fighters.

In 2006, former PM Fouad Siniora violated the constitutional powers of President Emil Lahoud and attended the Arab summit in Khartoum where he vainly tried to remove the Lebanese right of resisting the Israeli aggressions.

In 2006, Lebanon’s Christian President Emil Lahoud in an interview with German daily SPIEGEL International (July 25, 2006) called Hizbullah the “Defender of Lebanon”.

It wasn’t the army that freed the (Israeli) occupied south of the country, rather it was the resistance (Hizbullah) which achieved that. Without this resistance Lebanon would still be occupied today,” said Lahoud.

The summit was attended by the head of governments from 21 Arab nation-states. Lakhdar Brahimi, UN-AL special envoy for Syria also attended the summit and read UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon message in which he underscored need for a political solution to Syrian strife which is in fact an Israel’s proxy war against Hizbullah and Iran.

In the opening address, Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah urged the fellow western puppets to end rifts in order to establish a unified policy.

The dangers around us are enormous and we would not move toward joint Arab action without our unity and without casting aside our differences,” he said.

During the summit the Arab rulers spent most of their time arguing their position over Qatar’s support for the banned Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; the 3-year-old bloodshed in Syria and its fall-out in Lebanon. The leaders could not find time to condemn Israeli bombing in Gaza, South Lebanon or Syria.

The purpose of the summit was to draw closer the relations between member states and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.

The leader of the US-funded Syrian National Coalition (SNC) was invited to take Syria’s seat at the summit but Iraq, Algeria and Lebanon objected to granting the seat to opposition which doesn’t represent the people of Syria. Syrian government has not attended the summit since 2011.

Mahmoud Abbas attended the summit representing nine million Plestinians living in Israel, Gaza, West Bank and the refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and other Middle East countries. He reported on his recent meetings with Barack Obama and John Kerry.

Listen to Ali Barakat’s song praising Hizbullah’s victory in Yabroud against the US-funded militants.