On Friday (July 25), the leader of Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, made a rare public appearance to address the annual Al-Quds Day rally at Sayyed Shuhadaa Complex in Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh).
Nasrallah first offered his sincerest condolences to the families of the victims on the recent Algerian Air plane, which crashed in Mali with 116 people including a Lebanese family aboard. He then addressed the current events in Palestine, and condemned the Israeli aggression. Sayed Nasrallah made comparisons between the July 2006 war against Lebanon, and the current July 2014 war against the besieged Gaza strip. He also spoke about how weak the Israeli defense forces have become, since they haven’t been able to achieve any of their war goals.
Nasrallah stressed that Hizbullah was and will always stay beside the armed resistance in Palestine against the Zionist entity despite some political differences (like Syria, Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar). He voiced readiness to offer support at all levels to the caged brothers in Gaza, if needed. But he voiced his confidence that the Islamic resistance has already given the Zionist army a military and moral defeat by not allowing the so-called “invincible army” to gain a single victory since its air and ground invasion of Gaza Strip over two weeks ago.
“When we reach day 18 of the war amid Israeli and international failure to achieve goals in Gaza, this means the resistance has triumphed,” Nasrallah said.
Following are some other points raised by Sheikh Nasrallah during his speech.
The US, the West, and the UN Council cover the war, some Arab regimes are also conspirators, yet on the other hand, the people pf Gaza held tight onto the resistance, there has been political steadfastness to the stances of the resistance movements,” noting “I tell you all, that what will determine the situation is the tripartite equation of the battle on field, the popular steadfastness, and the political determination.
As the Zionist regime failed in achieving its goals and felt helpless before the resistance, it resorted to killing innocent children and targeting civilians and inhabited areas, in order to exert pressure on the incubating environment of the resistance, exactly what it had tried to do in the 2006 July war.
In order to cover military humiliation, Israeli propagandists have claimed that Netanyahu ordered the attack on Gaza because Washington wanted Mahmoud Abbas put into power in Gaza.
Listen to Sayyed Nasrallah speech in Arabic below, and its English translation here.