Full speech delivered by Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan
Nasrallah, commemorating the Day of Resistance and Liberation held in the
southern village of Bint Jbeil on May 25th, 2014
I take refuge in Allah from the stoned devil. In the Name of Allah, The
Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Peace be on the Seal of prophets, our Master
and Prophet, Abi Al Qassem Mohammad and on his chaste and pure Household and on
his chosen companions and on all messengers and prophets.
Peace be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings.
We felicitate you on this great national day, and we thank you for this massive
turnout. We welcome you to this blessed land - the land of resistance,
liberation, and victory.
Before moving into my speech, I would like to highlight that this great jihadi
occasion coincides with other great religious anniversaries in the Hijra
calendar which are marked by Muslims, such as the anniversary of the Prophet's
‘Night Journey and Ascension to the Seven Heavens'.
Moreover, on this very day - Rajab 25th - was the martyrdom of the oppressed
Imam Mussa bin Jaafar Al Kathem (peace be upon him) in the prisons of Baghdad.
On all of these occasions, we have to offer our felicitations and consolations
to the Prophet of Allah (Peace be upon him and his Household) as well as to all
Muslims who believe in his ‘Night Journey' and unanimously agree on having
sincere affection toward his relatives and Household (Peace be upon them).
Brothers and sisters! In the time available to me, I will tackle some topics.
Indeed, I don't have enough time to tackle all the causes which I am expected to
tackle on such a day. On one hand, there is not enough time, and the nature of
the occasion does not tolerate that. On the other hand, there are topics which
are quite important and critical, but that I will intentionally not tackle
today. That does not mean that I am ignoring them, but rather that I am
observing several interests.
Going back to the occasion of May 25th, 2000, as in every year, we meet here to
assert year after year and generation after generation the following concepts as
we need to do so:
First, we assert the deep and historical meanings and dimensions of this
victory. We, as well as the dear brethrens, have talked elaborately about that.
Many studies and researches were written about it, too.
Among these connotations was the collapse of the project of "Major Israel," and
the repercussions of this victory are still valid on both sides of the front:
here in Lebanon, in Palestine, and in our nation as well as on our enemy. Had it
not been for this victory, the victories and achievements which followed would
not have taken place. We can truly say that the victory of May 25th, 2000 was
the foundation for the era of victories that followed - it is the time in which
defeats came to an end and will be gone forever.
Second: We assert that this victory and this achievement is a
Lebanese-Arab-national-Islamic achievement which cannot be attributed to a
single party, faction, region, or even country, as it belongs to the entire
nation, which is engaged in a war with the Zionist scheme and the US hegemonic
scheme on our sanctuaries, region, and capabilities. We have always strived to
give this day this broad dimension so that it would be a day celebrated by the
homeland and the entire nation.
Third: We hail and laud the great sacrifices that were offered by our
people in respect to souls, children, money, wealth, and security. We also hail
the sacrifices offered by the resistance movements with all their factions, the
national army, the security forces, the Syrian Arab Army on the Lebanese
territory, and the Palestinian factions. We stress that this achievement was the
product of these major sacrifices and that it was not granted for free.
Fourth: Through commemorating this occasion annually, we want to promote
the culture of hope in the future and confidence in victory, and the capability
to confront the most oppressive occupation armies and the toughest challenges.
This culture of having confidence in Allah and trusting our people and human
beings - men, women, elderly, youth, and families - is what admitted us to the
era we call, "the era of victories" which began in 2000 and continued with the
defeat of "Israel" in Gaza and its withdrawal from Gaza in September 2005; the
defeat of "Israel" in July War 2006; the steadfastness of Gaza in 2008-2009 (the
22-day war); the eight-day confrontation in 2012; the "Breaking the Silence
Operation" in Gaza several months ago and before that, the defeat of the troops
of the most powerful world armies - the defeat of the US Army which was
occupying Iraq in December 2011.
This is the era of victories. It is the outcome of this culture and this
So, the most important conclusion we always draw since May 25th, 2000 and which
we are asserting today is that we may gain victory and we have gained victory in
more than one battle, and no matter how tyrannical and capable the enemy is -
even if it owns the most powerful weapons and the most powerful army - it may be
defeated before our will, and it had been defeated in more than one battle.
Thus, it is most important to have this faith, confidence, trust in Allah,
determination, and will, and to carry on working because faith alone is not
In this occasion, it is obligatory to pose before the moral and civilizational
content of this resistance and its victory in 2000 while taking into
consideration the events taking place in our region.
Unfortunately, efforts are made today to consolidate a specific idea,
impression, or scene that tries to link between Islam [the Islamic movements,
the Islamic group, and the Islamic framework] and arbitrary killing,
slaughtering, demolition, blazing, massacres, genocides as well as ruining
places of worship, beheading people, disentombing graves, stabbing chests, and
issuing death penalties against others merely for disagreeing with them on the
political stance and not for religious or doctrinal reasons. This link is a
crime against Islam and a treason practiced by those who perpetrate it.
There is not enough time, and I, too, don't want to move into a scientific,
intellectual, or jurisprudential debate over this issue although it is worth
such a discussion.
On May 25th, I only want to say that we are before a different sample and a
different experience; it is the victory of the resistance in South Lebanon. In
2000, like in these days, thousands of full-fledged fighters entered the broad
occupied borderline and its towns and villages. There were the residents from
our Lebanese people who belong to the various and diversified religions, sects,
and factions and some of them were involved with the enemy in what was befalling
the South, West Bekaa, and Lebanon all throughout the long years of occupation.
Everyone still remembers those souls, dignities, wealth, people, churches,
mosques, places of worship, trees, plants, edifices, humans, and all the things
that were preserved. No one was harmed, and no one will ever be harmed. This
resistance was made by Islam. It is an Islamic resistance. It is true this
resistance is Lebanese, national, and Arab; however, this resistance is Islamic.
What is presented and offered in 2000 was a true representation of Islam, the
values of Islam, the morals or Islam, the teachings of Islam, the tolerance of
Islam and the great Prophet of Islam Mohammad bin Abdullah (Peace be upon him
and his Household).
When any Muslim who claims belonging to Islam makes a good deed, he would be
making himself and his religion a good favor. However, when he does a bad deed,
he would be harming himself as his religion does not tolerate such an offense.
Brothers and sisters!
This is concerning the occasion. Concerning the current status with the
"Israeli" enemy, we assert the following points:
First: We stress the policy of deterring the enemy. This means that
Lebanon must possess the power of deterring the enemy because this power or this
policy or this strategy - call it whatever you like - is the only policy that
guarantees protecting Lebanon and its territories, people, institutions, state,
resources, capabilities, water, oil, gas, entity, existence, future, dignity,
and sovereignty. Under the imbalance of powers with the enemy, there is no other
strategy but this one, as in fact, no other serious strategy was offered that
can achieve this goal or fulfill this goal.
On the Day of Resistance and Liberation, we assert our commitment to the golden
equation: the army, the people, and the resistance- whether it was mentioned in
the ministerial statement or not.
Indeed, its content is preserved in the ministerial statement. The Arabic
Language saved the ministerial statement. This content - the army, the people,
and the resistance- is found in the current ministerial statement. However, some
stop on words and terms. The content is what is important. What is important is
that Lebanon owns this power to protect the country.
At this time, we surely back developing the human and materialistic capabilities
of the Lebanese Army, and we surely have no problem in that, in contrast to what
some are trying to spread.
I want to assert to you, today, that the resistance still keeps its power
despite all the developments and events taking place in the region, on top of
which is Syria. This is acknowledged by the enemy who takes it into
consideration. On the other hand, the resistance works around the clock to
develop its deterrence capability, and this is what keeps the enemy worried, as
they talk about this constantly.
So, we do not only keep the deterrence power. No, we also work to develop the
deterrence capability. This is one of the points that haunt the "Israeli" enemy
who is always looking at Syria, Iran, and all the friends and to what they might
offer or have offered to this resistance.
As far as the deterrence power is concerned, you cannot reach a point and say
this is enough. You are talking about "Israel" and the "Israeli" Army which is
one of the most powerful armies in the world.
Consequently, it is our obligation to develop the deterrence power apart from
all the marginal discussions which tackle the arms of the resistance, and the
future of the arms of the resistance and the point we might reach as far as this
point is concerned. Let's keep this aside.
However, based on our conviction in the righteousness and soundness of this
related to the resistance in particular, we are working in this direction.
Second: We assert the importance of showing interest in the other
suspending files concerning Lebanon in the struggle with "Israel" - including
Shebaa Farms, Kfar Shuba Hills, the Lebanese section of Al Ghajar, the
resistance men or the civilians who are martyrs, or missing or detained and
whose cases are debatable, as well as the "Israeli" air, land, and sea
violations. In that, I don't mean what is taking place now at the borderline as
I will tackle that in a while.
These points are what remain in the direct Lebanese-"Israeli" struggle. Indeed,
the Palestinian refugees and the return of our Palestinian brethrens to their
lands and properties are related to the general cause of the struggle and not
the mere Lebanese section. Indeed, we need to care and be concerned about this.
Let's acknowledge that there is nothing serious taking place concerning this
issue. There is nothing serious. In fact, the state does not even talk about
this. In the ministerial statement, people recall Shebaa Farms and Kfar Shouba
Even we- the resistance movements, the resistance factions, and all the people
who believe in the resistance- haven't approached this cause in a serious way in
one way or another. Let's make self-criticism. This cause must not be neglected
or removed from the list of responsibilities as a result of the events and
developments that took place in the country in 2005-2006, as well as the events
taking place in the region and in Syria.
Third: The situation on the international borderline with occupied
Palestine. You might have noticed that the frequency of "Israeli" violations has
increased lately in the past few months. This means that there are people on the
borderline and near the barbed wire who are yelled at and threatened. There are
peasants who would be planting their land near the barbed wire and fire would be
opened in the air.
In Shebaa Farms, the story is repeated again and again. Lebanese shepherds and
peasants would be kidnapped or attacked. In other places, fire is opened.
Indeed, we must stop before these points.
In principle, these violations are being addressed. I am talking about the
violations at the borderline. I am not talking about the air, sea, and land
military violations. No! Any place the "Israelis" enter to or that we know
beforehand that they will enter, we are concerned to confront it.
We have tackled this point last year, and we are working accordingly. However, I
am talking about the section which has to do with what is taking place on the
ground on the barbeb wire at the border.
The normal address is that the Lebanese Army and the UNIFIL interfere, make
contacts, and settle the issue. As long as things do not reach a serious point,
it is normal that the address would be shouldered by the state and the UNIFIL.
However, if such things continue, we have to reconsider things.
On another hand, I tell the people, especially the residents of the front
villages and the bordering villages, that what is taking place on the other side
on behalf of the enemy is an expression of their annoyance. They are seeing you
in your land, fields, and homes living happily, dignified and proud.
This is not tolerated by the "Israelis" whose entity and scheme are founded upon
humiliating, insulting, and aggressing against others. They can't tolerate
seeing our people residing in their homes, fields and plantations all along the
border from the seashore to the peaks of mountains, feeling secure and moving
around day and night. They can't tolerate this on the psychological level. This
is part of the defeat which was afflicted on them on May 25th, 2000.
However, on the other side, we want to seek extenuating reasons. It is the fear
of the enemy. In the past, on this side of the border, it was we who were
afraid. Our people, our peasants, our farmers, and the residents of these
villages were afraid.
Today, those who are usurping the Palestinian territories are frightened on the
other side of the borders. It is they who are afraid of the peasants, the
farmers, the shovels, the spades, the trees, the branches of trees, the rustle
of tree leaves, and the murmur of water- even the murmur of water frightens
these soldiers at the border.
Today, we are before an army who are in their positions- they are more
frightened than they are frightening. This is the truth. I am not exaggerating.
It is not only the "Israeli" soldiers on the borders who are frightened; you can
see how they sit in their armored garrisons which are fortified with iron.
Even when they carry out a land survey at the barbed wire, they resort to robots
and remote-controlled unmanned vehicles. They are frightened and horrified to
this extent. Fear does not end at the border. In the internal front as well, the
enemy's political leaders, military generals, and the usurping community of
settlers are afraid of this resistance.
There is fear from the readiness of this resistance.
Whenever a shovel is used, they ask themselves what that man is doing. Whenever
a house is built on the border, they wonder what they are doing here.
So, the issue has to do with fear. This means that the enemy looks at the other
side as a serious side which is fully prepared. Thus, they view every sound,
every movement, every activity, every construction, every act of planting, and
every act of picking as being directed against them. They are frightened.
Now, on this very day, I tell you: As you did on May 25th, 2000 when you roamed
on the borderline and along the barbed wire and as you held weddings and raised
banners, carry on doing these things. Build and construct. Plant and roam around
and do not ever fear this enemy at all. This legend has been reduced to a story
from the past which young children take pleasure in narrating. This enemy will
never dare, and they know they will never dare. We do not want to rush. As long
as the things which are being addressed are being settled, then do not worry.
However, I will be precise- if they reach a point which requires the
intervention of the resistance, the resistance will not remain silent toward any
insult, offense, or aggression on any member of our proud, loyal people along
the international borders. Everything is being tackled relatively and in a
proportional way. The resistance has courage, capability, and wisdom, too. It
considers precisely what it can do to prevent this status quo that the enemy
seeks to consolidate at the border.
Well, this is a topic and an important issue... the status quo with the
The other topic is Syria.
On this day like last year- meaning on May 25th, 2013 - from the town of
Mashghara - the town of martyrs and the town of Martyr Leader Abu Hassan Bjiji
and his companions, I tackled the events in Syria. I presented Hizbullah's
vision of what is taking place: the scheme, the risks, the threats, the chances,
and the challenges resulting from this situation in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine,
Jordan and the entire region as well as the entire nation- especially on
Palestine and its cause as well as on Lebanon, its resistance, and its people.
Indeed, I do not want to reiterate what I said in that speech. All through the
past year, my brethrens and I, along with our allies and friends and all those
who agree with us on this vision, have elaborated this point on occasions, the
various communication networks, TV and radio stations.... On that day, I said
that we will assume the responsibility. We will not stand as audiences. I
determined the stance.
In our viewpoint, the events that took place this year assert the validity of
all the analyses we did and the soundness of this stance. In general, I will
reiterate again why we stand with Syria, back it, and defend it.
I only want to remind you in a couple of lines that Syria was and is still the
core of Arabism. Syria stood in face of the "Israeli" extension; it guarded the
Arab East including the Gulf countries against the hand of "Israel" which was
seeking to establish "Major Israel" from the Nile River to the Euphrates.
In fact, its aspirations had no limits. Syria alone stood next to Egypt, and it
is and was the only fortress of steadfastness and confrontation. It chanted
Arabism, saying, "Here is Cairo." It alone is still carrying the honor of having
no communication with the enemy or agreement with the enemy, or of having any
kind of ties with "Israel." It has guarded, supplied, and supported the Lebanese
and Palestinian resistance and is still doing so. It paid the price for doing
that, too. It is still fighting for that. For these reasons, we are defending
Why don't we have the right to defend our points of strength, our back and the
source of pride for this nation, and the steadfast Arab lighthouse in face of
nationalization and the succumbing to "Israel"?
This is at a time when we find that Zionist foreigners are being brought from
all around the world to the entity, usurping Palestine to defend a superstition
they fabricated in their minds which are made of crimes, killing, and racism. We
believe that our stance and the reasons behind our stance are very clear.
On the contrary, today and a year following that speech, the project is even
clearer. We always used to say that there is a scheme in the region which seeks
to divide the region on racial, sectarian, and factional grounds.
However- brothers and sisters- when we see what is taking place now in Syria and
in more than one Arab country, we find out that the scheme is in partitioning
the region even more and more, not only on sectarian grounds but also on the
grounds of emirates, districts, and a state for every armed group. Every armed
group would have its own state; thus, there would be five or six or seven
In the past, they used to say that they would divide Syria to three or four
states, and Iraq into three parts. They wanted to divide Libya, Egypt, and
Tunisia. It seems that this has become part of the past. They are now talking
about dividing our Arab and Islamic countries according to the number of armed
groups and not according to the number of races, sects, and factions.
Even if the leaders of the very organizations disagree, two positions would be
formed, such as in that of the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant"
[ISIL] and "al-Nusra Front." This is the worst images of chaos that begets
chaos. This scheme must be confronted.
Today, when we confront this scheme and the tools of this scheme, I want you to
recall the Zionist movement- those who created "Israel"- this usurping entity.
Who said that they were a group who wanted to come to Palestine? They were a
group who wanted to have a state in any place in the world. Argentina was one of
their choices. Uganda was another. I think that Yemen, too, was one of these
choices as well as Palestine.
It was the English who brought the Zionist Movement to Palestine. It was
international colonialism and world hegemony...call it whatever you want. They
brought it to Palestine to be an advanced, military, security barrack in the
heart of our region in order to distort our region, to destroy it, and to waste
all chances for human and economic development as well as all choices of unity
and of developing the Arab and Islamic region.
They wanted us to remain preoccupied with our wars and to move from one war to
another and from one front to another until we get exhausted. They wanted us to
resort to the maker of our enemy to seek power and protection from it. Well, it
was they who brought the Zionist project to Palestine. It was they who brought
the Zionists along from all around the world to Palestine. This is a historical
sin. Today, this sin is reiterated. But how? Indeed, they sought and gained Arab
support and signatures from Arab leaders in exchange for securing their thrones.
This took place some sixty or seventy years ago.
Today, this scene is taking place again. America and the West, and those who are
with them are bringing along all the terrorists and Takfiri groups from all
around the world. They are offering facilitations, visas, funds, arms, media and
political cover, and an international decision.... They are bringing them to
Syria? What for? They are doing so to destroy Syria and to destroy the axis of
the resistance which is threatening the very existence of the Zionist scheme in
the region until now. This is the major, new, modern sin.
Or else, is this a coincidence? They were brought along from all around the
world to Syria. This never took place in any other place... Even in Afghanistan,
that did not take place to this extent, level, and magnitude. They are brought
from all around the world, and they are offered facilitations. Governments are
doing that. Intelligence bodies are running that. They are brought from Syria to
get engaged in this tough, harsh, and fierce battle.
Anyway, this understanding is expanding in Syria, in the Arab world, in the
Islamic world, and in the entire world. Many of the questions which were not
being posed at first are now being posed and raised intensively on a broad
Well, based on this vision and understanding, we said that we assume this
responsibility, and actually, we assumed this responsibility. Thus, we went
where we went. As you know, we actually do not tackle this issue in detail in
the media- well, we went where we went and in broad daylight. We said that this
is the topic, these are the reasons, and this is the target.
Today, where did the situation in Syria reach? Where did this scheme reach?
No doubt, the scheme which targeted Syria and the region retreated to a great
degree today. It was afflicted with several defeats. It is no doubt that several
elements contributed to that, whether local - meaning on the level of Syria-
regional, or international- meaning world events.
However, the main element remains the battlefield. Among all these changes and
elements, the battlefield remains the main element. It is the steadfastness of
Syria and its leadership, army, and people.
Consequently, here comes the importance of the extra element: the allies and the
friends, whether in the political, media, security, military, or popular
position. Had Syria -and its leadership, army, and people - not remained
steadfast, itself, in face of this global war, all the other extra elements
wouldn't have been decisive and essential.
One of the important elements is the exposure of the truth about the fighting
groups in Syria or most of the fighting groups, and the truth about their ideas,
conduct, and struggles. That caused a major change in the Syria public opinion,
itself, as well as the Arab and international public opinions.
It was made crystal clear that those who were brought to threaten Syria had
themselves turned to be a threat to everyone. This is also among the
repercussions; they are threatening the states that provided them with funds and
that brought them along, supported them, backed them and encouraged them. They
had become themselves a threat to everyone and to the world which dispatched
them to Syria.
I said before that they dispatched them to destroy Syria and the axis of the
resistance in order to get rid of them. However, it seems that the world found
out that Syria and the axis of the resistance did not collapse and that many of
those whom they dispatched to be killed are still alive, and some of them want
to return to their first field - to Europe or to other places.
Thus, today, there is a cause called, "the fighters returning from Syria" which
is threatening European, international, and world security. How are the states
to deal with this threat?
One of the most important factors which we must pose first is the disclosure of
the "Israeli" involvement in the events taking place in Syria. Previously, when
we used to say that "Israel" is supporting the fighters, they used to tell us
that we are exaggerating.
Now, things are taking place openly. It is not the case of a "kind wall" as was
the case here. It is not the issue of admitting an injured to a hospital. No,
there are relations, policies, and political meetings.
It seems that the despair of the so-called opposition coalition had reached a
stage in which they are meeting with desperate enemies such as Monafiqi Khalq or
other opposition groups in Europe.
That proved to be fruitless. No! Now, there are ties with the "Israelis." There
is cooperation, logistic aids, and military aids at the borders of Golan
Heights. That means that there are targets for the Arab Syrian Army which are
being shelled at by the "Israelis" to the benefit of the armed opposition and
the armed groups.
Today, we are before a new project at the border line in Golan Heights. This is
a threat. Here, I am telling all the Syrians: This painful and tough experience
would not devolve upon the Syrians, the Palestinians and everyone, except with
despair and shame, as the experience that took place at the borderline in
There is also the exposure of the magnitude of the threat posed by these groups
on the neighboring states in particular, including Lebanon.
Now, in light of all of these elements which I mentioned and which I did not
mention, we can say that Syria currently has remained steadfast, the axis of the
resistance has remained steadfast, the axis of the resistance is intact, and
Syria is intact. To say that the other scheme would make a true or decisive
victory is over.
Now, Syria is advancing and the axis of the resistance is advancing. Syria is
advancing in the battlefield. This is what you are following up with. Popular
reconciliations are advancing pursuant to the change in the public disposition
and inner reconsiderations for many of the political forces and the popular
Syria is advancing towards presidential elections which all intimidations and
mockery made by the so-called friends of Syria could not cripple, prevent, or
thwart. Thus, the Syrian people are advancing towards polls and we will see the
scenes. Now, they are resorting to crippling the elections in Syria, where it is
possible to carry elections with the power of iron and fire.
All of us have heard on the news yesterday that "ISIL"- in the region of Hasakeh,
for example, among other regions - had announced that it is forbidden that
anyone partake in elections, even in regions which are not under its control but
still within the reach of its fire. It has sentenced a death penalty to anyone
who partakes in the elections.
Well, see this great alternative which was brought to the Syrian people. I have
a political viewpoint, and I want to vote. I might vote for President Bashar al-Assad
or another candidate. This civilized alternative which was presented by the
friends of Syria is saying that should I go to the ballots, my blood will be
permissible and I will be sentenced to a death penalty.
Indeed, this is not something new. This is the mentality of "ISIL" - meaning the
"Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant"- which had judged all Iraqis who partake
in elections in Iraq as disbelievers, whether Shiites, Sunnites, Muslims, or
Christians. It bombed them and dispatched booby-trapped cars to them. It judged
them as disbelievers, apostates, and even as fighters against Allah and His
Prophet. So, they do not only label you as a disbeliever; they even judge you as
a fighter against Allah and His Prophet. Thus, you are sentenced to death. This
is the ideal sample being presented now in Syria.
What I am saying is that Syria is advancing towards elections, and the true
challenge is that you allow the Syrian people- especially in the regions under
the fire of the armed groups- to express their viewpoint and to go for ballots.
Indeed, this is not allowed because under the state of "ISIL," the state of "al-Nusra
Front," and the state of al-Qaeda, elections are prohibited. They are not only
prohibited; they are even viewed as a show of disbelief and apostasy; elections
are a war against Allah and His Prophet.
Well, if you have your own jurisprudence and your own viewpoint, why are you
imposing them on all Muslims? Many Muslim scholars, jurists and senior
authorities, whether they are Sunnites or Shiites, have another viewpoint. They
have another juristic vision on elections.
Anyway, today and after all of these developments, I may say as I wrap the
Syrian topic that:
In 2006, there was a scheme at the level of the region; however, the battle was
in Lebanon. That was tackled by Condoleezza Rice as the "Neo Middle East." Well,
the battle was in Lebanon. We - the Lebanese resistance with all its factions
and forces, the Lebanese Army, and the Lebanese people - fought that scheme and
aborted it. Syria was by our side. Iran was by our side. Many of the honorable
people in the world were by our side. That version was toppled in 2006.
So, it was not the scheme of the "Neo-Middle East" which was toppled, but rather
it was that version of that scheme which was toppled. Now, they brought along a
new version for that scheme to the region; however, this time the battlefield is
in Syria. Those who are fighting there are the Syrian leadership, the Syrian
Army, and the Syrian people. Their friends are standing by their side. Let's not
exaggerate. There were some exaggerations at one time to the effect that Syria
as an army, leadership, and people are somewhere else, and that those who are
fighting in Syria are the side of so and so side and the side of such and such.
That is not true. There are people, an army, a state, and a leadership which are
fighting in the Syrian square. The friends are offering a kind of aid which
might vary from one place to another.
Now, this front is steadfast. That scheme has started to collapse. As we are in
the era of victories- here I am telling you that- God-willing, this scheme will
be toppled in Syria, and that Syria and the axis of the resistance will gain
This nation will not allow the American scheme to impose its agenda, ideas, and
goals on us. Listen to me. Here we are scoring against each other. Indeed, I am
making an analysis, and surely I trust in Allah Al-Mighty and the divine promise
pursuant to the reasons, results, and the preludes leading to such results...
Who would have said that Syria would be as steadfast as it is today? Who would
have said that a day would come in which we would see this situation in many of
the Syrian cities? Three or four years ago, they used to say that in two or
three months, Syria would collapse.
A day will come in which all facts will be revealed and on that day, the peoples
of the region, the governments of the region, the states of the regions and even
many of the world states will thank Syria, its leadership, its army, and its
army for their steadfastness and victory because they will discover that in its
steadfastness, Syria had kept away many catastrophes and risks.
It had prevented many repercussions on the level of the entire region on top of
which come Palestine, the Palestinian cause, and the Islamic and Christian
sanctities in Palestine. Here, I am telling you that a day will come when even
the governments which conspired against Syria and offered money and instigated -
and some are still doing so - will regret their deeds and thank Syria for its
steadfastness, firmness, and victory.
The same applies to Lebanon and to all those who criticized our intervention in
Syria. It is the very story as in the case of the resistance. A day will come in
which they will hail us. Now, they might not say that in the media, but under
the table, many are saying so even now....
The last point which I will very briefly tackle is the local file.
Indeed, the main issue is the presidential issue. At this moment, I want to say
that we are before a very important and critical stage that started from this
very day [May 25].
Exchanging accusations is something very largely widespread in Lebanon. It is
something very normal. The men want to get busy, so they start accusing: You
crippled. You caused the lack of quorum.... There are also the regional and
Well, in fact, there is no need to stop before all these stories. This is
normal. This took place and will continue to happen. But, this is not serious.
In fact, in rumors and accusations, one can say whatever he wants.
I want to say that we must deal with this sensitive and critical stage with
repose and without tension. Indeed, some people said this is a serious event. We
do not argue over that. However, that does not mean that people lose their
temper and that the country plunges into the unknown. We must be calm and
precise. We must reserve this level of civil peace and internal stability while
people sit somewhere to talk together and negotiate over the presidential issue.
I am talking about the internal forces and not about the regional forces.
What is important is that all of us exert every effort possible to shorten the
time span and to have a president elected as soon as possible. Let no one have
the intention to waste time waiting for regional changes or international
We call for dealing with this matter seriously.
Indeed, we do not have enough time to tackle the presidential topic elaborately.
I will only say this. There is still a true, internal, Lebanese chance to elect
a strong president who is able to reserve stability and peace in the country and
who enjoys a true popular status in his milieu and on the national level, and
who is also able to appease the various political forces and sides and to offer
Lebanon a true helping hand to overpass this hard stage at the local, regional,
and international levels.
This chance is still available.
There is an overt, serious negotiation taking place between the Reform and
Change Bloc and the Future Movement, or the leader of the Future Movement. They
have been negotiating and having a serious argument for a period of time now.
I do not want to start an argument. I only want to describe in a couple of
phrases what has been taking place so far. It is challenging candidacy that is
blocking the way to a serious candidacy. What has been taking place so far is
presenting challenging candidates which do not aim at reaching the presidential
post or carrying presidential elections.
Everyone knows that this candidate has no chance of reaching the post of the
president, neither by two thirds of the votes nor by the half plus one equation.
So, this candidacy only aims at blocking the way for a serious candidacy which
is being discussed in national lobbies.
As today is already May 25,th there is no problem in saying - on my
responsibility and based on my information and the contacts that took place with
us and with many of our friends - that the true project in the past days, weeks,
or even months was not at all electing a president before May 25th. I mean that
the project of the other bloc was not true election, but rather extending the
term of the president.
That was their true project. So, let no one say elections were crippled. They
didn't want to elect a president. They wanted to extend the term of the
president. This is the truth. It is to say things as they are. For this
extension, many tempting offers were made. I do not want to disclose secrets
now. Actually, I don't usually play this role. However, no secrets are kept in
this country. Everything will be revealed in days.
So, what happened so far concerning the elections is that a challenging
candidate who won't win the election by any chance, as is well-known, was
nominated to block the way before a serious candidate who might reach the
presidential post. Thus, electing a president was crippled for the interest of
extending for the president. This is what flopped. The project of extension
Now, what are the reasons? Why was this stance taken? What are the reasons? This
is what took place. Let no one say otherwise.
No! The chance available for the parliament was never a chance of electing a
president. It was rather a chance of extension only.
Well, what is important now is to continue working. Indeed- between parentheses-
I will say what I said at the very beginning. In case any of them said that we,
The Loyalty to Resistance Bloc, are the bloc to be most blamed, we will have no
problem in that- meaning in them holding us responsible. Let them say whatever
they want. Let them say we crippled the country, we crippled the elections, and
we crippled many things.
Aren't you those ones saying that the status of the president and the person of
the president are great in this country? So, there is no place for courtesies
and joking, or embarrassing the other. This is an issue of historic national
responsibility because we are in a critical historic stage.
Thus, there is no problem. Here, I am telling you. We, Hizbullah and the Loyalty
to Resistance Bloc on behalf of our brethrens and deputies, assume the
responsibility. This is exclusively our "hanger." Hang on it what appeals to
you. There is no problem in that.
What would be added to everything we have been hearing in all the past years?
You want to cripple. You want vacuum. You want to change the country. You want
to change the state. You want to change the regime- say whatever appeals to you.
What is important here is the serious endeavor. People must carry on
negotiations seriously to reach somewhere which might open the gate for getting
out of this vacancy.
This is concerning the presidential issue. Indeed, we are open, responsive, and
serious. We want a president as soon as possible. We want a president but
indeed, we were not with extending the term of the president.
Let me say this word today, although I wanted to postpone it to a future
occasion. However, as today is the Day of the Resistance, I will say that we do
not want to bear the presidential issue what it can't handle. We want a
president who secures stability.
We have an internal inclination. However, at times, the terms used in speeches
prevail. We agreed with the brethrens that there is no need to use even the
phrase, "we want a president who protects the resistance"; there is no need for
On May 25th, 2014, I tell you that we are not searching for a president who
protects the resistance in Lebanon. We are not searching for that. The
resistance in Lebanon protects the state, the people, the nation, the entity,
the honor, the sovereignty, and the nation.
Our goal is humble. We are not saying we want a president who protects the
resistance. I will remind you of 2006 and what I said in 2006. We want a
president who does not conspire against the resistance. We want a president who
does not stab the resistance in the back. We want a president who has a firm
stance on the resistance. That's what we want.
We are not putting a hard condition. Anyway, is such an option available in the
country? Yes, it is.
Also, as far as the local issue is concerned, no matter what situation we are
heading to, we have a wish to make today. Call it a wish, a recommendation, a
shout- call it whatever you wish.
There is a file called the series of ranks and salaries which has to do with the
employees and the public sector- with the teachers and the soldiers who are
holding their blood on their palms in more than one region in this country.
We hope that this will remain detached from the conflict and the dispute to
come. Let it be an exception along with the Lebanese University. Let these two
files at least be detached. We call, recommend, demand, and hope that the
government, the parliament, and the political forces hear our call. It is not
acceptable that these files be postponed until after settling the political
We are all saying that we want a president and we want a state for the sake of
the people. Don't sacrifice the people for the sake of the president or for what
must be at your service. We hope that this will be taken into consideration.
Dear ones! On this occasion, the anniversary of the victory of May 25,th we must
all trust our power and our capacity to confront challenges- whatever kind of
challenges. We must all trust our power and capability to make victories no
matter how fierce confrontations are.
Thanks to the golden equation, we do not fear "Israel" and its intimidations,
greed, and threats. The scheme of attacking the region and the axis of
resistance in the region and the nation in the region started to break down. The
axis of the resistance is intact. It is advancing, and it will gain victory.
What is important here in the Lebanese internal is that we guard our country and
its civil peace and co-existence. We must consider our choices very well. We
must make the choices that guard and preserve this country and the future of
Our oath to all the leaders: to the leader and founder of the resistance Sayyed
Mussa Sader (May Allah restore him and his friends safe and sound); and to the
martyr leaders: Sayyed Abbass, Sheikh Ragheb, and Hajj Imad; and our oath to our
nation, our people, our peoples, and to all the honorable people is that we will
stay adherent to this position together. We will remain steadfast and firm. We
will resist and make victory in this era of victories.
Peace be upon you and Allah's mercy and blessings.
* Source: Al Ahed