Excerpts from Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s Speech on the Night of the First of
14 October, 2015
We will start from Palestine: From the heart of the conflict, the core of the
battle, and the central encounter. The past year of the Hijra which we are now
bidding farewell to has departed with very crucial events in Palestine during
the past few weeks. We are witnessing a very intense national movement in
Jerusalem, the Aqsa Mosque, the West Bank, and also in the Gaza Strip and the
occupied lands of 1948 in a manner where it seems like the beginning of a new
uprising; a third Intifada.
The Palestinians have not yet named it a third Intifada up till now, and no one
should precede the Palestinians in describing their [own] state of affairs.
During these past few days and weeks, the Palestinians –as usual- have displayed
a high degree of courage, defiance, and determination including the ability to
endure and the readiness to sacrifice- and they are well-known for possessing
Despite what we see of the number of martyrs and wounded, the confiscated and
demolished homes, and the [security] measures of the enemy, we find this
Palestinian determination. This is an expression of the level which I have
[just] mentioned. On the other hand, confusion and anxiety have prevailed over
the enemy’s government and settlers, and uneasiness has also prevailed in some
world countries which consider themselves to be concerned one way or another in
the Palestinian affair.
Through considering the situation and transformations in the region- and what
the Israelis state every year when they study the strategic setting of the
“State of Israel”- the Americans and Zionist Israelis had considered that the
region was preoccupied with inner [affairs]. [They perceived that] there were
wars and commotions in more than one country and nation, and that each one was
preoccupied with its [own] calamities, state of affairs, files, and crises. The
Palestinian people who live in Palestine were also aware of this matter and
these dilemmas. This is why the Americans and Israelis considered that it would
be logical and natural for the Palestinians living inside [occupied Israeli
territory] to enter into a state of despair; a state of disheartenment, a
blocked horizon, and the loss of any hope. Thus, they would not display any
reaction or any positive strong movement in the field of action. The
provocations aiming at the Aqsa Mosque commenced on the highest scale in order
to demolish it or at the very least- as it is said- to “divide it”: in
territory, time, or both.
The only one who was truly able through logic and in the field of action to
confront this provocation and aggression was the Palestinian nation. This nation
is the most qualified, most entitled, most worthy, and most capable of
confronting this provocation and protecting the Aqsa Mosque, and this began
during the first days through the courageous men and women who kept vigil inside
the Aqsa Mosque and in the city of Jerusalem, and they prevented the groups of
settlers from occupying this blessed mosque until the events lately developed
into bloody and intense clashes. There is no doubt that this came as a surprise
to the [Israeli enemies] and worried and troubled [them]. It also surprised the
Americans who considered that the Palestinian case was dormant and that there
was nothing or no one who could revive it.
Here we must record once again that the Palestinian nation always surprises the
world through its regeneration and overcoming of all difficulties and elements
of despair and frustration.
In all cases, as long as we are [reliving] the nights of Karbala and the
confrontation of Truth against Falsehood –in content and essence and in the
victory of blood over the sword and in the result and outcome [we say]: The
battleground of Palestine is one of the most obvious and prominent examples of
the confrontation of Truth against Falsehood. We are faced with an issue which
has no defect and should not be a point of debate from the religious, ethical,
humane, intellectual, or legislative aspect. Today, one of the most prominent
examples of the confrontation of Truth against Falsehood is this battle which is
raging now inside occupied Palestine, and its result will be the victory of
blood over the sword just as always.
This escalating national movement is expected to continue, and it concerns us
here to emphasize the following:
1-As Hezbollah, [we pledge] our full support to the resistance of the oppressed
and struggling Palestinian nation: to its struggle, uprising, and rights, and
[we will] always stand to its side just like we have [previously] done.
2-We call upon everyone to offer aid through all means and methods possible and
3-We call upon everyone to act with responsibility concerning these events and
developments in Palestine.
Demoralization is when media outlets -which are very numerous in the Arabian
World- and political actors and countries and governments demoralize the
Palestinian people and tell them: “You are doing something to no avail and [it
will have] no result. You are wasting the blood of your sons and youths and
destroying your homes. This movement and uprising has no horizon and it will
lead to nowhere. [They] always doubt the usefulness [of movement] and the
Resistance and resistance and uprising movements were always confronted by this.
All over the globe and especially in the Arabian World, we will find servants of
America and Israel who will strive to thwart these national movements, and to
stab, weaken, and eliminate them just like before.
The Palestinian nation has no choice other than the one which it always resorts
to: the choice of resistance, uprising, and national rising through different
forms in order to impose its will upon those who have occupied its land.
The [current] events entail that each nation should bear its responsibility and
destiny, and should form its future through its [own] will, its women, children,
blood, and tears and should wait for no one in this world.