BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:05 P.M.) – Hezbollah’s Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, conducted a televised speech on Thursday to commemorate the death of the late Hezbollah commander, Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in Syria three years ago.
“Commander Badreddine was a faithful and smart fighter who was strongly concerned about the Israeli occupation of his country and Palestine,” Nasrallah said, highlighting his “enthusiasm and persistence to defend his country, Palestine, and other rightful causes.”
Nasrallah’s words came in a speech he delivered during a ceremony held by Hezbollah in Beirut’s southern suburbs marking the third commemoration of Badriddine’s death.
Badriddine, known as “Sayyed Zulfiqar”, was a senior Hezbollah military commander. He was killed near Damascus International Airport after a rebel group struck the area he was deployed to.
“The Ansariya ambush was one of the major military achievements of Sayyed Badreddine,” according to Nasrallah.
Touching on the domestic scene, Nasrallah said that Lebanon and Hezbollah were being subjected to an intimidation campaign vis-a-vis Lebanon’s maritime and land borders, as well as regarding Sheba’a Farms and Lebanon’s power represented by the army-resistance-people equation.
“The U.S. is seeking Lebanese concessions on the land and sea border issue, as well as on Sheba’a Farms — all for the benefit of the Israeli enemy,” Nasrallah said, warning the Lebanese not to allow anyone to undermine them “because Lebanon is strong in its army, its people, and its resistance (…) and this force is real and serious.”
“I would like to reassure you, on the behalf of your brothers in the Islamic Resistance, that every Israeli force that considers entering south Lebanon will be sabotaged and destroyed in front of the eyes of mainstream media and international television screens,” Nasrallah added; however, he doubted Israel’s readiness to launch a war on Lebanon.
“All in ‘Israel’ know that any war on Lebanon needs to be decisive and swift,” he explained.
Shifting to the Syrian scene, Nasrallah said that his party was more convinced today than ever that Hezbollah’s decision to go into Syria was rightful.
“What happened in Syria was a U.S.-Israeli-Saudi conspiracy; it was not change into democracy. (…) How could ISIL control 40 percent of Syria and half Iraq without funding, military and media support by several states in the region?” Nasrallah said.
“ISIL is made by the U.S. in a bid to stand against all those who confront the U.S.-Israeli scheme in the region, and that’s what U.S. officials themselves have said,” he continued.
In the same vein, Nasrallah said that ISIL was over as a ‘caliphate’ and a state “but it still poses a threat.”
Turning to U.S. President, Donald Trump, Nasrallah added, “So far he [Trump] had kept all his election campaign promises regarding the so-called ‘deal of century’ and has been simultaneously milking Saudi Arabia. (…) I feel pity for the Saudi King after Trump’s humiliation of him in his latest remarks.”