Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said day after another the wisdom from Imam Ruhollah Khomeini declaration of Al-Quds International Day becomes clearer and the circumstances in our region also confirms the need for such day.
In a speech delivered at a ceremony commemorating Al-Quds day in Beirut, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that today and despite all the difficult circumstances we find millions who answered a call of Imam Khomeini, in Iran and other Arab and Islamic countries in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Qatif, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Mauritania, Sudan, Turkey, Pakistan, European cities, and this is a very important indicator that there are still ones who remember Jerusalem and take out to the streets or raise their voices in support of this cause.
His Eminence hailed the commemorations held by both Yemeni and Bahraini people, who despite the crises which hit their countries took the streets and voiced support to the Palestinian cause.
“The Yemenis came out in spite of the continued Saudi aggression and the airstrikes launched even on Sanaa, they went out with huge numbers, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. The Yemeni people feel that the Arab and Muslim world had abandoned him, however, this matter did not drive them to abandon Al-Quds and the Palestinian cause,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
“What unites Yemen with Bahrain is the betrayal of the Arab and Muslim world, however, the Bahraini people came out to mark the Jerusalem Day to confirm his commitment to this central cause.”
The Road to Al-Quds
The S.G. said if Syria was lost to the Takfiri terrorists in Syria, then the Palestinian cause would be lost too.
“The road to Al-Quds does not pass through Jounieh. We’ve never said that. However, the road to Al-Quds passes through Qalamoun, Zabadani, Homs, Aleppo, Deraa, Hassakeh and Swaida, because if Syria was lost, Palestine would be lost too,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
His eminence reiterated Hezbollah’s support to Syria and the popular demands of the Syrian people for reform. “However, we are not with the destruction of Syria, its army and its institutions.”
He also underlined the impossibility of a military solution from either sides, expressing conviction that all Syrians want an end to the war.
“Put aside all the foreign fighters in Syria and ask the Syrians, real Syrians… all of them want a political solution to their country and know there is no military solution.”
Praising the resistance fighters in Syria, he said: “Every martyr falling for us in Syria and laid to rest here in Lebanon is a martyr for the sake of Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.”
On the relation between Iran and regional issues, Sayyed Nasrallah said supporters of the Palestinian struggle can only be friends of Iran, because the country is “the only hope left for the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.”
“You cannot be with Palestine unless you are with Iran, and if you are an enemy of Iran, you are an enemy of Palestine and Jerusalem,” he added. “The only entity that Israel considers an existential threat is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said.
“Why is Israel not afraid of anyone but Iran? Why Iran? Isn’t this a question we should ask on Quds’ Day?” he wondered. “Why doesn’t Israel have the same feelings toward Saudi Arabia or any other Arab regime? Because they know that Arabs have made an official decision to sell Palestine.”
“Because Iran represents a threat to Israel, military wars were waged against it in the past, and now it is facing a psychological, media and economic war, and Washington’s allies in the region are taking part in these wars. If the entire nuclear deal hinges on the precondition of acknowledging Israel as a state, the Iranian republic and its people would never accept such a condition, because they would be renouncing their religion if they accept such a stance.”
He also lashed out at those who accuse Iran of having a “Persian, Shiite or Safawi agenda,” in the region.
“Israel knows that the takfiri scheme, which is sponsored by some Arab regimes, is destroying the countries that it wants destroyed.”
Hezbollah’s Secretary General said the Zionist entity feared a victory for Yemen’s Houthis against the Saudi-led coalition. “If Yemen becomes sovereign, free, independent and governed by the will of its people, it would become a resistant country that is part of the axis of resistance, which would pose a strategic threat to Israel.”
Thus, according to Sayyed Nasrallah, the war on Yemen was the biggest service Saudi Arabia could give to Israel. “They are enjoying it for free.”
“Some Zionist leaders are trying to convince the world to officially acknowledge the annexation of the Golan into the usurper state of Israel.”
Concerning the Lebanese issue and the relations with the FPM party, his eminence said Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement have no interest in disrupting or overthrowing the national unity Cabinet. “Neither Gen. Michel Aoun nor any of his allies want to disrupt the Cabinet or overthrow it. We all know that if this Cabinet is overthrown for whatever reason, the whole country will enter a vacuum.”
“Weeks ago, it was obvious that the country was heading towards a clash over the issue of government and the FPM is a key party in the equation,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
Sayyed Nasrallah rebuffed claims saying the FPM and Hezbollah didn’t share the same stance accusing some parties of trying to “drive a wedge between the allies.” “We are not giving up on any of our allies, and particularly not on Gen. Aoun and the FPM.”
His eminence commented on the absence of Hezbollah in the FPM Thursday’s protest, saying: “Hezbollah’s participation would not have been in Aoun’s interest, because if we take part, a thousand accusations would be raised in our faces – Iran’s nuclear program, Syria, a constituent assembly, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon — and Aoun’s demands would be lost. It is not wise for us to participate. Secondly, the man did not ask us to take part, because he understands the magnitude of responsibilities Hezbollah is assuming during this phase.”
He underlined that “neither Aoun nor his allies want to topple the government, because that would plunge the entire country into vacuum.”
“I call for serious dialogue, especially between Aoun and al-Mustaqbal movement. We have a chance till after the Eid (Eid al-Fitr) to figure it out. The Future Movement had made promises to Gen. Aoun, so they should go ahead and discuss them,” said Sayyed Nasrallah.