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Nasrallah: Hezbollah not a threat to Lebanese, but rather to US regional designs

Hezbollah Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, on Friday said that Hezbollah was not a threat to the Lebanese people, but rather a threat to the US projects in the region.

Hezbollah Chief's words came in a televised speech after an absence of one month in light of the most recent developments and in view of the crucial moments that Lebanon endures, especially with regard to the lingering cabinet formation process.

"The US has been interfering in any movement that takes place in the world; it has been rushing to try to exploit popular movements in a way that serves its interests and not those of protesters. We saw this in the Arab Spring, Latin America, and East Asia -- this is the general US behavior," Nasrallah said.

Hezbollah's first supported his aforementioned stance by pointing to US diplomat Jeffery Feltman's interpretation of Lebanon's protests, "which had been sparked by erroneous government decisions, burdening citizens with additional fees and taxes."

"Feltman called on the Lebanese to express their opinion concurrently with stances [on the situation in Lebanon] made by members of the US Congress and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They all interfered in Lebanon's internal affairs, yet their interference was met with utter silence," Nasrallah added.

He went on to indicate that the US had rushed to assume that the demonstrations that shook Lebanon were against Iran. "Fact is, none of the protestors' slogans were addressed against Iran - all the slogans were about the dire economic situation and other demands," Nasrallah elaborated.

He went on to say that since day one of Lebanon's protests, the US had also assumed that the country's demonstrations were a revolution against Hezbollah, regretting that some Arab and foreign media have helped the US to paint this image.

Shifting to the most recent Israeli statements on Lebanon's protests, Nasrallah quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and other officials, who deemed the protests a historic opportunity to weaken Hezbollah, or to take advantage of the situation and make oil and gas agreements with Lebanon.

Moreover, Nasrallah couldn't help but wonder how Pompeo had deduced that the Lebanese considered Hezbollah a threat to Lebanon, pointing to the fact that Lebanon's parliamentary elections two years ago did not support Pompeo's supposition.

"My comment on Pompeo's words: Hezbollah is a threat to Israel, its ambitions, its project, and its hegemony; we all know its greed for land, water, and finally oil and gas. Hezbullah is a great danger to Israel," Nasrallah added.

Source: National News Agency