Marking the first year since the "Liberation of Jroud military operation in Lebanon's Eastern Mountain Series against Takfiri terrorism and its allies, Hezbollah Secretary-General, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, addressed the Lebanese on Sunday during a popular festival held in the town of Hermel on the occasion.
Under the "Glory and Triumph" headline, Nasrallah touched in his speech on the Lebanese army's proven, solid presence on the ground in its decision to attack the terrorists, deeming the battle's successful outcome as a confirmation of the "army, people, resistance" golden equation.
Speaking to scores of citizens, political officials and prominent figures through a giant screen, Nasrallah said, "It is Liberation Day that we are celebrating in the city of Hermel today, which suffered its share of risks, threats, rocket attacks and car bombs, but did not change...for the true factor of victory is how to be the soldiers of God." He paid tribute to the people of the region for their generous sacrifices in this respect.
"The golden equation has yielded this victory and liberation," stressed Nasrallah, while referring to the past years that witnessed a great threat to Lebanon, especially the Bekaa, as a result of the events in Syria and their reflection on Lebanon.
"These risks were clear to us from the very beginning...and the picture became clearer after all these years, because what happened in our region in seven years is dangerous, including terrible events for those who wish to recall," Nasrallah went on.
"What if Daesh had reaped victory in Syria and took control of Iraq...What would have been the fate of this region and the Gulf States, and all of Lebanon, not just the villages bordering Syria in the Bekaa?" he questioned, pointing to a definitely doomed fate in the event of such victory, God forbid.
Nasrallah commended the quick decision by the people of the Bekaa in confronting the Takfiri threat, whether inside the Lebanese territories or within Syria, while criticizing the position of the government back then, characterized by "non-position".
"The victories would not have been achieved without the triumph of the Syrian Arab Army," Nasrallah went on, praising the "wide response to the battle calls, whether in the Eastern Mountain Chain, or in Arsal, or in Syria, where the element of youth was essential, motivated by enthusiasm and capabilities." He noted that he did not need a rhetorical speech in the past years to invoke the young to go to the battlefields, for the youth have always been charged with their enthusiasm, which when combined with competence and experience, can yield such outcome.
On the other hand, Nasrallah referred to "the crisis of the Israeli army's leadership in its efforts to attract the Israeli youth to its combat units due to their lacking cause and their unwillingness to die...in addition to the increasing psychological conditions of enemy soldiers who are treated by mental health doctors, whose number reached 44 thousand soldiers and officers."
"This is a huge figure," he said, adding that "strategic enemy experts are talking about this crisis. In spite of the sophisticated weapons they received in 2006, yet they could not rehabilitate the psychological conditions nor renew their historical leaders."
Nasrallah stressed "the importance of the great popular embrace of this battle in the liberation of the outskirts," revealing that surveys have been conducted by the US Embassy about this embrace, but were not published. "Over the course of seven years, no cries of complaint were raised from our environment, but only the insistence to pursue the battle," he added proudly.
"Despite all the sanctions, we are fine," he reassured, referring to donations of people with their money, bread and food. "Although they were not needed by the battle front, but the value of this lies in the embrace and dignity, which can be built upon," added Nasrallah, criticizing "the counter media, which focused on naming martyrs who were still alive!"
The Secretary-General lauded the army's defense despite the government's confused decision back then, deeming that "the army proved its presence and offered martyrs and sacrifices...until President Michel Aoun was elected, a new government was formed and a new army commander was appointed...who then made his decision to attack and the result was to confirm the tripartite golden equation."
"There is no place in Lebanon for any occupier or aggressor, as long as our people adhere to freedom, power and sovereignty, without any subordination to anyone," Nasrallah underscored.
Touching on the "Fajr Al-Joroud" battle, he said, "When the Supreme Defense Council took its decision to fight, the Americans intervened and asked that the army remains aside, which was preceded by American pressure to prevent Hezbollah from winning the battle against the Nusra Front." "This is America," added Nasrallah, "and this was its manner of thinking when it threatened to cut-off the army aids...The Americans did not fight in Damascus, neither in Syria nor in Iraq...America does not think of your interests, and those who bet on it ought to know better" he stressed.
Nasrallah praised herein "the Kurds' choice to negotiate with the Syrian government, for they do not know when America will abandon them."
"In the north of Syria, in Idlib where the Nusra Front, the head of terrorism, takes control, there are attempts to prevent the liberation of Idlib," he went on, describing the American position as "hypocrite."
"America is preparing for a play to launch a chemical aggression in Syria, while failing to condemn the massacres against children in Yemen," Nasrallah pointed out, referring to "the crises surrounding Presidents Trump and Netanyahu." "As for the third party in the deal of the century, Mohammed bin Salman, we shall postpone any talk about him," he added.
Touching on the internal scene, the Secretary-General criticized recent talk following the elections about Hezbollah's control of Lebanon, considering that "this aims at holding Hezbollah responsible for the existing conditions in Lebanon, and distorting its image."
"Despite being the strongest political force in Lebanon, Hezbollah has the least influence within the state and power," stressed Nasrallah. He rejected "the accusation that Hezbollah dictates to the President of the Republic what to do," asserting that "the relationship with the President is based on trust and respect." "Accusing Hezbollah of this matter actually targets the President of the Republic and the Free Patriotic Movement," he underscored.
On the delayed cabinet formation, the Secretary-General said, "There are certain sides within the March 14th circles who claim that the real reason for delaying the formation of the government is not the sizes of shares, but the International Tribunal's decision due in September, which is said to have a dramatic impact on the country."
Nasrallah firmly added, "Everyone is well-aware of our position, namely that the International Tribunal means nothing to us whatsoever, nor does any of its issued decisions, whether condemnation or acquittal, so do not play with fire!"
On the Bekaa and its prevailing conditions, Nasrallah vowed that all promises made during the elections will be achieved.
"We have agreed with House Speaker Nabih Berri to accord priority to the whole Bekaa region, and we are interested in the formation of a development council for the Baalbek-Hermel district, in parallel with the development council in Akkar. In the event of the government formation, we will have a formal framework that would ensure the necessary aids and donations," he disclosed.
"Development in the Bekaa requires cooperation with everyone, through which we can start a new phase of serious collaboration," underlined Nasrallah.
On relations with Syria, he said: "We shall discuss this relationship when the government is formed, and within the ministerial statement committee," stressing on "quiet dialogue" in this respect.
"The Lebanese national interest requires the opening of the crossings for the transfer of goods in the event of the opening of the Naseeb Crossing in Jordan," emphasized Nasrallah, revealing "the request of European security services for the mediation of Lebanese security services to link them with the Syrian security services.
Source: National News Agency