Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered Monday a televised speech, in which he tackled the latest developments on the internal and regional levels.
Dahyieh Welcomes Security
Hours after the Lebanese security forces intensified their presence in Dahyieh [Southern Suburbs of Beirut], the resistance leader welcomed this step as a national decision. "We hope that the Lebanese state fulfills its legal obligations all over the Lebanese regions."
He further called all the residents of Dahiyeh and its visitors, as well as those passing through the area to cooperate and respect the security forces’ measures. His Eminence also urged the people to help and support the security forces in their mission, and called everyone to act responsibly with these forces.
"I call on everyone to deal with these security forces in a spirit of national responsibility. These men are shouldering a very big responsibility and they are performing a major mission for which they must be thanked," he said.
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that "since the August 15 bombing in Roweiss, we [Hizbullah] worked on preventing further bombings in Beirut, the Beqaa and the South."
In this context, he clarified that the resistance and its people resorted to self-security, because they noticed a vacuum in certain areas and "we were compelled to fill that vacuum".
"The issue of Dahyieh was a bit sensitive because it was targeted twice and it is still facing threats, but the state must definitely extend its authority in all regions," his Eminence stated, and noted that "since the bombings, there has been a big debate about the so-called "Hizbullah self-security"."
On this issue, Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that Hizbullah "is against self-security in principle, and those who willingly exercised self-security are known."
"Those objecting self-security did so in principle and without going into any detail," he said, and pointed out that "today's deployment of Lebanese security forces in Dahyieh rebuffs all claims of those who accused us that we were exercising self-security to build our own mini-state."
In addition, His Eminence highlighted that the Lebanese state needed time to prepare itself for implementing security and in the meantime Hizbullah had to take alternative measures.
"It is sad and shameful that some are saying that Hizbullah is hoping for another bombing to take place in Dahiyeh to say that the state is unable to provide security. Those who are claiming this are not human beings."
Responding to those who denounced Hizbullah recent measures, the resistance leader said "I feel that these people were delighted with the death of the people in Dahyieh. It is regrettable that some people's hostility reached this level of thinking."
"Those who believe that Dahyieh is not threatened do not live in this country or in this world. Allow me to say that they would rejoice at the death of people in Dahyieh and Tripoli and that they would be saddened by our efforts to prevent that," he affirmed.
To the Dahyieh Lebanese state in general and the security forces in particular, Sayyed Nasrallah sent the following message."Today, the entire Dahyieh is your responsibility. You greatly deserve to shoulder this responsibility…. When Dahyieh entrusts the Lebanese army and security forces with its blood, security and safety, this is the most precious thing that one can put at stake."
His Eminence moved on to hope these security forces and state authorities will shoulder their full responsibility and assume all the intelligence and preventative missions.
"Only the state is responsible for security in all regions and we will leave any point to which the state might send forces. Today, it happened in Dahyieh and tomorrow it might happen in Baalbek and we welcome and cooperate with any efforts that contribute to the success of the mission," Sayyed Nasrallah added.
Roweiss Attack Culprits, Supporters Known
On the two bombings that rocked the Dahyieh, he unveiled that "we have reached specific results in our investigations into the Roweiss bombing, the culprits, their place, and supporters"
"The same conclusions were also reached by official security agencies. Of course it is a Takfiri group that is affiliated with the Syrian opposition and which is based in Syrian territory," His Eminence elaborated, and urged the relevant Lebanese authorities, to take the necessary measures, especially against the culprits who are inside Lebanon.
No for Chemical Weapons
Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, responded to the allegations that Syria transferred chemical weapons to Hizbullah.
"I deny these baseless accusations, which are absolutely untrue," he declared, and warned that such accusations have dangerous repercussions on Lebanon and its people.
According to His Eminence, Hizbullah "had never asked the brothers in Syria for chemical weapons, and this will never happen in the future."
"The US War secretary warned that chemical weapons might be transferred to Hizbullah and on the next day the "Syrian Coalition" claimed that the Syrian regime delivered chemical arms to Hizbullah and some "smart" officials claimed that we have received a ton of chemical agents and this is a laughable accusation," Hizbullah Secretary General affirmed.
Moreover, he said: "The thing is not like transporting wheat, flour or conventional weapons and some parties in Lebanon joined the media campaign and said they fear that the chemical weapons might be transported to Lebanon."
"For us, the use of chemical weapons, even in psychological warfare, is unacceptable," His Eminence asserted, describing the claims as “laughable”.
On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that "Hizbullah has never sought to install a telecom network in Zahle [in the Beqaa region]."
"Hizbullah was only conducting maintenance work on one cable that had been installed near the outskirts of Zahle and not in Zahle itself," he added, accusing some sides of leading delusional wars in Zahle.
Yes for Dialogue, No for 8-8-8 in Gov't
Regarding the calls for national dialogue, His Eminence viewed that those who are disrupting the Lebanese national dialogue are well known.
"We consider that dialogue is in the interest of the nation and this is our attitude toward the initiative of House Speaker Nabih Berri," he said, and expressed the party's readiness to participate in any national dialogue table regardless of who attends and the results.
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated Hizbullah's readiness to discuss the interference in the Syrian crisis, and why we intervened in Syria. "We are happy to explain at the national dialogue table the reasons behind our intervention. We agree to discuss who started the intervention, its forms, the timing of our intervention and whether there is a national interest in it."
"Isn't it intervention when some leaders urge, contact, exert efforts and write articles in some media outlets, calling on the American president to wage a military aggression against Syria; an aggression that would have dangerous repercussions on the region, the world and Lebanon. Is this neutrality? Is this self-dissociation? Which is more dangerous; this move or the sending of Hizbullah fighters to specific locations in Syria?" His Eminence wondered.
"What is more dangerous, supporting a military strike against Syria that would have grave implications on Lebanon and the world, or Hizbullah's intervention with a group of fighters in the battles in Syria?"
Moreover, the resistance leader tackled "the boring Lebanese public opinion battle regarding the formation of a new government."
"Our opponents said they rejected Hizbullah's participation in the government," he said, and pointed out that "after disrupting the Lebanese arena for two months, they said they would agree on Hizbullah’s participation."
Sayyed Nasrallah declared that the only condition regarding the new government is that it reflects the parliamentary representation of the political parties in Lebanon.
On this level, His Eminence refused the 8-8-8 governmental formula, describing it as "unrealistic".
"The Prime Minister- designate is a member of the "March 14" and the minister he is supposed to name would abide by the same political decision, which would technically mean that "March 14" would have 10 ministers," he explained.
Thus, to end this debate, the Hizbullah top official recommended the formation of a national unity government based on the political weight of each party. "Enough with delaying the interests of the country and enough with the bets on regional development."
To Turkey, KSA: Stop Gambling
Moving to the regional level, Sayyed Nasrallah commented on some Gulf countries', particularly the Saudi Arabia Kingdom, accusations that "Hizbullah occupies Syria."
"How many fighters did Hizbullah send to Syria? Would any reasonable person believe that Hizbullah has the ability to occupy Syria? Is Hizbullah capable of occupying Syria?" he wondered.
According to His Eminence: "They want to cover up for their failure in Syria ... Failure has been haunting this camp since two years and a half and they are using the excuse of Hizbullah's occupation of Syria while ignoring the fact that there is a regime, leadership and people in Syria who are confronting the challenges."
"Our contribution is very humble compared to the work being undertaken by the Syrian army," Sayyed Nasrallah declared, honestly advising KSA and Turkey not to bet on a military solution because it is the wrong gamble.
Meanwhile, His Eminence wondered: "Isn't Syria occupied by the tens of thousands of fighters you [KSA and Turkey] brought from all countries? Today, the Coalition has started to raise the voice against them. Those speaking of the occupation of Syria must not ask the world and its armies to occupy Syria."
He also reiterated that the political solution and political dialogue is the only solution that will save Syria and the countries of the region.
"Those who complicate the situation even further will be responsible for any bloodshed in the future," the resistance leader warned, urging the gamblers to put their hatreds aside and think of the people's and region's interests.
With The Bahrainis
On the Bahraini step of blacklisting Hizbullah and prosecuting any person who establishes contact with another person who has some sort of relation with the party, Sayyed Nasrallah described the step as political.
"The popular uprising in Bahrain will continue despite the ongoing repression," he said, vowing that Hizbullah will continue its support to the rights of the Bahraini people.
Source: Al-Ahed News, Translated by website team