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Sayyed Nasrallah: We Are with Any Proportional Law, Stop Betting on Syria, “Israel” Suffering Confidence Crisis

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Zeinab Essa

On the occasion of Holy Prophet Mohammad's [PBUH] birth anniversary and the Week of the Islamic Unity, Hizbullah held Friday a central ceremony in Sayyed Al-Shuhada complex in Dahiya [Southern suburbs of Beirut].

In the crowded ceremony, the Secretary General of Hizbullah, His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech in which he tackled various regional and internal issues.

Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Muslim World on the Prophet and His grandson Imam Sadeq's birth anniversary as well as on the Week of the Islamic Unity.

Our Prophet: Humanity's Model, Not to Accept Insult

On the ceremony, Sayyed Nasrallah mentioned some of the Holy Prophet's perfect merits, which were admitted by his friends and foes.
In this context, His Eminence noted that the Holy Prophet's enemies found no faults in this model personality.

"Of the most important aspects that must be recalled today is that the Messenger of God, the Prophet of Islam, restored humanity to its first humane foundation. He even leveled its humanitarian aspect," His Eminence confirmed.
He further reiterated that this "great humane Prophet came to address people by the message: ‘We're all from Adam, and Adam is from soil'."
"He came to tell people that "all people are equal, whether male or female, Arabs or Persians, black or white," the Hizbullah top official stated.
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah slammed the "unfortunate deliberate campaign to malign the Prophet, attack his religion, and undermine his humanitarian call."
In face of some books, movies and abuses against our religion and Prophet, he called "for open debate and dialogue," stressing that "we can't accept any abuse and insult."

"We must certainly express our anger," His Eminence stressed, and noted that "it is our responsibility to constructively inform the world of this great Prophet: His features, religion, message, and words."

Regional Developments Political, Not Sectarian

On the regional level, Hizbullah Secretary General refused the claim that "what's happening in the Arab region is merely a sectarian conflict."
"The disaster," is according to Sayyed Nasrallah, "failing to deal with the crises that erupt and we must shoulder the responsibility concerning the current events."
He also highlighted that "political objectives that have to do with power and domination were behind all the conflicts and wars that happened, which had nothing to do with religion or with Sunnis and Shiites."
"We should try to approach this from the fact that Lebanon is part of this region, and we might be the most affected by the events taking place in the regional surrounding," His Eminence explained.

Meanwhile, he affirmed that "many current conflicts, our region is facing, are political and have nothing to do with religions or with Islam and Christianity or Sunnis and Shiites."
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah gave the example of the Gulf War, which is considered one of the most dangerous wars that happened in our region.
"It wasn't a religious war, but rather a war for power and control over oil," he asserted, and added that "Saddam Hussein's wars on Iran and Kuwait were of neither religious nor sectarian backgrounds since most of the Iraqi soldiers were Shiites."

He also urged all sides to keep any conflict away from sectarian incitement.
"We should look for compromises, dialogue, and solutions rather than destructive clashes and that's what we urge in Syria and Lebanon, Yemen and Egypt," Sayyed Nasrallah iterated.

Moreover, he underscored that "we must be cautious and any sectarian rhetoric is a malicious rhetoric that destroys everything."
"Some current Arab regimes do not care about the Palestinian people or the Sunni communities as they own hundreds of billions of amassed money, but when they engage in a conflict with Iran, they turn it into a Shiite-Sunni conflict," the resistance Leader mentioned.

"Israel" Suffering Confidence Crisis

Moving to the Zionist entity's recent elections, His Eminence highlighted that "the founding parties of the entity, such as Labor and Likud, are weakening, amid the absence of a strong party and central leaderships."
"Everyone knows the serious trust issue in "Israeli" regarding ["Israeli" PM Benjamin] Netanyahu, but they elected him because they had no other choice," Sayyed Nasrallah iterated, and pointed out that "This election also witnessed steadiness in the influence of extremist religious parties and this complicates political administration and there is a crisis of confidence in the "Israeli" entity."
Moreover, he warned from betting on any "Israeli" party "because "Israel's" left and right parties are the same when it comes to Arab rights as well as the "Israeli" ambitions and threats against the people of the region."
To him, ""Israel's" greediness will not change and we must not wager on any of them."

Sayyed Nasrallah further noted that "the only guarantee to Palestine is its resistance, and the only guarantee to Lebanon is the tripartite equation of the ‘people, army, and resistance'."
"The most important response to the "Israeli" elections is the call for further adherence to the resistance and further cooperation to keep the resistance strong in Palestine and Lebanon," he stressed.

With any Proportional Law

On the Lebanese front, His Eminence reiterated that "the Lebanese national unity is what preserves Lebanon in face of "Israel's" greed and aggressions."
"Today, the main debate in Lebanon is the Parliamentary elections and electoral law," Hizbullah Secretary General viewed, and noted that "respectful discussion is absent from the Lebanon political scene, and insults are rather prevailing."
Confirming that the election's issue is sensitive, particularly in this period, His Eminence stated that "all Lebanese sects and parties are approaching the electoral law in a sensitive manner due to the current sharp divisions and the effects of the regional developments."

"When Lebanese Christians see what's happening in Iraq, Nigeria, Syria and other places, they are justified in their concerns on the issue of a new electoral law to govern the coming elections," His Eminence said, and mentioned that "the regional developments complicated the scene."
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah called for addressing all Lebanese concerns and refraining from accusations.
Commenting on some sides' claims that the Orthodox electoral proposal is Hizbullah's one, he considered that "such approach is very malicious and carries insults to Bkirki and the Christians."

In this context, His Eminence clearly declared the party's position from electoral proposals: "We had our reservations on the Orthodox proposal in the beginning until our allies explained it. We would vote for the government's draft law, Lebanon as a single district or the Orthodox Gathering if any of these proposals are put to a vote in Parliament."

As he mentioned that there exists several options and proposals, Sayyed Nasrallah called for approaching this issue in a scientific manner.
"The main electoral system we seek is the proportional representation. Proportional representation is the only proposal that ensures everyone is represented in parliament," the party's top official elaborated.
Sayyed Nasrallah also responded to March 14 claims that the problem of adopting proportionality is related to the resistance weapons.
"The Resistance existed during the 1996 elections and weapons have never been used to impose electoral choices," he stated, and wondered, "Is the resistance going to use Zizal missile or Fajir 5 rocket to impose its electoral choice on a certain Lebanese village."
His Eminence asked: "What's more dangerous money or arms? Which has the greater impact in the elections? What is more dangerous: misleading and unfair media or weapons?"

"If weapons are to influence the elections, its influence under a winner-takes-all system is greater than their influence under a proportional representation law," he stressed, underlining that "remarks about weapons are incorrect."
According to the resistance leader, "Their problem with proportionality is that it gives every side its real size especially that these people believe that their only guarantee lies in having a larger size than they really have."
He further asked the Lebanese to agree "on a fair electoral law and go to elections, and forget all about Syria's developments, particularly those who betted on the fall of Damascus or on a dramatic development in Syria."
"All the military, regional and international developments indicate that the dreams of many parties will not come true," His Eminence assured.

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah urged the government not to ignore Lebanese livelihood issues: the teachers, professors, refugees and the Islamist prisoners.
"Some of the Islamist detainees have been jailed for 4 or 5 years without trial. This is unfair, regardless of our position from them," His Eminence concluded.