Nasrallah Says Hizbullah Seeks Dialogue in 'Settlement Cabinet', Offered Portfolio Concessions for Country's Sake

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Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday blamed “those who wanted to eliminate Hizbullah from any government” for the 11-month deadlock in the cabinet formation process, describing the cabinet that was announced Saturday by Prime Minister Tammam Salam as a “settlement cabinet.”

“Every person can evaluate the outcome of the cabinet formation process the way they like, whether it is positive or negative, and we respect all opinions,” said Nasrallah in a televised speech commemorating “Hizbullah's martyr leaders” Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi, Sheikh Ragheb Harb and military commander Imad Mughniyeh.

“It is normal for people to have divergent evaluations, as each evaluation depends on the perspective through which the issue is being approached,” said Nasrallah, referring to the dismay of some of Hizbullah's allies and supporters over the cabinet line-up, which included fierce critics of the party, such as Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi and Interior Minister Nohad al-Mashnouq.

He explained that Hizbullah has always been “with the state and with national partnership.”

“We never said that we reject a cabinet containing any of March 14's components. We never said that we reject the representation of these parties in cabinet and never said that we won't sit with the Mustaqbal Movement or any other party around a dialogue table. We had rather always called for a cabinet of national partnership and unity,” Nasrallah added.

“We are not in any way embarrassed to be in this cabinet,” he pointed out.

Addressing the 11-month impasse in the cabinet formation process, Nasrallah said “it was not portfolio rotation that impeded the formation of the cabinet for 10 months, but rather those who were rejecting the formation of a political cabinet in Lebanon and those who called for eliminating Hizbullah from any cabinet.”

“It was those who called for forming a neutral cabinet,” he said, referring to the March 14 camp.

Nasrallah noted that “those who opened the door for a solution in the cabinet formation process were AMAL (Movement) and Hizbullah,” adding that “had a neutral or de facto cabinet been formed, a problem would have happened in the country.”

“Consultations between AMAL and Hizbullah have produced the cabinet,” he said.

“The political problem was resolved as the rotation and distribution of portfolios lingered, so we offered concessions. We are the ones who offered a lot of sacrifices and did not discuss or care for the issue of portfolios, even in the last hours, because our concern was the formation of a cabinet as the country's interest lied in the formation of a cabinet,” Hizbullah's leader clarified.

He stated that evaluating Hizbullah through the ministerial portfolios it got “is a mistake.”

“The country was facing several choices. We never wanted vacuum at the political, economic and security levels. A de facto, neutral cabinet would have posed a threat, that's why the 'settlement cabinet' was formed. You can call it a cabinet of rivals or a national interest cabinet, but a settlement cabinet is the best description. But this is not an all-embracing cabinet as some forces have not taken part in it,” added Nasrallah.

“This cabinet is a settlement cabinet. We want it to be a cabinet of rapprochement and we will enter it with the intent of launching dialogue, not with the intent of setting up barricades inside it. It should alleviate tensions in the country and lower the intensity of political rhetoric,” Hizbullah's chief went on to say.

He pointed out that the cabinet's “priority” must be holding the presidential and parliamentary elections in a timely manner.

“We hope this cabinet will shoulder the responsibility of confronting terrorism,” Nasrallah said.

“Some allies and people have concerns and fears over the new cabinet. For example, some are saying that it will release (detained Qaida-linked militants) Naim Abbas or Omar al-Atrash,” he added.

“If someone has confessed, no one can release them, whoever the justice minister might be,” Nasrallah reassured.

Hizbullah's leader had started his lengthy speech by reminding of the Israeli threat to Lebanon and the region.

“I remind those who have forgotten in Lebanon that Israel is still an enemy and a threat to Lebanon's people, water, oil, security and sovereignty,” said Nasrallah.

“Over the past weeks, Israel seized the chance and wanted to wage a psychological warfare against the resistance, so we heard several threats, but no one in Lebanon cared, as there are some parties who consider the resistance to be the threat against the country,” Nasrallah lamented.

“The enemy does not scare us and after all these experiences and achievements, it knows that the resistance maintains high readiness despite everything that is happening in Lebanon and Syria. Our assets are ready and are growing and although martyrs from the resistance are falling in Syria, it is capable to confront the Israeli enemy,” he reassured.

Turning to the issue of the recent Saudi donation to the Lebanese Army that aims to buy French weapons for the poorly-equipped military institution, Nasrallah said: “In the past, I had said that we hope to see the day when we will have a Lebanese state that can protect and defend Lebanon so that we can rest. And today I want to reiterate that we hope to see the day when the army becomes the sole force that shoulders the responsibility of defending Lebanon."

"Our concern is defending Lebanon and its sovereignty and dignity. We are with everything that can strengthen the army in terms of equipment, personnel and advanced weapons that can protect Lebanon in the face of Israeli threats," Nasrallah said.

"Days will prove if there is a will in the international community to offer these arms to the army or not. Should this assistance take place, we will thank anyone who offers weapons to the army," he stressed.

Nasrallah devoted much of the drawn-out address to defending Hizbullah's involvement in Syria, vowing that the group would prevail against extremists fighting in neighboring Syria.

"We will win this battle, God willing," he insisted, after describing the group's role in the conflict in Syria as a fight against "takfiris" -- extremist Sunni Muslims.

"It's a question of time," he said of Hizbullah's promised victory in the fight.

"Planning and preparations... exist, but it's a question of time," he added, describing the fight in Syria, which a Britain-based monitoring group estimates has killed several hundred Hizbullah members, as a "decisive, historic battle."

Hizbullah's strongholds in Beirut's southern suburbs and the Bekaa have been targeted in a string of car and suicide bomb attacks that have killed dozens of civilians, with jihadist groups saying the blasts are revenge for the Shiite movement's role in the Syria conflict.

“Tonight, it is a duty to hail people's patience and their will. We must laud the discipline of these people who have refrained from any retaliation in the wake of these bombings. In this confrontation, we must know that this issue deserves patience and the endurance of repercussions. The martyrs who fell in these bombings are exactly like our youths who are falling martyrs in Syria, as this is the same battle,” said Nasrallah.

Nasrallah said the attacks, and others in Syria against religious minorities, proved that the group needed to fight extremism in Syria to protect Lebanon.

"If the armed groups control Syria, what will Lebanon's future be?" he asked.

"Where are your priests, where are your nuns, where are your statues of the Virgin Mary?" he added, referring to Syrian priests and nuns kidnapped by extremists, who have also desecrated churches.

"This is a danger that threatens all Lebanese... If they (jihadists) have the opportunity to control the border regions, their goal will be to transform Lebanon into a part of their Islamic state," he said.

Nasrallah noted that “claims that withdrawal from Syria would stop the bombings are lies,” referring to arguments by Hizbullah's political rivals in Lebanon and a recent statement by the Qaida-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which laid out two preconditions for stopping its bomb attacks in Lebanon – Hizbullah's withdrawal from Syria and the release of Islamist inmates from the Roumieh prison.

Timeline
  • 16 February 2014, 22:04

    Nasrallah: The war on Syria and in Syria must stop, which would preserve Palestine and Lebanon.

  • 16 February 2014, 22:03

    Nasrallah: Some allies and people have concerns and fears over the new cabinet. For example, some are saying that it will release Naim Abbas or Omar al-Atrash. If someone has confessed, no one can release them, whoever the justice minister might be.

  • 16 February 2014, 22:00

    Nasrallah: We hope this cabinet will shoulder the responsibility of confronting terrorism.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:59

    Nasrallah: The cabinet's priority must be achieving the constitutional junctures on time.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:57

    Nasrallah: This cabinet is a settlement cabinet. We want it to be a cabinet of rapprochement and we will enter it with the intent of launching dialogue, not with the intent of setting up barricades inside it. It should alleviate tensions in the country and lower the intensity of political rhetoric in the country.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:55

    Nasrallah: Evaluating Hizbullah through the ministerial portfolios it got is a mistake. The country was facing several choices. We never wanted vacuum at the political, economic and security levels. A de facto, neutral cabinet would have posed a threat, that's why the "settlement cabinet" was formed. You can call it a cabinet of rivals or a national interest cabinet, but a settlement cabinet is the best description. But this is not an all-embracing cabinet as some forces have not taken part in it.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:54

    Nasrallah: The political problem was resolved as the rotation and distribution of portfolios lingered, so we offered concessions. We are the ones who offered a lot of sacrifices and did not discuss or care for the issue of portfolios, even in the last hours, because our concern was the formation of a cabinet as the country's interest lied in the formation of a cabinet.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:52

    Nasrallah: Those who opened the door for a solution in the cabinet formation process were AMAL and Hizbullah. Had a neutral or de facto cabinet been formed, a problem would have happened in the country. Consultations between AMAL and Hizbullah have produced the cabinet.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:49

    Nasrallah: It was not portflio rotation that impeded the formation of the cabinet for 10 months, but rather those who were rejecting the formation of a political cabinet in Lebanon and those who called for eliminating Hizbullah from any cabinet. It was those who called for forming a neutral cabinet.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:48

    Nasrallah: We are with the state and with national partnership and we never said that we reject a cabinet containing any of March 14's components. We never said that we reject the representation of these parties in cabinet and never said that we won't sit with the Mustaqbal Movement or any other party around a dialogue table. We had rather always called for a cabinet of national partnership and unity. We had called for dialogue and discussions, and that does not mean that someone wants to impose their viewpoint on the other. We are not in any way embarrassed to be in this cabinet.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:46

    Nasrallah: It is normal for people to have divergent evaluations, as each evaluation depends on the perspective through which the issue is being approached.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:45

    Nasrallah on new cabinet: Every person can evaluate the outcome of the cabinet formation process the way they like, whether it is positive or negative, and we respect all opinions.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:44

    Nasrallah: Security is the responsibility of the army, the ISF and the state and must hail the army and its intelligence directorate for their efforts and achievements.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:42

    Nasrallah: Everyone is targeted, that's why a national confrontation is needed.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:42

    Nasrallah: We must work to prevent the realization of any of the takfiris' objectives. Sectarian strife is among their objectives and their rhetoric in Syria and Lebanon is totally sectarian and they are seeking strife.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:39

    Nasrallah: All people must have faith that we will emerge victorious from this battle and that it is only a matter of time. This battle requires capabilities, resolve and preparations at the popular level and at the level of the resistance. This is a historic battle and victory, not defeat, is looming in the horizon.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:37

    Nasrallah: Claims that withdrawal from Syria would stop the bombings are lies.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:35

    Nasrallah: Tonight, it is a duty to hail people's patience and their will. We must laud the discipline of these people who have refrained from any retaliation in the wake of these bombings. In this confrontation, we must know that this issue deserves patience and the endurance of repercussions. The martyrs who fell in these bombings are exactly like our youths who are falling martyrs in Syria, as this is the same battle.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:34

    Nasrallah: We must confront this battle, which has been open since years ... We are concerned with the confrontation.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:32

    Nasrallah: Are the Druze in (Syria's) Souwaida protected from the takfiris? What is the difference between Syria's Druze and Lebanon's Druze?

  • 16 February 2014, 21:32

    Nasrallah: I ask Christians before Muslims, don't you see what's happening in Syria? What happened to your churches, nuns and bishops?

  • 16 February 2014, 21:31

    Nasrallah: What would the Lebanese do if their border becomes open to terrorism?

  • 16 February 2014, 21:30

    Nasrallah: Why are they afraid of holding elections in Syria? Because they know the mood of the public opinion.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:28

    Nasrallah: Had the armed groups seized control of Syria, what would have been the scene in Syria today? It would have been like Afghanistan. Who would have controlled Syria? The Syrian (National) Coalition or the Istanbul-based National Council?

  • 16 February 2014, 21:26

    Nasrallah: What did the Lebanese government and state do when some groups in the Bekaa threatened to seize control of Hermel and Baalbek in 30 minutes? What were they relying on other than their hope that armed groups and terrorist would seize control of the area on Lebanon's border? What did you do other than receiving them and sending them delegations?

  • 16 February 2014, 21:25

    Nasrallah: Why don't we have the right to intervene to fend off the threat of looting, rape and murder against 30,000 Lebanese citizens who were living in the Qusayr region?

  • 16 February 2014, 21:24

    Nasrallah: Why do the U.S., France, Canada, Belgium, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia have the right to have concerns over the presence of their youths in Syria, while we don't have the right as Lebanese, who are on Syria's border, to worry, take measures and launch a preemptive war? What did the government do regarding the threat other than burying its head in the sand through the dissociation policy?

  • 16 February 2014, 21:18

    Nasrallah: Had the takfiris triumphed in Syria, it would have become more dangerous than Afghanistan.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:17

    Nasrallah: Let's assume that our intervention in Syria is the reason behind the suicide bombings. We have already explained the circumstances of our fighting there. Several countries have started expressing their concerns over the security threats posed by the presence of these groups in Syria.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:15

    Nasrallah: In our opinion, they intended to come to Lebanon and what invites them to come to Lebanon is their creed.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:13

    Nasrallah: They said that their priority is Syria and that they would then come to Lebanon. They sought a strategy to control the areas on Lebanon's border because Lebanon is part of their schemes.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:11

    Nasrallah: Before our intervention in Syria, wasn't there a war that was imposed by these groups in a (Palestinian) camp (in Lebanon) or in some of the Christian areas. These incidents happened before the Syrian conflict.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:11

    Nasrallah: Some in Lebanon said these bombings would not have happened had it not been for Hizbullah's intervention in Syria, and they're still endorsing this approach even though we are now in the same cabinet.

  • 16 February 2014, 21:05

    Nasrallah: Al-Nusra Front, the ISIL and other groups are fighting each other, killing each other, taking each other's women as captives and waging merciless suicide bombings against each other.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:57

    Nasrallah: We are with everything that can strengthen the army in terms of equipment, personnel and advanced weapons that can protect Lebanon in the face of Israeli threats. Days will prove if there is a will in the international community to offer these arms to the army or not. Should this assistance take place, we will thank anyone who offers weapons to the army.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:56

    Nasrallah: Our concern is defending Lebanon and its sovereignty and dignity.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:55

    Nasrallah: In the past, I had said that we hope to see the day when we will have a Lebanese state that can protect and defend Lebanon so that we can rest. And today I want to reiterate that we hope to see the day when the army becomes the sole force that shoulders the responsibility of defending Lebanon.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:53

    Nasrallah: The enemy does not scare us and after all these experiences and achievements, it knows that the resistance maintains high readiness despite everything that is happening in Lebanon and Syria. Our assets are ready and are growing and although martyrs from the resistance are falling in Syria, it is capable to confront the Israeli enemy.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:52

    Nasrallah: Over the past weeks, Israel seized the chance and wanted to wage a psychological warfare against the resistance, so we heard several threats, but no one in Lebanon cared, as there are some parties who consider the resistance to be the threat against the country.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:49

    Nasrallah: The Israelis stayed in Lebanon and they tried to impose their hegemony. They killed, detained and prepared to build settlements in southern Lebanon. Had it not been for the resistance of all factions against occupation forces, Israel would not have pulled out of Lebanon.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:48

    Nasrallah: Many people believed in 1982 that Israel invaded Lebanon to expel the PLO from it, not because of its territorial ambitions.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:45

    Nasrallah: I remind those who have forgotten in Lebanon that Israel is still an enemy and a threat to Lebanon's people, water, oil, security and sovereignty.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:42

    Nasrallah: They want us to forget about Palestine, even at the emotional level, and one must admit that they have succeeded in this to a large extent, but it's not too late to address the matter, because we still have available choices.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:41

    Nasrallah: The U.S. and Israel wanted us to forget Palestine in the wake of all the achievements made by the axis of resistance.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:41

    Nasrallah: Nowadays, the people of each country are preoccupied with the situations in their own country and unfortunately we have reached a period in which no one wants to talk about Palestine and the Israeli enemy.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:39

    Nasrallah: Israel is a threat to all peoples in the region and I will speak of its exploitation of the chances it has found in the recent situations in the region.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:36

    Nasrallah: The great salutation goes to the families of the martyrs and the martyrs of the latest bombings in Lebanon.

  • 16 February 2014, 20:36

    Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in a speech marking the assassination anniversary of “Hizbullah's Martyr Leaders” Abbas al-Moussawi, Ragheb Harb and Imad Mughniyeh: I salute the souls of the martyr leaders Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi, Sheikh Ragheb Harb and Hajj Imad Mughniyeh and the souls of the martyrs of Palestine, Lebanon and the Arab world, who achieved all these victories.

Comments 83
Missing phillipo 16 February 2014, 20:54

What exactly has Israel carried out against Lebanon whilst Hizballah has been sinking deep into the Syrian quagmire? Absolutely nothing, which proves that quiet on one side of the border will bring quiet on the other side.

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 22:14

Hello wolfy, do you fetch olive branches… Awooooooooooooooooooooo…….

Thumb ice-man 17 February 2014, 03:25

@wolf: still wearing that strait jacket?

Thumb -phoenix1 16 February 2014, 21:13

There was a time I was one who earnestly waited for Sayed Hassan to appear and talk on TV. He was a hero, a man I respected a lot, the truth is that the only man I ever gave so much of my viewing time was Sheikh Bachir. It's sad for me to state that for sometime now, I feel a lot better to switch channels whenever Sayed Hassan appears. Today there's nothing that he will say that I will believe. He has screwed up my country's economy in 2006, invaded West Beirut one year after, closed the pride of my capital, its airport, now gone to fight a war that is not ours. I am watched Arsenal vs Liverpool, a time spent a lot more qualitatively than listening to this man I once held in such high esteem.

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 22:37

josephani, phoenix's comments are sincere and he is more openminded then most of us. I do not see his comment as being obtuse, it is clear. On the other hand you talk of "wisdom" when you continually preach one thing and fall back on talking trash.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:29

puppet you and your likes have attacked phoenix more than once, and often very rudely when he disagreed with you. so dont come playing hypocrite now, it wont work

Default-user-icon Elie (Guest) 17 February 2014, 00:45

Dearest Phoenix, I cannot imagine why you would ever think of Nasrallah as your hero. Hezbollah's beginnings were that of a state sponsored Shiite terrorist group who ruthlessly slaughtered Western journalists and whose secondary objective was dismantling the Phalangists. You idolize the great Bachir, but put Nasrallah on a pedestal, a man who brazenly professed his agenda of transforming Lebanon into an Islamic theocracy?

Thumb -phoenix1 17 February 2014, 12:02

Elie (guest), I thank you for your views, about Sheikh Bachir, he was and remains my teacher, my hero, my leaders and commander. I had the honor of serving with him. But you see, I have not deviated an inch from Bachir's principles, he always told us where we made mistakes with our Shiite brothers, and that they too are as patriotic as us all. Bachir used to tell us that if we know how to work with our Shiite siblings, and give them their rightful dues, Lebanon as a whole will benefit, and after all we would have done what is right. About Sayed Hassan, I still owe him the liberation of the South, I still honor the martyrs of the resistance. If today Sayed Hassan is veering in our views into the wrong direction, then it is incumbents on us again to steer him back into the fold, though not a simple task, but any other alternative is reckless and a loss for all concerned, Hezbollah first in line.

Thumb -phoenix1 17 February 2014, 11:58

Thank you GP, it seems Josephani has launched on me his ways at corrective measures, in another post even going as far as telling me that I should be ashamed of my views. Anyway, we are not supposed to be here for personal reasons but national and patriotic ones. I will debate with our brother Joe when he will get unstuck with judgmental feelings and return back to what were once great posts from him. Mowaten, thanks for your support, cheers all of you.

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 21:21

I did not know it was a rerun speech… blah blah blah Israel… blah blah blah Palestine… blah blah blah resistance… blah blah blah martyrs… blah blah blah axis of resistance…

The assassination anniversary of “Hizbullah's Martyr Leaders”… these clowns have a commemoration every other month, to pat them self's in the back and spew Iranian propaganda.

Thumb lebinaus 17 February 2014, 05:53

say it in Farsi ya zouzou

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 21:28

Flimflam, no one takes you seriously or cares what you think... you are a cheep joke and we are only having a little laugh responding to your Iranian/Assad loving propaganda.

Thumb amatoury114 16 February 2014, 21:29

against israel...hahhaahahaa...la2 tamou7 el shabb? are you FN kdding me...lak ma tkoune mfakkar u can scratch them?

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 21:34

Souther what the country needs is a military that will act against All Foreign hostile actions against Lebanon and act against All armed elements inside Lebanon… anything less is BS.

Missing VINCENT 16 February 2014, 21:36

There is a theory that goes something like this: "In order for a system to defeat failure/loss, meaning to live, it must provide easy access to the currents, forces and/or determination of the people that flow through it". Who or what is channeling or impeding the determination of the people, the very lifeline, that otherwise would hold Lebanon together? You people can sit and watch the grass grow or wait until the cows come home, and it will not change the fact that you've been divided and the life giving flow is being manipulated by the well known foreign interests while they, Iran, Israel, KSA prosper and increase their assets and their influence over the region. Grow up and unite for a common cause which should never be your respective religion, but the Wattan.

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 22:07

"The enemy does not scare us"… then why are you hiding in a hole in the ground telecasting propaganda?

"...burying its head in the sand through the dissociation policy"… this is the only thing you can expect from Hizbullah… they agree to something, then brake their word and try to spin it.

Default-user-icon Ze Gabster (Guest) 16 February 2014, 22:17

If Israel is the enemy , why did you try to murder Boutros Harb and all others ?

Thumb Machia 16 February 2014, 22:31

I thought Nasrallah's TV speech was for the most positive. Hopefully that would be translated in a government that would bring some security and prosperity to all of us.

Thumb Machia 16 February 2014, 22:39

Nasrallah is finally saying very sensible things concerning Lebanon. The formation of the government is a consequence of this opening. Same thing for Hariri and Aoun.
Lebanon was on the brink of a civil war and now it has saved itself.

Thumb Mystic 16 February 2014, 22:40

Legendary speech. Sayed Hassan described everything, no need for me to comment further.

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 22:47

Mystic… we can only hope there is never a need for you to comment again :-)

Thumb cedre 17 February 2014, 00:01

legendary like ur stupid propaganda, u're part of the online wilayat faqih

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 22:44

"Sayed Hassan Nasrallah is a voice of reason"="Hassan Nasrallah is the Ayatollah's mouthpiece"

"M14/Mustahabl takfiri cannibal terrorist scumbags"... you forgot to include Zionist.

Thumb cedars2 16 February 2014, 22:46

If he cares about this country and his followers he needs to turn 180 degrees and de-escalate everything he has been doing since the Syrian withdrawal. He needs to say in a very clear manner "in the interest of Lebanon we are withdrawing from Syria and will follow the dissociation policy in the interest of Lebanon, We will defend Lebanon against any aggression on its borders be it the Israelies, Syrians or Takfiris, we will swiftly incorperate our resistance with the Lebanese army and become under the army command and act as one in the event of any aggression that threatens any Lebanese citizen no matter what religion or sect he belongs to.

Thumb cedars2 16 February 2014, 22:46

If he says those words and acts on them Lebanon will be a changed place within a few hours and he will save his followers a lot of bloodshed. Wisdom needs to prevail in these critical times, our unity is of utmost importance. The army and the resistance being under army command will be a force to reckon with. But as long as they act independently the Lebanese will turn against them.

Thumb cedars2 16 February 2014, 22:47

There I solved it

Thumb ice-man 17 February 2014, 03:22

:)

Default-user-icon trueself (Guest) 16 February 2014, 22:58

I read today that Israeli arm dealer were supplying spare parts to Iran for their airplanes through a phantom company set up in Greece by a UK citizen. this comes to confirm the fact that Iran and Israel are teaming to tame the Arab world. HA needs to understand that a country could not be formed unless the arms are only in the hands of its army. Until Nassralah understands this, lebanon will remain a half country and a half nation.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:03

lebanon_first: i thought you were with institutions and all? lebanon as a country is at peace with syria, and at war with israel. you either follow that or open dekkaneh 3a 7sebak. it is the anti-assad who started fighting in syria first, lest you forget, and hoped that rebels overthrowing assad would bring them rewards in lebanon. you guys created that mess, and as usual you're incapable and unwilling to shoulder your responsibilities. start trouble then run away crying.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:04

geha: as always, i love your crystal ball readings. i want to send you my coffee cup for some more prophesies, do you have an address where you exercise divination professionally?

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:06

as for nasrallah's speech the quotes here are almost all truncated and mistranslated. what a shame.

Thumb general_puppet 16 February 2014, 23:15

"truncated and mistranslated"… everything is a conspiracy against the the terrorist militia according to Iran boy.

Thumb shab 16 February 2014, 23:22

Blah blah Israel this and that. Filthy murdering militia

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:33

that was a very original comment shab. you learned at least 4 new words since last time! impressive progress, that's +200%!

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:25

anonyme: i said the quotes are truncated, can't you read? also (and as usual) your claim is wrong and purely propagandist.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:29

understanding history is important to understand the present. if you forget your history you can't know where you're going.

there's more to life than just what happened in the last 7 seconds, unless you're a goldfish that is.

Thumb general_puppet 17 February 2014, 00:22

momo history is one thing and propaganda is another, unless you are sheep that is.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:31

the coffee cup reading has spoken, thank you anonyme.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:32

very deep analysis peace, just by reading you it is clear you must have a PhD in political science.

Thumb _mowaten_ 16 February 2014, 23:42

very witty comment peace! the girly-guru thing was hilarious and so on the spot! you even mentioned "history books", which i am sure you read a lot. did you read "under the sun of sheep" up to the last page? i bet you did.
thank you for the enlightenment you provide for the poor shepherd that i am.

Missing peace 16 February 2014, 23:49

you just made my point little insignificant thing....

your post answers it all...

Default-user-icon Neal (Guest) 16 February 2014, 23:34

Nesrallah speech blah blah blah after an hour of B.S. he said nothing . that's a wasted hour of my life i will not get back

Thumb cedre 16 February 2014, 23:38

'cannibal terrorist' ? that must be dahieh travestite, aka leb246...

Thumb lebanon_first 16 February 2014, 23:39

Mowaten. We ARE at war with Assad. He is sending us samahas, is shelling border villages, is killing our leaders. Make no mistake abt it.
Only we don't have the balls to admit it lest its unconditional allies HA would start a civil war. So we just roll with that bastard's punches.

Thumb jabal10452 16 February 2014, 23:46

I agree with HA on one thing: The takfiri threat is present, real, and lethal to Lebanon. If not decisively checked, it will spread like a malignant tumor in Lebanon and will be difficult to uproot. Hezbollah's actions in Syria have probably made the takfiris more rabid here, but their plan has always been to deal with Lebanon after Syria, whether HA acted in Syria or not. I have plenty of pre-HA intervention news articles to support this.

I don't agree with HA that it is our job to liberate Palestine. It is the Palestinians job to achieve a comprehensive peace with Israel. Lebanon must also do all it can to achieve a just peace with Israel, and it starts with talking to the Israelis. And HA needs to get on the bandwagon and sue for peace once and for all. This perpetual state of belligerence is not good for anybody.

That's it and good night.

Thumb lebanon_first 17 February 2014, 08:28

Jabal. your post is full of sense. I dont understand the 5 thumb downs.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 11:18

lebanon_first: must be because he said "I agree with HA..." most people dont read any further.

jabal: indeed your post is full of sense. however to achieve peace with israel we need to solve the palestinian refugee problem. what do we do with them?
and let's assume we forgo any claim to compensations for all the damage they caused, what do we do with shebaa? it might be small on a map, but it has immense water resources, and i'm sure you know water is becoming even more precious than oil. at least i'm sure israelis know it, this is why they built a huge pipeline system to divert its waters to the lake of tiberias

Thumb jabal10452 17 February 2014, 11:36

LF, the thumbs down reflects people's opinion. They don't agree with me and I respect this. At least nobody resorted name-calling and insults, and I appreciate this.

Mowaten: A comprehensive peace with Israel MUST involve a solution for the refugees and for Shebaa. To solve those two issues, both parties must engage in negotiations in good faith. There must be a will from both sides to find a solution. But it starts with directs talks. It will probably take years and years and will require nudging both sides from international players, but we must start somewhere.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 12:16

Jabal: look a bit to the south, what has peace negotiations with israel brought them? i dont think a dog will let go of a bone, especially if he smells weakness. the only way to get a just peace with israel is to give it a resounding defeat, then they will want to talk.

Thumb cedre 17 February 2014, 00:01

Hell with Iran and HizbIran, only liers and travestites...

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/365000/Iranian-women-footballers-banned-from-national-team-because-they-are-MEN

http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/718595

Thumb ice-man 17 February 2014, 03:21

@joseph-irani: I wish everybody was like you in dealing with controversial issues. You always debate with facts, you are impartial in your support of nasrallah, and most importantly you are deliberate, kind, and never resort to insults and name calling. You always look in the mirror, count to ten, and think of ways to make the world a better place.

Thumb ice-man 17 February 2014, 03:27

@Jaafar: what's your take on Miley Cyrus' outrageous outfits at the #Bangerz tour in Canada? Is that good for the resistance?

Missing helicopter 17 February 2014, 04:24

We need a strong army to return occupied territories, demarcate the borders (North, East and South), stop Israeli and Syrian aggression, disarm HA and Takfiris and Palestinians, protect the civilians and restore its judiciary's ability to prosecute those committing crimes against the state with or without lifting political covers. Also jail those who put red lines when it is doing its duties.

Missing helicopter 17 February 2014, 04:27

Spoken like a retard.

Thumb Machia 17 February 2014, 04:32

Actually Nasrallah said that the Takfiris were a danger to everyone especially the Sunnis. He added that what the takfiris want was a sectarian war between Shia and Sunnis and that this will never happen.
Yazid is a very distant past. History. We are the present and want to have a future. Sectarian talk brings us back 1,000 of years back and will only lead to what the takfiris want .... Civil war.

Missing helicopter 17 February 2014, 04:38

@ josephani
2) He could have announced disengaging from supporting the Assad regime while standing shoulder to shoulder with other Lebanese groups in sealing the borders and preventing any extremism form entering Lebanon. He could have demanded that Samaha be executed. It is not good enough to liberate land from one entity to hand it over to another foreign entity.

Thumb ice-man 17 February 2014, 04:44

@joseph-irani: Please, refrain from insulting Nassrallah !!!! Contain yourself for heavens sake!

Thumb ice-man 17 February 2014, 04:47

@joseph-irani: can you elaborate some more on the topic?

Thumb cedre 17 February 2014, 04:52

he is definitely shia...

Thumb ice-man 17 February 2014, 05:01

better still, Alawi

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 15:01

you two look like very nice people. i sure hope you're not sectarian :)

Thumb scorpyonn 17 February 2014, 05:40

I prefer Israel any day over Aasad or Iran.

Thumb scorpyonn 17 February 2014, 05:41

Nasrallah and his illiterate supporters need to be tried for treason.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 11:25

of course you prefer israel, it's you home country scorpyonnn

Thumb lebinaus 17 February 2014, 06:01

In case you didn't understand ice-man's comment zouzou, sarcasm is one of the services he is offering today.

Thumb beiruti 17 February 2014, 06:16

Another divine victory for Hezbollah. This guy seethes and drips with hypocrisy with his every political speech. His transference of his own faults on to others verges on the psychopathic.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 17 February 2014, 07:41

Southern - I totally agree with you but I would also add "act against any militia in Lebanon." We need unity of arms. We need to create a strong democratic state with strong army.

Thumb lebanon_first 17 February 2014, 08:26

Mowaten
The "saudi bombers" are at war with HA. Not with Lebanon. Lebanon did not interfere with them. They did not interfere with Lebanon. However, HA invaded them, and they are bombing him. Simple. For them it is not terrorism. It is a war.

Missing people-power 17 February 2014, 08:35

Nasrallah says US, France, Canada, and SA have "concerns over the presence of their youths in Syria", and then the Iranian underling claims that gives him the right to "launch a preemptive war"????

WTF!!

Default-user-icon not_a_lebanese (Guest) 17 February 2014, 09:32

Damn, when I read comments on lebanese knews are understand why your country is messed up. You guys could be cousin, maybe you live in the same town, in the same street, and when I read your comments it looks like you are mortal enemies, do you really hate each other that much ? It's insane, i've never seen people from the SAME country behave like that.

Instead of hating Nasrallah (or its enemies) why don't you try and find common ground and work together : defense of lebanon, shebaa farms etc....

Anyway, dear lebanese brothers, please read all the comments and think about it looks from the outside : you are NOT a country :(

Thumb popeye 17 February 2014, 12:10

Nasrallah: If someone has confessed, no one can release them, whoever the justice minister might be.

According to the same logic, Nasrallah has confessed on public TV on numerous occasions he is funded by Iran, his loyalty is to Iran, and he fights for Iran. Hence, he should be tried for treason.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 12:28

lol popeye, always so cute.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 12:31

among the most surprisingly absent quotes, there is this one:

He also addressed the Lebanese, Palestinians, and all the honorable ones in the region, saying: "If you want Israel to lose any chances, and if you want to prevent sedition in the region, stop the war on Syria and take out the fighters there, and of course we would pull out then. We should all stop this war on Syria in order to preserve Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and the nation.

Thumb popeye 17 February 2014, 12:39

even cuter when the paid mouthpiece adds more unpublished material to the article at hand !

Thumb whyaskwhy 17 February 2014, 12:42

Wow what a great guy arent we lucky to have him? can we not make him president by any chance? just imagine Lebanon with him as president....

Thumb lebanesenationalist 17 February 2014, 13:16

As a child, I'd watch these movies set in medieval times, and wonder what it would be like to live back then. I could never dream that when I grew up, Hezbollah and Sayed Hassan would make it all possible.

Thanks :)

Thumb eagledawn 17 February 2014, 15:50

hehehehehe! How true:)

Thumb kataebi1965 17 February 2014, 13:45

1st time i hear Nasrallah talking without threatening and waving his finger .Honestly saying it was a good speech in most cases even though all the situation we are in is because of his iranian affliction and his meddling in Syria

Missing cedars 17 February 2014, 14:24

What were some those accomplishments of the martyrs behind your picture?
Those that start their career by launching the very first terrorist attack in Beirut 1984 at the marines and paratroopers can prove to the world how to lead by example.
Lebanon is a state that encompasses all religions so turn in your militant arms to the state if you are a truly honest carring worrying about the state. Your payroll thru Iran needs to stop because it's costing all Lebanese the price they are paying you and your militant. We are against the jihadists and your arms as well simply because you turned Lebanon into another Ba'ath party that you terrorize undercover anyone who is against your ideology via car bombs instead of kidnapping and killing the Baathist way.

Thumb FlameCatcher 17 February 2014, 14:56

Nasrallah has a way to make sheep believe that elephants can fly.

All his speech was the same BS about Takfiris and Israel and excuses for fighting in Syria.

I would fall in his trap like many idiots here but I see Hezbollah for what it is.

Hassan : You want to defend Lebanon, then dismantle Hezbollah and create a Lebanese resistance with fighters from all sects. You want to defend our borders, do it from within Lebanon. You want all Lebanese to support the "Resistance", then drop the "Islamist" part of it and recruit christians and sunnis. Otherwise, nothing has changed, it's the same old BS !

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 14:57

walla lebanon first.. first they're not attacking HA but rather citizens, based on sectarian hatred.
yet, if one day some outside force attacks just one party or sect, should the others say "we're not concerned, they're attacking the druze" or "we're not concerned, it's only the christians" ? nice mentality, you should write books on patriotism, you have so much to teach us.

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 14:59

also, they have other demands, like releasing all their extremist friends from lebanese prisons. are we going to satisfy the terrorists demands? or when they bomb the interior ministry we'll say it's the ministry's fault?

Thumb _mowaten_ 17 February 2014, 17:23

"parties that want to build the economy" really? how? by blocking the internet for years? by blocking the development of electrical plants? by blocking the oil exploration? tell me, please, how exactly m14 developed our economy?

all m14 wants to do is create a war with HA