Nasrallah Slams Saudi over Yemen Op, Says It Did Nothing for Arabs Other than 'Sending Daesh'

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Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah lashed out Friday at Saudi Arabia over its military intervention in Yemen, accusing the Gulf kingdom of turning a blind eye to the Palestinian people's plight and of financing the Islamic State extremist group.

And as he called for returning to dialogue and political initiatives in war-torn Yemen, Nasrallah stressed that any ground invasion will end up in failure.

“For decades, the people of Palestine and the countries neighboring Israel did not feel any 'Firmness Storm', not even a 'firmness breeze',” said Nasrallah in a televised address, mocking the Saudi-led “Firmness Storm” campaign against Yemen's Huthi rebels.

“The Palestinian people are still pleading to you and the houses of thousands of Gazans were destroyed. They are Sunni Muslims and they urged the Arab leaders who did not bat an eye. Where did you bring this resolve, nobility and firmness from?” he added.

Riyadh began its airstrikes in Yemen overnight Wednesday, announcing that it has put together a coalition of more than 10 countries, including five Gulf monarchies, for the military operation to defend Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi's government.

The military move against the Shiite Huthi rebels triggered fury from Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran, Hizbullah's main regional ally, with officials in Tehran warning that the military action threatened to spill over into other countries.

“If the objective is to rescue the Yemeni people, why did you abandon the Palestinian people for decades? Why did you betray them? If the objective is to restore legitimacy in Yemen, why didn't you seek that for Palestine?” Nasrallah added.

Dismissing Saudi justifications that a Huhti-controlled Yemen poses a threat to the kingdom, Hizbullah's leader went to say: “You did not sense any threat coming from Israel, which has one of the biggest armies in the world. Israel borders your seas and oceans, but it was never an enemy for you or a threat.”

“Sanctions and calls for dialogue could have preceded the decision to resort to the military option, so why did you rush to war, which should have been kept as the last remedy?” Nasrallah wondered.

He noted that the Huthis had been engaged in dialogue with the Saudis prior to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz's death in January.

“On the eve of King Abdullah's death there was a delegation holding negotiations and they went to political dialogue in Riyadh, but everything changed with the new Saudi rulers,” Nasrallah lamented.

“What did the Huthis do for you to accuse them of threatening your security?” he added, addressing Riyadh.

Turning to accusations that Tehran was behind the Huthis' dramatic power grab in Yemen, Nasrallah described the allegation that Yemen has become “occupied by Iran” as “one of the biggest lies that are being circulated.”

“Where is your proof that Yemen is under Iran's occupation? Where are the Iranian military bases and armies in Yemen?” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has been interfering in everything in Yemen, but where is security and where is prosperity in Yemen? Why did you refuse Yemen's membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council? Didn't you deal with the Yemeni people in an arrogant and insulting manner? Didn't you voice support for the eradication of Huthis?” Nasrallah charged.

Noting that Tehran is “not imposing anything or interfering” in Yemen, Hizbullah's secretary general said Riyadh is “pushing entire Yemen to embrace Iran, the same as it did with Iraq, Palestine and Syria.”

“The real reason (behind the military operation) is that Saudi Arabia has lost its hegemony and bets in Yemen and lost hope in its takfiri groups. It has sensed that Yemen is now for its people and this war aims to regain hegemony over Yemen,” he pointed out.

“We condemn the oppressive Saudi aggression against Yemen and we call for an immediate end to this aggression. We call for reviving the political initiatives in Yemen,” said Nasrallah.

He underlined that the Yemeni people “has the right to resist and will emerge victorious.”

Warning Riyadh against any ground operation, Nasrallah added: “Is the Saudi army stronger than the American army? Where is the American army in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon? Is the Saudi army stronger than the Israeli army? Where is the Israeli army in the region?”

“Any occupier army will be eventually defeated and an air campaign cannot achieve victory,” he stressed.

Nasrallah also criticized Saudi Arabia over alleged roles in Iraq and Syria.

“What have you done for Iraq? ... When it appeared that the Iraqi people wanted to regain their position and confront (American) occupation, you unleashed al-Qaida and all the takfiri groups against them,” said Nasrallah.

“The Saudi intelligence was behind sending the suicide bombers to Iraq and your latest crime against Iraq was Daesh (IS group), which you and your allies sent to topple (Syrian President) Bashar Assad and al-Maliki's regime” in Iraq, Nasrallah added.

“Your Bandar (Prince Bandar bin Sultan) is the one who financed Daesh,” he said, addressing Saudi Arabia.

As for the domestic situations in Lebanon, Nasrallah commented on the ongoing dialogue between Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal movement and the latest sessions of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

“From the very beginning we chose dialogue for the sake of the country and its people. Strength is to sit together, engage in dialogue, defuse tensions and prevent the collapse of the country,” he said.

“From the very beginning, there were political forces inside and outside al-Mustaqbal movement who rejected dialogue and tried to sabotage it, including the testimonies that were given before the tribunal. We do not care about these stances and we will carry on with this dialogue as long as it serves the national interest,” said Nasrallah.

Head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc MP Fouad Saniora testified this week before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which has accused five Hizbullah members of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri.

On Tuesday, Saniora revealed that Hariri had informed him that he had discovered “several assassination attempts by Hizbullah” against him prior to the year 2005.

“Our stance on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is irreversible, that's why we won't comment on anything emanating from it,” Nasrallah said.

He has dismissed the STL as an Israeli-American scheme aimed at harming his party, rejecting any cooperation and vowing that the five accused will never be found.

As for the stalled presidential election, Nasrallah stressed that “Iran will not and has not interfered in the presidential elections.”

“It has nothing do with this issue and the party obstructing the elections is Saudi Arabia, specifically Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal,” he added.

Y.R.

Timeline
  • 27 March 2015, 21:34

    Nasrallah: Is the Saudi army stronger than the American army? Where is the American army in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon? Is the Saudi army stronger than the Israeli army? Where is the Israeli army in the region? Any occupier army will be eventually defeated and an air campaign cannot achieve victory.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:32

    Nasrallah: The Yemeni people has the right to resist and it will emerge victorious.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:28

    Nasrallah: The real reason is that Saudi Arabia has lost its hegemony and bets in Yemen and lost hope in its takfiri groups. It has sensed that Yemen is now for its people and this war aims to regain hegemony over Yemen.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:26

    Nasrallah: The Islamic Republic is not imposing anything or interfering in Yemen and it respects this country, but you are pushing entire Yemen to embrace Iran, the same as you did with Iraq, Palestine and Syria.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:25

    Nasrallah: The Huthis' ties with Iran are very recent and they had relations in the past with Qatar. Even I did not have any contact with them, but Iran later acknowledged their rights without interfering in their decisions.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:23

    Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia has been interfering in everything in Yemen, but where is security and where is prosperity in Yemen? Why did you refuse Yemen's membership in the Gulf Cooperation Council? Didn't you deal with the Yemeni people in an arrogant and insulting manner? Didn't you voice support for the eradication of Huthis?

  • 27 March 2015, 21:19

    Nasrallah: Iran has never given us orders and we're an independent leadership. We sometimes seek Iran's expertise the same as Saudi Arabia deals with its friends in the world.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:17

    Nasrallah: Who is stoking the blaze in Syria other than the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

  • 27 March 2015, 21:14

    Nasrallah: You are "lazy" towards Arabs and there is a country like Iran that is quick to act.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:11

    Nasrallah: Your Bandar (Prince Bandar bin Sultan) is the one who financed Daesh.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:11

    Nasrallah: The Saudi intelligence was behind sending the suicide bombers to Iraq and your latest crime against Iraq was Daesh, which you and your allies sent to topple Bashar Assad and al-Maliki's regime.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:10

    Nasrallah: What have you done for Iraq? ... When it appeared that the Iraqi people wanted to regain their position and confront occupation, you unleashed al-Qaida and all the takfiri groups against them.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:06

    Nasrallah: Iran rescued the Palestinians and offered them everything in its capacity.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:05

    Nasrallah: The Arab governments, specifically the Saudi regime, have abandoned the Palestinian people, leaving it a prey to Israel and the U.S.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:04

    Nasrallah: Iran is not occupying Lebanon and it is not imposing its choices on Lebanon.

  • 27 March 2015, 21:00

    Nasrallah: The Saudi regime deals with all people as followers who do not have an independent identity and they deal with all countries according to this. This thinking has led them to wrong stances and policies and accumulating failure.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:59

    Nasrallah: The Saudi regime does not acknowledge any popular movement or popular will.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:58

    Nasrallah: Where is your proof that Yemen is under Iran's occupation? Where are the Iranian military bases and armies in Yemen?

  • 27 March 2015, 20:57

    Nasrallah: The third excuse -- which is being must promoted by the Arab, Gulf and Saudi media outlets -- is that Yemen has become occupied by Iran. This is one of the biggest lies that are being circulated.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:55

    Nasrallah: When you voice support for a war, you become a partner in it.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:54

    Nasrallah: What did the Huthis do for you to accuse them of threatening your security?

  • 27 March 2015, 20:54

    Nasrallah: The brothers in Ansarullah were in contact with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Gulf countries and there were negotiations. On the eve of King Abdullah's death there was a delegation holding negotiations and they went to political dialogue in Riyadh, but everything changed with the new Saudi rulers.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:53

    Nasrallah: Another excuse is that the new situation in Yemen was threatening the security of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries and the Red Sea. Is this true? Is there a proof that you can offer to peoples, scholars or muftis? This is neither a religious behavior nor it is humanitarian.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:50

    Nasrallah: Sanctions and calls could have preceded the decision to resort to the military option, so why did you rush to war, which should have been kept as the last remedy?

  • 27 March 2015, 20:50

    Nasrallah: You didn't assemble an international coalition for Egypt's Mubarak, so why Yemen?

  • 27 March 2015, 20:48

    Nasrallah on Firmness Storm campaign's declared justifications: There are three justifications that are being circulated -- the first is that there is an elected, legitimate president, although he resigned and retracted his resignation and his term ended according to the Gulf initiative. Is this alibi enough to wage a war against Yemen?

  • 27 March 2015, 20:46

    Nasrallah: You did not sense any threat coming from Israel, which has one of the biggest armies in the world. Israel borders your seas and oceans, but it was never an enemy for you or a threat.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:45

    Nasrallah: If the objective is to rescue the Yemeni people, why did you abandon the Palestinian people for decades? Why did you betray them? If the objective is to restore legitimacy in Yemen, why didn't you seek that for Palestine?

  • 27 March 2015, 20:44

    Nasrallah: The Palestinian people are still pleading to you and the houses of thousands of Gazans were destroyed. They are Sunni Muslims and they urged the Arab leaders who did not bat an eye. Where did you bring this resolve, nobility and firmness from?

  • 27 March 2015, 20:42

    Nasrallah on Yemen: For decades, the people of Palestine and the countries neighboring Israel did not feel any "Firmness Storm", not even a "firmness breeze."

  • 27 March 2015, 20:40

    Nasrallah: Iran will not and has not interfered in the presidential elections. It has nothing do with this issue and the party obstructing the elections is Saudi Arabia, specifically Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:37

    Nasrallah: Our stance on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is irreversible, that's why we won't comment on anything emanating from it.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:36

    Nasrallah: From the very beginning, there were political forces inside and outside al-Mustaqbal movement who rejected dialogue and tried to sabotage it, including the testimonies that were given before the tribunal. We do not care about these stances and we will carry on with this dialogue as long as it serves the national interest. We will bear all these provocations and we call on the supporters of the resistance not to heed these voices that are trying to stir strife.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:35

    Nasrallah on dialogue and STL: From the very beginning we chose dialogue for the sake of the country and its people. Strength is to sit together, engage in dialogue, defuse tensions and prevent the collapse of the country.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:34

    Nasrallah: We hope that this new political disagreement will not lead to renewed tensions in the country or in the cabinet.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:33

    Nasrallah: In the first hours after the beginning of the aggression, I heard Hariri commenting on the issue and we also have the right to express our opinion.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:32

    Nasrallah: Any Lebanese or Arab citizen has the right to take the stance they want on a major development such as the aggression against Yemen.

  • 27 March 2015, 20:31

    Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in televised address on latest developments in Lebanon and the region: The latest development in the region -- the start of a hostile war on Yemen -- will be the focus of my speech.

Comments 38
Default-user-icon hassan al nass nass (Guest) 27 March 2015, 20:33

i can assure you on the tomb of my son hadi and on the integrity of zeynib and the conscience of imamu ali that we are here to protect lebanon and not the shias.

free Bahrain
free Yemen
free Syria
free Iraq
free Egypt
free Lebanon
free Thailand
free Argentine
free Bulgaria
free Peru
free Nigeria
free Beirut

Thumb eagledawn 27 March 2015, 20:36

the day this sectarian terrorist is dead is the day we celebrate our independence.

Missing mohammad_ca 27 March 2015, 21:49

Nasrallah 's old excuse is always "Palestine" yet he seems to forget that he sent his terrorists to Syria to defend a terrorist dictator and he did not even lift a finger when Gaza was artacked...twice!

Thumb Mystic 27 March 2015, 23:11

Another glorious speech by Sayed Hassan. Giving the Yemeni people hope and inspiration to battle and resist the foreign invasion.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 27 March 2015, 23:24

Mystic - You remind me of the old-time communists. You talk in slogans! No brain. Just slogans.

Thumb Mystic 28 March 2015, 09:20

The Ansarallah are full of morale now. You people should no, that they wont back down. It's a war for their existence just like the 2006 war. Already the saudis have their losses, they came as the Israelis, they will fail the same way.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 March 2015, 14:36

Hail Hassan, Hail Kim Jong Un, Hail Caesar, Hail Hitler, what next ya Mystic? Well, since we are talking about it, how about you tell Hassan Nasrallah to send his Hezbollah mercenaries to help the Houties of Yemen. Well? You guys are anything these days but Lebanese. Iran has taken you people from one venture to the other. In Syria you meddled very early on, when the Syrian people had a noble revolution to ask for changes, now you got yourselves IS. Now in Yemen Iran got you the KSA, the UAE, Kuwait or better known as the GCC, Egypt, Jordan soon. Now you got yourselves that much loathed and feared Shiite/Sunni war, open war. years ago, Jordan warned about the Shiite crescent forming, now the Sunnis have their own crescent, good heavens. All we can all say, may God help us all, then let us see from where you Hassan Nasrallah will make his glorious speeches, or where YOU will be to post such meaningless words, wou 2al glorious kamen,....

Thumb -phoenix1 28 March 2015, 14:43

Mystic, yesterday, the PM of Pakistan has reacted to Iran's threat over the KSA making a stern warning using the strongest of terms, you touch Riyadh and Tehran will go. Lest you remember, Lahore has the bomb, it may not hesitate to use as Israel does. Mabrook, now let Hassan Nasrallah start sending his glorious mercenaries to Yemen. You, your likes led by Nasrallah have remained deaf to warning after warning, now see what you got yourselves into. What next? Indonesia, the world's most populous Sunni nation? You thought that high birthrates could solve your aims? Well, now it looks like you need it. This is what cockiness, arrogance and over confidence do.

Missing peace 28 March 2015, 16:13

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: We back the Saudi and Gulf states' efforts to preserve stability in the region....

another blow in nasrallah's propaganda where he pretends to be more palestinian than the palestinians themselves....

Thumb janoubi 27 March 2015, 23:44

this is Nassrallah's Storm "Hatred" in response to Storm "Firmness"

Thumb ex-fpm 27 March 2015, 20:46

He claims Saudi Arabia is vetoing aoun and blocking the presidential elections. But ironically, it is the supposedly pro KSA parties and MPs that are not boycotting the elections and are always attending the sessions.

Thumb freedomarch 27 March 2015, 20:46

An imposter as lebano07 for the master of iranian Hizb Zballeh want us to sit and watch them take capitals one by one. GOD bless our M14 free world God bless our army and we will defend our multi cultured lebanon for to practice what they want far from controlling our freedoms and talking our government hostage.

Default-user-icon Steve Mankoff (Guest) 27 March 2015, 21:38

The Saudis entered Yemen for the same reason that Hezb. entered Syria.

Default-user-icon defacto (Guest) 27 March 2015, 21:42

Meh I remember when I was in Lebanon and it was Ramadan I was in place in dahieh, at a famous fast food place, I believe it was called abu ali falafel, but not sure, anyways. I am sure it was in dahieh because there were so many shia mosques. I was eating that tutifruity and falafel sandwich and the shias were looking at me with anger, until one guy came, told me something in Farsi Arabic "Allah Akbar, Labayka Ya Nassrallah or something Labayka Ya Hussein", and tried to take away my cup of fruits and the falafel sandwich. Until a police or army some security guy, told the fanatic to back off.

Default-user-icon southern huthi (Guest) 27 March 2015, 21:43

Great work!
السياسه بعد نظر، أخلاق وضمير !!!

Default-user-icon Je Suis the_roar (Guest) 27 March 2015, 21:44

As a Shia follower of Khomeini I will forgive & pray for those who insult my Lords, Sayyid Hassan Nassrallah and Sheikh Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.

Default-user-icon Je Suis Flamethrower (Guest) 27 March 2015, 21:46

Je suis Flamethrower, Je suis un Houthi, Je suis un terroriste

Missing mohammad_ca 27 March 2015, 21:51

The Republic of vikayet e faqih is the terrorist sponsor in Syria Lebanon Iraq and Yemen

Thumb ashtah 27 March 2015, 21:56

Nasrallah: The Saudi regime does not acknowledge any popular movement or popular will.
but you and Iran acknowledge popular will of people in Syria I guess.

Nasrallah: Where is your proof that Yemen is under Iran's occupation? Where are the Iranian military bases and armies in Yemen?

Nasrallah: The Saudi intelligence was behind sending the suicide bombers to Iraq

WHERE is your proof the Saudi intelligence is behind sending the suicide bombers. He sure is consistent in his assessments!!!!

Thumb ashtah 27 March 2015, 22:02

peaceful citizens ya southern who have tanks, rockets, and artillery. lol

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 27 March 2015, 22:34

Ashtah - If Nasrallah changes his tune tomorrow, they will follow him as sheep. This is Lebanon after all!

Thumb ashtah 27 March 2015, 22:16

He viciously attacks the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in every part of his speech and then he expects the Kingdom not to deport his sympathizers/followers who work there.

Thumb lebanon_first 27 March 2015, 23:03

An occupier shall eventually be defeated...
You will be defeated in syria...

Missing ArabDemocrat.com 27 March 2015, 23:25

Your axis is making these by the millions.

Thumb ex-fpm 27 March 2015, 23:39

he just did ! He openly said he believes khamanei ( a commoner) is his waliy and imam of all moslems.

Missing peace 27 March 2015, 23:42

the truth is hezbollah are in a desperate situation and i love it!

Missing humble 28 March 2015, 00:58

Ebola is not a resistance. Ebola is not Lebanese. Ebola is Iranian obeying to wali al fakih orders. Ebola is a cancer destroying our country.

Missing humble 28 March 2015, 01:03

Perfect answer to full lies from a Houthian.

Missing Ghazanfar 28 March 2015, 02:06

WOW!I did not realize anyone could lie so many times in such a short time!

Thumb popeye 28 March 2015, 04:20

the followers of this iranian terrorist commit the ugliest massacres in Syria and Iraq; they drill people's skulls while they are alive, they rape and torture and he claims they are still oppressed and persecuted. In Lebanon, they robbed the country, took over all the institutions, they kill with total impunity, they cross the border while being saluted by the army and they are STILL oppressed.

Thumb liberty 28 March 2015, 06:22

Nassrallah claims the Saudis want the Egyptians and Pakistanis to fight on their behalf in Yemen. A conniving inciter of the first degree:) Prince Khalid Ibn Salman, an F-15 eagle squadron commander and the son of King Salman of Saudi Arabia led the first waves of air strikes against the iranian terrorists in Yemen.

Thumb justin 28 March 2015, 07:53

Why is Nasrallah so interested in Yemen and what happens there?! Why is he intent on causing problems for the Lebanese? Why does Iran only helps the Shia of Yemen and not the whole Yemeni population if they are so poor and oppressed? Mr. Nassrallah we've had enough of your Iranian agenda and your lies and deceit. We want to live in peace !

Thumb eagledawn 28 March 2015, 09:06

did you notice how he repeated word for word the story by Al Safil and mowaten about Al Faisal vetoing aoun without providing any proof?:)

He also questions what did Saudi Arabia do for the Yemenis? He forgets that KSA supported, funded, and armed the Zaydis (Shias) during the civil war 1962 onwards against the Republican Yemenis (Sunnis) who were allied with Egypt.

Thumb -phoenix1 28 March 2015, 14:45

Eagle, it's called verbal diarrhea. This is what happens when one loses the pedals.

Thumb eagledawn 29 March 2015, 07:34

notice how many posts were mass reported and deleted by the_toar and his friends?

Thumb -phoenix1 28 March 2015, 15:04

That also should include Independence from Syria's stooges in Lebanon.

Thumb shab 28 March 2015, 22:57

Filthy murdering militia.

Default-user-icon جنوبي من جبل عامل (Guest) 29 March 2015, 13:03

يا حسن يا حبيبي، في شي 100000 لبناني مرعوبين لانو يمكن ينشحطو من الخليج. اذا رجعوا على لبنان وين بدك تأعدن؟ و لا فكرك 200 دولار من الحزب بتكفي؟ متل ما صار اسم الفلسطيني بالعالم ما بيسوا من ورا المنظمات الفلسطينية، حضرتك خلقت عداوة بين الشيعة و كل العالم. الشيعة يا حسن ناس طيبين، انت ما بتعرف ولا واحد منن.....