Nasrallah: Lebanon Chose to Distance Itself from Regional Events to Preserve the Govt.إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah defended on Friday Lebanon’s decision to distance itself from regional developments.
He said: “Lebanon is part of the region, but its decision is aimed at preserving the government.”
He made his statements during a ceremony marking Martyrs Leaders Day and the assassination of former party leader Abbas Moussawi.
“The region is passing through a critical phase as it is being restructured and Lebanon is not an island onto itself,” he remarked.
“We are part of the region and the country’s security is linked to regional security,” he stated.
“Lebanon used to be a country that used to be affected by regional events … but now they can no longer ignore Lebanon’s effective role due to the resistance and the role of the army, people, and resistance,” Nasrallah said.
“Israel is the greatest threat and we should remain diligent to its plans in Lebanon and the region,” he noted.
Given the current regional situation, he added that Lebanon’s political and security stability should be set as a priority.
“Whoever wants to create strife in Iraq, Syria, and Libya wants to spread the unrest to Lebanon,” he declared.
“Those seeking to voice their opinions on the developments on Syria can do so without resorting to sectarian rhetoric,” he added.
He therefore stressed the importance of confronting strife in each country it erupts in and preventing it from being spread to others.
The Hizbullah chief noted that Lebanon has so far succeeded in thwarting such unrest from affecting it.
On this note, he emphasized the need to preserve the current government, adding however that this need should not be an excuse for the lack of productivity.
“Claims that it is unproductive are baseless because a government that is preserving the country’s security and economy cannot be ineffective. Some sides are seeking to obstruct its functioning,” explained Nasrallah.
He therefore renewed a call for the government to resume its sessions.
Moreover, he slammed March 14 claims that the cabinet “belongs to Hizbullah,” deeming such allegations as “baseless.”
“They sought to promote such claims in order to incite the Americans and Israelis against it and drive the West to boycott it,” he remarked.
“We are the government’s most humble members and we have delayed tackling a few issues in order to preserve it, however the government must assume its responsibilities,” he said.
Addressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remarks that Lebanon does not exist on the map, Nasrallah noted: “Such statements reflect the Israeli ideology that relies on threats and the destruction of others.”
24 February 2012, 16:12
Nasrallah: The true believers have succeeded in thwarting plans for division in their respective countries and we are capable of confronting foreign agendas in order to meet the aspirations of the martyrs.
24 February 2012, 16:09
Nasrallah: In some Arab countries, demands for the toppling of a ruler are met with reform, while in others such calls are met with tanks.
24 February 2012, 16:07
Nasrallah: NATO is not seeking to intervene in Syria, while the U.S. is pushing Arabs towards sending its fighters there. In Bahrain, the government is being prevented from reaching a political solution to the crisis.
24 February 2012, 16:05
Nasrallah: We don’t meddle in the affairs of others and I call for ending the problems of the Arab world through political dialogue. The Arabs are tackling the situation in Syria without a political solution.
24 February 2012, 16:02
Nasrallah: We have nothing to do with Israeli claims that Hizbullah has bases in India and Georgia.
24 February 2012, 15:59
Nasrallah: The U.S. is controlling the world because it is wealthy. Lebanon cannot become independent if it keeps on relying on foreign aid, so why don’t we speed up work in the petroleum file?
24 February 2012, 15:57
Nasrallah on the petroleum file: Oil is a blessing and Netanyahu is working day and night to exploit this wealth. This oil does not belong to Israel, but to the Palestinians. Israel is working tirelessly and what are we doing? Relying on foreign powers to tackle this issue is useless.
24 February 2012, 15:54
Nasrallah: The March 14 forces know that this government does not belong to Hizbullah. It sometimes sinks into a dispute, but I say that we are the most humble members of the cabinet. We are exerting all possible efforts and delaying tackling issues in order to maintain it.
24 February 2012, 15:53
Nasrallah: Ever since it was formed, the government has not been given an opportunity to function properly. The international community has been incited against it. I call on the government to hold new meetings.
24 February 2012, 15:52
Nasrallah: Preserving the Lebanese government is important. Maintaining stability is a reason to preserve it and it should remain productive and effective.
24 February 2012, 15:49
Nasrallah: Lebanon has succeeded in maintaining its stability against all attempts to create strife.
24 February 2012, 15:48
Nasrallah: We should avoid all matters that can create strife in Lebanon and Syria. We can express ourselves without sparking sectarian tensions.
24 February 2012, 15:47
Nasrallah: We are keen on Lebanon’s security and political stability. Those keen on creating strife in Iraq and Libya want to spark chaos in Lebanon.
24 February 2012, 15:46
Nasrallah: We believe that Israel remains as Lebanon’s greatest threat and we will confront it through the army, people, and resistance.
24 February 2012, 15:45
Nasrallah: Lebanon has chosen to distance itself from these developments in order to preserve the government.
24 February 2012, 15:44
Nasrallah: The whole region, including Lebanon, is passing through a critical phase. We cannot act as though Lebanon has nothing to do with these developments. Our security is linked to the region’s security.
24 February 2012, 15:43
Nasrallah: The Israelis don’t intimidate us and we will not succumb to their psychological war.
24 February 2012, 15:38
Nasrallah: Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed in suicide attacks in order to prevent the establishment of an Iraqi state.
24 February 2012, 15:34
Nasrallah: The Koran tells us that violating holy sites and objects is part of their mentality and they are seeking to create religious conflict. The Zionist agenda wants to create Islamic-Christian strife.
24 February 2012, 15:33
Nasrallah: We should search for Israeli-orchestrated acts around the world, such as the burning of the Koran in the United States and Afghanistan.
24 February 2012, 15:32
Nasrallah: On this occasion, we should remind others of the dangers of this enemy.
24 February 2012, 15:30
Nasrallah on Netanyahu’s recent statements: Such remarks stem from the Israeli ideology of destroying others, which it did through murder, threats, and desecration of holy sites.
24 February 2012, 15:29
Nasrallah: We have to realize the importance of the martyrs leaders’ legacy, which is the resistance. This resistance liberated southern Lebanon in 2000 and thwarted American-Israeli plans to divide the region.
24 February 2012, 15:11
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on the assassination of former party leader Abbas Moussawi: Our culture has taught us to accept death because it is God’s will and no one can change their fate.