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Lebanon: Nasrallah speaks for first time since reported Israeli airstrike01:44

Lebanon: Nasrallah speaks for first time since reported Israeli airstrike

Lebanon, Ghobeiri
May 9, 2013 at 17:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lebanon: Nasrallah speaks for first time since reported Israeli airstrike

Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of the Hezbollah political party, delivered a televised speech on Thursday, at Ghobeiri Municipality's Cultural Centre, Risalat Hall, in Lebanon. The Ceremony is hosted by Al-Nour radio on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of its launch.

During his speech Nasrallah talks about the reported May 5 Israeli air strike on the Al-Jamraya military and scientific facility in Damascus. The true aim of the Israeli air strikes, Nasrallah said, was to eliminate Syria as a key member of the axis of resistance to Israel and the US. He also criticised Arab states for their lack of support for the Syrian government and, by association, the Lebanese resistance to Israel saying that they were instead supporting "Takfiris and US agents".

The US has recently pledged more aid to the Syrian opposition factions who refuse to denounce Al Nusra, a group the United States government has put on the terrorist list.

Nasrallah goes on to comment about the non-confrontational reaction of the Syrian regime saying that the aim of the Israeli attack is to push Syria into an all-out war with Israel and therefore weakening the regime.

Nasrallah suggested that Syria will continue to provide high grade military equipment to Hezbollah and that Hezbollah will continue to accept such support: "We the resistance in Lebanon announce that we are prepared to accept any specialised weapons even though they were to break the balance and we are ready to preserve and maintain these weapons and we are rightful owners of these weapons and we shall push, with these weapons, the [Israeli] enemy from our land, our people, and our holy places."

He goes on to suggest that these weapons will be of a quality that have not yet been provided to Hezbollah: "You the Israeli's, are saying that the goal of the air strikes is to prevent the resistance from increasing it's military capabilities. So the first response is: be aware, you the Israeli's, if you consider Syria to be the passageway for arms - Syria will give arms to the resistance. Furthermore, if you [Israel] allege that your aggression is to prevent the resistance from increasing it's military capabilities then Syria will indeed give the resistance specialised weapons that it has until now not had access to."

He also said that Hezbollah will in return provide support to the Syrian army and the Syrian resistance: "Just as Syria stood side-by-side with the Lebanese people, which culminated with the liberation of southern Lebanon. We, the lebanese resistance, announce that we will stand side-by-side with the Syrian popular resistance and will provide military, financial and moral support in order to liberate the Syrian Golan heights."

Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah is currently serving his sixth term as Secretary General and represents the most powerful military force in Lebanon, overshadowing even the Lebanese military.

Hezbollah successfully pushed back the Israeli army out of Lebanon in the 2006 July war between Israel and Hezbollah forces.

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Lebanon: Nasrallah speaks for first time since reported Israeli airstrike

Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of the Hezbollah political party, delivered a televised speech on Thursday, at Ghobeiri Municipality's Cultural Centre, Risalat Hall, in Lebanon. The Ceremony is hosted by Al-Nour radio on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of its launch.

During his speech Nasrallah talks about the reported May 5 Israeli air strike on the Al-Jamraya military and scientific facility in Damascus. The true aim of the Israeli air strikes, Nasrallah said, was to eliminate Syria as a key member of the axis of resistance to Israel and the US. He also criticised Arab states for their lack of support for the Syrian government and, by association, the Lebanese resistance to Israel saying that they were instead supporting "Takfiris and US agents".

The US has recently pledged more aid to the Syrian opposition factions who refuse to denounce Al Nusra, a group the United States government has put on the terrorist list.

Nasrallah goes on to comment about the non-confrontational reaction of the Syrian regime saying that the aim of the Israeli attack is to push Syria into an all-out war with Israel and therefore weakening the regime.

Nasrallah suggested that Syria will continue to provide high grade military equipment to Hezbollah and that Hezbollah will continue to accept such support: "We the resistance in Lebanon announce that we are prepared to accept any specialised weapons even though they were to break the balance and we are ready to preserve and maintain these weapons and we are rightful owners of these weapons and we shall push, with these weapons, the [Israeli] enemy from our land, our people, and our holy places."

He goes on to suggest that these weapons will be of a quality that have not yet been provided to Hezbollah: "You the Israeli's, are saying that the goal of the air strikes is to prevent the resistance from increasing it's military capabilities. So the first response is: be aware, you the Israeli's, if you consider Syria to be the passageway for arms - Syria will give arms to the resistance. Furthermore, if you [Israel] allege that your aggression is to prevent the resistance from increasing it's military capabilities then Syria will indeed give the resistance specialised weapons that it has until now not had access to."

He also said that Hezbollah will in return provide support to the Syrian army and the Syrian resistance: "Just as Syria stood side-by-side with the Lebanese people, which culminated with the liberation of southern Lebanon. We, the lebanese resistance, announce that we will stand side-by-side with the Syrian popular resistance and will provide military, financial and moral support in order to liberate the Syrian Golan heights."

Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah is currently serving his sixth term as Secretary General and represents the most powerful military force in Lebanon, overshadowing even the Lebanese military.

Hezbollah successfully pushed back the Israeli army out of Lebanon in the 2006 July war between Israel and Hezbollah forces.