Israeli games in region to lead to all-out war: Sayyed Nasrallah
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a televised speech commemorating Al-Quds Day addresses numerous regional issues in light of the latest round of escalation and Israeli violations.
The escalation that took place in Southern Lebanon was a major event taking into consideration the situation since 2006, Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday during a public address he made to mark the occasion of Al-Quds Day.
"Hezbollah adhering to silence as part of the battle against the Israeli occupation is a tool that terrifies the enemy," the Hezbollah chief stressed.
The enemy, he said, which has been threatening Lebanon and bombing Syria, "must remain worried and cowering. This is where the balance of deterrence and the rules of engagement are established."
"The Israelis believed it was an achievement that Hezbollah remained on the sidelines after the shelling from southern Lebanon, and this is something to be taught when it comes to strategic affairs," he underscored.
"The Israeli occupation did not bomb any Hezbollah infrastructure; it only shelled banana plantations," Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed. "The Israelis lied to their people, while everyone knows that it did not shell any Hezbollah sites, which is evidence of its weakness."
Touching on the internal Israeli crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that the rift in "Israel" would have almost turned into a bloody war if it were not for US intervention and official visits from Western diplomats.
The judicial reforms, he stressed, uncovered all the underlying schism in Israeli society, and it is a bloodless war aimed at eliminating Netanyahu and his extremist cabinet. "There is a major, dangerous decline in the fighting spirit and sacrifice for the sake of the Israeli occupation," he affirmed.
A message of solidarity
Al-Quds Day sends a message of solidarity and support to the Palestinian people to inform them that they are not alone, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored.
The victory that will be achieved in the Palestinian arena will be due to the people and the leaders assuming their responsibilities regarding occupied Palestine, Sayyed Nasrallah said.
"When comparing the Axis of Resistance to the Israeli occupation in light of the major developments that took place on the international level, we see that our axis is in a favorable position," he added.
"The Israeli occupation declared being on a high state of alert on all fronts, and it was afraid and worried while the Axis of Resistance was at ease," the Lebanese Resistance leader underlined.
US losing international status
The strength of the United States is declining on an international level, and it is no longer as strong as it was years or decades ago, the Hezbollah chief added.
He clarified that the United States had to fall back into Venezuela after it had it politically and economically blockaded, which is an indication that it is faltering. Meanwhile, another indication of its growing weakness was the defeat it suffered in Afghanistan.
"The United States' defeat in Afghanistan shook the entire region, and its repercussions are still successively coming to light," Sayyed Nasrallah underlined. "Officials from the Gulf said they were convinced that they could not rely on the United States to protect a regime or state."
"NATO's war with Russia and the US confrontation with China about Taiwan is keeping America's hands full and worrying Israel," the resistance chief said.
"When the United States is occupied on numerous fronts and it is no longer concentrated on one area, there will be serious strategic repercussions on the Zionist entity, and the Axis of Resistance will benefit," he added.
Axis of Resistance growing stronger
Furthermore, Sayyed Nasrallah said, "The bilateral relations and the dialogue between the regional powers comprise security and stability."
All of the bids to undermine the Axis of Resistance over the years have been met with failure, he clarified.
"This international shift that is taking place is greatly beneficial to the Axis of Resistance, as it is emerging strong and effective against the US wars that have been ongoing in the region over the last 10 years," the Hezbollah chief said.
Moreover, on the topic of shifts in the international arena, he highlighted the rapprochement between Syria and the Arab World and the Turkish efforts to restore Ankara's ties with Damascus, saying they were "important changes" and noting that the Syrian leadership is presenting proposals regarding the restoration of these ties.
He also touched on the situation surrounding Yemen, highlighting that the signs coming out of Yemen and Saudi Arabia spark optimism, "and this satisfies us [...] we have been demanding an end to the war on Yemen since its very first day."
"The Iranian-Saudi agreement had positive repercussions, especially in slowing down the normalization process at the very least," Sayyed Nasrallah said, highlighting that "the normalization [agreements] took place at the order of the United States, contrary to the claims of some Israeli officials."
"There were talks about a Sunni-Israeli or Arab-Israeli axis to counter Iran, but these aspirations faltered," the Hezbollah chief underlined.
"The Syrian stance on the Israeli acts of aggression might change at any point in time, and the demonstrations that happened last week in southern Syria is an indication about Syria's stance changing," Sayyed Nasrallah said.
"When the Syrian army is mobilized on the battlefront that spans hundreds of kilometers, you cannot ask them to open another front," he added.
"The armed groups in Syria might exploit any confrontation with the Israelis in the country on the entire front with the Syrian Arab Army," the Resistance leader highlighted.