Hezbollah chief defends Berri, Iran and attacks March 14

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared again today on TV via video link to talk about the Lebanese situation , Iran and the Ivory Coast.

In his speech he defended Speaker Nabih Berri Berri’s role during the 2006 war with Israel , and tried to justify the positions of Free patriotic Movement and MP Walid Jumblatt .

He also came out strongly in support of Iran and defended its role in Lebanon after the 2006 war and slammed caretaker PM Saad Hariri for attacking Iran. He completely avoided the subject of the protests in Syria against the Syrian regime.

WikiLeaks

In addressing the issue of the Wikileaks he defended Amal Movement leader , Speaker Nabih Berri, tried to cover up for Free Patriotic Movement and MP Walid Jumblatt but attacked March 14 alliance .

” Al-Akhbar newspaper has published a series of cables, some of which were sent by US envoys [to Lebanon] and officials.

– We can categorize them based on statements made by officials [and] the judgment of the US officials regarding their meetings with [Lebanese figures].

– The first group of these documents dealt with meetings with March 8 figures, while the second group involved meetings conducted with March 14 figures.

– Regarding the first group, which regards the meetings between US officials and March 8 figures, there have been attempts to provoke divisions between March 8 parties by exploiting [the WikiLeaks documents].

– Regarding the meetings [between US officials] and Amal Movement figures [during the 2006 July War]: There are issues about the war [of which] I would like to remind [everyone]. From the first day of war, until its end, I would say that Speaker Nabih Berri was a partner in ending this war. We had the same concerns and were coordinating [our efforts in 2006]. [Berri] worked day and night to protect Lebanon and achieve the victory of the Resistance [over Israel].

– From the first day of war, we agreed on distributing the responsibilities; I was handling the field [operations] and [Berri] was handling negotiations.

– The interpretations of [then-US Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey] Feltman cannot [harm Berri’s] credibility.

– The Amal Movement [headed by Berri] was a partner [during the July War]. We saw nothing but cooperation from Amal and we would not have triumphed if it were not for [them].

– Those who are targeting [Hezbollah] have always [aimed to drive a wedge between Hezbollah and Amal].

– I tell those who want to divide Amal and Hezbollah to give up [their attempts].

– Regarding the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) issues that were mentioned [in WikiLeaks], it was a minor issue. The FPM base [and position] is known, and I do not think that [these issues] will affect the FPM’s relations [with Hezbollah].

– About [the WikiLeaks] involving [Progressive Socialist Party leader] MP Walid Jumblatt; He had already declared that all comments he made in the past were [due to his former alliance with March 14] and were part of a phase [before Jumblatt re-aligned with March 8].

– I would like to say that Al-Akhbar newspaper does not follow Hezbollah. [It is] a part of [the March 8 coalition] but has its own management.

– We encouraged the paper to publish the WikiLeaks cables, but we did not help them do it.

– We were not aware what would be published [by the daily].”

He went on to talk about march 14 and WikiLeaks

” The second issue regarding WikiLeaks, is about the meetings of [March 14] figures with [US officials]. In general there is one [predominant topic] of all such conversations. I do not want to discuss in detail what every figure has said.

– We notice that the March 14 coalition, from the start of 2005 until today, basically wants to isolate the Resistance, harm it and put an end to it.

– Why do they want [an end to Hezbollah]? Because there was a deal made between March 14 figures and the United States.

– They can deny it. Let them do so and I [will] take back what I am saying now.

– There is a deal between the US and March 14: [Washington] told them to [terminate] the Resistance and [in exchange] they will be granted the rule.

– What was Hezbollah’s crime? Did Hezbollah want to take the rule from March 14 in 2005? Hezbollah’s crime is that it is a thorn in the eye of the Zionists.

– Does this mentality protect Lebanon? Is [this mentality] competent to design a national defense strategy and preserve national unity? Can this mentality, with this level of plotting and hatred, build a modern and capable Lebanese state?

– Today, the Resistance remains and [March 14 figures] are no longer in the government. No one will be able to harm the Resistance.

– I call on [March 14] to review their stance and to [beware of taking this mistake too far].

– I would like to tell [March 14] that this mentality will not take you anywhere.

– This is not how the country is run and how its future is guaranteed.

– In Lebanon, no one [party] has the advantage to [annul] another.”

Ivory Coast

He then addressed the the situation in Cote D’Ivoire ( Ivory Coast) by blaming the cabinet of caretaker PM Saad Hariri for not taking action back in 2010 :

“We are facing a national and humanitarian problem concerning the Lebanese people residing in Abidjan.

– The cabinet [before it collapsed] should have addressed ways to contain any possible problem in Cote D’Ivoire since the conflict in the country began [in 2010].

– Instead of collaborating to resolve the situation, [outgoing PM Saad Hariri’s] camp started firing at the parties who are finding solutions to the crisis, namely the Foreign Affairs Ministry [headed by minister Ali Shami, who represents Berri].

– The Lebanese people [in Abidjan] are calling on their state to support them in confronting the distress they are going through.”

Addressing the situation of the Lebanese expatriates in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) Hariri said on Thursday:

“We have been exerting efforts, together with Lebanon’s friends, to rescue our people in Ivory Coast from the consequences of the foolish political decisions taken without the State’s consent.”

This was in reference to the meddling in the internal affairs of Ivory Coast by the Lebanese ambassador Ali Ajami, who is closely associated with Hezbollah

The Lebanese expatriate in Côte d’Ivoire reportedly came under threat after Lebanon’s ambassador meddled in the internal affairs of the country by attending the swearing-in ceremony of Laurent Gbagbo, the controversial strongman who has refused to step down despite rival Alassane Ouattara being internationally recognized as having won the country’s elections.

Iran

Addressing Hariri remarks about Iran , Nasrallah said :

“I would like to address PM [Saad] Hariri’s comments on Iranian policy in the region. We are proud that we are allied with Iran and Syria. We have nothing to hide. And when a state that has stood with Lebanon is harmed, we cannot remain silent.

– We cannot remain silent, especially when a premier makes comments [against] Iran and makes it out to be the root of [all] problems in Arab world, [instead of implicating] Israel.

– If it were not for Iran’s support [of Lebanon] following the 2006 July War, a lot of houses would not have been rebuilt.

– This is not how Iran [should be] treated. [Even] if [someone] is upset with us because we collapsed his government, [he] should leave the Iranians alone.

– The problem is that [March 14 demands that others observe] certain ethics and mottos…They should be the ones who commit to them first.

– March 14 [says] that Hezbollah should not drag Lebanon into the policy of regional axes… Why don’t they [take their own advice]?

– Hariri should be the first one to take Lebanon out of the policy of axes.”

Yesterday Hariri said said in response to the criticism by Iran’s foreign ministry

“Iran should stop interfering in the affairs of the Arab states and sowing discord among their peoples. It should also respect the principles of good neighborliness”.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast responded to Hariri’s earlier attacks by saying: “Hariri’s position on Iran is deceptive”, adding that” it is not in Lebanon’s interest and threatens stability of the region”.

Hezbollah and its Iranian backers came under attack by Hariri during the past couple of days

Hariri on Thursday slammed what he called Iran’s “flagrant intervention” in Lebanese and Arab affairs, saying his country will not be an Iranian protectorate.

Hariri accused Iran of meddling in Lebanon, Bahrain and Kuwait and added this is “not acceptable anymore.”

On Wednesday Hariri slammed Hezbollah and its arms :

“Our project is to end the mandate of illegitimate arms, including Hezbollah’s weapons, in the political life in the country .”

Hariri added that ” non-state arms are aimed at bullying the State.”

“ It is unacceptable to violate the constitution and threaten the Lebanese under the pretext of resistance.” Hariri stressed

Bahrain

Nasrallah then addressed the issue of Bahrain Lebanese relations

I will address the expulsion of some Lebanese from Bahrain. There have been so many insults against Syria since 2005 from Lebanon. [But] we did not see Syria expel any Lebanese person [like Bahrain did in the past month].

– I call on the Bahraini government to [retract] these policies [regarding the expulsion of Lebanese people] because they are wrong.

– It is wrong to pressure Lebanese citizens in Bahrain, [especially since] these people have nothing to do with our political stances.”

Addressing the relations between Lebanon and Bahrain , Hariri said last Thursday :

“We’re working together with our brothers in the Gulf, especially with our Bahraini brothers, to end the repercussions of the irresponsible and unjustified political alignment which has nothing to do with Lebanese patriotism or Arab nationalism. It’s rather part of the Iranian plot which I have described as an attempt to dominate Lebanon and the Arab region.”

This was a possible reference to the travel ban imposed by Bahrain against travel to Lebanon when Hezbollah openly sided with the protesters against the government . Bahrain branded Hezbollah a “terrorist organization”.

MTV reported on Thursday that the Bahraini authorities have ordered many Lebanese to leave Bahraini territory within 48 hours.

Bahrain interior minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalifa linked Hezbollah to the protests during his address to the parliament on March 29

He accused the predominantly Shiite protesters of being linked to” the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, “as proven by the demonstrators’ methods as well as statements of support from the Lebanese Shiite group and Tehran.”

“All this reveals a link and the training style of Hezbollah,” the interior minister said.

Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyyasah reported last month that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are heading toward “making a collective decision to expel all Lebanese Shiites who are connected to Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.”

“ These states received proven reports from Bahraini, French, and US intelligence that Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard members are, along with local religious figures, leading the protests in Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia,” the daily quoted an anonymous Arab diplomat as saying.

Roumieh prison riots

Addressing the the situation in the Roumieh Prison Nasrallah said ;

When you place more people in compounds [than the structures are designed to hold], the people will not be able to take it. March 14 figures [exploited] the [recent violence] in Roumieh and accused Hezbollah of instigating the clashes for political gain. This is not fair, how can a country be built on such bases?

– I call for the resolution of the issue regarding Roumieh Prison’s inmates, because it is a humanitarian matter, not a political or sectarian one.

There were many reports that linked the relatives of the prison inmates to Hezbollah. They likened their method of violent protests ( in the areas that are dominated by Hezbollah such as Beqaa and southern Beirut ) to those used by Hezbollah between 2006 and 2008 .

Mikati’s cabinet

Addressing the issue of government formation he said:

I would like to address is the formation of a new cabinet [headed by Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati].

– [After the collapse of Hariri’s cabinet], there was a majority [March 8] that nominated [Mikati]. There were attempts to make it look like the Shia [Hezbollah] were behind naming a Sunni PM [Mikati].

– They also attempted to incite [discord] by saying that I [was the one who chose Mikati] for premiership. Those statements are unfortunate.

– I am proud to say that I am hiding because the Israelis are eyeing me and want to kill me.

– There are resisting forces who have embarrassed some Arab leaders.

– It is a shame that the Future Movement or March 14 [claim] that [Hezbollah is behind the selection of Mikati and is engineering the new cabinet].

I do not think that [March 14’s] provocation will succeed. Those who provoke are losers. [March 14’s] conduct in 2005 was based on provoking other [parties].

– It is normal for [the cabinet formation process] to take time.

– We are not the ones who are forming the cabinet. Everyone is keen on forming the cabinet, but [the final say] is up to the PM-designate.

– A quasi final solution [exists] for the formation of the cabinet.

– We want the cabinet to be formed as quickly as possible.

– Parliamentary blocs have the right to demand [certain] cabinet shares.

– In any case I want to reassure the Lebanese people that all talk saying that some [March 8] parties want to obstruct the cabinet formation is unfounded.

– The people should be patient. We are working to form a cabinet that will be able to protect the country.

– We are determined to confront all obstacles and form the Mikati cabinet soon.

– I want to say that we do not have two nationalities. We were born [in Lebanon], here we stay and here we die, and we will not leave [this country].

– We resisted war [with Israel] because this is what we are meant to do.

Now Lebanon

  • Mazen_M

    I don’t understand what this speech is about!!. Is he the president of Lebanon? In the U.S it’s always Obama that gives a speech to the people about the country, not a leader of some political party. This is true for all the countries in the world, so why is he giving a speech about what is happening in Lebanon and not the president himself!? I don’t get it…..

    • george_shalhoub

      No Mazen he thinks that he’s indirectly the Supreme Leader of Lebanon therefore he’s above the President. Any Shiites or March 8th denies that, then I would think of them as confused, delusional and hypocrites. Nassrallah is supporting Iran based on Iran support for him. He said we should not blame Iran but Iran thinks of Lebanon as part of its Waliat like it or not. So Hariri is right about blaming Iran. If Nassrallah think we have it good thing going with Iran. So why didn’t he appreciate the thousands of Lebanese Shiites who have it good in Bahrain also? or is because Iran wants to control Bahrain so they can weaken Saudi Arabia. We all know the intentions of Iran and that’s why Hariri is attacking them and rightfully so. Iran is the mini version of Nazi Germany that it wants to take over the Middle East and control the Oil fields and our beliefs and how we should behave according to Waliat AL Faqih. Hezbollah changed the way they related to Waliat Al Faqih from before. They’re not open about it in Public. But deep down they truly believe in it and want to implement it. However the eventual fall of the Alawite regim and also the Iranian Protesters will be encouraged to do the same in Iran until the Mullah regime fall. where would Hezbollah get their support and new weapons? they will fall like dogs they are. God willing it will be the end of Hezbollah, AL Qaada and all extremists. I am attorney George Shalhoub in the city of Tarazan, CA if you need my services please call my cell# 626-215-5353 or my office# 818-264-3830. thank you

  • Mazen_M

    I don’t understand what this speech is about!!. Is he the president of Lebanon? In the U.S it’s always Obama that gives a speech to the people about the country, not a leader of some political party. This is true for all the countries in the world, so why is he giving a speech about what is happening in Lebanon and not the president himself!? I don’t get it…..

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand what this speech is about!!. Is he the president of Lebanon? In the U.S it’s always Obama that gives a speech to the people about the country, not a leader of some political party. This is true for all the countries in the world, so why is he giving a speech about what is happening in Lebanon and not the president himself!? I don’t get it…..

    • Anonymous

      No Mazen he thinks that he’s indirectly the Supreme Leader of Lebanon therefore he’s above the President. Any Shiites or March 8th denies that, then I would think of them as confused, delusional and hypocrites. Nassrallah is supporting Iran based on Iran support for him. He said we should not blame Iran but Iran thinks of Lebanon as part of its Waliat like it or not. So Hariri is right about blaming Iran. If Nassrallah think we have it good thing going with Iran. So why didn’t he appreciate the thousands of Lebanese Shiites who have it good in Bahrain also? or is because Iran wants to control Bahrain so they can weaken Saudi Arabia. We all know the intentions of Iran and that’s why Hariri is attacking them and rightfully so. Iran is the mini version of Nazi Germany that it wants to take over the Middle East and control the Oil fields and our beliefs and how we should behave according to Waliat AL Faqih. Hezbollah changed the way they related to Waliat Al Faqih from before. They’re not open about it in Public. But deep down they truly believe in it and want to implement it. However the eventual fall of the Alawite regim and also the Iranian Protesters will be encouraged to do the same in Iran until the Mullah regime fall. where would Hezbollah get their support and new weapons? they will fall like dogs they are. God willing it will be the end of Hezbollah, AL Qaada and all extremists. I am attorney George Shalhoub in the city of Tarazan, CA if you need my services please call my cell# 626-215-5353 or my office# 818-264-3830. thank you

  • Fadi81

    more bullshit and nonsense than I can stomache in one article….proud to hide? resisted war with Israel? Cant stand by while iran is blammed for all the problems rather than Israel???

    This is very very unfortunate…lebanon is doomed, this maniac will not go away without fighting to the last Lebanese or untill the country is nothing more than debris….

    I can only pray that the Strong True Patriotic Lebanese will never bow or break before these foreign fanatics.

    It seems we are at a point of no return, I hope God has mercy on Lebanon.

  • Anonymous

    more bullshit and nonsense than I can stomache in one article….proud to hide? resisted war with Israel? Cant stand by while iran is blammed for all the problems rather than Israel???

    This is very very unfortunate…lebanon is doomed, this maniac will not go away without fighting to the last Lebanese or untill the country is nothing more than debris….

    I can only pray that the Strong True Patriotic Lebanese will never bow or break before these foreign fanatics.

    It seems we are at a point of no return, I hope God has mercy on Lebanon.

  • Beiruti

    Ill try understanding what you gotta say after you stop delivering your speeches underground you pussy.

  • Beiruti

    Ill try understanding what you gotta say after you stop delivering your speeches underground you pussy.

  • Anonymous

    Ill try understanding what you gotta say after you stop delivering your speeches underground you pussy.

  • guss043

    Hil an tizna ,minnak libnani , wahad irani roul ala iran eish honik inti we meltak

  • guss043

    Hil an tizna ,minnak libnani , wahad irani roul ala iran eish honik inti we meltak

  • guss043

    nothing holy about him, killing and killing and more killing all what we hear from him , you know what no one make you so powerful other than Israel.they know as long you are powerful there is no hope for Lebanon to end the strife and prosper, the jews knows you are going to raise the arm internally and destroy Lebanon eventually, you and israel and your sister syria ,3 assholes

  • guss043

    nothing holy about him, killing and killing and more killing all what we hear from him , you know what no one make you so powerful other than Israel.they know as long you are powerful there is no hope for Lebanon to end the strife and prosper, the jews knows you are going to raise the arm internally and destroy Lebanon eventually, you and israel and your sister syria ,3 assholes

  • guss043

    nothing holy about him, killing and killing and more killing all what we hear from him , you know what no one make you so powerful other than Israel.they know as long you are powerful there is no hope for Lebanon to end the strife and prosper, the jews knows you are going to raise the arm internally and destroy Lebanon eventually, you and israel and your sister syria ,3 assholes

  • lebnaneh

    waw what a speech as they say in lebanon law khrit wa ma hkit and i think thats what u did full of it as usuall

  • Anonymous

    waw what a speech as they say in lebanon law khrit wa ma hkit and i think thats what u did full of it as usuall

  • J J

    Why is it that Lebanon has to stop to watch the propoganda this evil anti christ speaks. This idiot has been given more power than any politician in Lebanon…why? Because he has arsenal. Why doesn’t Mr President (Suleiman) have his own “State of the Nation” video. Because this idiot has all the power in Lebanon from some bunker 50 feet below the ground in Lebanon.
    The sooner he goes the better!

    • Constantin7

      Unfortunately, our President has not enough balls to take a stand with the truth, with the right, with the just, he is just managing the situation in allowing the strongest has his way on the ground. This is the grim reality. Don’t forget this president did not come because of his agenda or because he deserved the presidency, he came because HA and Syria agreed on him as long as he is acting the way he’s been acting. This president is not up to the hopes and aspirations of the FREE, EDUCATED, INDEPENDENT LEBANESE who are yearning for a normal, independent and modern country.

    • antar2011

      the only way to get rid of him and others like him with their political output is only through a change of the powers that is behind him.

      it is only going to be the doom of lebanon as a country if the two lebanese sides have confronted each other yet again similar to 1975….in fact this time it will be quicker because one side is loaded with weapons while the other has little weapons.

      that’s why we should atm only pray for him to be guided and pray for syrian poeple and irani pple to overthrow their tyrants.

      but before that, we should pray that arab pple in the region pressure [if they can] their govt to stop supporting tyrants

  • J J

    Why is it that Lebanon has to stop to watch the propoganda this evil anti christ speaks. This idiot has been given more power than any politician in Lebanon…why? Because he has arsenal. Why doesn’t Mr President (Suleiman) have his own “State of the Nation” video. Because this idiot has all the power in Lebanon from some bunker 50 feet below the ground in Lebanon.
    The sooner he goes the better!

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, our President has not enough balls to take a stand with the truth, with the right, with the just, he is just managing the situation in allowing the strongest has his way on the ground. This is the grim reality. Don’t forget this president did not come because of his agenda or because he deserved the presidency, he came because HA and Syria agreed on him as long as he is acting the way he’s been acting. This president is not up to the hopes and aspirations of the FREE, EDUCATED, INDEPENDENT LEBANESE who are yearning for a normal, independent and modern country.

    • Anonymous

      the only way to get rid of him and others like him with their political output is only through a change of the powers that is behind him.

      it is only going to be the doom of lebanon as a country if the two lebanese sides have confronted each other yet again similar to 1975….in fact this time it will be quicker because one side is loaded with weapons while the other has little weapons.

      that’s why we should atm only pray for him to be guided and pray for syrian poeple and irani pple to overthrow their tyrants.

      but before that, we should pray that arab pple in the region pressure [if they can] their govt to stop supporting tyrants

  • LebinTheBlood

    proud of hiding, your simply a COWARD

  • Anonymous

    proud of hiding, your simply a COWARD

  • sharbel sarbel

    enough is enough stop the bullshit ya hasan hozbulah is finesh you finesh and the time is coming to pay the prise.we love lebanon . lebanon is our home you go back to iran ther wher you bilong

  • sharbel sarbel

    enough is enough stop the bullshit ya hasan hozbulah is finesh you finesh and the time is coming to pay the prise.we love lebanon . lebanon is our home you go back to iran ther wher you bilong

  • Anonymous

    enough is enough stop the bullshit ya hasan hozbulah is finesh you finesh and the time is coming to pay the prise.we love lebanon . lebanon is our home you go back to iran ther wher you bilong

  • george_shalhoub

    Nasrallah’s imagine has been shattered. Where is Nasrallah, the defender of arab rights and dignity? The fact that Nasrallah chose to address all uprising but keep silent on Syria has unveiled is double face. More people have been killed in Syria within the same period of time than any other uprising. Al Manar says nothing except “armed thugs”. Nasrallah, does not care about the dignity of the arabs. He cares about the power of his party and doing the bidding of his pay masters. There is nothing noble or divine about Hezb. They are an armed party representing a single sect that takes orders and has allegiences in Iran. What wikileaks has shown us is that Hezb has no friends. Nobody in lebanon tolerates a militia representing a single sect that’s armed to the teeth and hijacks the nation through its wreckless decisions .(…)

  • Anonymous

    Nasrallah’s imagine has been shattered. Where is Nasrallah, the defender of arab rights and dignity? The fact that Nasrallah chose to address all uprising but keep silent on Syria has unveiled is double face. More people have been killed in Syria within the same period of time than any other uprising. Al Manar says nothing except “armed thugs”. Nasrallah, does not care about the dignity of the arabs. He cares about the power of his party and doing the bidding of his pay masters. There is nothing noble or divine about Hezb. They are an armed party representing a single sect that takes orders and has allegiences in Iran. What wikileaks has shown us is that Hezb has no friends. Nobody in lebanon tolerates a militia representing a single sect that’s armed to the teeth and hijacks the nation through its wreckless decisions .(…)

  • Crossed

    This man speaks the truth. Lebanon can only save herself by its own means. No more depending on the west, only the Lebanese can save Lebanon. Mr. Nassrallah is one of those people. Even israelis heed his words.

    • antar2011

      a lier is always a lier.

      if the zionist take heed of his words it is because they are liers themselves.

      in fact, in this speech, nasrullah has demonstrated his murshed’s similarity with the zionist regime.

  • Crossed

    This man speaks the truth. Lebanon can only save herself by its own means. No more depending on the west, only the Lebanese can save Lebanon. Mr. Nassrallah is one of those people. Even israelis heed his words.

  • Anonymous

    This man speaks the truth. Lebanon can only save herself by its own means. No more depending on the west, only the Lebanese can save Lebanon. Mr. Nassrallah is one of those people. Even israelis heed his words.

    • Anonymous

      a lier is always a lier.

      if the zionist take heed of his words it is because they are liers themselves.

      in fact, in this speech, nasrullah has demonstrated his murshed’s similarity with the zionist regime.