Nasrallah surprised it took so long to blacklist Hezbollah

nasrallah 072413Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that the party leaders were not surprised by the EU decision to blacklist the military wing of his party as a terrorist organization , on the contrary they were surprised it took the European Union so long.

“ Hezbollah leaders we were not surprised with the [EU] decision. Rather we expected it and in fact found it odd it had taken so long.” He said

Nasrallah made the comments on Al Manar TV via video link from an undisclosed location during the annual Iftar of the Women’s Directorate of the Islamic Resistance Support Association at the Hashem Complex in the Lebanese capital.

Nasrallah also questioned why the EU had not blacklisted Israeli’s “military wing,” its army, as a terrorist organization, asking: “Those who kill, commit massacres, occupy land, and prevent an entire nation from returning to its territory, aren’t they terrorists?”

“But those who fought, endured pain, died, and were imprisoned but were able to restore land, dignity and they still carry arms to fend off any aggressor, you [the EU] come to those and call them terrorists?” he said in reference to the resistance role of Hezbollah’s military wing which was blacklisted

“The facts prove that the Israelis and the Americans exercised tremendous pressure on European Union countries to take such a decision,” he said, adding that the blacklisting merely served the interests of the Jewish state.

Addressing the EU, Nasrallah said: “At Hezbollah, we know that any decision has a goal and the goal here is clear: it’s to subjugate us and force us to retreat, regress, be hesitant, and instill fear in us.”

“I tell you that you will only reap failure and disappointment,” he added.

The EU’s 28 member states unanimously agreed Monday to designate Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization. The decision comes months after Bulgaria accused the Lebanese party of being behind the 2012 bombing in the city of Burgas. The bombing, which killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver, also came at a time when a Cypriot court indicted a Lebanese-Swedish man affiliated with Hezbollah of plotting attacks against the Israeli tourists.

Hezbollah denied on several occasions any involvement in the Burgas bombing.

He accused the EU of providing “legal cover” for any future Israeli aggression against Lebanon.

“This is also something dangerous because these states … are providing legal cover for any aggression on Lebanon.”

No government without Hezbollah
Nasrallah warned the March 14 coalition against using the EU’s blacklisting of his party’s military wing for political purposes and said the EU would be “complicit” in future Israeli attacks on Lebanon.

“I tell March 14, they won’t be able to use this decision in internal Lebanese politics, if anyone from March 14 believes they have something to use… to isolate us… I say nothing has changed,”

“This decision will not change anything on the internal scene.” He stressed.

Nasrallah ruled out the formation of a new government in Lebanon without the participation of his party.

“The EU decision domestically makes no [political] difference and I will say what I have said before: there will be no government without Hezbollah,” he said, referring to the March 14 call for excluding the party in any future Cabinet.

EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst said Tuesday the EU decision would not affect ties with the Lebanese government even if Hezbollah is represented in the Cabinet, underlying that the Union differentiated between Hezbollah’s political and military branches.

March 14 parties have accused Hezbollah of violating the Baabda declaration with its heavy involvement in Syria, where party fighters have joined forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in the battle against armed rebels seeking to topple the regime.

The Future Movement bloc urged Hezbollah o Tuesday to abide by the “Baabda Declaration.” It reiterated its call on Hezbollah to withdraw all its fighters from Syria, hand over the four party members implicated in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and “halt all external security and military activities and involvements.” A possible reference to Hezbollah’s involvement in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt, Bahrain, Azerbaijan , Argentina, etc..etc..

A number of March 14 politicians and commentators warned that a government cannot be formed with Hezbollah’s presence ( specially after its designation as a a terrorsit entity) as Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam looks to form a new cabinet amid a political deadlock in the country.

March 14 General Secretariat on Wednesday urged in a statement Hezbollah after its weekly meeting ” to abandon its arrogant policy and return to the Lebanese fold in order to strike a historic settlement that calls for handing over its weapons to the Lebanese army.”

It demanded that it withdraw its fighters from Syria “in return for the exerting efforts to form a government capable of continuing the construction of a state in Lebanon.”

“By achieving these goals, Hezbollah would have fulfilled the conditions that ensure the rise of the Lebanese state as stipulated in the Taef Accord and constitution,” added the March 14 General Secretariat statement.

“We are standing before a critical phase that can save Lebanon and we therefore call on Hezbollah to take advantage of this opportunity for the sake of the Lebanese people,” the statement stressed.

No money in Europe or Lebanon
Nasrallah also ruled out any possibility Hezbollah would be affected at the financial or military levels.

“We don’t have money in European banks. We don’t even have in Lebanon since we can no longer do that because they [in Lebanon] fear the Americans,” Nasrallah said.

  • Constantin7

    You made me laugh ya Hassan. As witty as always. People call you “shit” and you respond: “I am surprised it took you so long to call me “shit”? So you admit that you are a terrorist. I have to give you some credit for your honesty.

  • Constantin7

    You made me laugh ya Hassan. As witty as always. People call you “shit” and you respond: “I am surprised it took you so long to call me “shit”? So you admit that you are a terrorist. I have to give you some credit for your honesty.

  • man-o-war

    In my opinion this was simply a symbolic gesture to appease Israel. First comes the EU decision to boycott the settlements, this sends Israel into an uproar. Phone calls were probably flying to EU representatives from Israel and the Israeli supporters in US congress. In order to get them off their back they make this weak decision to blacklist the military wing. If they wanted this to have some serious bite they would have blacklisted the whole organization. There is no consensus in the EU in regards to HA and this decision was probably only made to calm Israel down over its recent decision. It gets Israel out of the spotlight as being the bad guy and shifts the attention on their arch enemy.

    Just my opinion, but the timing of the two decision is pretty fishy.

    • 5thDrawer

      We know the problem Man-O … and I’m sure ‘phone-calls’ have been flying for years anyway … and Old Nasty probably IS a little surprised it took so long since they have been openly ‘watching’ him for years … but as soon as Nasty stepped outside his little defensive area in the south of a country of only 4 million (no matter what godly-parties are doing in other countries) … a country which seemed to like him a little because they keep him around, and even shut government functions down for him (and now beg for him at the UN too) … and he stepped into another country of 22 million (used to be) with his mercenary army to aid the biggest despotic megalomaniac the world has seen in a while (also shocked civil societies) with methods against his own people not seen since the Middle Ages, (or Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot – take your pick) …. well, he finally got the recognition he wants, and really he’s bitching now that it took so long.
      You need to think of it the other way, actually.
      The UN dumped on Israel in many things over the years … basically each time they drove attackers back or targeted attackers … but this move Nasty made couldn’t be ignored, and the ‘settlements’ question, which Israel ignored just as Nasty ignored what Lebanon wanted, add that air of equality the Europeans wish to express … before they stop trading with him.
      You’re right … there is no great consensus … except by ‘the people’ about what Assad has done, and the problems it has created for everyone in the world. Nastyrallah should have kept his head down … he isn’t really that ‘great’ and doesn’t deserve the recognition..

      • FLJBeliever1776 .

        You forgot Mao on that list. Which would be actually closer. Hezeballoh is allied with Iran with is allied with the People’s Republic of China. Which is funny when you think about it. Since both Hezaballoh and Iran are supposed to be ‘defenders’ of Islam, yet they’re buying weapons from a nation who’s policy is to crack down on ANY form of Religion as Religion is supposed to be evil and every good Communist is an ATHEIST.
        You don’t have to wonder why the Arabs were never able to defeat Israel. Allah took one look at them buying Communist weapons from both the Soviet Union and the PRC and said, “You sin!” and thus abandoned them.
        Heck he probably even threw in to support the Israelis, especially after they imported Freedom of Religion for a ‘Jewish’ state.
        Makes you wonder.
        If they have Freedom of Religion, are they a Jewish State, because to call them such would imply that all Israelis are Jewish which we know isn’t true and thus they can’t be a Jewish State, yet they are still called a Jewish State despite having Freedom of Religion and churches and mosques in their territory and under the protection of the Israeli Constitution.
        I guess that means there really isn’t a Jewish State, just the Israeli Democratic Nation.

        • 5thDrawer

          Hi FJL .. 😉 Is that like calling Lebanon ‘Arabic’? 😉

  • man-o-war

    In my opinion this was simply a symbolic gesture to appease Israel. First comes the EU decision to boycott the settlements, this sends Israel into an uproar. Phone calls were probably flying to EU representatives from Israel and the Israeli supporters in US congress. In order to get them off their back they make this weak decision to blacklist the military wing. If they wanted this to have some serious bite they would have blacklisted the whole organization. There is no consensus in the EU in regards to HA and this decision was probably only made to calm Israel down over its recent decision. It gets Israel out of the spotlight as being the bad guy and shifts the attention on their arch enemy.

    Just my opinion, but the timing of the two decision is pretty fishy.

    • 5thDrawer

      We know the problem Man-O … and I’m sure ‘phone-calls’ have been flying for years anyway … and Old Nasty probably IS a little surprised it took so long since they have been openly ‘watching’ him for years … but as soon as Nasty stepped outside his little defensive area in the south of a country of only 4 million (no matter what godly-parties are doing in other countries) … a country which seemed to like him a little because they keep him around, and even shut government functions down for him (and now beg for him at the UN too) … and he stepped into another country of 22 million (used to be) with his mercenary army to aid the biggest despotic megalomaniac the world has seen in a while (also shocked civil societies) with methods against his own people not seen since the Middle Ages, (or Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot – take your pick) …. well, he finally got the recognition he wants, and really he’s bitching now that it took so long.
      You need to think of it the other way, actually.
      The UN dumped on Israel in many things over the years … basically each time they drove attackers back or targeted attackers … but this move Nasty made couldn’t be ignored, and the ‘settlements’ question, which Israel ignored just as Nasty ignored what Lebanon wanted, add that air of equality the Europeans wish to express … before they stop trading with him.
      You’re right … there is no great consensus … except by ‘the people’ about what Assad has done, and the problems it has created for everyone in the world. Nastyrallah should have kept his head down … he isn’t really that ‘great’ and doesn’t deserve the recognition..

      • FLJBeliever1776 .

        You forgot Mao on that list. Which would be actually closer. Hezeballoh is allied with Iran with is allied with the People’s Republic of China. Which is funny when you think about it. Since both Hezaballoh and Iran are supposed to be ‘defenders’ of Islam, yet they’re buying weapons from a nation who’s policy is to crack down on ANY form of Religion as Religion is supposed to be evil and every good Communist is an ATHEIST.
        You don’t have to wonder why the Arabs were never able to defeat Israel. Allah took one look at them buying Communist weapons from both the Soviet Union and the PRC and said, “You sin!” and thus abandoned them.
        Heck he probably even threw in to support the Israelis, especially after they imported Freedom of Religion for a ‘Jewish’ state.
        Makes you wonder.
        If they have Freedom of Religion, are they a Jewish State, because to call them such would imply that all Israelis are Jewish which we know isn’t true and thus they can’t be a Jewish State, yet they are still called a Jewish State despite having Freedom of Religion and churches and mosques in their territory and under the protection of the Israeli Constitution.
        I guess that means there really isn’t a Jewish State, just the Israeli Democratic Nation.

        • 5thDrawer

          Hi FJL .. 😉 Is that like calling Lebanon ‘Arabic’? 😉

  • The real lebanese

    Ya Hassan, you cant be in the government if you dont follow the Baabda declaration and demand other Lebanese parties must follow it. Sorry Princess, but if you continue being a spoiled acroot about everything, there may not even be a spot open for HA in parliament.

  • The real lebanese

    Ya Hassan, you cant be in the government if you dont follow the Baabda declaration and demand other Lebanese parties must follow it. Sorry Princess, but if you continue being a spoiled acroot about everything, there may not even be a spot open for HA in parliament.

  • cook

    Dear Nasrallah,

    • Blowing up buses, community centres and embassies, plotting attacks in Cyprus, firing rockets at civilians while hiding behind your own, and sending 4000 fighters to help a murderous regime in Syria is not “resistance”, see terrorism and war crimes.

    • A sovereign state for the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland is not
    “racism”, see national self-determination.

    • A Palestinian population that has gone from roughly 600,000 in 1948 to almost 6 million in the present day, who are the 8th fattest people in the world, is not a “massacre”.

    • A person who dies in an act of violence, whether against civilian or military targets, is not a “martyr”, see combatant.

    • A Jewish state that provides equal rights under the law, free elections with several parties in the parliament, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion or lack thereof is not a “terrorist state”, see democracy or republic.

  • cook2half

    I hear some Israeli jets flying , I guess there’s a reason why the lebanese sewer hero speaks behind a screen all the time 🙂

  • Guest

    This is hypocritical of the European Union (EU) given that Rifaat Al-Assad (Hama, Syria massacre 1982) lives in London, United Kingdom, Paris, France and Marbella, Spain.

    • 5thDrawer

      Who has an ‘extradition treaty’ with Syria? Has he been ‘charged’ in Europe? Or in Syria?
      There is no hypocrisy in this in the countries which grant individual freedom for anyone who doesn’t break a law – as loathsome as they be as individuals.

      • zabada

        Be a dictator is a breaking of law in politic.

        • 5thDrawer

          But he can’t be a dictator in Europe. All he can do is buy things.

  • Guest

    This is hypocritical of the European Union (EU) given that Rifaat Al-Assad (Hama, Syria massacre 1982) lives in London, United Kingdom, Paris, France and Marbella, Spain.

    • 5thDrawer

      Who has an ‘extradition treaty’ with Syria? Has he been ‘charged’ in Europe? Or in Syria?
      There is no hypocrisy in this in the countries which grant individual freedom for anyone who doesn’t break a law – as loathsome as they be as individuals.

      • zabada

        Be a dictator is a breaking of law in politic.

        • 5thDrawer

          But he can’t be a dictator in Europe. All he can do is buy things.

  • FLJBeliever1776 .

    I wonder what he’s buying? Maybe we should get some samples and see if it is better than Pot. That would just be oh so joyous wouldn’t it? Another narc the druggies want legalized. As if they don’t get dopped enough, now they’ll probably what Hezbollah’s crap now.

  • FLJBeliever1776 .

    I wonder what he’s buying? Maybe we should get some samples and see if it is better than Pot. That would just be oh so joyous wouldn’t it? Another narc the druggies want legalized. As if they don’t get dopped enough, now they’ll probably what Hezbollah’s crap now.

  • zabada

    World not too rush to discredit some body.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes, there must be time for reasonable consideration of all the factors … but maybe there has been enough time – along with one extra factor of the ‘boots on the ground’.

  • zabada

    World not too rush to discredit some body.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yes, there must be time for reasonable consideration of all the factors … but maybe there has been enough time – along with one extra factor of the ‘boots on the ground’.