Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech to a party ceremony honoring Hezbollah martyrs. He said:
"On this occasion to mark the history and the stances of our martyrs I need to express my sorrow because today we miss the presence of Sayyed Abu Hussein al-Moussawi, the father of the martyr [former Hezbollah chief] Abbas al-Moussawi [who was assassinated in 1992]… this Sayyed is the father of our teacher and leader Sayyed Abbas and has been always present on all the fields of the Resistance and I offer my condolences to all his family and village.
Sayyed Hassan has not missed one opportunity to support the Resistance… We pledge to the soul of this father that we will preserve his soul and his era and we will continue on the path of Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi.
On the occasion of the leaders who have become martyrs we speak of them and their causes, resistance and achievement.
The common aspects between these leaders—Abbas Moussawi, [Imam] Ragheb Harb [who was killed in 1984] and [former Hezbollah military commander] Imad Mughniyeh [who was assassinated in 2008]—is that they are [among] the founders of Hezbollah… These martyrs had a very strong influence in bolstering the foundation, mentality, culture and course of this Resistance and this party… Hezbollah is still abiding by this course.
We do not build our alliances based on our moods, we always take into consideration the interests of the Umma, country and people and among these bases [upon which we build our coalitions] is the issue related to the stance toward the Zionist plan in the region.
First understand its truth, measures, dangers, strong points and its current environment. We understand that Israel is… the tool and army of the Zionist plan in the region. We outline our stance based on this [understanding].
The danger of the Zionist plan, which is represented by Israel, involves the whole region. [Israel] occupies Palestine and the holy sites of Christians and Muslims.[Israel] is making efforts to Judaize Jerusalem and has inflicted pain and calamities on the Palestinian people.
Second, [we adopt such a stance] because we believe [Israel is a threat]… The Zionist entity endangers the region and its people regardless of their religious and racial affiliations or [even the civilization from which they descend].
Therefore we need to confront this danger and bring it down. In truth every fighter in this region, particularly in the neighboring states who stand in the face of Israel, [are in fact] defending all of the Umma.
Our leaders who became martyrs were defending Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and all Arab and Islamic states in the region.
This is the primary standard through which we evaluate, correct and form our alliances, and this is among our most important standards. Based on this standard we evaluate our behavior.
We are the sons of Hezbollah and through this evaluation we look at others, whether they are parties, movements in Lebanon or the Arab region, [taking into consideration] their positions toward Palestine.
In this age it is preferable for the rising Islamic movements to evaluate themselves through [the way they regard Palestinian cause].
There are things that can be adjourned, but the Palestinian cause and the Zionist danger posed against the Umma and the religion of this Umma is very dangerous.
No Islamic movement in any Arab or Islamic country [can exist] without having a clear stance toward the Zionist plan in the region.
Throughout the 60 years of the occupation of Palestine some [Arab regimes] colluded with Western [states] and Israel against Palestine and helped to strengthen this entity.
When we say that we need to [tackle] the regional situation from the right perspective [we need] to look at the issue of Israel and its current reality and how its behaving in addition to its location in light of what is happening in the region, particularly in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon.
The Arab people and governments are not preoccupied with Palestine. Today the [leading] event is Syria and I do not say Bahrain because no one is asking about [what is happening in Bahrain]… There is a grave injustice in Bahrain.
[In light of what is happening] the Israelis are proceeding with their plan in Palestine; Judaizing Jerusalem, expeling [Palestinian] people and torturing detainees in prison.
Prisoner Khoder Adnan went on a 60 days hunger strike, so where is the Arab League and the Arab World? If Khoder Adnan was an Israeli would the world have behaved in a similar way?
Fear is dominating the minds of the Israelis.
Netanyahu said prior to the downfall of [Egyptian president] Hosni Mubarak and the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, ‘After the unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 and the withdrawal from Gaza Strip the trajectory changed and it has become clear that Israel is no more a government that cannot be overcome.’
Regarding the Israeli air force, after the 2006 July War it became unable to [win] a battle and same [goes] for [Israel’s] land forces. They were unable to stand in the face of the sons of the Resistance in South Lebanon.
The Mossad chief says that Hezbollah has 90 percent of the power of [a standard army]. Do we own this power or not? God knows.
Dear Egyptians whenever you encounter chaos or a security incident and turmoil you search for the Israeli and American [answer].
In Iraq, chaos and internal fighting is America’s opportunity, especially after it failed to stay in Iraq and it has a big opportunity to overthrow the Syrian regime.
Today there is a consensus in Israel that any option is better than Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [staying in power]. Israel… is hoping that the Syrian regime will collapse because when [Syrian] opposition becomes sponsored by the American, Western and the Arab [countries], which have a well-known history, [then] we have the right to worry.
People, why is there is a determination to overthrow the Syrian regime?
According to us we stand by the Syrian regime. Can anyone say that the Syrian regime is not a rejectionist regime and did not support the resistance in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq?
The regime in Syria has stood in the face of the Israeli-US plan in the region. There are negative [aspects] to regime, yes. The regime itself, says so.
There are [groups] that say that the Syrian did not open the Golan front [against Israel]. You who speak of the Resistance, have you ever stood by the Resistance and offered it money?
This regime needs reforms, yes, and the regime today said that it is ready to embrace reforms and has started to issue decrees on parties and media and then came the constitution proposal.
These Arab governments said that the solution with Israel is political and [can be achieved] through negotiations… and for ten years they have wanted to negotiate with the Israel and they have been patient.
But in Syria there is no time. Assuming that the regime in Syria is like Israel, then why do [Arab states] accept negotiations and a political solution with Israel and not with Syria?
Even in Bahrain why don’t [the Arabs] stand by the Bahraini people who are abiding by Resistance?
The first people who took to the streets during the war on Gaza were the Bahraini people… If there were elections in Bahrain you would have seen that Bahrain stands by the Resistance.
We need to search for a political solution in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain and Lebanon and take the opportunity away from the Israeli [state]. Did any emir or sheikh in any Arab regime embrace the reforms which [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad adopted? However, the Americans need to destroy Syria and Iraq.
In Lebanon two days ago on February 14, Lebanon witnessed a dear anniversary which is the anniversary of the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and other martyrs. We express our sympathies to [Hariri’s] family and to those who love him; as we also condemn this [assassination].
We are [people who support] dialogue and reason and we respect the sensibility of the Lebanese and the other party. We do not seek to eliminate [the other] and we recognize its presence .
I will review some of the points that have been raised. We support any call for a national dialogue without prior conditions and we will take part in any national dialogue that has an agenda which we back. However, a call for joining a national dialogue with prior conditions is not an invitation for dialogue.
There was also an attack that was launched against Hezbollah and Syria and I was hoping that whenever they [March 14] want to review the names of the massacres it is better if [Lebanese Forces leader] Samir Geagea did not do so. It would have been better if National Bloc leader Carlos Edde did so.
Regarding the fourth person who spoke [during the February 14 event] and who spoke on behalf of the [Syrian National Council], [I say] that if the first appearance of the SNC crescent would be represented by [March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator] Fares Soueid speaking on behalf of the group, then this is a good start.
[One] year ago I talked about Bahrain, [and March 14 rose against me] and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri attacked us. I demand that March 14 alliance adopt an approach [or a course of action] because we have one standard.
Why is [March 14] fighting with money and weapons in Syria and involved in escalating the fighting in Syria?
When a dear brother of ours was arrested in Egypt and included in the case called the “Hezbollah cell,” March 14 [rose up against us]. They said that Hezbollah is involving Lebanon in conflicts. I will refer to someone other than Hariri. Geagea said that: “This incident cannot pass just like that in any government and no party has the right to violate other state’s laws.”
Do Syria’s laws allow you to interfere with weapons and incite Syrians against each other?
I say to [those] in March 14 that you have linked all your options to one bet. They have settled their issues believing that the Syrian regime will collapse in the same way they did in previous bets but did not succeed.
[March 14] talks about neutrality and says ‘Lebanon First’ but we do not have ‘Lebanon First’ and full stop. We have a first, second and third Lebanon.
[March 14] took a neutral position toward the issue of Israel so [they should] do the same regarding Syria. Why have you linked Lebanon’s condition to the collapse of the Syrian regime?
Through such [a course of action] [March 14 is] plunging Lebanon into a war.
Among the conditions for dialogue are clarity and transparency and the ability of everyone to express himself properly.
I said last week that we thank the Islamic Republic of Iran for the weapons it is providing us with and some [groups in] March 14 said that such remarks are to be condemned.
From where does [March 14] get [its] money? Since 2005 up until now, you have spent more than $3 billion. From where have you received this sum of money?
Iran did not give the money to Hezbollah because it is a Lebanese party but because it is a Resistance party [fighting] against Israel. But you are political parties so why have you obtained $3 billion dollars? Are your economic plans recognizable?
We are clear regarding the issue of arms. We have arms and you can write a poem about this. We have arms and they are increasing [in number]. We have well-known weapons and there are others which are hidden and unknown. We are hiding them because we need to protect our country and prepare surprises for the Israelis.
[March 14 should] acknowledge that [it] has arms which are being revealed on the streets.
Are the rockets and bombs which thwart the Israeli threat and threaten Tel Aviv deemed weapons for stirring strife?
Are you seriously convinced that the Arab Spring emerged from the womb of the Cedar Revolution? The Arab Spring came out against regimes that were ruled by [former US Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice and [current US Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton and those who are ruling you today.
This finger [Nasrallah raised during the speech] will not please you. You are not in a position to make rules. You made rules in the July 2006 War and it ended against your wishes.
Leaders of March 14, and with all due respect to those who have good intention regarding the national decision, you are in no position to give guarantees in Lebanon in light of the current changes. The game in the region is bigger than you. Whoever is keen to prevent dissension needs to make efforts to silence his MPs, allies, and media outlets which incite day and night.
We support dialogue without prior conditions and we have reason and are ready to open up.We support the preservation of the government and resolving its problems.
We are not involved in the bombings that took place in India or other countries. Who is involved? I have no information.
Here I want to recall something: The blood of Imad Mughniyeh will keep on haunting you [referring to Israelis]. This blood will not fall silent.
Sheikh Ragheb Harb was killed because he refused to shake hands. Mughniyeh and Abbas al-Moussawi were killed because they refused to compromise. We will not witness what is worse than 2006. The world was against us, China and Russia and even the government in which we were participating were against us.
They said that the war would end if we handed in our weapons and released [the Israeli] hostages or else Israel would crush us. I told my brothers not one day had I been able to understand Imam Hussein and Karbala the way I did during the 2006 July War.
We are staying here and will proceed with this vision and clarity and do not fear the future. It is the Americans and the Israelis who should be concerned, and we will be able to launch a confrontation that knows no defeat.”