, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addressed hundreds of thousands of followers in the south part of Beirut on Tuesday, Dec. 6, the tenth day of the holiday of Ashura, touching on various regional and international developments relating to the Middle East.
|Nasrallah making his first public appearance since July 2008|
Nasrallah reaffirmed his support for reforms in Syria, saying once again that “some people want to destroy Syria and compensate for their loss in Iraq.
"We remain on our stance; we support the reforms in Syria, and we are with a resisting government,” he said.
Commenting on Syrian National Council Burhan Ghaliyoun's announcement that he will cut ties with Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas, and other similar entities, Nasrallah wondered "who really benefits from that."
"Regarding the Golan Heights, head of the Syrian National Council stated that he will refer the issue to the international community, and therefore this serves "Israel"," he added noting that "a religious figure of the so-called Syrian opposition declared that "once they rule, they intend to cross the Lebanese borders in order to fight the resistance and end it.
"They are asking for a Syrian regime that would surrender and would be disloyal to Arabs," Sayyed Nasrallah said.
He also went on to condemn sectarian language in regards to the Syrian crisis.
Nasrallah also highlighted what he called a historic victory of Iraqis over invading U.S. Forces.
“The U.S. Occupation has never entered Iraq to leave it; they had the objective to control it and establish bases for dozens of years but the resistance and the high cost forced them to withdraw.
"The resistance movements must celebrate this victory as the Iraqi people and resistance have achieved a historic triumph,” while adding that there is very little media coverage of the U.S.' withdrawal from Iraq. In addition to the withdrawal, Nasrallah once again praised the Tunisian, Libyan and Egyptian revolutions over their ruling tyrants and spoke on Yemen as well.
"In Yemen, the challenge is still ongoing and there are some who are trying to incite sectarianism while in Bahrain, people are still trying to peacefully achieve their demands regardless of the oppression," Nasrallah said.
Considering that the Egyptian revolution resulted in plenty developments that shook Israel, he explained that "any transformation in Egypt will limit the Israeli options in the region, and this is the challenge ahead of the Egyptian elections."
Regarding Lebanon, Nasrallah told the crowd the importance of peace and avoiding sectarianism.
"As some parties seek to lead Lebanon into internal conflict and civil war, we point out that Hizbullah is being held responsible for any event taking place in the country," he added calling Hizbullah people to stick to patience and awareness as "some seek strife."
Reiterating "the call to achieve justice by tackling the file of false witnesses," he also emphasized the importance of the "army, people, and resistance" equation in facing the "Israeli" threat whether through a spy ring or by uncovering spying devices planted in Lebanese land.
He also spoke out on the U.S.' support of Israel and its intrusions into Lebanese land and affairs.
Charging that "during Obama's rule, the CIA transformed itself into a Mossad agent," Sayyed Nasrallah asked "didn't we hear US President Barack Obama announcing few days ago that his administration has provided "Israel" with services as no previous administration has done?"
He also said that the movement has continued to grow.
"Day after day, the resistance is developing, and our number has increased, and so has our weaponry," he emphasized noting that "the real Lebanese security problem lies in the arms found in the hands of all Lebanese parties, homes, families, and tribe.”