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The real battle is with the U.S.: Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah speaks on TV, May 22, 2020. (The Daily Star/Al-Manar TV grab)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Friday that the real battle was with the U.S. government, stressing that the party’s stance on Palestine would not waver, speaking in a televised address to mark Al-Quds day.

“America wages wars in the region to strengthen Israel’s positions,” Nasrallah said, citing the wars in Iran and Yemen.

The Hezbollah leader warned that American pressure to disarm the resistance in Lebanon was only the first step.

“Later it will be demarcating the maritime border and resolving the disputed land border points in Israel's favor,” he cautioned.

Nasrallah highlighted that Israel's moves against Lebanon are calculated because it is fearful of war, but he warned that it would be betting on Lebanon’s economic crisis to turn the resistance against itself by imposing sanctions.

Nasrallah took the opportunity to criticize some Arab countries of having become complacent in the fight against Israel, saying that the U.S. had pressured them into normalizing the occupation.

“Some Arab countries are not concerned with the Arab-Israeli conflict in the slightest,” Nasrallah said, accusing them of supporting the “American-Israeli axis.”

In this light, Hezbollah’s secretary-general called Iran the “central pillar” of the “resistance axis” and the country that is most targeted by the U.S.-Israeli foe.

On the occasion of Al-Quds day, Nasrallah said Hezbollah’s stance on Palestine would not change and that Palestinians would return to their land.

“Palestine from the river to the sea is the property of the Palestinian people and they shall return to it,” Nasrallah said.

“Our stance on Palestine is religious and ethical, and therefore we cannot compromise on it,” Nasrallah added, calling it an “uncompromising ideological position.”

He stressed that Palestine belonged to the Palestinian people, to the current and future Palestinian generations alike, adding that “no one can compromise on their behalf.”

“Anything that has been stolen cannot become the legal property of a thief, even if the entire world recognizes its ownership,” he said.

“Anyone who thinks they can change this position through sanctions or other pressures is mistaken,” he said.

Nasrallah ended his speech by addressing the recent surge of coronavirus infections in the country. He urged all Lebanese to continue their commitment to coronavirus lockdown measures to ensure the containment of the illness.

He acknowledged the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which is set to take place Sunday, saying that there was little to be happy about in the region except for a few victories and accomplishments.

“God willing, our region will experience true happiness and independence once it regains Palestine,” he said.

 

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