Nasrallah: Israel can't stop Syria from aiding Hezbollah

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An image grab from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location on 9 May 2013. (Photo: AFP/ HO Al-Manar)

Published Thursday, May 9, 2013

The recent Israeli air raids near Damascus will not succeed in removing Syria from the “equation of the resistance,” as Syria intends to provide Hezbollah with “unique weapons,” Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday evening in a televised speech.

“One of the goals of Israel is for Syria to be out of the circle of the resistance” and stop President Bashar al-Assad from sending weapons to Lebanon, Nasrallah said.

However, the Israeli attack – which only caused four deaths, Nasrallah claimed, contradicting some media reports – will backfire on the Jewish state, Nasrallah said. The Syrian government now intends to send the Lebanese resistance movement “unique weapons,” which could disrupt the balance of power with Israel, he affirmed.

Hezbollah also “stands side by side with the Syrian popular resistance in order to liberate the Syrian Golan Heights,” the party’s leader added.

The Syrian government has green-lit efforts to reclaim the Golan Heights from Israel in response to the air raids.

Nasrallah also slammed Arab nations’ inaction regarding Palestine.

“Arab officials are treating Palestine as a historical burden, not a cause,” he said, criticizing the “dangerous concessions” foreign ministers of certain Arab countries have made with Israel.

In a jab at Qatar, Nasrallah mentioned that large amounts of money being spent on “one football stadium for the World Cup” could be used instead to protect Jerusalem.

Broaching the topic of Lebanese politics, Nasrallah affirmed that Hezbollah supported Tammam Salam’s efforts to create a new government, saying that Hezbollah “doesn't support a political vacuum in the country.”

“We want a government to be formed as soon as possible and elections to be held on time,” he said. “March 14 named Tammam Salam, and we approved him, because he is someone we can work with.”

“We want a government of national partnership, not a government of challenge,” Nasrallah added.



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