Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, chief of Hezbollah, has brought to the table numerous topics in his recent speech.
Aiding the Lebanese Army
In the first part of his speech, he spoke about the intentions of the weaponry given to the Lebanese Army by the US. He stated,
“What happened in the last confrontation between Israel and the Lebanese army tells us much about the weapons the US gives us. The weapons the US gives to Lebanon are not given to fight Israel, but are given for internal purposes. We will never accept conditions for US aid, we don’t need US aid.”
He also accused the US of giving arms to the Lebanese army to stop Lebanon into “falling into the hands of Hezbollah”.
Sayyed Nasrallah spoke about countries, specifically Iran, and how they should aid the Lebanese Army with weapons in order to defend themselves from the Israeli army. He also spoke of the urgency regarding the supplying of weapons.
“We don’t want to buy weapons, we need weapons. We must tell our brothers in Iran to help with whatever they can.
Iran will give equipment to the Lebanese Army without any conditions. I suggest the government come to a decision on this. “
The President of Iran is due to visit Lebanon after Ramadan.
Israeli Spies in Lebanon
A big problem in Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security is the huge amount of Lebanese spies working for Israel. Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the punishment for the spies must be tougher and the death penalties must continue to be used.
“What makes someone hesitate and not spy for Israel? The death penalty. This will stop Israel recruiting. Punishment invigorates a society. If you do not have punishment for wrongdoing, it destroys a society.”
He talked about the immunity Hezbollah has against internal spies and why it would be difficult for Israel to infiltrate the resistance.
“When I say no, we dont have spies in Hezbollah, I am not saying it because we are Hezbollah. I am saying it because we are immune. I would like to say, on this table of Iftar, that we dont have spies in Hezbollah because Israel has no information on Hezbollah. If you want to join this organization, you will be subjected to interrogation even if you are the son of the secretary…”
The Tribunal Regarding Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
A part of the speech was dedicated to the tribunal regarding the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005 after a car bomb exploded. In a previous speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah shared hard hitting evidence, revealing Israeli drone tapes tracking the late Prime Minister’s movement in all around Lebanon. He also supplied proof of Lebanese spies working for Israel, admitting that they were giving false testimonies. He accused Israel of murdering Mr. Hariri and demanded that charges against Hezbollah men to be dropped. In tonight’s speech, he talked about the dangers in the way the International Tribunal is being handled:
“Does the International Tribunal control what the Lebanese Judiciary should do? This is dangerous for Lebanon for false witnesses to be used by international bodies against our country. Whatever you want to name them, the truth doesn’t change. We have a group of individuals who have given false testimony. For the sake of justice, the Lebanese must know who created the false witnesses. The voice must continue to be raised until the Lebanese get this right. It is our national right to know the truth.”
“I said i wouldn’t give 100% concrete evidence, I said I would give evidence that would open a new horizon for the investigation. […] I gave my evidence to the Lebanese Judiciary, not to the International Tribunal. I will not be dragged into this political game of the International Tribunal, I will make my comments at the appropriate time.”
In the last part of his speech, topics such as Lebanon’s complicated electricity and water situation were discussed.
Tuesday, August 24th, 2010.