Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2021, on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon.
Note: This is not a literal translation of Nasrallah’s speech, but a detailed summary of its whole content.
Praise be to God. Greetings on the Prophet and his family. Peace be upon you, as well as the Mercy of God.
I apologize for having given no speech since Al-Quds Day, I was a bit sick and I still am [Nasrallah clearly had difficulties breathing and was coughing; it was a pneumonia, not Covid, despite the usual Israeli propaganda about a terminal disease, as proven by his ability to make a 2-hours live speech on May 25, and by his healthy looks on his June 8th 1-hour-speech].
The days gone by have seen historical events which I have followed closely, but I could not speak publicly despite my will. I will speak extensively about the events in Gaza in this speech. Quranic verse: « And slacken not in following up the enemy: if ye are suffering hardships, they are suffering similar hardships; but ye have hope from God while they have none. » (S. IV, v. 104).
The month of May saw some unhappy events (the Nakba) and other happy ones (the Liberation of Lebanon on May 25, 2000). Congratulations to the people of Palestine who have added a new victory, from Gaza to Jerusalem to the territories occupied in 1948. Condolences to the families of martyrs and best wishes for recovery to the wounded. Congratulations in particular to the cadres of the Resistance & the people of Gaza who patiently endured Israeli barbarity.
I also congratulate the Lebanese on this Liberation Day. I want the Lebanese people, especially the new generations, not to forget that this Liberation of May 25, 2000 is the result of long years of sacrifices by many Lebanese and Resistance factions, not just Hezbollah. Let us recall the memory of the martyrs of Hezbollah, Amal movement, other nationalist movements, the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance fighters, as well as the Lebanese Army and the martyrs of the Syrian army. Let us not forget the Lebanese civilian martyrs, men, women and children, victims of the civil war and of the Israeli massacres. Finally, we should mention the martyrs of the Resistance and the people’s support for this Resistance. I don’t speak only of southern Lebanon, but of the Bekaa, cradle of Hezbollah, and all over Lebanon. May 25, 2000 (the date of the expulsion of the last Israeli forces occupying Lebanon) was the victory of all of Lebanon, of Beirut, of the North, of every place in Lebanon. The whole country helped shape this victory.
I recall in particular the martyr Sayed Abbas Mousawi (former Hezbollah Secretary General), assassinated by Israel with his wife and child; the martyr Sheikh Ragheb Harb; the martyr Imad Moghniyeh; the martyr Sayed Zulfiqar. A whole caravan of Hezbollah martyrs.
In addition to the Lebanese Resistance and the Lebanese people, we must salute the official Lebanese position embodied by President Emile Lahoud, Nabih Berri and Salim al-Hoss, as well as the majoritary position of the Lebanese government which supported the Resistance and its legitimacy. All this made it possible to obtain the Liberation, and to avoid the civil war that Ehud Barak was preparing (to devastate Lebanon after the departure of the Israeli troops).
I also praise the Syrian support of Hafez al-Assad and Bashar al-Assad, and the support of Iran, of Imam Khomeini and Imam Khamenei. And I especially salute Qassem Soleimani’s role in the 2000 victory, even though his name and role were kept secret at the time. This Liberation ushered in the era of victories for the Arab-Muslim world. On May 25, 2000, I dedicated this victory to the Palestinian people, with the Liberation of Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem) being the ultimate goal. This victory opened a new culture, new values, imposing new clear strategic equations. In 2000, many Zionist leaders spoke of the dire consequences this humiliating retreat would have. Yithzak Shamir, at Ben-Gurion’s grave, spoke of Hezbollah’s victory as something that could lead to Israel’s demise. Then took place the first Intifada in 2000, and the Liberation of Gaza in 2005.
The Popular Armed Resistance established two strong bases in Lebanon and Gaza, which the enemy wanted to destroy. He failed, accumulating defeats and strengthening the Resistance, whether during the 2006 war against Lebanon, or the 2008, 2012 or 2014 wars in Gaza. The siege of Gaza for more than 15 years, assassination campaigns, etc. have also failed. The last 11-day war is very different. But all these wars won by the Palestinian and Lebanese camp have confirmed and strengthened the path of the Resistance.
I now come to the last battle named “Sword of Al-Quds” by the Palestinian Resistance. I will not go into detail, but explain why this is a great victory and what it announces for the future of the struggle against Israel. The beginning was in Al-Quds (Jerusalem), with Israel’s insistence on ethnically cleansing Al-Quds and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, attacks on Palestinians, preventing worshipers from praying at Al-Aqsa during Ramadan (the Palestinians from the territories of 1948, 1967 and Jerusalem itself). Israel did its best to prevent worshipers from going to Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, and repeatedly assaulted those who did manage to get there.
There was a real threat to Al-Quds, which caused the Resistance in Gaza to issue a historic ultimatum to Israel: cease your ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah and your assaults on believers in Al-Aqsa, or we will intervene militarily. The threat was carried out by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who launched their rockets/missiles at the promised time.
This whole crisis was caused by the stupidity of Netanyahu & the Israeli leaders, their arrogance, hubris, contempt and underestimation of Arabs, traits which are a constant in the history of Israel. All previous wars had the same cause, and this enemy will remain blind, arrogant, stupid, making mistakes and miscalculations that will lead to its downfall and demise. Imam Khomeini said “Praise be to God who made our enemies stupid”. Netanyahu and the Israelis believed they could take over Jerusalem and Judaize it, expel Palestinian families, replace them with Jewish settlers, assault the Muslim/Christian worshippers, without anything happening, just empty protests. They did so, deeming the Arabs defeated and having normalized their relations with Israel. They believed that the Arab world had abandoned the cause, that the Palestinians of the territories occupied in 1948, of the West Bank and of Gaza were powerless.
The enemy never even imagined that Gaza could intervene militarily in defense of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa. It hadn’t occurred to anyone within the Zionist entity, neither the political leaders, nor the military leaders, nor the security services. But Gaza surprised both the enemy and the friend. Israel did not imagine such a thing, and therefore persevered in its indiscriminate aggression in Al-Quds (Jerusalem). That’s why Israel was surprised and defeated.
Gaza’s decision is historic, and its lessons must be understood. Previously, all the wars in Gaza had causes linked to Gaza: reaction to assassinations or Israeli aggressions in Gaza, struggle against the severe siege of Gaza, etc. The Resistance’s calculations were still purely Gazan, protecting only the residents of Gaza. But what happened in this last round is that Gaza intervened to protect Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Aqsa. This decision is historic, exceptional, and turns things upside down. The Resistance knew it was heading for war, massacres, destruction of Gaza. But the Gaza Resistance was ready to sacrifice itself to defend Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Al-Aqsa.
Gaza and all of its inhabitants sacrificed themselves to preserve Islam’s 3rd holiest site, considering themselves to be in charge and responsible for it. It was a decision of a high level of jihad and sincerity, and that is why it had this enormous influence, rocking the Palestinians all over occupied Palestine, with the support of the refugees and the whole world, except the minority of zombies (Arab dictators) who normalized their relations with Israel. The protests on the Lebanese-Israeli, Jordanian-Israeli border and all around the world, the popular support and final victory were exceptional, commensurate with this exceptional decision of the Gaza Resistance.
The Zionists must understand this, as must the Muslim community and the Resistance Axis, but I am addressing the enemy and its leaders: this experience must lead you to redo all your calculations. You should know that laying your hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa is a red line. Assassinations here or there, expropriations here or there, besieging here or there has nothing to do with laying your hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, our holy places, as demonstrated by what Gaza has done, the promises made and kept by the Resistance in Gaza. They were sincere and will stand ready to do what they did again if Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa are threatened or desecrated again.
All the factions of the Resistance Axis (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Irak’s PMU & Yemeni Resistance) were in constant contact, hour by hour during this war. In the future, we will ensure that touching Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa will not only involve Gaza but the entire Resistance Axis. The Resistance in Gaza has imposed a new equation: if Israel lays its hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, Gaza is going to war. What we must now impose is that if Israel lays its hands on Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa, then there will be a regional war!
The whole Resistance Axis must be ready and make this clear to Israel: we will never allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be endangered. For the outcome of any regional war can only be the eradication of the Zionist entity. It is this new equation that will allow us to protect the holy city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its Muslim and Christian holy places. We are working very seriously on it. When our holy places are in danger, there is no more red line, no more calculation (= it will be total war).
I will not analyze all the consequences of this war, but highlight a few of them:
1/ The soul of the Resistance resurfaced in all the Palestinians, who all united and rose up as one man, in Gaza, the West Bank, the territories occupied in 1948, the Palestinians refugees all over the world, etc. The decades-long division and dislocation is over: the Palestinian people are united.
2/ The Palestinian cause has been revived all over the world. It was deemed buried once and for all by Trump and normalization, but this cause has reclaimed its prominent place all over the world, in all media, all minds and all consciousnesses.
3/ The Palestinian identity and the dream of Liberation have been brought back to the fore.
4/ Belief in the Armed Resistance and the Intifada has once again become the best choice to obtain Liberation. The soul of Resistance has returned to our peoples.
5/ All the claims of the normalizers, who said that the Palestinians themselves had abandoned the cause, have been proven to be untrue. The Palestinians have proven that they remain committed to their cause and ready to make any sacrifices.
6/ The process of normalization itself is in jeopardy, as well as all the Arab regimes that are committed to it.
7/ The Deal of the Century is definitely buried. The Resistance in Gaza and the Israeli failure to win made the Biden administration abandon Trump’s concessions. Biden put East Jerusalem back on the table and called on the Israelis not to expropriate the residents of Sheikh Jarrah. The heart of the Deal of the Century was to give all of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) to Israel, but that is forgotten now. Of course, Biden did not intervene for humanitarian reasons, but because he saw Israel’s helplessness and the risk of an explosion in the region, which thwarted his own international priorities.
8/ The true face of Israel, barbaric, bloodthirsty, slaughtering children, racist and Jewish supremacist, clearly returned to everyone’s eyes and mind, despite Israel’s grip on media and social networks. Israel couldn’t care less about the opinion of the Arab world, but not that of the Western world, and we have seen that even EU countries were forced to condemn Israel in one way or another, and put it in an awkward position.
9/ One of the most important political results is that the compass of conflict in the region has settled again on Israel, after years of civil wars, creation of bogus enemies like Iran, etc. Today, it is clear to the whole world (and not just in the Arab-Muslim world) that the enemy of humanity, of justice, of truth, the racist and criminal entity is Israel and nobody else.
After discussing the political consequences of this Gaza-Israel war, I now come to the military consequences. We must take into account the scales (in this asymmetric conflict): on the one hand, Israel is the regular Army of a State, US-backed, which has the most powerful air force in the region, and on the other hand, Gaza, under siege for more than 15 years, is a tiny territory surrounded on all sides, with +2 million inhabitants, and an ungrateful geography (from the point of view of Resistance opportunities: no mountains, etc.). Some weapons from Gaza are imported and others are manufactured locally. But we can clearly see that despite their very limited possibilities, and Israel’s total control over information (Gaza is under constant surveillance by all means: drones, electronic surveillance, spies, etc.), Gaza has been able to demonstrate courage, sagacity and victorious struggle against one of the most militarily powerful States in the world.
I will quickly set out the military consequences of this conflict:
1/ The entry of Gaza into the protection equation of Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah. In fact, Gaza has entered the issues of all of Palestine, shifting from defense to attack.
2/ Despite the severe siege, the Resistance was able to greatly improve its rocket/missile & fighting capacities. For 11 days, they continued to fire rockets/missiles despite Israel’s best efforts, its planes, drones, artillery strikes, etc.
3/ Gaza even proved its ability to fire rockets/missiles at times announced in advance, to the point that some brothers were surprised, advising not to give this information to the enemy (which would allow him to better defend itself), but it was a point of strength (psychological warfare).
4/ The number of rockets/missiles fired was very large, hundreds every day, which reflects very large stocks and great skill. The type of rockets/missiles fired, the targets hit, the damage done, it was all very powerful.
5/ All of this shook the Israeli State like never before. All countries can go through civil wars, very trying crises, and remain. But Israel is a fake, artificial State that has been shaken to the point that its very existence has been called into question. Israel is a State whose precondition for existence is security. If security is no longer there, all Israelis (who all have dual citizenships) will come back from where they come from: Europe, USA, Australia… At the first (serious) storm, Israeli society will pack up and leave! This sets Israel apart from all other countries: the Palestinians, despite 1948 and 1967, remained attached to their land. They are willing to sacrifice themselves by the hundreds of thousands to return there, until this day. They have not abandoned their territory! But Israel, no! The Israelis have their second passport ready, their suitcase ready, and they will leave at the first storm: if neither the government nor the military can protect them, why would they stay? This consequence, namely to shake Israel to such an extent, is unprecedented, even during the 2006 war. Never before has such a large area of Israel been under rocket fire: Tel Aviv, Beer Sheva, Ashdod, airports, the Negev… 70% of Israelis were holed up in shelters for 11 days ! The worst for Israel was not the material losses, but the psychological losses: the warnings rang everywhere, introducing terror into their hearts. It doesn’t really matter if the rockets hit their target or not!
6/ In addition to all the economic losses and the feeling of insecurity at home, it is the same abroad: who is going to come and invest in Israel without guarantee of security for their investments, without stability? Israel’s dream of becoming an economical/financial hub in the Mediterranean is over!
7/ For the first time, the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 entered into revolt. It’s not just Gaza and the West Bank anymore. All Israeli leaders recognize that this is an existential threat for Israel!
8/ The Gaza Resistance was also exceptional: the way they carried out the fight, the way they prepared for a ground invasion, to the point that the enemy did not dare to set foot in Gaza, all of this is a huge victory.
9/ The Resistance was able to present to its people, to the whole world and to its enemies a brilliant image of victory.
On the other hand, let us see the failures of the enemy, as admitted by their officials and experts:
1/ Failure to achieve any strategic success after 11 days. Nothing!
2/ Israeli officials speak of tactical successes, but these are insignificant for such a powerful army: destroying some tunnels, killing some cadres, it’s negligible! The rocket fire could not be stopped, and Israel did not even know where it was coming from. Even when they knew the time of the rocket salvos in advance, their planes and drones were unable to locate them. The Iron Dome was also a failure. The 90% interception figure is a lie, it’s more like 50-60%. The damage proves that their 90% figure for the Iron Dome is a lie. The proof of the failure of the Iron Dome is also the fact that Netanyahu asked for military aid from Biden, who immediately granted it. The rockets kept hitting all of occupied Palestine!
3/ The failure of the trap set for the Resistance in Gaza, which Israel had been preparing to neutralize for years, but the Israeli Army proved to be powerless.
4/ The failure to prevent weapons from reaching the Resistance. The rockets did not stop and could have been launched at this rate for months on end. Israel is incapable not only of knowing where the rockets are, but has no idea how many they are, which is a colossal failure of their intelligence.
5/ The failure to locate (and assassinate) the main military leaders. Israel came up with several names, including Hamas Commander Mohamed Dayf, but they failed to kill them. That some (minor field commanders) were killed is normal in a war, but it is far from what Israel wanted.
6/ Israel, both in terms of political, military and security leaders, was unable, as I said, not only to anticipate, but even to imagine that Gaza would enter the scene militarily to protect Al-Quds, Al-Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah, just as Israel was unable to anticipate or imagine that all of Palestine would rise up in the face of Israeli aggression at Al-Quds.
7/ The worst part is that Israel found itself completely taken aback, lost, not knowing what to do with this unforeseen explosion on all sides.
And now I ask a question to the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, Aviv Kochavi, this so-called “philosopher” who for 3 years has been rethinking Israel’s strategy, organizing colossal maneuvers, etc. His main thought was that the infantry was the basis for achieving victory. But this great strategic thinker [irony] bit the dust against Gaza, despite all his measures, all his maneuvers, all his preparations. There was not even a land incursion into Gaza! It’s a humiliating mark of their defeat.
I am not claiming that Israel is incapable of carrying out a major ground operation, no, but I am claiming that the morale of the Israeli troops is shaped by fear: they are terrified at the idea of a ground operation, whether in Gaza, Lebanon or anywhere. Despite their technology, weaponry, planes, tanks, etc., they are scared to death to conduct a ground operation. They are still haunted by their bloody debacle in 2014 in Gaza (+60 soldiers killed), with soldiers they did not even know if they were alive. That the so-called most powerful army in the region is so afraid is a major strategic failure.
Lastly, Israel has failed to present even an image of victory, short of a real victory! Polls indicate that no more than 20% of Israelis consider Israel to have won. So much for the description, consequences and lessons to be learned from this confrontation in Gaza.
I come now to Lebanon. On this day commemorating the Liberation of Lebanon, I assure the Lebanese people that Hezbollah has never been better off than today. We are more powerful than ever (weapons, numbers, experience, preparation, faith, courage, morale, etc.). I tell the Israelis not to be stupid, not to be arrogant, not to miscalculate against Lebanon. The rules of engagement remain valid (the slightest aggression against Lebanon will trigger a response). You made a big miscalculation with Gaza and saw what it cost you, so imagine what it would be like with Hezbollah, which is in a much better situation than Gaza! Despite the sanctions and the difficulties, we are not under siege! We will not tolerate any aggression against our territory or population!
Third point, the masses who support Hezbollah remain firmly attached to the Resistance despite the economic difficulties, which will not change the massive support of our popular base. The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, continues to support the Resistance and the rights of Lebanon. The same goes for the government and the Parliament. All US sanctions and threats weaken neither the Resistance nor those who support it.
Fourth point, in terms of our pending accounts with Israel, we add (to our 2 martyrs in Damascus to avenge) the martyr Mohamad Tahan, killed on the Lebanese-Israeli border while demonstrating unarmed for Palestine. I renew my congratulations and condolences to his family. This blood will be avenged: we had the patience not to avenge it immediately, but we add it to the pending accounts (and he will be avenged sooner or later).
Fifth point before the conclusion: the formation of a new government is the key to everything. There is no need for the resignation of President Aoun, nor the resignation of Prime Minister Hariri charged with forming the government, nor the simultaneous resignation of both. What prevents the formation of a government are purely internal obstacles.
There are two solutions:
– either Hariri sits down with Aoun for as long as it takes to achieve the formation of a government. Lebanon is in your hands.
– or a friend intervenes to help you, like Nabih Berri, the President of the Chamber of Deputies. Everyone must help them to achieve the formation of a government to save the country. There is no other solution. Because the country must move forward: the dire economic, social situation can’t stand the vacuum.
In conclusion, looking back on all that has happened over the past few days, months and years, the Middle East has gone through the 10 most difficult years it has ever experienced. Entire countries were targeted for destruction. But the Resistance Axis thwarted these plans. The Resistance Axis not only preserved the Middle East, but also enabled Palestine to stand tall and achieve victories. If it hadn’t been for Iran who faced ISIS alongside the local forces in Irak and Syria, where would we be? What would have become of Lebanon, of the other countries? Iran has overcome the threat of (US) war, triumphed over sanctions, and is heading towards presidential elections. ISIS is almost eradicated in Iraq. All of Iraq supported Gaza and the Resistance. Syria is recovering from ISIS, and will also hold presidential elections tomorrow. Lebanon is holding on despite everything. But imagine what the situation would be in Palestine if Iran, Syria and Lebanon had been defeated? Where would we be, with all the regimes having normalized with Israel? Today, the Arab-Muslim world stands alongside Palestine, from one end to the other, and joins the Resistance camp at least at the level of the populations.
And in terms of political and military forces, Yemen has joined the Resistance Axis, and it is ready to share its bread with Gaza despite the famine there (Nasrallah is moved to tears): the solidarity of famine-stricken Yemen with Palestine, ready to share the very bread it lacks, while the billionaire oil monarchies normalize with Israel! This is a basis that makes you optimistic about the future.
The Liberation of Al-Quds is closer than ever, and the demise of Israel is very near. Independence, stability, noble and dignified peace are the future of our region.
I thank all those who have supported the Resistance, in one way or another, first and foremost the Islamic Republic of Iran & Sayed Khamenei, as well as the soul of Hajj Qassem Soleimani who has dedicated more than 20 years to strengthen our region. When he came to our help, he had not a single white hair on his head, and when he left, all of his hair was white. I salute the soul of this great martyr, Soleimani, who sacrificed everything for the region and Palestine, tireless even when others got tired.
Peace be upon you, as well as the Mercy of God.
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Outstanding summary, I can really appreciate the thought process going on behind the scenes “evil” is trying so desperately to hide from us.
Best read in a long, long time.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/03/19/1400031917495739422940894.jpg — Dozens of fires burning in Israel. Ten firefighting airplanes have been combatting the fire, with little success so far.
The extent and severity of the fire is so great that the Israeli media has been calling for the military to get involved, to help firefighters.
Israeli media reports that highway number one, which connects Jerusalem to Tell Aviv, has been closed because of the fires, and Jerusalem trains have also stopped running.
Police have blocked off access roads to the fires from miles away.
Yedioth Ahronoth reports that the fire seems to be a result of arson, and its size and severity is massive, and that it is starting to move towards the West Bank.
Evacuations of some in Jewish settlements have been ordered by the Zionist regime because of concerns that they may not be able to contain the fires.
A Yedioth Ahronoth reporter at the scene stated that preliminary investigation appears to indicate arson as the cause, and the number of fires and the large distances between them have made the situation difficult to control, with as many as 70 firefighters currently deployed to the scene.
According to reports, the fire is also heading towards Jerusalem.
Jerusalem fire and rescue services are on alert, and additional firefighters have been called in from neighboring areas.
The firefighting specialists have emphasized that the fires have been set strategically so that the wind will blow them towards populated areas, and other fires have been set at inaccessible and hard to reach areas, which were able to expand enormously before fire fighters could reach the scene.
Israeli media reports that the fire is so massive that smoke from it has engulfed parts of Jerusalem, and Netanyahu’s criminal proceedings had to be cut short and postponed as a result.
The Hebrew-language 0404 is reporting that the fire is growing by the moment, and firefighters are reporting that new fires are popping up at considerable distances from the others.
Israeli Channel 20, on behalf of the health ministry, is calling on people to stay indoors, especially people with lung or heart conditions and the old and children.
Israel has a serial arsonist. Zionist officials attempted to explain last week’s fires as natural wildfires, but it appears they are not able to conceal the truth this time.
@Anonymous (the one who reports multiple fires springing up in Israel).
I seem to remember someone asking here recently: How is Iran going to fight the Mossad’s fires?
Fight fire with fire?
Realmente Dios hizo muy estúpidos a los enemigos de Irán y de la Revolución Islámica. A todos ellos sin excepción.
Yandex translation. Mod:
God really made the enemies of Iran and the Islamic Revolution very stupid. All of them without exception.
Nasrallah in the video looks to have less energy than normal, and this is from his illness. We look forward to his full restoration to vitality. It will be good for him to be present with us to narrate the great fall when Israel ends its tenure in Palestine.
Increasingly now we hear this thought that the Israelis are ready to flee, with their second passports and their suitcases packed, ready to become parasites upon other countries again, ready to parade as victims to any people misguided enough to believe them.
We are being prepared for what the Resistance has obviously long thought about. The Resistance has thought not only of every military scenario required for ultimate victory, but also of the geopolitical conditions in the world, and also, finally, how the great evacuation of Israel will occur.
Personally, I have no clear idea how these things will all occur. But it’s supremely encouraging to realize that the region as a whole has included all of these things in its planning. And the fact that we hear these stories told increasingly now, speaks very truly of the end coming closer.
Imagine: we will see the end of the brutal occupation. And the world will feel lighter for it.
to me the ultimate victory will be when the “chosen ones” will have to recognize that they are just as equal as others as anyone else and an end to their illusion as an illusion it is of their “chosen supremacy” . one state with equal civil rights for both for all inhabitants 2 official languages etc. this has been described by many and recently so beautifully mentioned by the Saker. . And end to zionism.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1399/06/19/1399061912422119621168554.jpg — Commodore Habibollah Sayyari, Coordinating Deputy of the Iranian Army, has announced in a press conference today that two Iranian naval vessels, the IRINS Makran, and the domestically made frigate IRIS Sahand, have entered the Atlantic Ocean.
Sayyari stated that, “having a presence in international waters is the undeniable right of the Iranian navy, and we are committed to expanding this presence.”
No details of the ships’ mission was provided, except “a demonstration of Iranian naval power in the Atlantic Ocean.”
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1398/10/22/1398102219385797319393334.jpg — On another note, the Balad airbase in Iraq was struck by rockets last night.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/03/20/1400032001075255022943504.jpg — the attack on the Balad airbase did not result in any deaths, according to Iraqi media.
The Camp Victory Base was attacked by three drones last night, an hour after the attack on Balad airbase. Sirens were heard from the base, and US troops rushed to their shelters. Air defenses at the base failed to intercept the attacks.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/02/30/1400023012514896222815964.jpeg — “Abu Al Walid”, a Commander of Saraya al-Quds, the military arm of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement has warned that any kind of violation by the Zionist regime or any operation to assassinate Palestinians, will be met with an immediate response by the Resistance.
He stressed that, since the moment the 12 day war ended, the Resistance has been rebuilding, stockpiling weapons, and the military-industrial engineers in Gaza have been continuing their work uninterruptedly.
Abu Walid emphasized that the Saraya al-Quds and other resistance groups are capable of fighting a war lasting months, and what was shown in this latest round was only a fraction of what has been stockpiled for a protracted war.
Regarding statements from Zionist officials about having significantly weakened the Resistance with their strikes against Gaza, he expressed that the Zionist regime is trying to recover their lost face in front of Zionist settlers, and every claim that they make is just to mislead public opinion.
In the end, the Saraya al-Quds Commander stressed that the Resistance Military Command conducted the war with the Occupier regime very wisely, on the military and media/information levels, and that the recent war was the result of a very close and coordinated effort by all the Resistance groups.
Two Palestinians were shot dead by the IDF in street clashes in Jenin last night. One IDF soldier was also killed.
The western reaction to Iran’s benign naval adventure into the Atlantic Ocean is humorous at best. when you claim freedom of navigation sometimes it bites you in the …. so that’s 12 miles off Georgia nuclear submarine base cruising??? has to happen one day.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/13920415175414755799984.jpg — Some US officials have expressed concern over Iran’s growing satellite power, and Iranian-Russian cooperation in this field.
The Washington Post reports in this regard, that US officials believe Russia is going to sell Iran the “Kanopus” satellite system, which will allow Iran to track potential military targets in the Middle East and beyond.
The Washington Post adds that, “Kanopus” will allow Iran to continuously watch Middle Eastern oil installations, and Israeli and US bases in the region.
The Washington Post newspaper stressed that this satellite may get launched in a matter of months.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1398/10/15/1398101511203841719309584.jpg — the Taliban spokesperson, Zabihollah Mojahed, has stated in light of the intensification of the Taliban’s attacks in Afghanistan: we have been living as neighbors with our Shia brothers for a long time, and the “Islamic Emirate” sees all the people of Afghanistan as its citizens, and has no doctrinal or ideological animosity towards Shias.
He then continued that, the “Islamic Emirate” has been fighting the American occupiers for 20 years, and the Muslim people of Afghanistan, of all tribes and denominations, have stood side by side and done jihad [resistance struggle] together.
Mojahed added: the people of Afghaistan were all with us in the struggle against the American occupiers, and now the “Islamic Emirate” considers all the people as part of its being.
The Taliban spokesperson emphasized that, “the Shias are a group of our countrymen, our brothers, they have nothing to worry about, their rights are guaranteed under the law in Afghanistan. For years we have lived together with Shias and other tribes, and despite differences that exist between people, we have lived together as brothers, and this is not a new thing.
He added: “we do not hold any fanatical ideologies and thoughts of war with any particular religious group. As Muslims, we live together as brothers. All of our countrymen have the right to live in Afghanistan as citizens protected by the law.
Zabihollah Mojahed expressed that “Nobody should worry, right now in Central Afghanistan, our Hazara and Shia countrymen are of one mind and one voice with us, we hold sitdowns and councils and maintain a good relationship, which we will continue to do.
Regarding people who are presently serving in the Afghan military forces, despite the fact that some people from various tribes have worked to serve the occupation in years past, we have forgiven them all, they are all pardoned. Those who carry arms must lay down their weapons now, and return to normal life without fear. Everyone’s rights will be protected.
He continued that, we will have an order in Afghanistan where everyone will have representatives and equal rights, we want an Afghanistan that is united and cohesive, and all tribes and religions shall act as a single arm, to develop this land.
The Taliban spokesperson added, we are trying to move out of 40 years of war, to have a peaceful and stable country for all. We assure everyone, there is no call for concern, much negative propaganda and demonization has taken place in the last 20 years, to distort and blacken public opinion, which must be undone.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1399/12/11/1399121100544395222330194.jpg — Hashd al-Shaabi are reporting that the intelligence unit of the Hashd has succeeded in capturing a large number of bombs that ISIS militants were planning to use against civilians in the Al Khalidia region of Al Anbar. The bombs were hidden in barrels. They have all been defused.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/03/20/1400032008364098822944404.jpg — The Times of Israel reports that Vladimir Putin has labelled the news about Russia selling satellites to Iran as “garbage”.
The article states that, “Israeli officials express concern following report of sale in Washington Post, amid fears move will dramatically enhance Tehran’s ability to track Israeli bases and targets.”
The Times of Israel continues by quoting Putin: “It’s just fake news. At the very least, I don’t know anything about this kind of thing, those who are speaking about it probably will maybe know more about it. It’s just nonsense, garbage.”
Meanwhile, Putin also stated that US-Russia relations are at their lowest point in years.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/03/21/1400032122331770322955294.jpg — “Mohamad Saed Hamayel”, 15 years old was shot dead in the street in Beita by Zionist forces.
Clashes between Palestinians and Zionist occupiers in the city of Beita, South of Nablus, resulted in the death of one Palestinian, and 110 wounded, on Friday.
In Kafr Qaddum, an 8 month old Palestinian baby girl, Nursin Lo’ai, suffocated when Zionist military forces tossed a gas grenade into their home.
In Silwad, east of Ramallah, Palestinian protests have been severely and violently suppressed.
There Palestinian youth have been arrested at the al-Aqsa mosque.
The Zionist regime’s Police has given the green light for the flag march through Jerusalem to go forward, on this upcoming Tuesday. Israeli media reports that the march will avoid the Muslim quarter of the Old City, where it was going to be held last Thursday.
The Zionist defense minister, and others in the Zionist regime, are advising against holding the march, which they see as a provocation which may lead to renewed conflict involving Gaza and the occupied territories.
The Resistance has warned against holding the march.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/03/20/1400032019132842222947614.jpeg — Some in the Israeli media believe that the latest IAEA report on the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, casts serious doubt over the Mossad’s claims about their operations in Iran.
Israel Defense reports that, the latest IAEA report leaves no doubt about Iran’s significant abilities in their pursuit of nuclear power, while Israel boastfully claims to have successfully executed operations against Iran’s nuclear program. Now, which are to believe? The IAEA report, or the lies that are fed to the Israeli people?
According to the article, “they say that their operations in Iran have been more complex than the targeting of Iraq’s nuclear reactor in the early 80s. But it must be admitted here that Iran’s current situation bares no resemblance to the circumstances of Iraq or Syria’s nuclear centers.”
Iran has a very decentralized nuclear program, and we only have information about two centers where they enrich Uranium, we know very little about all the other centers.
In another section of the Hebrew-language article, it says: while we have been busy selling incredible claims about our success in bringing down the Iranian nuclear program, the Iranians have been making tremendous strides forward.
“Ami Rojkes”, the writer of the piece, concludes that the latest report from the IAEA leads one to draw certain conclusions, conclusions which have not gone unnoticed by the Israeli people.
In the end, he states that even the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the father of the Iranian nuclear program, has done nothing to stop Iran. If anything, it appears they are moving even faster than before.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/03/22/1400032215461128522960394.jpg — In Afghanistan, the Shia part of Kabul has been attacked again.
About an hour ago, two simultaneous explosions occured in Kabul’s sector 6 and 13, both of which are Shia areas.
https://newsmedia.tasnimnews.com/Tasnim/Uploaded/Image/1400/03/22/1400032215463934722960404.jpg — Five people have died so far in the attacks, which were targeted against civilians.
No group has claimed responsibility.
Last month three explosions targeting a school in Kabul killed 25, and wounded 52.
To amarynth, and the person who goes by the handle “?”.
Following our debate a few days ago, somebody “leaked” the story of an imminent Moscow-Tehran satellite deal, to the Washington Post.
Then, Vladimir Putin, personally, made a statement, very quickly, in order to deny the story, and with such strong language as calling it “garbage”.
“It’s just fake news. At the very least, I don’t know anything about this kind of thing, those who are speaking about it probably will maybe know more about it. It’s just nonsense, garbage.”
What is your analysis of this little episode? Firstly, why does Russia not want to sell Iran a civilian satellite? And second, why does Putin feel like he has to deny even the rumor of such a sale, so vehemently?