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Nasrallah: Normalization yields no results; resistance sole way to liberation of al-Quds

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah, delivers a speech on the International Quds Day on April 27, 2022.

The secretary-general of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah says attempts by a few Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel have failed to produce any results and that resistance is the only way to the liberation of al-Quds.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised speech on the International Quds Day – the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

“The Zionist regime’s atrocities against the Palestinians and the people of the region, the successive Arab defeats, the Arab betrayal, and the entry of some countries into reconciliation with Israel, have not stopped. Normalization is one of the regime’s goals to cultivate despair among the Palestinians; and the inter-Arab conflicts and internal events in the Arab and Islamic countries are in sync with that Israeli goal of disappointing the Palestinians,” Nasrallah said.

“The path of compromise and normalization has led to nowhere, and resistance and steadfastness is the only way to liberate al-Quds.”

Four Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco – agreed to normalize relations with Israel under US-brokered agreements in 2020, when then US President Donald Trump was in office.

The move sparked widespread condemnations from the Palestinians as well as human rights advocates across the world, especially within the Muslim community.

To the Palestinians, the normalization is a stab in the back and a direct affront to their cause.

Nasrallah said the International Quds Day is an occasion of highlighting the rightness of the Palestinian cause and the grievances of its people. “The Palestinian people today are more hopeful and more certain about the path of liberation.”

The Hezbollah leader also said Palestine’s enemies thought the world would forget the Palestinians and their struggle throughout the years, but even after decades the Palestinian cause stays alive.

The International Quds Day is among the legacies of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who is revered as a spiritual leader by Muslims across the world. Back in 1979, shortly after leading an Islamic Revolution which toppled the US-backed Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini named the last Friday of Ramadan Quds Day.

Palestinian operations laid bare Israel’s vulnerability

Nasrallah underscored Palestinian operations across the occupied territories in recent weeks and said such endeavors are a must alongside resistance as military confrontations have proven the weakness of the Zionist regime’s security apparatus.

“The operations in the West Bank, especially the individual operation that caused a violent shock in Israel, are among the most dangerous that the regime has faced,” the Hezbollah chief stated.

“Israel is an artificial entity that is not real, so it cannot remain without security, and this is its weak point. The liberation of Palestine may not require great armies; it needs fighters who rob the Zionists of security, so they will gather their belongings and flee,” Nasrallah said.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have witnessed a sharp rise since the beginning of Ramadan, with Israeli forces stepping up raids of al-Aqsa Mosque, assaulting Muslim worshipers inside prayer halls, and providing protection to the Israeli settlers desecrating Islam’s third holiest site.

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