The Israeli regime cannot muster the courage to fire “even a single bullet” toward Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, says the top commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
In remarks on Tuesday evening, Brigadier General Esmail Qa’ani hailed the young members of the Lebanese resistance group for their heroic struggle against the occupying regime in Tel Aviv.
“Today, the Zionist regime does not dare fire even a single bullet at one of the teenagers and youth of Hezbollah,” Qa’ani said.
He recalled that “last year, one of Hezbollah’s [warriors] was martyred in Syria due to an act of aggression by the criminal Zionist regime" and that the resistance group declared it would "retaliate.”
After making the declaration, he added, “you could not find a single person in the officer uniform in the Zionist front [as] they all went into hiding.”
Referring to Israel’s withdrawal from south Lebanon on May 25, 2000, he said Hezbollah fighters succeeded in forcing the Israeli military out and ended the regime’s more than two decades of occupation with their primitive weapons against Israel's state-of-the-art weapons.
The birth of Hezbollah, according to the senior Iranian commander, is one of the many blessings of the liberation of Iran’s southwestern city of Khorramshahr during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
Those who were trained in the school of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, with the culture of the liberation of Khorramshahr, managed to free southern Lebanon, he asserted.
Khorramshahr was the first city captured by Iraq shortly after former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched a war against Iran that lasted for eight years and came to an end in a ceasefire in 1988 with no gains for Iraq.
Iran liberated Khorramshahr on May 24, 1982, in what went down in history as a turning point in the course of the Iran-Iraq war that changed the fate of the war and stopped the Iraqi forces from making further incursions into the Iranian soil.
Qa’ani said the youth who liberated Khorramshahr had very basic weapons and equipment but succeeded in their astounding operation because they had been trained in the same school of thought.
Soon after the liberation of Khorramshahr, he said the Israeli enemy invaded southern Lebanon and brutally killed “more than 3,000 people in about two weeks.”
“They committed these crimes but the lessons of the school of Imam [Khomeini], an example of which was the liberation of Khorramshahr, led to the training of young people who became the founders of Hezbollah in Lebanon,” the Iranian general added.
Hezbollah was established following the 1982 Israeli invasion and occupation of southern Lebanon. Since then, the popular resistance group has grown into a powerful military force.
The resistance group fought off two Israeli wars against Lebanon in 2000 and 2006, forcing a humiliating retreat upon the Tel Aviv regime’s military in both wars.
The movement has vowed to resolutely defend Lebanon in case of another Israeli war.