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Nasrallah: End of Israel close; resistance ready for main battle

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speaks in a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on March 9, 2023.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says the resistance front in the region is more powerful than ever despite a myriad of challenging facing it and ready for the main battle.  

"Despite the challenges that the axis of resistance is facing today, it has become more coherent and stronger and is ready with a strong will to respond to any major aggression of the Zionist regime that targets the region," he said.

Nasrallah made the remarks in a private meeting with about 200 intellectual, political and media figures from Arab and Islamic countries in Beirut on Wednesday night, Iran's Nournews reported.  

Nasrallah said although the enemy is trying to influence the minds of the youth with a cognitive warfare, the main battle is the battle for the freedom of Palestine.

"We are fully prepared for this battle and we are waiting for the zero hour," he said.

Nasrallah touched on the political turmoil in Israel where hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in recent months to vent anger at the extremist direction of the entity.

"A big war is taking place in Occupied Palestine, and considering the scale of what the Zionist regime is facing, the end of this fake regime is so close that it may happen at this stage," he said.

Protests have taken place across the occupied territories over the past two months.

On Thursday, military forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters who had blocked traffic into the departures area at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv. 

They arrested several people during "the day of resistance" protests which were timed to coincide with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin's arrival and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip abroad. 

Austin had to hastily reschedule the visit due to a surge in street protests against Netanyahu's plan to overhaul the judiciary. 

On Thursday, Nasrallah said the United States has failed miserably to implement its plots in the Middle East region, referring the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq where Washington did not achieve any of its goals.

“America failed in Iraq and Afghanistan; and its project in the Middle East fell short accordingly,” he said. 

Nasrallah touched on a de facto sanctions regime which the US and its allies are implementing against Lebanon, warning that the aim is to have the Lebanese people lose hope and submit to Western demands.

The so-called Caesar Act imposed by the US has hindered the Arab country’s economic cooperation with its neighbors. Meanwhile, creditors under the US influence such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have conditioned the release of billions of dollars in emergency loans to specific reforms. 

"We must not give up. Don't expect us to give up. We also say to those who threaten us with murder and siege that we will not surrender with murder and our will will not be shaken in any way. We believe that there is a solution," Nasrallah said.

"We should not submit to international and regional conditions, because those who surrendered were not saved," he added.

Nasrallah recalled that the Israeli enemy sought to instill a spirit of despair and desolation among the Lebanese nation following the 1982 invasion of the Arab country.

“The Lebanese resistance front, however, started from a position of hope, and stated it could wipe out the Israeli clout. The resistance front rekindled hope among the Lebanese people, and it was the main reason behind straight victories in the fight against the Israeli enemy,” the Hezbollah chief said.

Nasrallah pointed to the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon in May 2000 and Israel's defeat in the 33-day military onslaught against Lebanon back in the summer of 2006 as two major achievements of such a strong belief in the Axis of Resistance.

The Hezbollah leader also made a reference to the 1985 car bombings in the western Beirut suburb of Bir al-Abed, stating that the US was behind the failed assassination attempt against Shia cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, which killed 80 people and injured 200 others.

“The US perpetrated the Bir Al-Abed massacre, in which most of the victims were civilians. Some of the fatalities included pregnant women and they were killed on the International Women’s Day,” he said.

“The goal behind the carnage was to spread terror and despair among us, and the assassination of Sayyed Fadlallah would have dealt a painful blow to the resistance front and its supporters,” Nasrallah said. 

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