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Operation Al-Aqsa Storm turning point for Palestine’s future: Hezbollah deputy secretary general

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem talks during an interview with Press TV’s “Face to Face” program on November 7, 2023.

A senior official with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has hailed the “unprecedented” Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the Israel regime, describing it as a “turning point” for the future of Palestine.

Operation Al-Aqsa Storm “is an exceptional operation which is unprecedented since the establishment of the Zionist regime in … 1948 and we believe it will be a turning point for the future,” Sheikh Naim Qassem, Hezbollah deputy secretary general, said during an interview with Press TV’s “Face to Face” program on Tuesday.

“It planted the seeds which would lead to the regression and downfall of the regime, since it uncovered that the Israeli security capabilities are extremely weak. The Israeli army is very weak. And the politicians know nothing and cannot envision the future,” he added.  

Sheikh Qassem went on to say that Israel is “an artificial entity” which shows it has strength, on the face of it, but in reality it has a deep weakness, not only in its occupation and aggressive project but also in the performance of its military and security apparatus.

The Hezbollah offical further noted that “the great and marvelous” al-Aqsa Storm Operation was the work of a dignified and influential resistance” and was “indicative of courage, audacity and righteousness” of Palestinians.

 “We consider that what we are witnessing was a great operation which will impact … the Palestinian cause,” he said.

Sheikh Qassem also noted that the objective of all resistance groups is to defeat Israel and gain victory. Therefore, he said, the resistance groups need to cooperate since “this operation was a great success.”

“If any branch or any faction in resistance alliance is victorious, this means that all the resistance in the region has been victorious,” he emphasized.

Regarding Hezbollah’s military action in support of the Palestinians, Sheikh Qassem said the Lebanese movement’s participation in this battle is part and parcel of the operation of the resistance, stressing that joint efforts are needed to put an end to Israel’s aggression against civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel launched its war on Gaza on October 7 after Palestinian resistance movement Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Storm into the occupied territories in response to the Israeli regime’s intensified crimes against the Palestinian people.

Tel Aviv has also blocked water, food, and electricity to Gaza, plunging the coastal strip into a humanitarian crisis.

According to the Gaza-based health ministry, at least 10,328 Palestinians have been killed in the strikes, most of them women and children, while nearly 26,000 others have been injured.

Hezbollah has been involved in clashes with Israel since the regime launched an all-out invasion on Gaza last month.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that all options are on the table against Israel, urging the Zionist regime to stop its aggression against Palestinians in Gaza immediately.

Speaking in a televised speech, Nasrallah repeated that Hezbollah is ready for all possibilities.

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