Nasrallah Stands by Arslan, Says U.S. Seeking 'Communication' with Hizbullah

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Nasrallah: The postponement of the cabinet session was a wise decision. 10 days
Nasrallah: The call for referring the incident to the Judicial Council is logical. 10 days
Nasrallah: We are against the suspension of the cabinet. 10 days
Nasrallah: We call for pacification but we stand by our ally. 10 days
Nasrallah: Claims that Hizbullah wants to blow up the Druze arena are immoral. 10 days
Nasrallah on Arslan: Our ally was aggrieved and his men were killed. 10 days
Nasrallah: Stability in Lebanon is in our interest. 10 days
Nasrallah: From the very first moments after the Qabrshmoun incident, we started our contacts to pacify the situation. 10 days
Nasrallah: The Trump administration is seeking channels of communication with Hizbullah. 10 days
Nasrallah: A threat to destroy Saudi Arabia and the UAE cannot deter the U.S. from waging a war on Iran, but rather the threat to attack its forces in the region and Israel. 10 days
Nasrallah: Iran will bomb Israel in the event of a war in the region. 10 days
Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia and Israel will pay the heaviest price, seeing as the UAE has started to pacify its stance. 10 days
Nasrallah: The region will burn in the event of a war on Iran. 10 days
Nasrallah: If the UAE and Saudi Arabia get destroyed, is that in the interest of their people and leaders? 10 days
Nasrallah: The UAE will not remain safe in the event of a war on Iran. 10 days
Nasrallah: No one will be able to dissociate themselves from a war against Iran in the region. 10 days
Nasrallah: The Iranians sent a message via a third nation on the day the drone was downed, saying they would retaliate against U.S. targets in the event of a U.S. strike. 10 days
Nasrallah on Iran-U.S. tensions: Strikes and counter-strikes might happen, but the two parties will seek to contain the situation. 10 days
Nasrallah: Trump is betting on the economic file. 10 days
Nasrallah: I strongly rule out that America might launch a war on Iran. 10 days
Nasrallah: Iran will not start a war against anyone. 10 days
Nasrallah: Hizbullah is not the leader of the battle in Syria and neither is Iran. 10 days
Nasrallah: Israel's strikes will not lead to expelling Iran from Syria and they are risky for Israel. Iran will not withdraw from Syria. 10 days
Nasrallah: The latest Israeli strike on Syria was not against important targets. 10 days
Nasrallah said the time has not come for Hizbullah's full withdrawal from Syria. 10 days
Nasrallah: We have redeployed and downsized our forces in Syria due to the improved security situation. 10 days
Nasrallah: No one can impose naturalization on Lebanon if there is Lebanese consensus against it. 10 days
Nasrallah: We are confident that the "deal of the century" will fail. 10 days
Nasrallah: I have a big hope that I will personally pray in Jerusalem. 10 days
Nasrallah: I'm confident that we can achieve victory in any coming confrontation. 10 days
Nasrallah: Any war will be bigger than the 2006 war for Israel and it will put it on the brink of extinction. 10 days
Nasrallah: I rule out an Israeli war on Lebanon because of the force of deterrence. 10 days
Nasrallah: We will not target southern Israel during any war, but rather the population-dense northern coast. 10 days
Nasrallah: The resistance can target entire Israel with its firepower. 10 days
Nasrallah: The talk about returning Lebanon to the stone age underestimates Lebanon's capabilities. 10 days
Nasrallah: The resistance now is stronger than ever in terms of its capability to target the enemy’s domestic front. 10 days
Nasrallah in response to a question: Who said that we don’t have anti-aircraft missiles and who said that we do? We follow the policy of constructive ambiguity in this regard. 10 days
Nasrallah: The resistance is stronger than ever despite the sanctions and it improved its capabilities greatly over the past 13 years, and this has been acknowledged by the Israelis. 10 days
Nasrallah: We have an infantry force that possesses special capabilities. 10 days
Nasrallah: Lebanon has been living in safety since 2006 due to the achievements of the 2006 war. This deterrence has prevented Israel from attacking Lebanon. 10 days

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Friday called for pacification in connection with the deadly Qabrshmoun incident but stressed that his party “stands by its ally” MP Talal Arslan.

“From the very first moments after the Qabrshmoun incident, we started our contacts to pacify the situation,” Nasrallah revealed in an interview on al-Manar television.

“Stability in Lebanon is in our interest,” Nasrallah added, describing claims that Hizbullah “wants to blow up the Druze arena” as “immoral.”

“We call for pacification but we stand by our ally… Our ally was aggrieved and his men were killed,” he said, referring to Arslan and the slain bodyguards of State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib.

Describing Arslan’s call for referring the incident to the Judicial Council as “logical,” Nasrallah said “the decision is in our ally's hand and we stand by him.”

He also described Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s decision to postpone the latest cabinet session as “wise.”

“We are against the suspension of the cabinet,” he said.

As for the relation with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat, Nasrallah said: “We did not err against Jumblat; he is the one who started the problem with us when he spoke about the weapons.”

Separately, Nasrallah revealed that the Trump administration is seeking “channels of communications” with Hizbullah through mediators.

Turning to Syria, Nasrallah confirmed that Hizbullah has decreased the number of fighters supporting the Damascus regime.

"We are present in every area that we used to be. We are still there, but we don't need to be there in large numbers as long as there is no practical need," he said.

The head of the Iran-backed group, which has been fighting in Syria since 2013, did no quantify the extent of the reduction.

Backed by Russia and Iran, the Damascus government has taken back large swathes of territory from rebels and jihadists since 2015, and now controls around 60 percent of the country.

Nasrallah said none of his fighters were currently involved in fighting in Syria's northwestern region of Idlib, where regime and Russian forces have increased deadly bombardment on a jihadist-run bastion since late April.

Nasrallah spoke after Washington announced fresh sanctions Tuesday against Hizbullah, targeting elected officials from the movement for the first time.

"All dealings with the Syria file have nothing to do with the sanctions or the financial austerity," he said.

Nasrallah also warned that U.S. ally Israel would not remain intact if a war broke out between the United States and Iran.

"Iran is able to bombard Israel with ferocity and force," he said.

His remarks came after weeks of increasing tensions between the United States and Iran as U.S. President Donald Trump steps up his war of words with the Islamic Republic.

"When the Americans understand that this war could wipe out Israel, they will reconsider," Nasrallah said.

"Our collective responsibility in the region is to work towards preventing an American war on Iran," he said.

He also warned that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had no interest in a conflict erupting.

Comments 5
Thumb eagledawn 10 days

The day this evil iranian sectarian terrorist is brutally and violently murdered is the day we celebrate our true independence.

Thumb s.o.s 7 days

الله اكبر

Thumb eagledawn 7 days

Great picture, he looks like an unwashed shia terrorist (Huthi), and that's closer to his true character than the religious uniform he dishonored and desecrated for decades.

As to his speech: nice cartload of BS.

Thumb galaxy 7 days

an iranian scumbag terrorist

Thumb ex-fpm 5 days

indeed he is