Nasrallah Says Al-Fakhoury’s Release Dangerous, Affirms Hezbollah not Aware of it
21 Mar 2020
Lebanon - Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, on Friday delivered a televised speech via Al-Manar TV station, in which he touched on the most recent local developments and announced that he would be delivering more speeches within the coming period — up to once or more per week.
Nasrallah seized the occasion to congratulate moms marking Mothers’ Day.
Touching on the heatedly debated release of Amer Al-Fakhoury, Sayyed Nasrallah asserted that the most precious thing between the Resistance and its people was their mutual trust.
“There’s a battle for the public opinion’s awareness and the most important thing is the trust upon which it’s based,” he added.
“The need to tackle the release of Israeli agent Al-Fakhoury is due to our concern with regard to the public opinion in light of rumors and fabrications,” Nasrallah explained.
In this vein, he affirmed that Hezbollah had no information regarding a deal to release Al-Fakhoury.
“The US exerted all sorts of pressures and threats on various Lebanese sides to release Al-Fakhoury. All these pressures were exerted by the US to unconditionally release the Israeli agent,” he maintained, noting that since the apprehension of Al-Fakhoury, all those hindering his release were subject to direct threats to be blacklisted by the US.
Hezbollah chief went on to say that the US had even threatened to stop supporting the Lebanese Army. “Direct threats were made to place some individuals on the sanctions list, halting aid to the Lebanese Army, slapping economic sanctions, and preventing world nations from offering assistance to the Lebanese state,” he added.
Sayyed Nasrallah went on to affirm that US delegations had been visiting Lebanon for this purpose. “The pressure was mainly exerted on judges, but there are judges who should be appreciated for their steadfastness.”
However, he regretted the fact that there were some judges who had caved in to the US pressure.
“We are the people primarily concerned with this issue, and we are not a neutral party. Therefore, we refused the release of Al-Fakhoury,” he affirmed, warning that this is a dangerous move that will open the door for the US to impose what it wishes in the future. However, he wished the judiciary had been provided with protection over Al-Fakhoury’s release.
“From the first moment after Fakhoury’s release, a broad campaign was launched against the Shiite duo [Hezbollah and Amal Movement]. All accusations about Hezbollah’s role in Fakhoury’s release were based on mere suspicion that the military tribunal wouldn’t have taken such a decision without Hezbollah’s knowledge,” Nasrallah said.
“I personally heard of Al-Fakhoury’s release from the media,” he maintained, dismissing claims that the Lebanese government and judiciary were affiliated to Hezbollah as wrong and unjust.
“After the travel ban, the US tried to smuggle Al-Fakhoury from Beirut airport, but the relevant security authorities refused,” he said. “Despite this, the US brought Al-Fakhoury out in a blatant attack on the Lebanese sovereignty.”
Furthermore, Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah was political force represented in Lebanon’s parliament and cabinet. Yet, he asserted that the government had never been Hezbollah’s government, neither had the Lebanese state ever been Hezbollah’s.
He wondered whether Hezbollah was supposed to ambush the Lebanese Army and the forces tasked with protecting Fakhoury. “We’re we supposed to shoot down the aircraft that carried Fakhoury? Is this in the interest of the country and the government?” he pondered.
In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that the decision to release Al-Fakhoury was not discussed in the government, and no decision had been in this regard.
To those who said Hezbollah would’ve downed the US helicopter that lifted Al-Fakhoury out of Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah said, “Do it yourselves!”
“How can we ask people in the Coronavirus era to protest and storm the US embassy? How can we subject them to dangers?” he wondered.
“We do not act according to our mood or emotions. We are a resistance and political party. We have a cause, a vision, a system of priorities, and we have discussions and studies. Hezbollah is not run by a single person; we hold discussions and when we find that there is an interest for the people and the resistance in doing something, so we do it without hesitation,” Nasrallah explained.
However, he went on to insist that Al-Fakhoury’s case must be pursued judicially, and that the Lebanese judiciary should not consider that Al-Fakhoury’s dossier had ended. “The Military Court panel should have resigned instead of dropping the charges,” he added.
Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that it was not acceptable to question the resistance's credibility, deeming slurs and insults utterly rejected.
Touching on the novel Coronavirus outbreak in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that strict measures must be adopted against the Coronavirus, suggesting the formation of social frameworks to pressure those who violate them.
“If the government decides to isolate any region where the epidemic has spread, even if it is a Shiite region, then let us do it,” he added, noting that all Hezbollah members who arrived in Beirut from Syria or Iran have been subjected to coronavirus tests and home isolation.
Moreover, Nasrallah disclosed that approximately 20000 of Hezbollah Health members were engaged in this battle.
“We are ready to help in this battle with all we can,” he reiterated, noting that “It’s shameful and insulting to treat the spread of Coronavirus among the Lebanese as per the sectarian equation: 6 Vs 6. In this war, there are parties that act racially,” he said in regret.
On the international level, Sayyed Nasrallah cautioned that there were three regions that were subjected to racist behavior in this war: Gaza Strip, Yemen and Iran.
“These areas, which are under siege, war, and sanctions, are prevented from receiving aid, medical devices, and medicines. They are pressuring them with sanctions despite the Coronavirus outbreak,” he added.
“Isn’t it high time for the international community to raise its voice in face of this racist, Trump, to lift sanctions for medical supplies,” Nasrallah concluded. “I think that Trump is not a human being, as he only wants a vaccine for the US.”