Highlights of speech by Nasrallah on 11th anniversary of 2006 war

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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah made a televised appearance Sunday evening marking 11-years since the end of Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006.

Speaking during a ceremony in Marjayoun’s Khiam, dubbed “The Period of Victory,” Nasrallah warned Israel that Hezbollah was more prepared than ever before for any future encounters.

Nasrallah has made multiple appearances recently since Hezbollah’s successive battle to drive out extremists from Lebanon’s borders back into Syria. The Hezbollah secretary-general also voiced his readiness to help the Lebanese Army in any future operations to drive out Daesh (ISIS) militants from the outskirts of east Lebanon’s Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa.

“Martyrs gave their lives for us to remain in our lands,” he said, speaking of the bittersweet feeling that fighters died in the Arsal battles while people were happy with the release of the captured Hezbollah fighters.

Returning to the 2006 war, Nasrallah said: “The men and women of Khiam were victorious and refused the invasion of the enemy,” speaking of the south Lebanon town where the ceremony was being held.

“Khiam and the other border towns fought for 33 days and remained steadfast despite aerial bombings.”

“The faithful people, the people of resistance, the people of God ... this is the reality of the July War."

“All these aspects that won the war are now advanced.”

“Any Israeli tanks or fighters in the air or on the land ... will be faced with hundreds more like the village Khiam.”

“Even now, Israel is learning things from 11-years ago. They are trying to find something here or there to prove to the Israeli people that they were victorious."

“11-years later, Israel speaks of Hezbollah’s forces ... its weapons, the type of weapons, the rockets, etc. etc. etc. [But] Today, I tell you every time Israel speaks of Hezbollah’s weapons and its capabilities, it further validates that Hezbollah was victorious in 2006.

"Israel is admitting to its failure in its main objective of defeating Hezbollah in 2006. Every time they hold conferences, the primary threat they say is Hezbollah."

"Today I want to speak about our responsibilities in Lebanon."

"I want to say after 2000 and 2006 and today, today there is a resistance, a serious one who doesn’t know how to waste time and doesn't have a yearly vacation.It studies all developments in the region as well as Israel and it has the best weapons it can possibly get. In all transparency, when it enters a battle it does so with a set goal. The enemy knows this is its problem."

"We need to know the value and importance of this resistance. This resistance works for the national good [of Lebanon] and not for the individual, religious or political goals."

"After the July war, from Aug 14, 2006 until today, it has gained strength. Even the enemy admits to this. Every time someone bet on the defeat of the resistance and today anytime someone tries to do this, they will lose this bet."

"When I speak of the resistance, I speak to the enemy and never to anyone inside Lebanon. Any war against Lebanon, they don't speak of a war against Hezbollah anymore, but Israel will have a massive price to pay."

"Israeli politicians and even extremists in Israel have said the only way a war against Lebanon will happen is if it is the last choice. They know it is no longer playing in the park because the Israelis know that in Lebanon there is a strength that if the golden tripartite equation [of the people, the Army and the resistance] is completed, it will face big consequences."

"The Israeli decision to close the ammonia plant [in Haifa] came as a decision because they respect their enemy [Hezbollah] and why do they respect Hezbollah because they know they are strong and if they thought they were weak they would not have done it because they make money it is not an easy decision."

"Israel is counting on trump administration to be more strict on Hezbollah and the Lebanese government and the Lebanese people and friends of Hezbollah in Lebanon and the region."

"The financial sanctions and no American threat or pressure will be able to touch the resistance. They are troubling themselves to no avail."

"When we see the American authorities or [U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley] speaking, when [U.S. President Donald] Trump said the U.S. and the Lebanese government are partners in fighting Daesh and Hezbollah, etc. someone doesn't know that Hezbollah is in the government which America says it is allied with. We were never above the government of Lebanon."

"Trump doesn't know that the Lebanese government had not gone into a fight with Daesh when he was speaking. Now, the Lebanese government is fighting Daesh [near Ras Baalbeck]."

"When they say Hezbollah is a terrorist organization or a dangerous force in the region and Lebanon. Firstly, the terrorists are America and Israel and Trump said for one year in his electoral campaign that Obama and Clinton created Daesh."

"Hezbollah is the force that fights and kills terrorists. Hezbollah fought and destroyed the greater Israeli project in 2000 and every day it continues to do. Hezbollah is a part of the regional resistance that destroyed the greater Israel in 2006."

"The wars in Iraq and Syria and Yemen are all a result of American and the Israeli authorities. When Trump speaks like this, knowingly or not, I hope that no Lebanese side is working under the table to complete or partner on this project."

"Israel says 'I don't war with Lebanon and the cost of it is high,' but behind closed doors, European and Americans tell Lebanese that if they don't do this or that, there will be a war."

"When we are strong mentally, we will be strong civilians. Begin with yourself, your dignity and when we are strong, we shouldn't be afraid of anything."

"The days where Israel would threaten and do, are over."

"If an NGO or municipality plants a green tree on the border, Israel complains to the U.N. that someone is planting on the border but UNIFIL went and found nothing."

"Why is the Israel afraid of a tree on the border today? They are supposed to have trees and we should have a desert. They want nuclear weapons and we are not allowed to have a gun. They want technology and want us to have donkeys. They want to be educated and want us to be illiterate."

"Israel is allowed to have daily aircraft [incursions], weapons and radars on the border, but a Lebanese civilian is not allowed to stand on the border and even look towards to occupied Palestine. Well go ahead and continue to complain to the Security Council [of the U.N.]."

"Go plant trees, this protects the country and protects you. Needless to say the environmental benefits."

"The Israelis are scared, the one who never used to be scared is now scared of a tree in a village or a man just going for a walk near the border."

"From July 2006 to July 2017, the victory in Arsal weeks ago ... it is in the same value of the victory of 2006."

"Today who is the one who was most upset of arsal battles? Israel."

"What is happening in Syria today is upsetting Israel, who was betting on terrorists and takfiris."

"The defeat of Daesh in Syria means Hezbollah, Iran and the [Bashar] Assad regime will be victorious, this is what Israel is telling the U.S."

Moving on to the situation on the Lebanese-Syrian border, Nasrallah said: "In the near future, the remaining militants should be sent to Syria and the Lebanese Army will take over the areas."

"Once the Army goes up and sets up bases, we will withdraw and give them the area."

"I tell Arsal's residents that there plantations and quarries will be back to them in days, we are waiting for the Lebanese Army to begin its operation to eliminate Daesh in the outskirts."

"[President] Michel Aoun in the Higher Defense Council decided to go ahead in this and today we have a national, sovereign decision to liberate a part of the Lebanese land which Daesh is occupying."

"I am asking for no one to compare different battles. We are going towards a national battle that will see blood and there is no time to play with this. No one should put a timetable for this battle and no one compare this battle with Hezbollah's Arsal battle. I want to say that we are ahead of a massive victory."

"It’s just a matter of time and we should be unified as a nation."

"There has been talk of cooperating with the Syrian side in the battle spoken of recently. We don’t want problems and we didn’t bring this up in Cabinet. I want to speak on something bigger than ministers going to Syria or cooperation between Syria and Lebanon."

"Daesh: it is only a matter of time before its defeated and there is a decision to finish it off."

"America is in dialogue with Russia on the American and Israel role in Syria."

"Behind closed doors, countries are telling the opposition in Syria that they need to work based on the fact that Assad is the president and will remain president."

"Inside Lebanon, let's see Lebanon’s benefit - put Syria to the side and look at Lebanon - ... geographically we have the sea, occupied Palestine and Syria. Lebanon’s benefit through Syria is much greater than Syria's to Lebanon. We are in need of Syria."

"Doesn't the Army need to take over the border once it's safe? Who is it supposed to coordinate with on the border? Our national interest is to have the border between Syria and Lebanon open and let agricultural products go and come from there. Once Iraq is opened and Jordan is opened, we will need to go through Syria."

"Lebanese, all of us, we are in need of talking to Syria. Let us put our political and personal interests aside and have dialogue for what is in the national interest."
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