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Saturday, 27 August 2016

داريا نقطة تحوّل في مسار الحرب


ناصر قنديل

– قال محلل عسكري يتابع معارك سورية عن كثب منذ بداياتها، إنّ داريا الممتدّة على طول نصف دمشق، والتي بقي منها بيد الجماعات المسلحة أقلّ من ربعها حتى ليل أمس، قبل إعلان الاستسلام النهائي للمسلحين فيها مقابل انتقالهم إلى إدلب، إنّ داريا مفتاح الحرب في سورية، وأضاف أنّ تحريك جبهة الحسكة بوجه الجيش السوري بتحريض أميركي كان آخر خرطوشة لحماية مسلحي داريا، لأنّ قرار الجيش السوري بالمواجهة في الحسكة كان يستدعي نقل وحدات نخبة من الفرقة الرابعة المولجة بمهام داريا، وبالتالي وقف العملية العسكرية فيها. وشرح المحلل نظرته إلى مكانة داريا بكونها تقع على جدار مطار المزة في مدخل دمشق الغربي ويمتدّ ما يسيطر عليه المسلحون منها حتى مدخل حي البرامكة وسط دمشق، وتشكل أقرب موقع للمسلحين من مؤسسات الدولة المركزية، من رئاسة الجمهورية ورئاسة الحكومة ومستديرة الأمويين قلب دمشق، وأنها تستنزف القوة المركزية في الفرقة الرابعة التي تشكل عصباً هاماً في بنية الجيش المقاتلة، وأنّ حسم أمرها سيعني معنوياً تضعضع جبهات مثل جوبر وخان الشيخ والمعضمية ومخيم اليرموك، وأنّ هذه المواقع بدورها سيعني تداعيها تساقطاً كحجارة الدومينو لمناطق الغوطة وصولاً لدوما، ومناطق القنيطرة، ومناطق البادية المفتوحة حتى درعا والحدود الأردنية والعراقية.

– أربع سنوات على الأقلّ وداريا معقل ثابت للجماعات المسلحة، يرقد بثقله على قلب دمشق، وعنوان لاهتمامات المبعوث الأممي ستيفان دي ميستورا، ومحور تقارير للسفراء والمعنيين الدوليين بمتابعة ملفات سورية السياسية والعسكرية، فهي بارومتر مشروع حرب الاستنزاف والأمل بتسلل الضعف إلى بنية الدولة السورية، والمؤشر الذي تقاس عبره اتجاهات الريح العسكرية والسياسية، فالمتابعون يعلمون أنّ حسم الجيوب المتوزعة في دمشق وريفها لصالح الدولة والجيش، يحرّر قرابة عشرة آلاف مقاتل من مهام موزعة على قرابة عشرين جبهة اشتباك مختلفة. وأنّ هذا الحسم يدور حول نقطة بداية، ليست إلا داريا، فبدون حسمها يستحيل العمل لغير إنجازات موضعية بالمفرق، ومعها يمكن الحديث عن بداية تساقط حبات العنقود بالجملة، وما دامت داريا بيد المسلحين، يصير كلّ إنجاز للجيش محدود بمكانه، وعندما تصير داريا بيد الجيش، يصير إنجازها نصف إنجاز في كلّ موقع من مواقع المسلحين على أطراف دمشق باتجاهاتها الأربعة، ولذلك كانت الحملات لحساب داريا، وكان زجّ محترفي الحروب إلى داريا، وتمّ إيصال السلاح والذخيرة بكلّ وسيلة لمسلحي داريا.

– من الغد ستصحو دمشق على صباح مختلف، ومن الغد سيكون المشهد العسكري في سورية بدءاً من دمشق مختلفاً، وسيكون الأهمّ وهو ميزان القوى النفسي والمعنوي بين الجيش والمسلحين مختلفاً، وسيصير لسان حال الكثير من المسلحين الذين يسمعون دعوات الصمود من الخارج، فإذا كانت داريا قد سقطت فما جدوى الصمود؟ وسيكون لسان حال الجيش ضباطاً وجنوداً، إذا كانت داريا قد تحرّرت فلماذا نقيم حساباً لسواها؟ وسيكون لهذه الموجة السحرية على ضفتي الحرب فعلها في تغيير متسارع لمشهد الحرب من حول دمشق. وهذا يعني تسارع تحرير القدرة النوعية والكمية للجيش السوري المنشغلة بإدارة جبهات الحرب في جبهات دمشق، وهي الكمية والنوعية التي تحتاجها جبهات كشمال سورية خصوصاً في حلب، كي تدخل ساعات الحسم المتسارع، ومنها تتدحرج كرات النصر إلى سواها.

– يحق للجيش السوري وضباطه، وخصوصاً القوى التي صنعت نصر داريا الاحتفال بنصرهم، واعتباره بدء العدّ العكسي لتساقط أوراق شجرة المسلحين الذين تسبّبوا بالألم والنزيف لسورية، وهم يرون المسلحين يطلبون الانسحاب إلى إدلب معقل جبهة النصرة، ويخرج الإعلام العربي والغربي ليخبرنا أنّ مَن في داريا لا علاقة لهم بالنصرة، وهم مجموعات تعمل تحت إسم الجيش الحر. وقد قالت معارك جرابلس إنّ هذا الإسم ليس إلا حملة الأعلام ومتحدثي الفضائيات، يتقاسمه السعوديون والأتراك وتنظيم القاعدة غبّ الطلب ومن ورائهم جميعاً الأميركي، وقد سقطت عاصمتهم بالأمس عندما تحرّرت داريا.

– مبروك لسورية… مبروك للجيش العربي السوري.

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Trump vs. Hillary: “If Clinton gets into the Oval Office, I Predict Nuclear War before her First term is Over”

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The US presidential election this November will tell whether a majority of the US population is irredeemably stupid.  If voters elect Hillary, we will know that Americans are stupid beyond redemption.
We don’t know much about Trump, and anti-Trump propaganda rules in the place of facts.
But we know many facts about Hillary.  We know about her violation of classification laws and the refusal of the Democratic administration to do anything about it. The Democrats prefer to control the White House than to enforce the law, another nail into the coffin in which the rule of law in the US lies.
We know from their words and deeds and material success that the Clintons are agents for Wall Street, the Big Banks, the military/security complex, Israel, agribusiness, and the extractive industries. Their large personal fortune, approximately $120 million, and the $1,600 million in their foundation, much of which came from abroad in exchange for political favors, attests to the unchallengable fact that the Clintons are agents for the oligarchy that rules America, indeed, that rules the American Empire from Australia and Japan, through North America and Western and Eastern Europe to the Russian border.
We know that Hillary, like Bill, is a liar.
We know that Hillary is a warmonger.
We know that Hillary made the most irresponsible statement ever uttered by a presidential candidate when she declared the President of Russia to be the “new Hitler,” thereby raising tensions between the US and Russia to a higher level than existed during the Cold War.
We know that Hillary is allied with the neoconservatives and that her belief in the neocons’ ideology of US world hegemony is likely to result in war with Russia and China.
All we know about Trump is that the oligarchs, who sent America’s jobs overseas, who flooded the country with difficult-to-assimilate immigrants, who destroyed public education, who bailed out Wall Street and the “banks too big to fail,” who sacrificed American homeowners and retirees living on a fixed income, who intend to privatize both Social Security and Medicare, who have given the public killer cops, relentless violations of privacy, the largest prison poplulation in the world, and destroyed the US Constitution in order to increase executive power over the American people, are violently opposed to Trump.  This opposition should tell us that Trump is the person we want in the Oval Office.
Some claim that it is all a charade and that Trump is playing a role in order to elect Hillary. American politics are so corrupt that anything is possible.  However the ruling elites and their puppets seem to be genuinely concerned about Trump’s challenge to their control, and they have united against Trump. They have used their money to buy up “progressive” websites paid to bring the print and TV anti-Trump propaganda onto the Internet, thus joining the Internet presstitutes with the print, TV, and NPR whores who are working overtime to demonize Trump and to elect Hillary.
The entire power structure of our country is behind Hillary. Both political parties, Democratic and Republican, and both ideologies, neoliberals and neoconservatives, are united behind Hillary.
How much more evidence do Americans need in order to know that a vote for Hillary is a vote for their own emasculation?
Apparently, Americans remain captives of their insouciance. According to news reports, a majority of voters still haven’t a clue about the consequences of voting for Hillary.  Polls report that Hillary is well in the lead.  Are these real polls or just another presstitute lie to discourage Trump supporters?  Why vote when they have already lost?
The propaganda assault against Trump, vicious as it was, did not succeed during the Republican primary.  Despite the media condemnation of Trump, he swept the other Republican candidates aside effortlessly.
The current media demonization of Trump might fail as well.  Indeed, it is so transparent that it could elect him.
All that is required is for enough Americans to awake from their insousiance to recognize that it is the enemies of their own lives, their own living standards, and their own liberty who are violently opposed to Trump.
If Americans cannot reach this realization, they have no future, and neither does the planet Earth.
The ruling oligarchy hates Trump because he disavows war with Russia, questions the purpose of NATO, opposes the offshoring of Americans’ jobs, and opposes the uncontrolled immigration that is transforming the United States into a multi-cultural entity devoid of unity. The oligarchs are replacing the United States with a Tower of Babel. Oligarchic power grows exponentially among the confusion of diversity.
In other words, Trump is for America and for Americans.
This is why the oligarchs and their whores hate Trump.
The imbecillic Americans who vote for Hillary are voting for war and their own immiseration.
Possibly, a vote for Trump is the same.  However, in the case of Trump we do not know that.  In the case of Hillary we most certainly do know it.
Of course, it could matter not how Americans vote. Those who program the electronic voting machines will determine the vote, and as the establishments of both political parties totally oppose Trump, the programmed machines can elect Hillary. We know this from our electoral history. The US has already experienced elections in which exit polls show a winning candidate different from the candidate selected by the electronic machines that have no paper trail and no way of affirming the vote.
If Hillary gets into the Oval Office, I predict nuclear war before her first term is over.  A vote for Hillary is a vote for nuclear war.
If you look at the forthcoming election realistically, you have no alternative but to conclude that the entirety of the presstitute media and American Establishment prefers the risk of nuclear war to the risk of losing control of the government to the voters.
That Americans permitted the rise of unaccountable power tells us all we need to know about the dereliction of duty of which United States citizens are guilty. The American people failed democracy, which requires accountable government.  The American government has proven that it is not accountable to the US Constitution, to US statutory law, to international law, or to voters.
If the result of Americans’ dereliction of duty is nuclear war, the American people will be responsible for the death of planet Earth. One would hope that with responsibility this great on their shoulders, the American people will reject the unequivocal war candidate and take their chances on holding Trump accountable to his words.

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18– 24 August 2016)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 
(18 – 24 August 2016)
Israeli warplanes conducted 60 airstrikes on many areas in the Gaza Strip
Israeli warplanes conducted 60 airstrikes on many areas in the Gaza Strip

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt
  • A Palestinian civilian was killed on “Yitzhar” settlement bypass road, south of Nablus.
  • 12 civilians, including a child, were wounded in the West Bank and 4 others, including a child, in the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli warplanes conducted 60 airstrikes on many areas in the Gaza Strip
  • A water reservoir tank and 5 military training sites were targeted, and 3 Members of al-Qassam Brigades sustained minor wounds.
  • Israeli forces targeted the border areas in the northern Gaza Strip, wounding a shepherd.
  • Israeli forces conducted 69 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 40 civilians, including 6 children and a woman, were arrested
  • 14 of them, including 4 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • 7 forges were raided and closed in Bethlehem after confiscating its contents.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • Two dwellings and a youth center were demolished in Kherbet Um al-Kheir, south of Hebron.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Sea
  • 2 fishermen were arrested and a fishing boat was confiscated
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were arrested at military checkpoints.


Summary
Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (18 – 24 August 2016).

Shooting:
Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 16 others, including a child and 3 members of al-Qassam Brigades.  Eight of them were wounded in the West Bank while the rest 8 were wounded in the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces carried out a series of airstrikes along the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip.  Israeli forces also fired artillery shells at the border areas.  Moreover, Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen and chase them in the sea.
In the West Bank, on 24 August 2016, Israeli forces directly opened fire at a Palestinian civilian car on “Yitzhar” settlement bypass road, south of Nablus.  As a result, the driver was hit with several bullets and immediately died.  It was later found out that the killed person is Sary Abu Ghurab (26) from Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin.  Israeli forces claimed that the Palestinian civilian stepped out of the car and stabbed an Israeli soldier in his neck.
On 19 August 2016, a Palestinian civilian was wounded with a Two-two bullet to his foot and then arrested by Israeli forces along with 4 other civilians.  This happened when Israeli Special Forces moved into al-Jabal Intersection in the village and raided some shops. Meanwhile, a number of young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the soldiers.
On 21 August 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Far’ah refugee camp, south of Tubas.  A number of Apelstinian youngsters then gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers, who in response fired live and metal bullets.  As a result, a Palestinian civilian was hit with a bullet to the right arm and wounded with shrapnel to the chest.  The wounded civilian was taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital and then transferred to Annajah Educational Hospital in Nablus.
On 23 August 2016, 6 civilians were wounded.  One of them was wounded with a bullet to the leg while the five others were wounded with metal bullets.  This happened when Israeli forces moved into Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and their camps.
In the Gaza Strip, in the context of using excessive force against peaceful protests, four civilians, including a child, was hit with several bullets.  3 of them were wounded in the eastern side of al-Shuja’iyah, east of Gaza City while the child was wounded in the eastern side of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.  This happened when dozens of children and youngsters headed to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel in the aforementioned areas.
On 24 August 2016, a shepherd was wounded when Israeli soldiers stationed inside the watchtowers, north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at sheperds, who were 200 meters away from the border fence.
In the context of airstrikes, on 21 August 2016, an Israeli drone launched two missiles at a water reservoir tank on al-Masriyeen Street, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported.
At approximately 21:40 on the same day, the Israeli warplanes conducted 60 airstrikes in many areas in the northern Gaza Strip.  The airstrikes continued until 23:30 and targeted vacant lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  Those areas were only 300-500 meters away from the border fence along the eastern and northern borders of Beit Hanoun and northern borders of Beit Lahia and Um al-Nasser village.  The airstrikes targeted also 5 military training sites belonging to the armed Palestinian groups.  As a result, dozens of nearby houses’ windows shattered and four civilians, including a child, were wounded. One of them sustained shrapnel wounds while others suffered trauma.
In the context of targeting border areas, on 21 August 2016, Israeli forces fired artillery shells at Palestine Training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, northeast of Um al-Nasser village in the northern Gaza Strip.  As a result, the site sustained damages and 3 Members of al-Qassam sustained minor wounds.
On the same day, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip sporadically opened fire along the border area.  However, no casualties were reported.
In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 18 August 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Balakhiyah shore, northwest of al-Shat’i refugee camp, northwest of Gaza City, sporadically opened fire twice at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles.  At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 19 August 2016, the shooting recurred in the same area.  As a result, fishermen were terrified and fled away in addition to losing and cutting dozen pieces of fishing net.
On 21 August 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, twice opened fire.  During the second shooting, Israeli forces arrested two fishermen and took them along with their boat to Ashdod Seaport in Israel.  They were released on the next day while their boat was kept in custody.  At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 23 August 2016, the shooting recurred in the same area.
At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 24 August 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniyah , west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles.


Incursions:
During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 69 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 7 ones in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 40 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and a woman.  Fourteen of them, including 4 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
During this week, Israeli forces moved into many areas in Bethlehem and raided 7 forges after breaking down the doors and then confiscating their contents.  Israeli forces calimed that these forges are illegal since “they manufacture weapons that pose a threat to the area’s security.”  These forges are located in al-Dawhah village, ‘Aidah and al-‘Ezzah refugee camps, al-Iskan area, Beit Jalah and Beit Sahour.
In the Gaza Strip, on 24 August 2016, Israeli forces moved 50 meters into the south-eastern side of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  They levelled lands in the area for hours and later re-deployed along the border fence.


Settlement activities and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property
On 24 August 2016, Israeli forces demolished two dwellings and a youth centre in Kherbet Um al-Kheir, southeast of Yata, south of Hebron.  The first 30-square-meter dwelling belongs to Zayed soliman ‘Eid al-Hathalin and was built on 10 August 2016 after his dwelling that was donated by the EU was demolished.  The second 60-square-meter dwelling belongs to Khadrah Dawoud al-Hathalin (60) while the Youth Centre was built on an area of 30 square meters.
In the context of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem, on 23 August 2016, an Israeli settler severely beat Murad Ghassan al-Rajabi (20) when he was in al-Sharaf neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, causing fractures in his nose, wounds in his face and bruises in the neck.

Restrictions on movement:
Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.


Details

  1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Thursday, 18 August 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Fawzi Ahmed Abu ‘Aoun (30) and arrested him. After that, they raided and searched 6 other houses and questioned their inhabitants on the spot. The abovementioned raided houses belong to Talib Shlash Rashid Hamamrah and his sons, Ahmed (33), Malek (35), Tareq (37); Basel Mofeed Mostafa Ghanam (45); and Mohamed Abed al-Kareem Shlash Hamamrah (29). Israeli forces arrested all the above mentioned persons and took them to an unknown destination.

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Rafi’ Zaidat (30) and arrested him.

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Balaiykha area, west of al-Shati camp, northwest of Gaza City, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and they lost dozens of their fishing nets. The shooting continued until 23:00, but no casualties were reported.

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura, Yatta, Samou’a, Noba, Deir al-‘Asal and al-Foqa villages in Hebron.

Friday, 19 August 2016

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Balaikha area, west of al-Shati camp northwest of Gaza City, sporadically opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 6 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and they lost dozens of their fishing nets. The shooting continued until 23:00, but no casualties were reported.

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit; al-Dahiriya, Beit al-Rush and Bani Na’im villages in Hebron; Burqin, west of Jenin and Ya’bod village, southwest of the city.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Beit Za’tah and al-Bayyadah neighbourhoods. They raided and searched 3 houses and handed 3 children summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gosh Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. The abovementioned children were identified as Mohamed Ibrahim Ali Abu Mariya (17), Waseem Ibrahim Badir (17) and Omar Mohamed ‘Awad (16).

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Faisal Badawi Abu Sinanah (33). They withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Arqa village, west of Jenin. While patrolling the area, they arrested Shareef Ali Shareef Yehia (20), who was in his farm adjacent to the annexation wall , west of the village.

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (12) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Foreek, Beit Dajan, Bita, Tal, ‘Araq Bureen villages in Nablus; Sa’ir, Tafouh, Sureef villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron; Aktabah suburb, northeast of Tulkarm; and Kafur Sour village, south of the city.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

  • At approximately 00:10, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore northwest of Beit Lahia village, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within one nautical mile. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and no casualties were reported.

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hamdi al-Kurd and arrested his son, Yazan (13).

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Safa area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hassan Adam Ibrahim Ikhlil (20) and then arrested him.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved into al-Far’ah camp, south of Tubas village. A number of Palestinian young men threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets to disperse them. As a result, a 24-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the right arm and sustained shrapnel wounds to the chest. He was taken to the Turkish Hospital and then was referred to al-Najah Hospital in Nablus. After that, Israeli forces raided houses and at approximately 06:00, they arrested Mo’az Abed al-Salam al-‘Aidy (28) and then withdrew.

  • At approximately 14:30, the Israeli artillery launched 5 shells at Palestinian military site belonging to Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas), northeast of Um al-Nasir village, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained damage while 3 of al-Qassam members, who were in the site, were wounded. Medical sources in the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia refugee camp classified their wounds as minor.

  • At approximately 14:45, an Israeli drone fired 2 missiles at a water reservoir tank, east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

  • At approximately 15:15, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Ahmar area, east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, sporadically opened fire at the border area. No casualties were reported, but the farmers, whose agricultural field are near the fence, were frightened and fled.

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 1.5 nautical miles. An Israeli gunboat approached a fishing boat belonging to Shareef Mohamed al-‘Abed al-Sultan (43), which was manned by the boat owner and Ibrahim Ghalib Ramadan al-Sultan (23), both of them are from al-‘Atatrah neighbourhood in Beit Lahia. Israeli forces obliged the fishermen to take off their clothes, jumped into the sea and then swim towards the gunboat. Israeli forces arrested the fishermen taking them to Ashdod Seaport and confiscated the fishing boat. At approximately 01:00, on Monday, 22 August 2016, Israeli authorities released the fishermen via Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, while the boat is still in custody.

  • At approximately 22:40, Israeli warplanes carried out a number of raids targeting various open areas adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, north of the Gaza Strip. The numbers of raids were around 60, which lasted until 23:30. Most of the raids were between 300 – 500 meters to the west of the border fence. The attacked sites were identified as:

  1. Falastin training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, northeast of Um al-Nasir Bedouin village,
  2. Hiteen training site belonging to the armed wing of Islamic Jihad movement, northeast of Um al-Nasir Bedouin village,
  3. A training site belonging to al- Mujahideen Brigades near Um al-Nasir Bedouin village,
  4. A training site belonging to Abu Ali Mostafa Brigades (the armed wing of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), near Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, and
  5. ‘Asqalan training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades in Silfah area, northwest of Beit Lahia.

As a result of the raids, dozens of windows of houses near the border fence were smashed. Additionally, 4 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded, all of them are from Beit Hanoun. The wounded were then taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital, where medical sources classified their wounds as stable. Moreover, many civilians were forced to flee and vacate their houses due to the sounds of bombing that rocked the area. They then headed to safe areas thinking that such raids would lead to a ground attack.

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit Dajen village, east of Nablus and Bureen village, south of the city; Dirasityia village, northwest of Salfit; Dura, al-Hadab, Sureef villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron; and Qabia village, west of Ramallah.

Monday, 22 August 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Abed Zahran and questioned his family members about their income source. After that, they withdrew and no more incidents were reported.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awwa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Simyia area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bajes Mahmoud Abu Ghalia al-Sowati (40) and arrested him.

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem and stationed in al-Saf Street. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sabri Isma’il Abed Rabu (25) and arrested him.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron and stationed in al-Biyadah and Musrarah areas. They raided and searched two houses from which they arrested Abed al-Jalil Mohamed Qoqas (20) and Mujahed Sayil Qoqas (19).

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Dahiryia village, south of Hebron, and stationed in al-Ghamari valley. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Yousef Rabba’ and arrested him.

  • At approximately 02:20, Israeli forces moved into al-Bireh. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mazen Monzer Ramadan (18) and arrested him.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into Hebron and stationed in Abu Katilah area and al-Sahib intersection. They raided and searched two houses from which they arrested Nour Hatim Qufishah (19) and Mounir Nadir al-Qawasmah (21).

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qalqiliya; al-Zawiya village in Salfit; Dura, Halhoul, al-Hadab and Roq’a villages in Hebron.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Salim Yousef al-Rejoub (29) and arrested him.

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved into various areas in Bethlehem. They raided a number of metal workshops after breaking down their doors and confiscated their contents. Israeli forces claimed that those workshops were illegal and posed threat to the area. According to PCHR’s investigations and statements of eyewitnesses, Israeli Border Guard officers raided 7 metal workshops in al-Duha village, ‘Aida and al-‘Izzah refugee camps, and Beit Jala and Beit Sahour villages. They broke down the workshops doors, confiscated their contents and then fixed notices on the workshops walls saying that those workshops manufacture weapons.
After that, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles. Israeli soldiers then fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear-gas canisters, sound bombs and flare bombs at them. PRCS crews stated that clashes erupted in Bethlehem led to the injury of 5 Palestinian young men with rubber-coated metal bullets and they were treated on the spot, while the 6th one was hit with a live bullet to the leg and he was then taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment.

  • Around the same time, a large force of Israeli soldiers accompanied with military vehicles moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya. Around 100 soldiers raided and searched houses and damaged their contents. Moreover, they arrested Baraa Qahir Abu Haniya (19), Bahaa Hasan Shubita (23) and Ihab Wasfi Ali Hussain (28). After that they raided a house belonging to Esam Jum’a ‘Inayia (32) and beat him. As a result, Esam lost consciousness and was then taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment. Esam’s father said to PCHR’s fieldworker that “At approximately 02:15 on Tuesday, 23 August 2016, while we were sleeping, we heard a sound of bombing, so we quickly woke up and found the Israeli forces breaking down our house main door. After that, 23 Israeli soldiers raided and searched the house and put all of us in one room. I told the officer in charge that I want to come with them while searching the house because there were jewelry and money in the house. The soldier refused and pushed me back, after which, my wife pushed him so he pushed both of us. My son Esam , who is married and lives upstairs, came quickly when he saw the soldiers pushing us and pushed the soldier. As a result, the soldier took him out and beat him. I did not see Esam when the soldiers hit him, but I found him fainted later. Esam was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to the hospital. Israeli forces thoroughly searched the house and damaged its content.”

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Dahiriya village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Basam Suliman al-Tul (23) and arrested him.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Alaa Mohamed Taqatqah (20) and arrested him.

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qufin village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mujahed Fathi Raja al-Khatib (26) and arrested him.

  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded and no casualties were reported.

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Mazra’a al-Sharqiya village, northeast of Ramallah; Badras village, west of the city; Hijah village, east of Qalqilyia; Halhoul, Yatta and Beit Marsam villages in Hebron.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Abed Mousa al-Janazah (29), Ayman Mohamed ‘Imran (33) and Ali Ibrahim Saray’ah.

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Ibrahim Faraj (15) and arrested him.

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 5 nautical miles. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded.

  • At approximately 08:50, Israeli forces accompanied with 7 military vehicles moved from Karm Abu Salem crossing about 50 meters towards the southeast al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces also patrolled the area and levelled lands before re-deploying along the border fence.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces directly opened fire at a Palestinian private car, which was on “Yitzhar” settlement road coming from Jenin and heading towards Hawarah village. When the car arrived near Madama village, Israeli forces opened fire at it. As a result, the car driver was wounded with live bullets and died immediately. The victim was then identified as Sari Mohamed Abu Ghrab (26), from Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin. Israeli forces claimed that the driver stepped out of his car and carried out a stabbing attack against an Israeli soldier, who was wounded in the neck. After that, Israeli forces closed the abovementioned road and raided Madama village.

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli soldiers stationed in a military watchtower, north of the agricultural school, north of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at shepherds, who were 200 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, one of the shepherds, who was identified as Nour ‘Odah Suliman Abu Jarad (32), from ‘Izbit Beit Hanoun, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg. A group of shepherds carried him towards the Palestinian Liaison (55), where there were ambulances. Nour was then taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia refugee camp, where medical sources classified his wounds as moderate.

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

West Bank:

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 19 August 2016,  dozens of Palestinians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah, al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, and Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya. Israeli forces fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters and chased them into the agricultural fields and between houses. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

Gaza Strip

  • At approximately 13:30, on Friday, 19 August 2016, dozens of Palestinian young men headed to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood. A number of protesters approached the fence, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. After that, the Israeli soldiers sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 3 civilians were hit with live bullets and were then taken by a PRCS ambulance to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where medical sources classified their wounds as moderate.

Note: PCHR keeps the names of the injured persons in the aforementioned demonstrations.

Rubber-coated metal bullets are lethally if they hit the head of victim from a close range.

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.
Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

Israel has continued to close the BeitHanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the BeitHanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested.

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, is designated for the movement of goods
Note:
PCHR apologizes for not publishing the movement data at the crossing this week and will publish them next week due to technical reasons.
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Friday, 26 August 2016

Palestinians Say Thank You To Celtic Football Fans!

Posted on August 23, 2016

Celtic Palestinians!

Palestinians express their thanks for the amazing display of solidarity shown by Celtic football fans in Glasgow, Scotland last week. Humanity at its finest! Sadly, in a show of pettiness, the Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, is attempting to punish the fans by imposing penalties, in the form of a hefty fine, upon the team. The fans, however, seem to be taking it in stride, having set up a crowdfunding appeal, raising enough to pay off the fine as well as to send some extra money left over to Palestinian charities!
See report by RT. The UEFA should hide its head in shame.

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Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech on the Divine Victory Anniversary


Full speech delivered by Hizbullah Secretary General, His Eminence Sayyed Nasrallah, on the Divine Victory Anniversary Ceremony held in Bint Jbeil on August 13, 2016.
sayyed nasrallah
I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed devil. In the Name of Allah, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Peace be upon the seal of prophets, our master and prophet, Abi al-Qassem Mohammad, and upon his chaste and pure household, and upon his chosen companions, and upon all messengers and prophets.
Brothers and sisters! Dear attendees! Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.
In the Name of Allah, The Most Compassionate, The Most Merciful. Allah Almighty says in the holy quran: [Call to mind when ye were a small band, despised through the land, and afraid that men might despoil and kidnap you; But He provided a safe asylum for you, strengthened you with His aid, and gave you Good things for sustenance: that ye might be grateful.]
A letter of thanks:

Praise be to Allah who defended us, sustained us, and supported us with His victory. He bestowed on us His goodness and supplied us with security, peace, serenity, pride, dignity, sovereignty, and honor. Praise be to Allah for His countless and numerous blessings.
Brothers and sisters! I welcome you all in this blessed and solemn ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of your victory – the victory of the blood of your martyrs, nation, Resistance, army, and people in the July War 2006.
In fact I have a long list of thanks. Now I will talk in general, but at the end I have a comment. We extend our thanks and regards to all those who made this victory and contributed to making this victory, establishing it, protecting it, supporting it, and backing it, whether the men of the Resistance, the national army, the security forces, the martyrs, the wounded, the detainees, those who remained steadfast in their land and those who were displaced from it, those who received and embraced the displaced, the sacrificing, the patient, the wounded, as well as the religious, political, military, security, and media leaderships, the parties, the forces, the currents, the associations, the societies, and mass media, and all the good people in Lebanon and across the Arab and Islamic world, and everywhere around the world.
Special thanks to all those countries that backed the Resistance and supported it with all their power. Special thanks to Syria and the Islamic Republic of Iran for the historic stance alongside Lebanon and the Resistance in the July War 2006. However, it seems that the “Israelis” marked the tenth anniversary of the war with greater concern than the Lebanese and the Arabs. Anyway, it is my duty to thank and laud some media outlets and some sides which highlighted the anniversary and showed special interest in marking this great ceremony.
Still the concern of the “Israelis” was greater. In fact, all officials in the “Israeli” entity, including the head of state, the prime minister, the war minister, the current and former ministers, the military and security leaderships, and media outlets were much more occupied during the last 30 or 33 days with the event. They talked, expressed, and interpreted the July War of 2006. I will use the term the July War though they call it the Second Lebanon War, as they changed its name after their defeat. Now to lower its impact, we say the July War. In fact, to the “Israeli” entity and in the “Israeli” conscience, the July War became a very important, historic turning point with crucial repercussions on this entity. Thus, this war was not absent in the “Israeli” media, the “Israeli” arguments, “Israeli” discussions, the “Israeli” conscious, and the “Israeli” subconscious for ten years. Indeed, in the Arab and Islamic world and in Lebanon, industrious efforts were exerted by many to cancel out this war and the victories made in this war and the achievements of this war from the minds.
I will talk a bit about the occasion and the war, and about this great victory. Then, I will tackle the situation in the region, and I have a word on the local situation before wrapping up the speech with a conclusion.
The Reasons behind the July Aggression
Usually, when talking about the victory in the July War, the victory of the Resistance and Lebanon and the axis of Resistance, people tackle a broad and very important title called frustrating the goals of the aggression. How does he who wishes to say that Lebanon gained victory in the July War express this victory? He would say the proof is that the Resistance and those who backed it and this entire front frustrated the goals of the aggression. This is true, and this is a very important side of the victory of the July War. Still, it is one side of the truth. There is another side which I wish to talk about today.
As per the first side, we recall that no doubt frustrating the goals of the US-“Israeli” aggression on Lebanon is a very great and major, historic, and strategic achievement. In fact, the aggression on Lebanon was a US decision as is the war on Yemen today. The decision of the aggression on Lebanon was a US decision executed by “Israel”. Though frustrating the goals is a major achievement, still we have to tackle the other side of this issue.
I will make a quick list of the goals which were frustrated, the goals the aggression failed to achieve, what was announced in the first days, what was disclosed later following Winograd Commission, what was said in recent years in the memoirs of US officials, and what was said weeks ago and written in US articles by some neoconservatives who were then in the US Department of Defense. Thus, I will mention the goals without giving evidences because they are all based on US-“Israeli” texts. So I will mention the goals, and you know that they were frustrated and were not achieved.
Crushing the Resistance was the highest goal of the aggression. Then the goal was downgraded. It became recording the highest amount of destruction, killing the largest number of members and leaders in the Resistance, demolishing the capacities and capabilities of the Resistance, and disarming the Resistance. Then deleting Hizbullah from the internal and regional equation appeared later as a goal which the Americans talked about. Then they retreated to expelling the Resistance from the area to the south of the Litani River.
Some sides in the Lebanese interior wished to charge the Lebanese Army with this mission.
Among the goals which were frustrated too was turning the area south of the Litani to an uninhabited area that is off limits. That means a continuation of the policy of displacing the residents of Bint Jbeil and the residents of the area to the south of Litani indefinitely.
Another goal was expelling the Resistance from the border. Now, everyone knows that the Resistance is still on the border because you are the Resistance, and you are the residents of the villages and the towns on the barbed wire.
A further goal was deploying multi-national forces – [not UNIFIL, but forces like these which occupied Iraq and likewise failed in their mission] on the Lebanese-Palestinian border, and on the Lebanese-Syrian border, to prevent the Resistance from being active again, in the airport, and at the seaport, to control Lebanese sovereignty and to annex Lebanon once and for all to the regional security and political assemblage of the US and its allies. Other goals were rebuilding “Israeli” deterrence power which was corroded, especially after the defeat in the year 2000 and the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, boosting the state of “Israel” on the regional and international level, and releasing unconditionally the two “Israeli” captives.
These goals were mentioned. However, there remained the most important and comprehensive and broadest goal, which all these other goals worked towards. It is what was announced by Condoleezza Rice: the birth of a New Middle East.
You still remember that the US used to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq. US fleets were in the seas and oceans. The US was threatening Syria, and it set the project of a New Middle East. After all that the US achieved in the region, one of the steps leading to a new middle east was crushing the Resistance in Lebanon; a step to be followed by controlling Syria, hitting the Resistance in Palestine, isolating Iran as a prelude to toppling it, and achieving the goal of a New Middle East, which means the absolute US-“Israeli” hegemony on everything in our region for hundreds of years to come. These great, major, strategic, historic goals were frustrated. Indeed, it was a great and very important victory, and this issue is enough to prove evidence of the greatness of this victory. Still we want to open another gate and highlight another title for this victory as briefly as possible.
The Result of the July Victory
The other side of the truth about the victory in the July War are its end results. Some results were not anticipated and intentional goals for the Resistance. The Resistance in the July War was in a state of total defense. If you asked about the goal of the Resistance in this war, the answer would be frustrating the goals of the aggression.
However, apart from your goals and intentions, all events and field facts have consequential results. These results did not come from nowhere; they are rather made through the Resistance, through steadfastness, through sacrifices, perseverance, the blood of martyrs, and the wounded, besides the unity, integrity, and cooperation in conducting the war which was ongoing. Thus, I call on the researchers and scholars to work on this side of the issue. Indeed many scholars worked on this issue; but the first aspect of this issue remained the most prominent.So let’s carry a review or a study of the military, security, political, cultural, moral, and economic results of this war to get acquainted with the other side of the victory which was achieved in the July War. Indeed, this is what I call upon from experts and researchers, and we hope that they would exert great efforts in this regard. However, I will mention very briefly some quick points, especially those pertaining to the entity of the enemy and the Resistance. As per Lebanon in general, the region, and the political, military, and security results, that would be a very wide field of study.
So, I will just list some tangible undisputable results. This is similar to the case of saying that so and so died. It is undisputable; he died indeed. Likewise, when you say so and so person resigned, it would be that he really resigned. These points are undisputable.
The Question that follows the July War: Will “Israel” continue to be?
We will start the list:

First, the “Israeli” military institution was shaken from the inside. Following this war and its repercussions, the “Israeli” Army was shaken vehemently and fiercely. It was in a state of disintegration and moral weakness. It was in a state similar to a breakdown. Accusations were exchanged between the chief of staff, the general staffs, heads of units, regional leaders, officers, and soldiers. The accusations reached the extent of abusive insults and accusations of treachery.
All of this is can be found and you have been reading them for ten years by now. This case is unprecedented in the history of the “Israeli” Army. This fierce shake up consequently led to a string of resignations, discharges, and dramatic changes in this army.
This is what led to a crisis of trust which is still ongoing up until our very day within the military institution, between the higher ranks and the lower ranks, and consequently, between the lower ranks and the soldiers. Neither those who are superior trust those who are inferior, nor those who are inferior trust those who are superior, and this will be reflected in any war in the future, as it was manifested in the Gaza War which took place later.
Second, the trust of the “Israeli” masses in the army was shaken; I will not exaggerate and say the loss of trust. They do not believe anymore that this army is able to produce victory, and that this army is able to put a decisive end to any battle. In fact, this is the most dangerous crisis currently faced in the “Israeli” entity.
The current “Israeli” Chief of Staff Eisenkot says that the greatest threat to the army is the loss of public trust. This is true.
Third, the trust of the political leadership in the army and its generals was shaken. As if they are telling them your expectations are wrong; you are exaggerating; your plots are not precise; you are powerless. This has been the case for ten years now.
Fourth, the trust of the army in the political leadership was shaken as the latter was hesitant, weak, afraid, and perplexed in taking decisions during the July War.
Fifth, the public trust in the political leadership was shaken, which evoked a crisis of leadership in “Israel” when Olmert took over as Prime Minister following Sharon. There was a big leader in “Israel” called Sharon, preceded by Rabin and senior leaders. Had Olmert gained victory in the July War, he would have consecrated himself a great, historic leader. However, his defeat in the July War ushered the “Israeli” entity into a crisis of political leadership manifested in the split in political parties, coalition governments, early elections, and political, governmental, and parliamentary fractures…
These five topics are just stations, but there is still the essence of the crisis which I will refer to in a while. Due to the July War something was harmed. This thing is called the trust of the “Israeli” public in their leaderships and army, the trust of the leadership in the army, and the trust of the army in the leadership. Whenever any entity loses this trust, it means it is heading towards a very dangerous fate. Here I am not talking about temporary, transient, technical or strategic results. I am rather talking about moving towards a definite fate.
Sixth, the “Israeli” military doctrine fell in the July War. This doctrine was set by Ben-Gurion ever since the entity was established. All the previous Arab-“Israeli” wars did not down this “Israeli” military doctrine. At most, these wars led them to just make some superficial amendments.
However, on the day that followed the end of the July War, a committee called the Security Committee for Developing the Security and Military Doctrine was formed. It was headed by a Likud leader in the Knesset. They held long sessions to review and reconsider the “Israeli” military doctrine.
In the past, the “Israeli” military doctrine depended on quick military settlements in the field, achieving quick victories, and fighting on the land of the enemy. The army fights on the land of the enemy and on the borders while the internal front is peaceful, enjoying a swim on the sea coasts. This was the “Israeli” military doctrine.
Indeed, there are many details in this doctrine but I do not want to tackle them now; however, it is enough to tell you that all of that is over today. Today, the “Israelis” put or formulated a new doctrine that does not include decisive military victories, because they know that they are not able to achieve that. It does not include fighting on the land of the enemy; rather there is fighting also in the territories they are occupying [It is not their land after all]. Moreover, there would not be fighting that is disconnected from the internal front. This was confirmed by the July War and the Gaza wars. They can’t come and fight in Lebanon and bombard Lebanon while [their settlers] have a picnics in the northern settlements or in Haifa or in the regions far beyond Haifa. This is over. This era has come to an end.
They are seeking to form a new doctrine, and they confess and accept -you know that for over sixty years of the Arab-“Israeli” struggle, many people delivered speeches threatening and intimidating “Israel”, but usually the “Israelis” used to comment sarcastically on them. However, the “Israelis” believe in all that the Resistance in Lebanon says, not only because they know that it is honest, but because the data they have asserts that for them too. Their information asserts to them that there is no target or point in Occupied Palestine that can’t be a target for the missiles of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon, and they know that. Thus they are in need of a new military doctrine that takes into consideration the internal front. For decades, the enemy has been working on the internal front, and so far, it is not ready. They did not resolve the problem yet.

Seventh, the enemy’s political and military leaderships are aware that the “Israeli” power is limited. After all, they can’t do all that they want to do. The era of sending a musical band to this place or a commando [mission] to that place, or execute an airdrop here or issue a threat there, is over.
Eighth, the “Israelis” lowered the ceiling of their aspirations, whether the overt or covert ones. That means that when the enemy wants to put any covert goals to any war, these goals would be humble, and when they announce their goals, they will announce humble goals. You notice that following the July War, when they went to the Gaza War, they did not dare to announce major goals. They did not announce any goals. They did not dare to announce even humble goals. These are among the results of the July War.
Ninth, another result is the confinement of the direct “Israeli” functional role for executing US schemes. In fact, in the July War, “Israel” was a tool for implementing a US scheme. This executive tool failed. That means that the Americans have “Israel” as an executive tool in the region, and for years and decades, they have been funding it, arming it, and supporting it. Thus we say that it is an advanced military entity for the US in the region. It is a base. When they came to use it to achieve the scheme of a New Middle East, it failed and disappointed the hopes of its US masters. This is what you read in the memoirs of George Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and the neoconservatives, and in the articles which were published lately.
Tenth, and this is a very important and great result. It is that the ghost and question of the existence and persistence of the state of “Israel” returned to the forefront inside “Israel”. Now if a figure in the Resistance or from the supporters of the Resistance talked about this point, they will be told that they are exaggerating.
Directly after the July War, talk returned among the generals of “Israel”, the leaders of “Israel”, and senior theorists in “Israel” about the existence and continuation of “Israel”. Is there a possibility that this “Israel” continues to be, or is it falling and moving towards extinction? When did that take place? That took place after the July War. Before the July War, “Israel” was in a totally different state as per confidence, power, capability, persistence, deterrence, continuity, hegemony, and control, especially since the Americans were in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the oceans and seas, and in the region, and the so-called strategic environment. Everything was turning towards the interests of the US and “Israel”. On the eve of the July War, there was no question anywhere or in any “Israeli” mind on the continuation of the state of “Israel” or the “Israeli” entity. This question was evoked anew after the July War. Let’s give our evidence. I will talk about the current “Israeli” head of state.
His name is Rivlin – indeed in Lebanon no one hears about him. What did he say? He said that Hizbullah does not stop its efforts to destroy “Israel”. He recently called for uniting the “Israeli” front in the face of any potential future confrontation [Allah only knows the timing]. Let all the Lebanese and Arabs and people in the region listen to this. He acknowledged clearly that the “Israelis” know that in any future war – if it was imposed on them – it will be harsh. Bear in mind that the “Israelis” are saying that if a war is imposed on them, that is, there once was a time when “Israel” used to impose wars on the states, peoples, and governments of the region. He carries on saying that they would emerge from any such war with the upper hand. Indeed, he wants to boost morale. He then says: Because, my friends, we will not have another date. Now, what is the president saying? He is saying that if “Israel” heads to a new war and is defeated, there will not be any new war because there will not be “Israel” anymore. This is a question of existence and continuation. For his part, Netanyahu talks about what took place in 1967, 1973, 1982… He talks about persistence, hegemony, control…Then he says that after the Second Lebanon War in 2006, the direction was turned downward as per “Israel”.
This is clear now. For those in Lebanon who are still seeing unclearly, I say that it is clear now that “Israel” is no longer an unconquerable state. This is over. The question over its continuation is being evoked again not only among the foes of “Israel” but also among its friends too. Today there are studies being carried out by senior strategic officials in the US that talk about the future of “Israel” as not being a long one anymore. They are not talking about dreams or foretelling, or quoting Nostradamus…They are talking so based on true and factual information. He is saying, not only the enemies, the friends of “Israel” started asking this question over the persistence of “Israel”.
What does Shimon Perez say before the Winograd Commission? These are very important statements. They are “Israeli” senior figures who are talking and not just any figure, professor, brigadier, or general in the Resistance. Shimon Perez says that before this war, the Arab world had taken for granted – one way or another – the existence of “Israel”. He says that was the case except for Iran. He carries on saying that after the war, this retreat began. The validity of the saying that there is no military solution – meaning that the July War led them to this conclusion, there is no military solution, go search for a political one – the validity of the saying that there is no military solution means that “Israel” cannot remain in this region. Is there something that is not clear here? It’s clear.
Eleventh, another result is promoting the strategic deterrence of the Resistance in Lebanon to protect Lebanon. That’s because we always used to say after 2000 that we want to create mutual deterrence. There is nothing new as per the “Israeli” deterrence because since 1948, “Israel” is the deterring power which is practicing deterrence. The problem is that the “Israelis” have always been the deterring power while many of the Arabs were deterred. What’s new after the July War is that there has come about a state of mutual deterrence recognized by the “Israelis”.
We used to say the phrase ‘if a war was imposed on us’. But who is saying that now? The “Israelis” are saying should a war be imposed on them. So this deterrence is not mere words. It is a true fact – a status quo – tackled by all “Israeli” political, military, and media officials. They acknowledge that Hizbullah in Lebanon has the ability of deterrence. This is for granted in “Israel”, and accordingly the “Israelis” take the political and military decision, and set plots and strategies. I will go back to Netanyahu’s speech days ago when he talked about the formula of calmness for calmness. With whom is this calmness sustained? It is with a side which he knows is growing more powerful and more armed. He is talking about calmness for calmness with Lebanon, with whom they did not conclude a peace accord, and with whom did not make commitments, gain benefits, or [agree on] security measures.
Where did this formula come from? It is a result of a clear and decisive “Israeli” recognition of the mutual deterrence formula which was consecrated by the results of the July War. This is the result before your eyes and the eyes of the people who have eyes, and whose grudges do not prevent them from seeing. I did not bring along any evidence from words said by anyone in the Resistance or the axis of the Resistance. I intentionally gave “Israeli” evidences. [And one of their own bore witness] That’s because some people do not believe us but rather believe the “Israelis”. They say that and talk about that.
The conclusion I want to draw from this topic before moving to the regional situation is the following: the common factor I want to reach from all of these results or the water mouth that all of these streams pour into is the following:
in the July War, “Israel” was struck in its soul. Now if someone is struck on his body, his hand would be severed, his ear would be cut, his leg would be amputated. However, being struck in the soul is difficult, and recovering from it is difficult. Being struck in the soul is almost always fatal. “Israel” is struck in its soul, in its confidence, in its determination, in its will, in its hope, in its aspirations, in its self-esteem, in its pride, in its haughtiness, in its arrogance, in its serenity, and in its persistence in the region. It was struck in its self-confidence and in its trust in its army and in its trust in its capabilities to defeat others, and now it doubts its ability to persist in the region.
This is the greatest and biggest achievement. Put frustrating the other goals aside. This is a great scene. This is a great scene in the Arab-“Israeli” struggle, in the history of the Resistance and the struggle between the Arabs and “Israel”, and between Muslims and Christians who support the choice of the Resistance, and “Israel”. This greatest achievement in decades has been made in July War.
Where does the problem lie? They always used to say: what is most important is to work on numbing Arab awareness and Palestinian awareness. There are numerous texts to this effect, but I will not take much of your time to read them for you. There are numerous texts to the effect that since Ben-Gurion and even before him and after him, the Arabs must be convinced that “Israel” is undefeatable. They must be convinced that the Arabs can’t take anything from “Israel” by force. The Arabs must be convinced that they must accept the morsels “Israel” grants them. This must be stimulated in the Arab conscious and subconscious. On the other hand, haughtiness, confidence, power, and the ability to make victories must be stimulated in the “Israeli” conscious and subconscious.
There is a popular proverb in “Israel” that says: “Let the army win” which is used when politicians complicate things. This is because it is for taken for granted that the “Israeli” Army gains victory wherever it goes. This had been worked on for decades, but the July War preceded by the victory of 2000 had set the foundations for numbing the “Israeli” awareness. Now as we have seen in the short film a while ago, and which I will talk about later on, why did the enemy in 2006 insist on entering the city of Bint Jbeil? The battle was that of awareness; it was not that of stones, fields, roads, and neighborhoods. It was a battle that was meant to rebuild the “Israeli” awareness and numb the Arab awareness anew.
Why Bint Jbeil? What about the Spider web? 
This is the truth about the battle of Bint Jbeil which I will go back to later on. In 2000, thanks to your sacrifices, steadfastness, and blood, I came to Bint Jbeil, and I had the honor to give a speech on the land of this field. I took an oath and said a well-known phrase: “Israel” is weaker than a spider’s web. Right? We, in Hizbullah and all our allies, research centers, and media outlets did not do programs on the psychological, media, political, or cultural war of the spider web phrase. It was a word which was said, and we moved along. However, it stuck in “Israel”, in the conscience of all the “Israelis” and their leaders, generals, media figures, and politicians. We are talking about what took place 16 years ago. Then the July War came to assert this logic, configuration, and truth which they are not able to flee from. Someone may say that I may be highlighting this fact, and they may not talk about the spider web anymore. It is not important whether they talk about it or not.
What is important is that I am certain they are convinced of that. Do you want evidence? On the tenth anniversary of the July War, days ago, the Prime Minister of the enemy, Netanyahu, who is the major figure in “Israel” and who is the leader now in “Israel”, and whom they are confused in finding an alternative to, gave two speeches on the same day: one speech before the Knesset and the other on Herzl Mount, and in both places he talked about the spider web. It is not a journalist or a columnist or a member in the Knesset who is talking.
Today Netanyahu is the head of the entity and the leader of the armed forces in the enemy entity. He talked twice on the very topic. Indeed, this term came in the course of his speech, but the very fact of uttering this term manifests how deep this term has been carved in his conscious and in the conscious of the entire society. Days ago he said: Anyone who thinks they will find a spider web here will come up against an iron wall and will feel an iron fist. O’ yes! We have felt your iron fist in Bint Jbeil in 2006. Did we feel it or not? In his other speech he said: Hizbullah views us as a weak state that lacks a strong backbone and as a society that is weaker than a spider web which is sick of fighting and defending itself. I tell Netanyahu: Yes, you are a society that is weaker than a spider web which is sick of fighting and defending itself. This is the truth.
Here I reach the battle of Bint Jbeil. Why did the battle of Bint Jbeil take place? It was a battle of awareness. We thought that they came to Bint Jbeil as they tried and entered Maroun al-Ras, Ainata, and the other villages and bordering areas – not to mention names here. However, later it was made clear and the “Israelis” themselves said that the sole goal of the Bint Jbeil battle was to reach the field so that an “Israeli” general would raise the “Israeli” flag and give a speech to the effect that “Israel” is not a spider web but an iron fist and a steel fist. Thus the battle of Bint Jbeil toppled the iron fist theory and confirmed the spider web saying by the virtue of the blood of the heroic martyrs. We all know what took place in Bint Jbeil in the July War: demolition, air shelling, artillery fire, rocket bombing by brigades, battalions, elites, and big numbers of tanks and vehicles.
On the other side, it was a group of heroic resistance fighters who made this legend, and the army of the spider web fell short from reaching the field so that an officer would say: We are not a spider web. This is the story of Bint Jbeil. This is the gravest arrow that hit the “Israeli” entity. That’s what I mean when I say “Israel” was struck in its soul, in its spirit, in its confidence, in its military doctrine, in its leadership, in its internal front, and in its ability to confront. Today, no one can take credit and tell Lebanon that there is no aggression staged against it. Neither can the Americans do so, nor the Security Council, nor the Europeans.
Indeed, the Arabs can’t prevent “Israel” from attacking Lebanon. In fact, there are people who call on them to attack Lebanon. No one can take credit and tell Lebanon that “Israel” is not attacking Lebanon by their virtue. For ten years, we have been living in security and serenity. I will return for these ten years of security and serenity later on. No one can ever tell us that “Israel” is not attacking us due to its good manners. “Israel” never had good manners. Why then aren’t we witnessing these good manners in Palestine? No, this is the result of the July War. It is the result of the deterrence formula and the result of the change in the trust, faith, doctrine, intellect, awareness, morale, and spirit in “Israel”. That was the result of the facts that were imposed by the victory of Lebanon, the Resistance, and the axis of the Resistance in the July War, and not anything else.

We are living in security and serenity; “Israel” is deterred
Thus today and for ten years, we have been living in serenity and security. There is no accord with “Israel”. No one gave “Israel” promises. No one granted it guarantees. There are no security measures with “Israel”. On the contrary, “Israel” is deterred by a country whom it knows its resistance is growing more in number, arms, power, popularity, trust, faith, determination, will… So this was the formula it imposed.
Well, the evidence is that today you are in Bint Jbeil, a stride away from the border. On this border, “Israel” was always in the position of taking the initiative to attack. We didn’t dare to build houses on the border at a time when it used to construct settlements. Today, our people in the South build their houses on the borderline and on the barbed wire.
The “Israelis” used to plough their land while our land was abandoned. I remember that when I came to Bint Jbeil in 2000, and when we finished the ceremony, we made a short tour on the borderline. The entire region was green on the other side while on our side it was almost dry. Now, the areas to our side are green. However, what have they done? They swept part on the greenery to make hills and valleys. Why? That’s because they are afraid of the Galilee being invaded. This is the state of “Israel” nowadays. Our villages use to sleep with fear because we didn’t know when the “Israelis” would stage a commando [assault], invade, kidnap, kill, and shell, while their settlements used to live in security. Now if anyone from any village takes a compressor to the border or near the border and starts drilling, the nearby settlements would flee. I do not want to exaggerate and say that if someone hits with a hammer on the border, “Israeli” military convoys will be summoned to the barbed wire. Our people – our children, men, and women – are not concerned about them.
See the case after nightfall. Does anyone move in their settlements? No they sleep early now. See the case on our side. People remain awake until sunrise. What is this? Isn’t this an achievement? This is one of the results. The “Israelis” used to erect barbed wires in the past. Why did they start constructing walls now? They started building walls because their military doctrine failed and was changed. Is this the story of “Israel” being able attack Bint Jbeil only? No! There are people in Bint Jbeil who are able to attack the Galilee. As we are supposed to put defense plans, they must put defense plans likewise. As we are supposed to be worried about the cities and villages, they must be worried over their settlements. These are the results of the July War.
I will stop here. I only have to say a couple of words on the region and the local situation. However, brothers and sisters, today we wanted to highlight this conclusion. Indeed, this is just a conclusion. These are only some of the topics. We did not talk yet about the repercussion of the results on the level of the Resistance and its confidence, power, will, and its being embraced by the people, the view of the nation on the choice of the Resistance, and the alternative that the Resistance offered – the strategic, military alternative and the result and repercussions on the level of the region, the Resistance in Palestine, the stance in Syria, the victory of the Resistance in Iraq, and then the Arab Spring. Leave all of this for a future meeting. We do not have enough time for all of this. However, so far, I wished to say that this is the case of our enemy now. Isn’t this a great, divine, historic, strategic victory even as per the results too? This did not come for free. This was achieved through grave sacrifices over 33 days and before and after that period of time.
The US exploited some states including Saudi Arabia to support Takfiri groups
Well, allow me now to say a couple of words on the situation in the region. I call on all the Lebanese and all the peoples of the region to follow US statements. I call on the peoples of the region, the political leaderships, the parties, and all those who are concerned with public affairs to follow the statements being made nowadays in the US. Now some may say the Sayyed took us to the US. No, we are still in the region, and I call on them to follow the US statements on the US responsibility of founding and supporting Daesh.
Let’s start with a couple of words. Now there are sites on the internet that publish the confessions of US generals and security officials who were in the current administration – some are still in the current administration. They confess that they – the Americans – founded Daesh. Now some may ask: How is that so? I will comment on this. Why did they found Daesh, and first, how did they found Daesh?
They used to penetrate al-Qaeda in Iraq – that is if they did not have total control over it. The penetration was very broad. They had a group of prisoners including Abu Bakr Baghdadi who was in a US prison in Iraq, and he was set free. In no time he became the prince of al-Qaeda in Iraq which was later called the Islamic State in Iraq. Abu Mohammad Golani, the leader of Nusra, was with Abu Bakr Baghdadi i.e. the Islamic State in Iraq. When they were dispatched to Syria, they were still with each other. Thus the Nusra [Front] and Daesh are one – as I always say – but they disagreed over the leadership. So the custodian of the project is one.
The US called along some states including Saudi Arabia, [to use their] media, religious figures, and satellites to support this project and provide it with money, arms, and ammunition. They also resorted to other regional states to offer facilitations. They cooperated with the West too and gathered tens of thousands of fighters. A German research center said the number is 360 thousands who were brought along to Syria and Iraq. Perhaps they were not brought along in one batch and remained there at one time; they rather entered and exited. So, tens of thousands were brought along.
Let’s speak in very simple terms: can anyone imagine that the [same] America which pursues every single dollar, and who [closely monitors] banks in Lebanon regarding whom [they] open up accounts for, and to whom they deny these accounts, whether these banks open accounts for a hospital, or a charity organisation, or whether the account is for a cousin of so and so who is a cadre in Hezbollah, and the [same] America which pursues every single bullet, missile, and piece of anti-armour [missile systems], based on the confessions of the Americans, thousands of tonnes passed into Iraq and Syria, [does anyone believe that this was done] this without the knowledge and administration of the Americans?
Definitely not. Funding, administration, arming – ofcourse, there was no need for America to get involved with instigation [of people], there are those who have high-level experience in instigation – and abundant amounts of funds, [using these resources] they produced this huge takfiri group, which was called the Al-Qaeda organisation, and which was then called the Islamic State of Iraq, then it was called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [i.e. Daesh], from whom the Nusra Front split thereafter. Following that, many groups and factions [were formed] that carry the same ideology.
Okay why did you do this O’ Americans? In all honesty, in all honesty, and this is available [for all to refer to], just as I referred to Israeli quotes a while ago [to prove my point], I will use American quotes now. Let the people hear, and see clearly, let them analyse, understand, and make decisions correctly. [The Americans did this] to strike the Resistance axis, and in particular, Hezbollah. In particular Hezbollah. This is not because Hezbollah is more important than Syria, nor because Hezbollah is more important than Iran. Rather, because Hezbollah was somehow considered the spearhead that is present in the battlefield, because it is a resistance movement that has room to maneuver, [room] that might not exist for states in the Resistance front.
Therefore, the spearhead of this resistance axis, the one on the frontlines, the one that is fighting, the one which fought in the July War [2006], is Hezbollah. Okay, we need to bring someone that can defeat and destroy Hezbollah, and destroy the Resistance front. Okay, such talk began to feature in the media in recent months. There is no need for us to analyse anymore, just as we were analysing the July War after it occurred. Now the Israelis have revealed everything, and the Americans are beginning to reveal everything. All the goals of the July War. Now [the Americans] are doing the same thing [regarding this issue].
For this reason, because this issue has a high level of credibility, in America today in the presidential elections and the mudslinging between Trump [on the one hand] and Clinton and Obama [on the other], the most important weapon used by the Republican Party candidate Trump against the Democrats – what is it? Because now the American people, and [American] public opinion and Western public opinion are all against Daesh [ISIS] due to its crimes, and they cannot hide that anymore. [Trump] is now telling them: ‘the one who created Daesh [ISIS] – O’ Americans and Europeans -‘ [by the way Trump] doesn’t care here about the Syrians or Iraqis or Libyans or Yemenis or Egyptians or Palestinians, he doesn’t care about all of these [people] that are being killed, and the Afghanis and Pakistanis and Indians, he only cares about the Americans and Europeans. [Trump is saying]: ‘[ISIS] was created by Obama and Clinton!’
This is not simple talk, this is an American candidate, and he is speaking on behalf of the American Republican Party, which has its own information [apparatus] and documentation. Anyhow, they don’t even need to put forward evidence, they have admitted it [already] themselves, their [words] are present online on [various] websites. So they are the ones who created ISIS. More broadly speaking, they are the ones who brought about these Takfiri groups, whose overarching names now are ISIS and the Nusra [Front]. They brought them from around the world, after the failure of “New Middle East” [project].
Here listen to me carefully: after the failure of the “New Middle East” [project], and after the steadfastness of the resistance in Lebanon, and after the steadfastness of the resistance in Palestine, and the steadfastness of Syria, and the steadfastness of Iran, and after the defeat of America in Iraq, and its withdrawal in 2011, and after the beginning of the rise of the popular Arabs revolutions that ousted regimes that are part of the system [led by] America and allied to Israel, [after all of this] the Americans found themselves in a new situation. There is huge resistance axis. Imagine that things continued moving like the beginning. Israel in 2011, at the Herzliya Conference, said: “We are in the worst strategic environment since the establishment of the entity [of Israel]”. Because they evaluated what happened in previous years.
So now how can they face this huge, great, historic, [pan Arab-Islamic] development in the region?
Can Israel start a war? But we have just mentioned that one of the outcomes was that Israel failed. It is no longer an effective tool for such a great confrontation anymore. With Hezbollah and the resistance in Gaza it failed, is it going to launch a battle on a regional-scale? No!
Shall they send the American army? Well this army was in Iraq and is now in Afghanistan. It will not be able to change the equation. In that case what? A proxy war! And this what the United States of America is a master in, and it is what it did previously in Afghanistan. They came back to their old friends. Come O’ Saudi Arabia and other [states], and gather them for us from all around the world, and let us go fight through them. Let us go fight [through them] the regime in Syria and destroy the Syrian army.
Let us fight [through them] in Iraq, who refused to submit to our conditions, and let us shake up the situation in Iraq and destroy what was built and what left our control and obedience. And we shall send them to go destroy and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and control Lebanon and make all the Lebanese kneel to America and Israel, and [kneel] to America’s collaborators in Lebanon, let them all kneel to them. And regarding Palestine, we will put an end to Palestine. And with regards to the whole Arab situation, rather than people caring about carrying out reforms in this country or that, they will begin to care about safety and peace, and how to get rid of ISIS and al-Qaeda and the Nusra [Front] and the Takfiris, and the explosions [that target] restaurants, mosques, churches, schools, shops, so that they consent to any ruler, regime, and power, and [that will cause them] to forget anything to do with freedoms, reforms, democracy, life, dignity, and all these slogans that were raised by Arab nations in the region, let alone [the cause] of Palestine. They brought this horde [of terrorists] to produce this destructive chaos in our region, and the Americans came and used them.

O’ our brothers, O’ our sisters, O’ our people, the Americans brought them, gathered them, funded them, armed them – ofcourse not with their funds, rather from Arab reserves – and the Americans opened up the borders for them and facilitated the way for them, and trained them, and fought through them. However, now, they have begun to reach a point whereby in some areas, this card has lost its value, just like what happened after Afghanistan. This card has lost its value.
Today, Daesh is in Mosul and in Raqqa. Daesh today is an electoral vote in the US presidential elections. Barack Obama insists on the battle of Mosul and Raqqa. I don’t whether he will get through with that battle in time or not. However, what’s the purpose [of these battles]? Is it to save Iraqis and Syrians from Daesh? No!
It is rather for the US presidential elections. He wants the Democratic Party to govern. Okay, even the Nusra [Front]. Until prior to the battle of Aleppo, a Russian-US agreement was being put together. This is in the media and newspapers. I am not revealing a secret. There was [efforts] towards a Russian-US agreement to crush Daesh and the Nusra Front. Why? Now someone may say there is a contradiction here. Not at all! They brought them along, exploited them, fought through them, and exhausted them, and now it is time to pick and harvest [the gains].
You were exploited… Stop this fight
I talked about that before but I want to remind you of this. Five years ago, I told the fighters of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq [It was not called Daesh yet]: O’ you who consider yourselves fighters and mujahideen, and claim that you want to establish an Islamic government and an Islamic state! O’ you [who consider yourselves as such], the US and Saudi Arabia and states in the region brought you along, armed you, facilitated your movement, fought through you, and supported you to achieve their goals and afterwards, they will extinguish you. This was five years ago. This does not need anyone who foretells the future, it does not require a fortune teller. This is derived from experiences, facts, and the nature of the foe and friend.
Today I want to tell them – you will feel surprised that on the tenth anniversary [of the 2006 War], I will address Daesh and the Nusra Front and all these groups which are still fighting in Syria and Iraq, and Yemen, Libya, and Sinai. I tell them, and that’s if they still hear any voices, if they still have a small place in their minds for my words, and if they still have any potential for some contemplation: O’ you people! You were exploited for five years in order to destroy the Resistance Axis, and to destroy the nations of the region, and to destroy the hopes of this region, so that weak regimes will be built on its ruins, submissive regimes that submit and collaborate with the Americans and the Israelis.
If you really still have anything to do with Islam, or any love whatsoever for the Prophet [Muhammad], and any relation whatsoever to the Quran, then stop this fighting that [serves] the interests of America in the region. Stop this fighting. Drop your weapons. Now [whether] we talk settlements and reconciliations – this might be an exaggeration. I call on all those who are still holding their arms – and we feel sorry for them -all those who call themselves self-sacrificing martyrs and are in fact committing suicide. You are committing suicide and killing your own brethren, for what? For who? For what goal? For whose sake? You are blowing yourself up in Aleppo, in Mosul, in Deir Zour, in Deraa, and everywhere in Syria and Iraq, in Baghdad and in Damascus, and in Yemeni cities, to serve whom? Whose project are you serving? For whose sake? In whose interests?
O’ people sit and contemplate for a second. Think for a while, and you will discover that you are being exploited, and that it’s time for some of you – namely Daesh – to be eliminated, and the elimination of the others will be due when they will not be in need of them anymore.
This is what I call for today before all the battles taking place now in the region. The scholars, the wise, the rational [people], the sages, and all the people who care for this nation and can say a word, make a call, or exert an effort, they must muster every effort possible to bury alive this ordeal that is ongoing in the nation and region. If these [groups] do not stop the fight on behalf of the Americans and their Israeli friends, then after all we will not have any other option. Day after day, the correctness of the decision to head to Syria and other places to fight is becoming clearer, because this is one battle, which Daesh is waging, here, here, and here. Daesh which is fighting in all these countries, was created and funded by America, and it facilitated its activities. Even now, when the US wants to strike [Daesh], it does so but in a limited manner, because it is not absolutely finished yet with employing it [for its interests].
We do not have any option other than remaining in the battlefields, in Aleppo and in other places and in any place where it is obligatory for us to be, we will be. We were, and we will always be where we must be, regardless of all the current intimidation. Still, the primary call today remains the call for awareness, reconsideration, contemplation, and reaching the truth of the tracks underway now in our region for the sake of Palestine, the Palestinian cause, the captives of Palestine who are struggling with empty stomachs, such as Bilal Kayed and his dear brethren, for the sake of those whom conspiracies [are underway against them, for the sake of the displaced and besieged, for the sake of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, and all the peoples, societies, and states of the region. We are making a call for awareness, reconsideration, and reason. What they are calling us to is unreasonable.
They are calling on us to withdraw from this battle. Some people in Lebanon tell us that it is required that you withdraw from Lebanon. They call on us to withdraw from the battle. For what reason are we to do so? Is it for Daesh and Nusra to gain victory?! If we quit, the Syrian Army quits, the Iraqi Army quits, the [Iraqi] Popular Gathering quits, the Yemeni Army quits, and the [Yemeni] revolutionary committees quit, Daesh will gain victory here and there and everywhere. What would be the fate of our peoples, governments, and region then?

On the Local Issue
I have a couple of words on Lebanese affairs. It is clear that in Lebanon everyone is waiting for what will take place in the region, though things are in our hands. The Lebanese are able to settle their own affairs and address their causes. Everyone agrees that the key for everything is electing a president. Well, that’s great. The information is in the hands of the people. They can sit and discuss and argue. As for us, even when lately a full package was discussed, several questions were posed. We said that we are committed to nominating General Aoun for the presidency.
In fact, on the tenth anniversary of the July War, I want to clarify that our commitment was made before the July War. That means that when we were on the dialogue table before the July War, there were discussions. At that time, some political forces were conspiring against President Emil Lahhoud and wanted to oust him. Indeed, we did not accept that, and our choice was proven to be quite correct due to the performance of President Lahhoud in the government during the July War. His performance was sublime and great.
At that time, a suggestion was made, and by that time we were already committed to General Aoun to the effect that in case of presidential elections, we will vote for him as a president for the republic. The July War did not take place by that time yet. The July War came to affirm also that this commitment was correct due to General Aoun’s stance. We are all acquainted to that.
Later on, they came and said we accept the candidacy of MP Suleiman Franjieh – our ally and friend. We talked in his favor greatly, and in the July War his stance was also crystal clear. However, we said that we have our commitment, and our old commitment is renewed. Now the chance is available. What I want to say today includes a little more positivity. If the sides concerned in this event want it to work out and they have any questions, we say what we have always said that we are open and positive as per the next head of government following the election of the president. I will stop here. There is a chance to take the initiative. Whom are we waiting for? What are we waiting for?
The second point: some may say it is quite early to tackle this point, but it is not early anyway. Days ago someone – I will not mention his initials – made a mistake, an intentional mistake. This mistake was intentional since 2005, and we did not accept this mistake even back in 2005 when someone wanted – from now – to decide the next Prime Minister and Speaker. He suggested our brother dear Hajj Mohammad Raad as the head of the parliament, though he then apologized but that was not a slip of the tongue. This idea or this scheme exists, and it is old too. Today, from Bint Jbeil, I tell the owner of this suggestion and his accomplices that today is August 13th, and that means we are a long way away from the next parliamentary elections. Let the entire country, all the political forces, and all the political currents know that no matter what the results of the next parliamentary elections in Lebanon are, Hizbullah’s candidate to the presidency of the parliament is one and only one. He is his excellency brother Speaker Nabih Berri.
He – and the Amal Movement – is our partner in the battle, in politics, in negotiations, in fighting, in the battlefield, in pain, in [the suffering of] wounds, and in sufferings. So let them play another game. As such and consequently, the possible tracks are clear as per the presidency of the republic and the parliament. As per the Prime Minister, I say that we will be positive and open, and we will not complicate things. I will stop here. There is no need to exaggerate and say that you are enlarging the package. When we previously talked about the package, we were talking to solve your problem and not to solve our problem.
Indeed, the country is concerned to move along in dialogue. Many recently tried to challenge the dialogue table, saying that there is no need for this dialogue and the table is absurd. No, the dialogue table is not absurd. The very meeting of the Lebanese in one place to talk and have discussions and exchange mutual blame is a source of political and security serenity for the country and for communication to search for solutions. Thus we assert the need to move along on the dialogue table. We also assert the need of the government to assume all of its responsibilities, even if it is in an exceptional, transitional stage.
The Oil File
As per oil and petroleum, the country is suffering from a thousand files on the financial level, and a big part of the problems will start mushrooming in the days to come, and the real reason is financial deficiency and the budget deficit. Allah had bestowed on us a blessing next to us in the sea. Why don’t we extract it? Why can’t we let this wealth flow to the treasury to address the crises of this country? That’s because a political decision was taken to cripple this file. Hopfully this decision is not a US-“Israeli” decision. Hopefully it is a local decision only. Still, the government is responsible for every moment, every hour, every day it wastes on Lebanon the chance of extracting its oil and gas and flowing revenues in the interest of the Lebanese people, and to solve the problems of the Lebanese people.
Today, we have a chance, due to the results of the July War and due to the deterrence formula. All people know that there is petroleum here and there. Is that clear? There is gas here and there. Here a facility will be erected on the Lebanese territories, and there is a facility on Palestinian territories. I believe you understand what I mean. Lebanon today is in a situation in which it is able to protect its oil and to protect its petroleum. All what it has to do is to take a decision to extract its oil and petroleum to address its economic, living, and financial crises.
The Anniversary of August 31 
As per the security issue and being concerned with the security issue and communication between the security apparatuses and cooperation between all sides, observing the security of the country in a region that is suffering from all of these difficult situations is the responsibility of everyone. Today, and as we approach the anniversary of the July war, we assert recalling His Eminence, Leader Imam Sayyed Mousa al-Sadr [May Allah restore him safe and sound]. We also recall his dear brethren and companions, and not only his friends who accompanied him to Libya, His Eminence Sheikh Mohammad Yacoub and Sayyed Abbass Badreddine. We reassert that this cause is the cause of a country, the cause of a people, the cause of a nation, and the cause of a resistance, because Imam al-Sadr was the Imam of the nation and the Imam of the Resistance. He was a very towering figure in this nation who had historic awareness, and for this reason they conspired against him, kidnapped him, and imprisoned him along with those who were with him. Today too, and as we approach this anniversary, we assert that we are all the children of this Imam, the students of this Imam, and the devotees of this Imam, and we will move along in the track of this Imam.
Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
Though I do not want to make a list of the names of the allies and the friends and the supporters because the list will be long and I would be embarrassed should I forget any name, however, allow me from Bint Jbeil in particular, to recall the honorable, supporting, fatherly stances of His Eminence Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah [May Allah have mercy on him] along the whole track of the Resistance, as well as the stances of his father Sayyed Abdul-Raoof Fadlallah [May Allah have mercy on him] and the revered scholars from this noble family, including Sayyed Abdul-Mohsen Fadlallah [May Allah have mercy on him]. That is besides the revered scholars of Lebanon in general, and of Jabal Amel in particular.
However, I wanted to name Sayyed Mohammad Hussein [May Allah have mercy on him] for his fatherly right and historic presence, especially during the July War, noticeably his fatherly stance which he expressed in that war when he referred to the resistance fighters as the fighters in the Battle of Badr, comparing them to the companions of the Prophet of Allah [Peace be upon him and his household] in addition to his stance from towards that battle and the era that followed it, as per its pains, sufferings, and the arguments and controversies concerning it.
Dear noble brothers and sisters! Today, if we want to make a list of all the noble and honorable in this world who backed the Resistance and fought by its side, the list would be quite long. This also applies to the martyrs. I know that some families of martyrs expect me to mention some names. But I apologize from them, though I have the honor to mention the noble names of these martyrs. I really have the honor to mention the name of this martyr and that martyr; however, I will avoid falling in the forbidden by mentioning some names and forgetting others. God willing we will not forget them on other occasions that give the opportunity to mention their names. God willing Allah Almighty will assist us to mark all of these occasions with dignity and pride.
The Mediators during July War
Allow me to wrap up my speech with a word inspired by the July War and the first days of the July War in particular. I said this on one of the Ashura nights. However, usually the speeches of the Ashura nights are not broadcasted by media outlets other than Al-Manar. Allow me to reiterate the idea because it is related to the July War and to what we are living and what we are heading to. I was talking about my brethren and me. Since we were young, we used to attend the mourning ceremonies of Abi Abdillah al-Hussein [Peace be upon him] and hear a phrase that is oft-repeated by the preachers.
So over days and years, we used to hear this phrase, and it was carved in our minds and hearts and souls. We used to understand it and comprehend it in various degrees. It is a well-known phrase for Imam Hussein [Peace be upon him] which he said on the tenth of Muharram, and I always reiterate on the tenth of Muharram: “Beware! Now this illegitimate son of the illegitimate father has stationed me between unsheathing the sword or humiliation, and far be it that we accept humiliation. Verily, Allah, His Prophet, and the sacred laps which nursed us, the modest, and those who abhor disgrace, disagree to it that we bow down to the ignoble men, and they exhort us to being killed manly in the battlefield over it.” This we have memorized since we were young.
What I said is that ten years ago it was the first time that I feel that I understood – to an extent – the essence and meaning of these words. You too understood it along with me at that moment. Why? That’s because during the first days of the July War – brothers and sisters – some mediators suggested to us the following: “Israel” along with America and the entire world took a decision to crush you. The only solution to stop the war is to hand in your arms – all the arms of the Resistance and not [merely] the missiles. The second condition is to disband the Resistance. Third was to agree to have multi-national forces as I said before, and not the UNIFIL, but multinational forces like those who were occupying Iraq. These forces must be deployed on the Lebanese-Palestinian borders, the Lebanese-Syrian borders, the airport, and the seaport. They want to occupy the country. Fourth was handing in the two “Israeli” soldiers unconditionally.
They conveyed the conditions to us. That was at a time when hundreds of raids were being carried out on us. Thousands of raids were staged during the first days. Almost the entire world was conspiring against us. We did not have but Allah Almighty. They put us before two solutions: Either you move along in the war – you go to the war and they crush you, kill you, slaughter you, take your women as prisoners, displace you, and demolish your houses – or you accept these humiliating conditions that at that time meant putting an end to the Resistance, the return of the occupation, the prisoners remaining in prisons and the imprisonment of new detainees, and handing Lebanon to the US and its allies.
This is not only humiliation but also the loss of everything – the loss of this world and the Hereafter. At that moment, my brethren and I were holding discussions, and it was as if Abu Abdillah al-Hussein ibn Ali ibn Abi Taleb [Peace be upon them] was before our eyes there on the tenth of Moharram saying: “Beware! Now this illegitimate son of the illegitimate father has stationed me between unsheathing the sword or bear humiliation, and far be it that we accept humiliation.”
We told them: verily, Allah disagrees to it that we bow, that we give in, that we hand in our country and prisoners, and that we disgrace our people. Allah, His Prophet, and the sacred laps which nursed us, the modest, and those who abhor disgrace, disagree to it that we bow down to the ignoble men, and they exhort us to being killed manly in the battlefield over it. Some of those honorable were martyred; however, Allah wished that we gain victory; thus was the victory of the July War.
This is the case in all fields. I tell all those who plan, conspire, contrive, bet, and try to harm the morale of our masses and those who back us, our morale, our will, our determination, our trust in Allah, our trust in our people, and our trust in our capacities: This is the spirit that dwells in the bodies of the men, the young, and the elderly. You can’t do harm to this spirit, neither through soft wars, misleading, jeopardizing, instigation, hard war, killing, assassinations, threats, or intimidations. In this nation, on this land, in this region, since this Resistance was launched, senior martyrs fell as Sayyed Abbas, Sheikh Ragheb, Hajj Imad, and many others; but we were determined, we took the decision, and we will move along on our path with this very tough, faithful, determined spirit. We will move along on our path in Lebanon, in Syria, and in the entire region.
At the end of this blessed ceremony, I tell you what I told you in July: We entered the era of victories. This is the title of this ceremony: We entered the era of victories, and the time of defeats has come to an end.
The scheme is collapsing now in Iraq, in Syria, and in the region. The new version of the US scheme is a very grave project and a very dangerous conspiracy which exploited – as I said before – tens of billions of dollars, thousands of tons of ammunition, hundreds of thousands of fighters, and sectarian instigation. The toughest thing the US and its tools can do in the region – and they did not do in July War – they are doing now. They did everything they can do: sectarian sedition, factional sedition, money, suicide attackers, and gathering the savage beasts from around the world. Here their project is collapsing.
This scheme has no prospects for the future. The future of Lebanon is the Resistance, the future of Palestine is the Resistance, and the future of Syria is the Resistance. The future of the region is the future of our peoples and our nation and its dignity, pride, and sovereignty. Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessings.
Source: Al-Ahed News, Translated and Edited by website team
25-08-2016 | 15:11

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