pull a wounded comrade to safety, after Israeli
opened fire on the group seeking to rush across the
border, May 29.
Republic of Iran
Praises Khamenei; Says U.S. Seeks to 'Hijack' Arab Revolts
protests along the Golan Heights on Sunday, during which Israeli troops opened
fire on Palestinians seeking to cross from Syria, a sign that the U.S. seeks to
'hijack the Arab Revolutions'? According to this item from Iran's state-run Kayhan,
Hezbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah spent Sunday praising Iran and the
protesters, while omitting the likelihood that the Syrian regime staged the
protests to deflect attention from its massacre of peaceful protesters in their
BEIRUT: On Monday, Seyyed
Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Hezbullah, saluted the foresight and
decisiveness of the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali
Khamenei. He also praised those who courageously gathered on the 44th anniversary
of Naksa Day along the
border of the occupied Golan
“We must stand with dignity
and great appreciation for the Palestinians and these young people who gathered
yesterday, and their insistence on confrontation,” Nasrallah said in a speech
at the opening of a conference on Ayatollah Khamenei.
Nasrallah described Ayatollah
Khamenei as a "unique personality," saying that people in the region
should be taught more about why he holds such an eminent place.
“We find ourselves in front
of a great and exceptional personality who is criticized - even in Iran. Our
responsibility is to introduce this great Imam to the nation, This is the very
important and sensitive mission of this conference,” he added.
Nasrallah touched on some of
the regional issues that Ayatollah Khamenei has had the "strategic
vision" to predict the unpredictable.
“In 1996, we
[members of Hezbullah] were told not to bother ourselves and that there was no need to sacrifice
our blood. But there was one man who called on us to raise our concerns and
continue our Jihad and resistance on the basis that an Israeli-Syrian
settlement would not be executed. In late 1999, Imam Khamenei told us that our
victory in Lebanon was very, very close - much closer than we might expect.
This was contrary to all the analysis and information at the time,” Nasrallah
said. “In the early days of the July 2006 war, we received a message from Imam
Khamenei that we would definitely be victorious and emerge as an undefeated
power after the war,” he went on to say.
The Hezbullah secretary
general said that after events of September 11, Ayatollah Khamenei said "not
to be worried, that this was the beginning of America’s collapse and that when
they entered Iraq and Afghanistan, it would be the beginning of
their end. … “He said that when the U.S. finds itself unable to protect its
interests through regimes in the region or through armies and fleets, and
becomes obliged to deploy all of its fleets to the region, this would be a sign
The Hezbullah chief went on
to say that Ayatollah Khamenei was the only leader during the confrontation
with the U.S. over its war for a new Middle East, "that offered the
reasoning, wisdom and courage when we couldn't understand many aspects of this
war - which is even the case now. … Imam Khamenei believes that the Zionist
regime is moving toward its demise, and that its collapse will happen soon. … He
believes that peace and compromise with the Zionist regime will lead nowhere.
He also believes and that what is happening in Palestine and elsewhere in the
region demonstrates that the Palestinian nation will continue to resist the
Zionist regime and will never accept concessions."
"When we compare Imam
Khamenei's forecast about Israel with the conditions dominating the region, and
when we consider Lebanon's success in its 33-day war and the success of the
Palestinians in the Gaza war, we realize that God willing, the demise and
collapse of the Zionist regime is imminent, and that it will take place in the
near future," the Hezbullah leader added.
Beyond praising the
Palestinians who protested in the Golan Heights on Sunday, Nasrallah accused
Washington of seeking to hijack the Arab revolutions.
On Sunday, in Majdal Shams on
the Golan Heights, Zionist troops opened fire as demonstrators sought to push
through the mined ceasefire line, which had been reinforced with several rows
of barbed wire to block access to a fence. Damascus said 23 protesters were
“We honor Palestinians who
gathered at the borders of the Golan Heights on Sunday in a clear message of
determination,” Nasrallah said. “What happened on the Golan Heights yesterday
on the anniversary of the Naksa reveals that the U.S. administration wants to
hijack the Arab revolutions,” Nasrallah said. “What happened also demonstrates
Washington’s absolute commitment to Israel’s security,” he said. “This is
Washington, which talks about human rights and freedom,” he added.