In a televised speech commemorating the "Day of the Martyr" this afternoon, Hezbollah Secretary-General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, dwelt on the meaning of the occasion, the prevailing conditions in the region vis-a-vis the Israeli situation, and the stalled cabinet formation in Lebanon.
Referring to the long-awaited government, Nasrallah stated that Hezbollah would not accept to proceed with any cabinet formation that does not constitute the representation of the "Independent Sunni Deputies."
"From day one since we approached the government formation issue, we asked the Prime Minister-designate to have these six deputies represented by a minister within cabinet," Nasrallah disclosed.
"Everything that has been said about a sudden obstacle is not true and fabricated because five months ago, the Sunni MPs demanded a cabinet seat and we support their demands," he stated.
"At first, a government of 32 ministers was said to solve the Allawite and Christian minorities' representation obstacle as a national duty to lift off their deprivation...President Michel Aoun agreed, but the Prime Minister-designate refused...However, we went beyond this debate to make matters easier," Nasrallah explained.
He added: "The Lebanese Forces Party has 15 deputies and demanded five ministers, and the Progressive Socialist Party asked for three ministers, which means the representation of all Druze, and so did the Future Bloc...while Amal and Hezbollah accepted six ministers despite having 30 deputies."
"Humility in Lebanon is wrong," deemed Nasrallah, adding, "We had to demand and insist on having ten ministers, but we did not do that because we are aware of the economic situation in the country."
He considered that if a census of votes and sizes were to be held, things would become more complicated and complex.
"Why block our allies," he said, stressing, "We will not give up on our allies!"
Nasrallah criticized the attempts to hold Hezbollah responsible for the delayed government formation, referring to the PSP and Lebanese Forces' stalling for months in demand for ministerial portfolios and cabinet seats.
The Secretary-General called for "negotiating with the six Sunni deputies because this is their right...and we are their allies, since we consider that moral standards come first."
Regarding the relationship with the President of the Republic, Nasrallah assured that Hezbollah's good relation and alliance with the President is above all attempts. He also stressed on having a national unity government and unified standards of representation.
In a word of tribute to the fallen martyrs, the Hezbollah Secretary-General said, "The path of the resistance achieved the first victory from 1982 to 1985...while convoys of martyrs continue in every square and field." He commended the martyrs' sacrifices for the sake of preserving the nation's sovereignty and dignity.
"In 1982, Ahmad Kassir carried out his qualitative and historical operation in targeting the headquarters of the Israeli military governor in Tyre, killing more than 120 enemy officers and soldiers, including senior generals...Israel declared three days of mourning back then," Nasrallah indicated, describing the operation as a decisive juncture that soon produced "a great victory and liberation."
"All that we enjoy of security and safety today is due to these martyrs of Hezbollah and Amal Movement, as well as the national movement, the Palestinian factions, the army and security forces and the people," he added.
"With the blessing of their blood, we protect our country today, thanks to the golden equation of the army, the people and the resistance...but frankly, it is thanks to the missile capabilities of the resistance because the army is forbidden by the US to possess a weapon that constitutes a deterrent force against the enemy," Nasrallah underscored.
Renewing his adherence to the golden equation and the strength of the resistance, the Secretary-General assured that in light of this equation and this missile capability, the enemy will not dare to attack Lebanon since any attack will be reciprocated by an immediate response attack. "We do not fear intimidation or sanctions, even if we had to sell our homes," he stated determinedly.
"Any attack on Lebanon or any air strike or bombing will certainly be rejected, and we do not accept that the enemy returns to breach Lebanon's sovereignty as it did in the past," Nasrallah forcefully underlined.
Referring to the "public visits by Zionist officials to some of the Gulf States," Nasrallah called on "all honorable people in the world" to "condemn them, because the dangers of normalization mean recognition of the enemy and silence about the massacres it committed."
He considered it a "humanitarian, moral, national and legal duty and responsibility" to face such threats, stressing that "hope remains in our peoples and in some steadfast countries."
"One of the reasons behind the sanctions against Iran is its support for the Palestinian cause, unlike some Arabs," Nasrallah went on, adding, "Syria, too, despite the war is still steadfast."
Source: National News Agency