BEIRUT (Dispatches) -The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has said the Zionist military’s 33-day war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006 was aimed at creation of a new Middle East region, where the Tel Aviv regime would have performed the leading role.
"The Zionist military was simply a tool in the 2006 war against Lebanon, as the military campaign had been orchestrated by the United States. Among the objectives of the war were putting an end to the presence of Hezbollah resistance in Lebanon, toppling the Syrian government, and defeating Iran in the region,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stated in a televised speech broadcast live from the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil on Friday evening.
He added that American officials, by launching the 33-day war on Lebanon, had wished to form a new Middle East, where the Zionist regime would have been in the saddle, controlling everything.
"In that war, John Bolton, then the U.S. ambassador to the UN Security Council, told an Arab official: 'The war will stop only if Hezbollah is crushed or it surrenders.'"
"But Bolton later told the same Arab official: 'We have to stop the war now.'"
"The Arab official asked him: Did you crush Hezbollah? He said no. The Arab official asked: Did Hezbollah surrender? He said no. the Arab official said: So why did you stop the war?! Bolton said: Israel would face a catastrophe if the war continues,” the Hezbollah chief said.
"American and Zionist officials failed to attain any of their goals (in the 33-day war),” Nasrallah said, describing Hezbollah as a deterrent force against U.S. and Zionist acts of aggression in the region.
The Hezbollah chief noted that Lebanon could emerge victorious in the war because it held on to the golden equation of people, army and the anti-Israel resistance front.
Nasrallah then warned Zionist officials against launching a new military aggression against his country, stressing that all Zionist battalions will be destroyed under the eyes of mainstream media.
"Zionist military experts acknowledge that the Zionist army is incapable of waging a fresh war on Lebanon,” he said.
The Hezbollah secretary general went on to say that the resistance front is gaining momentum across the Middle East, and now covers a vast expanse of land from Lebanon to Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Iraq and Iran.
"Reliance on the resistance front will prevent war, acts of aggression as well as terrorism. Being part of such an axis will prevent Trump’s exploitation as he is now milking Persian Gulf countries,” Nasrallah stated.
He also lauded Palestinians’ outright rejection of Trump’s controversial proposal for peace between the Zionists and Palestinians, dubbed "the deal of the century.”
"Look at daily operations being carried out by Palestinians against Israel in the occupied territories. They are done by young people who are not older than 15. This is the new Palestinian generation,” Nasrallah said.
******The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, delivers a speech broadcast from the southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil on August 16, 2019.