BEIRUT (Dispatches) – The second-in-command of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement said liberation of southern Lebanon from the Zionist regime in 2000 put an end to the regime’s so-called ‘military invincibility’.
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem made the remarks as Lebanon was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the end of the regime’s occupation, Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Manar television network reported.
The official said that thanks to the blow dealt to the regime’s military two decades ago, "we have moved from the stage of despair to hope, from surrender to resistance, from humiliation to honor, and from defeat to victory.”
Qassem said the liberation of southern Lebanon opened the door to more consecutive victories for Lebanon, Palestine and the entire region against the Zionist regime and American plots, including the creation of the Daesh terrorist group.
The historic triumph, he added, put an end to the occupying regime’s invincibility myth and helped strengthen the faith of the young generations in resistance and struggles towards liberating Palestine from the Israeli occupiers.
The developments that unfolded in the region over the past years proved that pro-Israel world powers and the solutions that they offer for regional conflicts cannot be trusted, he added.
"We are currently in the midst of a war and there is still a need for resistance,” said the Hezbollah official, emphasizing the necessity for the resistance front to stay fully ready for any future scenario.
Every year in May, Lebanon commemorates the anniversary of the Zionist regime’s withdrawal from its southern territories, known as Resistance and Liberation Day.
Hezbollah forces pushed the Zionist troops out of the southern parts of Lebanon on May 25, 2000, after more than two decades of occupation.
The national holiday in Lebanon is seen as a turning point that changed the regional equations and debunked the myth of the occupying regime’s invincibility.