No More ‘Appropriate Time and Place’ – Nasrallah Vows Strong Retaliation to Arouri’s Assassination

In his latest speech, Hezbollah leader vowed to firmly respond to Israel's assassination on Lebanese soil. (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“The magnitude of the evils resulting from remaining silent over this breach is greater than any risks that may come from the response.” – Hassan Nasrallah

The Secretary-General of the Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said the assassination of the deputy head of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, Saleh al-Arouri, is a “major and serious violation,” reiterating his threat that “a response is inevitable.”

Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday, for the second time in days, that Hezbollah cannot remain silent about a breach of this level, stressing that the lack of response makes all of Lebanon exposed.

He pointed out that Hezbollah fighters have carried out about 670 military operations on the Lebanese border with Israel since October 8, one day after the Al-Aqsa Flood operation.

Nasrallah said the party destroyed “a large number of Israeli vehicles and tanks”, noting that “the enemy does not admit either dead or wounded, and this is part of its policy of general secrecy on its losses”.

Two days ago, Hezbollah’s secretary-general stressed that “the crime of assassinating al-Arouri is serious and will not remain unpunished, including the field and the days.”

Below are excerpts from Nasrallah’s speech as communicated by the Hezbollah Telegram channel. 

We Will Not Use the Phrase ‘in the Appropriate Time and Place’ 

“Since October 8, we have entered into combat with the enemy in the south over a stretch of more than 100 km.

“The Islamic Resistance carried out more than 670 operations in 3 months, targeting 48 border sites more than once.

“The Islamic Resistance executed 494 targetings (targets – PC), including 50 border points targeted more than once.

“The Islamic Resistance also targeted technical and intelligence equipment along the border, completely destroying them.

“Israeli soldiers fled from the sites towards the settlements, fearing the advancement of the fighters towards the sites and their occupation.

“A large number of vehicles and tanks were destroyed along the border.

“The operations were very draining for the enemy, who practiced extreme secrecy on their large losses.

“The enemy does not acknowledge any killed or wounded, which is part of their policy of general secrecy about their losses.

“Experts in the entity say that the losses of the enemy’s army are three times more than the announced numbers.

“In 8 hospitals in the north alone, the statistics show that there are more than 2,000 wounded soldiers.

“What is happening on the northern front is a true humiliation of the enemy’s army.

“The Islamic Resistance did not target the inhabitants of the settlements, although they are occupiers. The displaced from these areas exert pressure on the government of the occupation.

“From the beginning, we stated that the objective of the front in the south is to pressure the government of the enemy to stop the aggression on Gaza and to relieve the burden on the resistance there.

“We are facing a real opportunity to liberate every inch of our Lebanese land and prevent the enemy from violating our borders and airspace.

“Regarding Netanyahu’s statement about Hezbollah’s tent. This is stupidity, ignorance, and foolishness to talk about the tent. Talk about 48 border sites being destroyed, 11 rear sites being destroyed, 17 settlements being attacked, 50 enemy border points, and your soldiers hiding like mice. Is the resistance, which carries out this scale of operations every day, really deterred? The tent is a thing of the past; today, there is a real war on the borders.

“When targeting occurs in Lebanon, particularly in the southern suburbs (Dahiye), we cannot accept such a significant and dangerous breach. 

“The killing of Sheikh Saleh Al-Arouri, a friend, a beloved, and a dear person with whom I had a high degree of friendship, love, understanding, and comprehension, I tell you for certain: this will not go unanswered or unpunished.

“We will not use the phrase ‘in the appropriate time and place.’ The battlefield will respond, and this response is inevitably coming. We cannot remain silent over a breach of this gravity because this means that all of Lebanon, the cities, and the figures will become exposed. 

“The magnitude of the evils resulting from remaining silent over this breach is greater than any risks that may come from the response. Therefore, the decision is for the battlefield.

“The American administration is concerned about the expansion of the war in the region because it has no interest in it.

“The United States does not want to expand the war as it is preoccupied with the Ukrainian front and is preparing for a strategic defeat against Russia.

“Today, there is an opportunity to rid Iraq of the presence of American forces and to expose the American narrative of fighting ISIS.

“The Americans operate “ISIS” in Iran and then claim they have no relation to the bombing in Kerman. It is your creation that committed it. 

“Who is activating ISIS today in Syria? Look to the American forces, who are nurturing ISIS in Syria, providing support, and releasing its members from prisons. 

“The opportunity for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq today will be followed by the withdrawal of American forces from east of the Euphrates, and this is one of the national blessings of solidarity with Gaza.

“Today, there is a historic opportunity in front of the Iraqi people for these criminal occupiers, these killers who spilled the blood of Iraqis, Syrians, and Lebanese, and who are full partners in all the crimes currently being committed in Gaza, Palestine, and Lebanon, to leave.

“Those who belittle the actions of the Axis of Resistance today are the ones who have contributed nothing since the aggression began on Gaza.

“The silent and failing regimes were surprised by what the Yemenis did in the Red Sea.

“Sanaa’s stance has led many Yemeni factions to reconsider their position towards Ansarallah.

“The government of Sanaa and Ansarallah are no longer just an internal faction, but a part of an international equation that the world stands before with great attention.

“The massive turnout in Yemen is a message to the United States: You are not facing a government or a faction, but tens of millions of the Yemeni people with a history full of victories and inflicting defeats on aggressors.

“To the families of the martyrs of the Islamic Resistance: If not for my security circumstances, what I wish and hope for is to stand beside you and to kiss your hands and foreheads.

“To those steadfast in the frontline villages and the environment that pays the direct price with their homes and livelihoods, this is a patient environment, accountable, patient, insightful, and knows what this battle means.

“O our people in the south, if it had been decreed for the enemy to defeat the resistance in Gaza and displace its people, the turn after Gaza would be in south Lebanon, specifically south of the Litani. You are the ones who broke their ambitions.

“To the fighters, we salute them with respect, appreciation, and honor, and pray for their steadfastness and victory. May Allah guide their aim and all their shots, and may He help them to create this victory for Lebanon, Palestine, and the entire nation.” 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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