Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sayyed Nasrallah: Unite To Back Turkey, Egypt; Take Part in Freedom Flotilla 2


"04/06/2010 ­­Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Nasrallah on Friday stressed unity of Arabs and Muslims to stand by Egypt and Turkey to prevent Israel and the US from pressuring them.
His eminence called for more participation in the Freedom flotilla 2 which he said will be the door to end the siege of Gaza. The S.G. was speaking [Video of speech posted below] during the Solidarity with the Freedom flotilla festival organized by Hezbollah in Beirut’s southern suburb.

Addressing cheering crowds waving Lebanese, Turkish, Palestinian, and Hezbollah flags, Sayyed Nasrallah paid tribute to the besieged people of Gaza and the Palestinian people in general. “I salute the activists who took part in the freedom making flotilla, their martyrs, and their wounded. I also salute the Lebanese activists who participated as messengers of the resistance and the Lebanese will.”

Nine coffins draped with Turkish flags were placed under the platform to show respect to the nine Turkish martyrs who were massacred by the Israeli navy commandos last Monday as they were sailing in international waters with aids to besieged Gaza.

The martyrs were of one nationality. This was not a coincidence. It is God’s will. God chooses who He wants to be a martyr. I congratulate Turkey and I express my deep sympathy to the families of the martyrs. I pay special respect to the Turkish people who united behind the Freedom flotilla, and the Turkish leadership that established its courage and its presence,” his eminence said.....

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed the flotilla crime exposed Arab impotence.
“The Arab position was, and is still impotent. The activists were released in a record time, but thousands of Palestinians are still in Israeli jails. What’s different today is that there were hundreds of Turks involved. Israel has miscalculated its moves because it perceived that its aggression will force the Turkish leadership to back down. I am pretty sure that Israel was shocked to hear the Turkish reaction on the popular and official levels. When Turkey told Israel that it will cut ties if the Zionist authorities kept any activist in custody or tried any of them, Israel was shocked because Turkey is a strong country with a strong leadership that knows how to use it power. For Turkey to cut ties with Israel would be tantamount to an earthquake in Israel. This is a weapon that Turkey has used; it did not demand the release of its nationals but all of the activists. This is a lesson for some of those who preach the policy of humiliation, delusion and wishful thinking that only result in disgrace. On the other hand a policy based on power can accomplish a lot.”......

Sayyed Nasrallah praised Turkey stance during the war on Lebanon in 2006 and the war on Gaza in 2008- 2009. “The Turkish position developed significantly when the attack on the flotilla took place. I will not say that Israel has lost Turkey, but I can say that Israel has begun to lose Turkey and this is a very significant change in the region. Will it entirely lose Turkey? This is interrelated to the developments.
Of the very important results of this crime is the Kuwaiti stance. The Kuwaiti parliament demanded that Kuwait withdraws from the Arab initiative and the government agreed. Did any other Arab parliament take a similar step? We salute Kuwait for taking this step that bears political and moral values, because the Arab initiative includes major concessions to the Israelis. What happened embarrasses all those who call for the normalization of ties with Israel and those who bargain on negotiations with the enemy. What Israeli did to the Freedom flotilla embarrasses the so called Arab moderation. I have read in some Gulf newspaper impudent articles that defended the deeds of the Israeli soldiers; such articles are rarely found in Israeli newspapers.”.....

The Secretary General stressed the Gaza cause should remain the center of the international concern. “The Palestinian cause should become an international cause. In the past, they said that this is the cause of the Arab world, not the Islamic world. In our Arab world, the cause was transformed into a Palestinian cause; the cause itself became the cause of Gaza, the West Bank, and the refugees. We have to underline that this cause is a humane, Islamic, Arab, and global cause....."

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