From Hizbullah's Stronghold In Beirut, Palestinian Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh Vows To Continue Fighting Israel, Senior Hizbullah Official Hashim Safi Al-Din 'Looks Forward To The Day When We Fight Alongside You On All Frontlines In Palestine'

May 18, 2021

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In a May 17, 2021 press conference[1] in Hizbullah stronghold of Dahiya in Beirut, Lebanon, head of Hizbullah's Executive Council Hashim Safi Al-Din, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh, and Hamas Political Bureau member Osama Hamdan condemned Israel for its attacks on Gaza and expressed their support for the "resistance" factions.

In the conference, Safi Al-Din noted that the "battle to defend Jerusalem has unified Palestine and the Arab and Muslim nations" and considered "defending Palestine and Jerusalem" to be "defending the entire ummah." Addressing the Palestinian people, he said: "We and you are one battlefront, waging one battle and our victory is your victory. You should know that you are the hope and the future is yours and we stand with you. You, young men of Palestine, are able to attain victory and you will attain it.

According to Safi Al-Din, the war being waged in the "heart of Palestine is different than the other wars waged in Lebanon and Palestine. Today, the response has come from the holy Quds [Jerusalem] after decades in which our enemies have succeeded in dividing our [Islamic] ummah."

After expressing his support for the "resistance" and condemning "disunity and normalization," Safi Al-Din said: "Israel is struggling politically and publicly under the pressure of the rockets and the people who have revolted in the [West] Bank and the Arabs of Israel. I assure you, Oh nations of the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, that the axis of resistance has creative minds and is progressing. We are more powerful than we used to be in 2006 in terms of people and capabilities and all the nations of the region will be united in one axis confronting the enemies in the coming days."

Safi Al-Din concluded his speech by saying that he "looks forward to the day in which we fight alongside you on all frontlines In Palestine."

In his speech, the member of the Hamas Political Bureau Osama Hamdan stressed that the "resistance has unified the Palestinian people" and that the operations against Israel are being coordinated inside "one operation room." Hamdan then mentioned that "the resistance has transitioned from reacting to [events] to the level of writing equations and it has lots of surprises in its arsenal."

Speaking in the press conference, Ziyad Al-Nakhaleh, the secretary-general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad stressed that "the resistance will remain solid, will attain victory, and humiliate Israel," saying "we will fight them until they depart."

After noting that Israel has signed a new arms deal with the U.S. to buy explosives and rockets to replace what it had lost, Al-Nakhaleh argues that "Israel is unable to confront the resistance militarily and it continues destroying houses in order to put pressure on the resistance."

According to Al-Nakhaleh, part of the most important outcomes of the ongoing war is that "we are causing them pain, humiliating them, and destroying their arrogance. These criminal killers have no place in our country and in our region and they will certainly be terminated."

[1], May 17, 2021

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