Following are excerpts from an address by Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on Al-Manar TV on January 30, 2007.
Hassan Nasrallah: Bint Jbeil, and before that, Maroun Al-Ras, and all the villages of South Lebanon, which were steadfast, fought, and conducted resistance, have shattered the myth of the [Israeli] army. They came to Bint Jbeil solely in order to take revenge on it, because in one of its public squares it was said that Israel is weaker than a spider web. Today, as we begin a new year, [we say]: Yes! Oh Lebanese people, Palestinian people, and the peoples of our nation, I say once again: By Allah, Israel is weaker than a spider web.
The future of Israel is death and perdition. The future of our nation is one of life, freedom, and regaining the holy places. Our martyrs inscribed in blood during the July-August war: Death to Israel.
Crowd: Death to Israel
Death to Israel
Death to Israel
Hassan Nasrallah: George Bush wants to punish you because you were steadfast. He wants to punish you because you were victorious. In the American era, you are not allowed to win, you are not allowed to hold your heads high. In the American era, the only ones allowed to live are the ones who bow down in humiliation and submission. George Bush knows, and today, as we commemorate Hussein, I say to him again, so the whole world can hear: We are a people that will not surrender, be humiliated, or bow down in submission.
When… When the Great Satan declares his hostility toward us, and declares his war against us, it is a great honor, of which we are proud. It is proof of our steadfastness, of our independence, of our honor, and of our patriotism, because the Americans do not declare war against their collaborators, against their lackeys, or against their slaves. This proves that we are masters, that we are free, honorable, and proud.