Following are excerpts from an address by Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, which aired on Al-Manar TV on October 13, 2010.
Hassan Nasrallah: In Lebanon, Palestine, and our Arab region, there are people who constantly talk about an Iranian plan. They delude themselves into believing that such a plan exists, as well as an Arab plan to confront it. They talk about an Iranian plan for Palestine, Lebanon, and the Arab region. In their mind's eye, they assume negative form and content for this plan. They strive to make the Arab governments and peoples afraid of it.
As one of the people with long-standing ties with Iran's decision makers, and as one who speaks sincerely and without flattery, I can attest, oh Arabs, that what Iran wants for Palestine is the same thing that the Palestinian people wants for Palestine. That is the Iranian plan.
What the Arabs have wanted for 60 years is for the land of Palestine to be restored to the Palestinian people, for the Islamic and Christian holy places to be restored to their rightful owners, for the land from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea to be returned, for all the refugees to return to their land, their homes, and their fields, and for this oppressed people to establish its independent state on its land, which has been liberated with blood.
This is the Palestinian plan, and this, and this alone, is the Iranian plan for Palestine. This is the position of Imam Khomeini, and the decision of Imam Khamenei. The only fault of this president [Ahmadinejad] is that he expresses this position, in a transparent, pure, resolute, and courageous manner, everywhere in the world – at the UN in New York, in Geneva, and wherever he goes.
The West rejects him, because he is telling the truth when he says that Israel is an illegitimate state, and must cease to exist.
Brothers and sisters, I have been in this position in Hizbullah since 1992, since the martyrdom of my teacher and mentor, Abbas Al-Musawi. I bear witness before you that Iran – which has always supported us, and continues to do so – has never asked us to take any position, has never given us orders, and has never expected our gratitude.
We were the ones who asked [for Iran's support], even though we are proud – and I repeat, we are proud – of our deep faith in the rule of the wise, courageous jurisprudent.