Nabil Qaouq, a member of Hizbullah's Central Council, attended a ceremony launching a tree planting campaign marking two years since the U.S. assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani. At the event, in which olive trees were planted along Lebanon's border with Israel, Qaouq said that in a future war with Israel, Hizbullah will have 100,000 fighters "armed" with the spirit, will, and determination that Soleimani had. A report about the event was aired on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) on January 2, 2022. According to the report, Hassan Ezzeddine, a member of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc Loyalty to the Resistance, was also present at the event. For more about Nabil Qaouq, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 1136 and 294.
Narrator: "At this location overlooking Palestine, where he stood smelling its scent and promising to liberate it, a firmly rooted olive tree was planted, named after the martyr General Qasem Soleimani. [The tree] affirms the right of the owners of the land to their land, and that the occupier is certain to leave.
"Under the auspices of Hizbullah's Central Council member, Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, with the presence of a member of the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, Hassan Ezzeddine, as well as a number of ulema activists, dignitaries, and a group of residents, Hizbullah launched a forestation campaign named 'Soleimani's Olive Tree' along the border with occupied Palestine.
"The ceremony began in the Iran Gardens in the village of Maroun Al-Ras, where Sheikj Qaouq declared that in any future war, the resistance will fight the enemy with 100,000 resistance fighters armed with the determination and faith of Qasem Soleimani.
Nabil Qaouq: "When we meet here, in Maroun Al-Ras, where Hajj Qasem stood, we recall the deeply-rooted Arab identity, that of Palestine, the Arab identity that Hajj Qasem served and sacrificed for its sake. It is the identity relinquished by all the 'normalizing' Arabs. Hajj Qasem sent rockets to Palestine. I dare all the 'normalizing' Arabs to send even a single rocket to Palestine.
"In any future war, we will fight the enemy with 100,000 resistance fighters armed with the spirit, will, and determination of Hajj Qasem Soleimani."
Narrator: "The campaign is scheduled to continue in the coming days — olive trees will be planted in the footsteps of the martyr Soleimani, along the border with occupied Palestine."