In an analysis of the remarks of the Secretary General of Hezbollah in an interview broadcast Saturday evening by the Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadeen, the editorialist of the newspaper Rai al-Youm described Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah’s remarks as historic and “unprecedented over the past twenty years”, because according to him, the Lebanese Hezbollah leader presented the “roadmap of the Resistance” there.
In his commentary, Abdel Bari Atwan said that the strategy of the Resistance’s axis would for the time being consist in responding to any Israeli strike against Syria, in a context where Washington’s policy in the Middle East is in a real impasse and where the Arab states are expressing their interest in renewing their ties with the Syrian state.
Atwan writes: “President Bashar al-Assad rejected the Arab States’ proposal to end Syria’s suspension of its membership in the Arab League, primarily to show loyalty to its true friends and to show that Syria will not change its position on its national interests and the interests of the Arab nations. The anti-Syrian policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed and the Resistance will respond forcefully to any aggression from Tel Aviv. At the same time, the Resistance is pursuing its plan to maintain its geostrategic domination over Galilee[northern occupied Palestine]. »
According to Abdel Bari Atwan, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah’s comments proved that the axis of the Resistance is fully prepared to respond to any Israeli offensive in Syria, Lebanon or elsewhere. The author highlighted the warnings of the Hizbullah Secretary-General about the high precision of missiles, which are capable of hitting their targets without “collateral damage”.
“Nasrallah refers to Netanyahu’s “regrets” to remind him that a possible new war between Israel and the Resistance would be totally different from previous ones, given the Resistance’s ability to hit the heart of enemy territory with its tens of thousands of missiles via Lebanon and Syria,” Atwan added.
Referring to the comments of the Hezbollah Secretary General on the fragile situation of Kurdish forces in Syria, after the announcement of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his soldiers from Syria, Atwan wrote:
“The Hezbollah leader is well aware that the Kurds in Syria feel abandoned by the Americans in the face of the Turkish threat. Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the Kurdish representatives had asked to meet with Hezbollah officials to request their mediation with Damascus. As for the leaders of the retrograde regimes in the Arab world, Nasrallah is aware that they feel orphaned after the announcement of the American withdrawal from Syria. One by one Saudi-EU meetings are being held in Abu Dhabi to discuss the situation in the region after the American flight. The Arab regimes supported by the United States are now concerned about the actions of the Qatar-Muslim Brotherhood axis, and in this context they prefer to approach Damascus. »
Abdel Bari Atwan then highlighted the importance of the Syrian part of Saturday’s remarks by Hezbollah’s Secretary General. “Nasrallah said that the Syrian army will advance eastward from the Euphrates to defeat Daech and dominate the Kurdish forces in order to supplement, in the absence of American forces, its victories that began in Deir ez-Zor,” the author said.
“These elements show that the axis of the Resistance has marked a real victory, that it is in a position of strength throughout the region and that its opponents will suffer the consequences of their defeat,” concluded Abdel Bari Atwan.