‘Religion in Israel’s energy has been shaken’: RT speaks with Hezbollah about conflict in Gaza

25‘Religion in Israel’s energy has been shaken’: RT speaks with Hezbollah about conflict in Gaza

The conflict in Gaza will result in the autumn of US tyranny and the appearance of a multipolar world, Hezbollah believes

Lebanon has not formally entered into conflict with Israel, however the Israeli military is continually shelling the nation’s southern areas the place Hezbollah fighters are entrenched. At the moment, this Shia motion is probably the most highly effective political and army power in Lebanon, which its enemies – each throughout the nation and outdoors – need to reckon with. 

The social gathering’s armed group has about 100,000 fighters, a large missile arsenal, and a big number of weapons and army gear. Over time, this influential group has turn into an integral a part of Lebanese politics and financial system. It is usually Iran’s predominant ally which spreads the concepts of the Islamic Republic within the area and defends frequent values – notably these regarding Jerusalem. Hezbollah considers the liberation of Jerusalem a sacred objective, and the members of the ‘Social gathering of God’ understand the occasions in Palestine in the identical method. 

Our assembly with Hezbollah spokesman Hajj Mohammad Afif has turn into a practice. Identical to final yr, and the yr earlier than that, and three years in the past, we met at his workplace within the south of Beirut. Afif’s workplace seems the identical, and so does the person – as at all times, he’s carrying a shirt and sweater with a blazer over them. No less than in some facets, life in Lebanon stays secure. 

Israel shouldn’t be successful

RT: Mr. Afif, how does the scenario in Palestine have an effect on Lebanon in financial and political phrases?

Mohammad Afif: Even earlier than the conflict in Gaza, the financial scenario in Lebanon was very dangerous for a lot of causes. I’m speaking in regards to the collapse of the nationwide foreign money and the banking sector, rising public debt, and so forth. Final summer season, there have been some indicators of financial restoration since Lebanon welcomed many vacationers and the Central Financial institution adopted sure financial measures. However then the Israeli aggression in Gaza began, which affected not solely our nation’s financial system however the financial system of all the area, because it paralyzed the area’s buying and selling system. Lebanon is actually at conflict. Nonetheless, we anticipated issues to be worse. And we’re happy that these occasions have affected Israel much more than the neighboring international locations, resembling Jordan, Egypt, or Lebanon.

Politically talking, there have been higher problems. The political processes associated to the presidential elections have slowed down as the main focus shifted in direction of the confrontation with Israel and the implications of this battle. 

RT: In your opinion, has Israel achieved something in the midst of this conflict?

Mohammad Afif: Within the 2006 Lebanon Warfare, the Israelis had been decided to defeat Hezbollah and free the hostages with none preconditions. In 2023, they determined to repeat this unsuccessful plan with Hamas. Within the 60 days of preventing, the Israeli military has failed to realize any objectives. The one outcomes are huge destruction and civilian deaths. This can severely impression how the world views Israel, and america is virtually remoted on this regard [i.e. supporting Israel]. The UN secretary basic invoked Article 99 for the primary time [in decades] to exert stress on Israel. The entire world is speaking about saving Gaza. This international response is troublesome to disregard. So, concerning Israel’s achievements on this conflict, there are none. 

RT: Do you contemplate the Hamas-led Operation Al-Aqsa Flood profitable? 

Mohammad Afif: We aren’t the one ones to think about the operation successful, the Israelis themselves say so. And now, the Israelis don’t doubt that Hamas is able to finishing up one other such operation. In some unspecified time in the future, they felt utterly secure since Gaza was partially besieged in 2008 after which utterly besieged since 2014. Nonetheless, this didn’t forestall the Hamas assault and strategically, its penalties might be severe. All of the outdated ideas have collapsed, and half one million Israelis had been pressured to go away [the country]. What number of of them will keep overseas after the conflict ends?

Religion in Israel’s energy has been shaken, and Israeli politicians are responsible. In spite of everything, Hamas managed to hold out this [operation] relying solely by itself forces positioned in besieged Gaza, which has an space of simply 360 sq. kilometers. Think about what the resistance in Lebanon might do. Simply to confront Hamas, Israel referred to as up 300,000 reservists and sought the assistance of the People and all the West. In 75 years, there has not been a more durable time than the one [they are] dwelling by way of at this time – that’s what they are saying in Israel. Subsequently, I consider that the operation was profitable on the strategic, tactical, and intelligence ranges. The success might be full when Palestinian prisoners are free of Israeli prisons.

The conflict is already right here and we’re part of it 

RT: After the final speech by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, many individuals anticipated Hezbollah to turn into absolutely concerned within the conflict. Is such a situation doubtless?

Mohammad Afif: We’re part of this conflict, and what’s occurring within the south [of Lebanon] is an actual conflict. You ask me why we do not make use of all our forces. That is regular. Hamas shouldn’t be using all its forces both. And the Russian military shouldn’t be utilizing all its army forces in Ukraine, proper?  Thus far, we have now employed solely 5 % of our forces. However we’re nonetheless at conflict, and we often assault the Israeli military. Sadly, our individuals are dying too. Tens of 1000’s of Lebanese folks had been pressured to go away their properties.

This isn’t a large-scale conflict but, however the conflict is actual. Hassan Nasrallah consistently assesses the scenario in Gaza and daily, we talk with the management of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. We’ll keep the present tempo of the conflict, which we name the conflict of help and solidarity with the Palestinian folks.

RT: What do you consider Russia’s function in resolving this battle?

Mohammad Afif: To start with, I wish to say that we’re conscious that Russia is at the moment involved in regards to the conflict in Ukraine. Secondly, we admire Moscow’s place and its help of the Palestinian folks. We’ve got heard statements by President Vladimir Putin, Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov, and lots of officers within the Russian administration who condemned the Israeli aggression in Gaza. 

And, after all, Russia consistently speaks out about ending the escalation within the area. 

We’ve got at all times believed that Russia ought to play a serious function within the Center East disaster and within the so-called Arab-Israeli battle. However america monopolized every little thing and left no room for different [players], and so many influential international locations, like Russia and China, have been assigned much less essential roles than we’d have preferred. We have to do not forget that america governs Israel’s choices, and due to this fact, the US will get to determine every little thing on the political degree. We had hoped that Russia would play a extra essential function within the ceasefire efforts, in opening checkpoints for the supply of meals to Gaza, and that it will be capable to work extra successfully within the UN Safety Council along with different regional gamers. However the US is invalidating all these makes an attempt. Nonetheless, we extremely recognize Russia’s place and its makes an attempt to affect the course of occasions. 

RT: President Vladimir Putin lately met with the leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. How would you assess these conferences?

Mohammad Afif: I’ve no insider info concerning the issues that had been mentioned at these conferences. However I believe that Russia confronted robust stress after the [start of the] conflict in Ukraine. [The West] tried to isolate it. Russia and its president are looking for methods out of this case, together with [by establishing ties with] the Center East. Russia has many frequent pursuits with the UAE, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, particularly within the area of power sources. That is pure. So there may be nothing stunning about such conferences. 

Apparently, relations between Russia and these two international locations have improved lately, though the UAE and Saudi Arabia are within the US sphere of affect. Russia’s function within the area is essential. Maybe, working collectively throughout the framework of the UN, the Arab group will suggest a ceasefire in Gaza, because it had executed earlier. As for relations with Iran, in my view, they’ve turn into strategic. The 2 international locations share a standard place on the Ukrainian concern and a standard political stance on the Gaza concern. In addition they have essential financial, commerce, and army relations. Cooperation is growing in any respect ranges. I believe such visits are essential, particularly since Russia and Iran have frequent pursuits within the Caspian Sea area, and so they even have frequent issues in Syria.

In spite of everything, no matter its sensible function in varied points, Russia is a good world energy with an amazing previous and current. As one of many best strategists, the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad as soon as mentioned, “The time will come after we will put an finish to the unipolar method and can return both to a bipolar or multipolar world order. The extra Russia rises within the worldwide enviornment, the smaller America’s function turns into.” And really quickly, we are going to attain the long-awaited multipolar world order with out the tyranny of america.

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