BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem vowed to continue fighting against a takfiri terrorism scheme that he said was orchestrated by the U.S. and Israel.
“We, as Hezbollah, have only one direction: the resistance on the basis of Islam and jihad for the sake of God,” Qassem said in remarks published Monday. “We have set the compass and the needle points toward Israel. ... We are fighting one scheme, which is the American-Israeli takfiri scheme."
Lebanon “is in the line of fire and is affected by what goes on around it,” Qassem warned. “Those who talk about distancing and neutralizing Lebanon ... are speaking [words] of emptiness.”
“We, as Hezbollah, have said from day one that what began in Syria under the title ‘reforms’ was an Arab-Western takfiri scheme to destroy Syria in favor of Israel's interest,” he said.
The Hezbollah official said Lebanon was being attacked “because is it strong.”
He added that Lebanon was being targeted in three directions: internal strife, Israeli aggression and the takfiri movement.
“And they have tried the three directions to bring down Lebanon. When they failed to [ignite] strife, they resorted to Israel,” Qassem said pointing to the Jewish state’s latest offensive against Lebanon in July 2006.
“Israel left Lebanon humiliated by the mujahedeen,” he recalled.
And now “they brought takfiris from all over the world. What reforms are those? The result was that those [extremist groups] have penetrated and have become influential.”
He said the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria had a “comprehensive plan” for creating a state across several Arab countries, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait and others.
Qassem, however, hailed Hezbollah for taking pre-emptive measures to prevent ISIS fighters from infiltrating across the border into villages in the Bekaa Valley to carry out massacres, kidnappings and create a state of panic.
“We will continue [to fight] with dignity and honor because we found great outcomes for the protection of Lebanon,” he said. “We will continue to sacrifice and give for the sake of a strong Lebanon.”
Turning to Gaza, Qassem said Israel “aims to disrupt the resistance option” in its war on the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.
He said Hezbollah backs “the Palestinian people and its resistance by all means of confrontation.”