Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday made a rare public appearance, stressing that his fighters and arsenal were growing in numbers despite the attempts to disarm the group. "I wanted to be with you for a few minutes ... to renew our pledge and for the world to hear us," Nasrallah said in Beirut’s southern suburbs.
His public appearance since 2008, he said, was a message to those who believe they can "threaten us.”
Nasrallah then left the podium, telling tens of thousands of supporters he will reappear in few minutes on a giant screen for a longer speech.
Later, Nasrallah warned via video link from American plots in the region. “The real threat to this nation and all its governments is the American-Israeli project and the U.S. administration no matter who its president is,” he said.
The Shiite leader accused the American administration of resorting to sectarian strife to revive its plan to transform the Middle East after its failure to implement the project several years ago.
Nasrallah also reiterated his support for the Syrian regime. He stressed, however, that “some people want to destroy Syria,” they reject dialogue and they seek to “compensate their loss in Iraq.” The Hizbullah chief accused the West of seeking to bring a new regime in Syria that would be disloyal to Arabs.