Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah will deliver a major address tomorrow (Tuesday August 3, 2010) on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the July War. The address will begin at 20:30 Beirut time (17:30 GMT).
It is widely expected that Nasrallah will address the issue of STL indictments and that he will reveal the “new information” about them that he promised in two earlier addresses (see my commentaries here and here). One imagines that he might discuss what took place in the meetings between the STL investigators and the Hizbullah members called in for questioning, and once again bring up the issue of false witnesses that he has discussed in the past.
On the other hand, there’s a significant possibility that this speech will not be nearly as aggressive as earlier ones, in anticipation of a possible settlement over the STL. (This is, at least, what this report about Nabih Berri’s meeting with Nasrallah suggests to me.)
At any rate, it should make for a very interesting evening.
Depending on the quality of the online feed, I plan to comment on the speech in real time. Stay tuned.
9:09: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (SHN) has begun speaking. He will discuss what happened today on the border, the STL indictments, and the July War.
9:16: Issuing a tribute to the Lebanese Army and the soldiers who were killed today.
9:21: Directly addressing all the questions that will arise from today’s incident. “Is the Hizb trying to create a problem, etc.?” People with bad intentions will try to ask these kinds of questions.
9:24: SHN: “The Israeli hand that stretches toward the Lebanese Army will be cut off by the Resistance.”
9:26: SHN is now discussing the issue of cluster bombs in South Lebanon. 200,000 have been removed and one million remain.
9:30: Discussing Israeli spies in Lebanon. SHN: “One hundred have been discovered in the country so far. How many more are there?”
9:32: SHN calls for Israeli spies to be put to death.
9:34: SHN: “Some in Lebanon talk about the need for a defense strategy. What about a liberation strategy for those territories that we all agree are part of our land? [i.e. Shebaa Farms, Kfar Shouba, Ghajar, etc.]”
9:36: SHN: “We all heard the Israeli General Ashkenazi report that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon would indict Hizbullah members.”
9:39: SHN: We welcomed the Saudi-Syrian visit to Lebanon, and we look forward to Ahmadinejad’s visit after Eid al-Fitr.
9:41: SHN: We all want the truth, and we reject politicizing the Tribunal. We want justice and we want to protect our country and civil peace.
9:42: SHN: “I had promised you a press conference, and I will hold it on next Monday, August 9th.” (This is the second part of the promised two-part series.) “The first part of the press conference will deal with our accusation against Israel that it carried out the assassination of PM Rafiq al-Hariri.”
9:46: SHN: In the press conference of August 9th at 8:30PM, I will present evidence that Israel killed Hariri. I will reveal an important secret about the Resistance’s efforts to prove that Israel was responsible for the murder.
9:49: SHN: We are prepared to present evidence to the Lebanese government that demonstrates Israel’s guilt. And we are capable of discovering the real culprit.
9:52: SHN has completed discussing the Tribunal. I will stop transcribing here…
10:11: SHN: If the Israelis want to believe that we have an air defense or not, let them believe what they want. We are not going to reveal anything.