Nasrallah also called on the Lebanese government to address the issue of offshore oil and gas exploration, warning that Hezbollah might take action if “procrastination” continued. He stated that if companies did not move forward with exploration, his group might not allow Israel to continue producing gas from its fields.
In addition to his comments on the economic and political situation in Lebanon, Nasrallah called for the breaking of the siege on Syria, which he said would benefit Lebanon. He also criticized the US for “being late” in exempting Syria’s earthquake aid from sanctions.
The claim is unfounded as humanitarian aid is already exempt from sanctions. The Syrian regime, a Hezbollah ally, blocked aid into opposition and rebel areas, which were most affected by the earthquake, for 5 days.
Nasrallah’s speech also touched on the situation in Iran, with the Hezbollah leader warning against those who bet on the fall of the Islamic republic where a widespread revolution is calling on the removal of the regime.
He expressed condolences on the anniversary of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon. Hezbollah operatives were convicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for the assassination.
Nasrallah acknowledged that the Mar Mikhail Agreement between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement was in a “critical” situation.
Nasrallah is the unelected Secretary-General of the Iranian-backed militia, Hezbollah. Their political party has been documented as committing voter fraud in the last elections as well as supporters harassing and attacking any sort of opposition campaigning in their strongholds.