In response to a question in an interview with "Al-Quds Al-Arabi" newspaper about the new U.S. president Obama and his opinion to that direction, the Deputy Secretary General of Hizbullah His Eminence Sheikh Naim Qassem said: "We judge actions not words, surely ‘Obama's' words give a positive impression, but all actions have been bad and contradicting to his statements. What has ‘Obama' done for the Palestinian cause since he came to power?
He has further compounded its complexity and given ‘Israel' more than he's able to give, this is while he has exhausted the Palestinian negotiator with additional concessions. Moreover, he does not move a finger or affect the occupation settlements issue or any other issues for that matter that have been raised by the Palestinians. We are talking about ‘Obama' who has held the reigns of power for nine months and done nothing for the Palestinian cause, while ‘Israel' took and continues to take all it wants! Hence, where is this positive stance of his?"
His Eminence added: "The U.S. position remains unchanged towards Hizbullah. They label us as terrorists and take a negative stand toward our political and jihad positions. Their priority is the existence of usurper ‘Israel' not the Arab rights in Lebanon, Palestine or the region."
Asked about the resistance and Hizbullah's relation with the people in the Arab depth, especially under the Sunni Arab regimes and the relationship with Iran, he said: "A field evaluation based on facts is useful in order to fully understand the nature of the relationship between the resistance and its supporters."
"The Islamic Resistance in Hizbullah was founded in Lebanon against a background of ‘Israeli' occupation, during the 1982 invasion time. The central purpose of founding Hizbullah was to fight ‘Israel', liberate the land and give this matter an absolute priority over all other political matters of state and government structure and the various posts entailed."
"Naturally all resistance movements need support and we saw this coming from Iran, while keeping our doors open to support from any other country, provided it comes free of conditions. Perhaps many forget that we are actually backed largely from Iran, Syria and the capabilities of the Arab street and its pulse-in that I mean there are sides who wish to support because they see the resistance as the solution and natural right, in which case do we say no to their support, of course not!"
"If Saudi Arabia offers to give the resistance fighting capabilities, we would welcome it. If Kuwait, Egypt or any country in the world decides to back us without conditions, we would never reject such support. Hence, we ask any of those who want to place culpability on our relationship with Iran: What do you want? If you want us to fight as a resistance movement, you should allow the resistance the opportunity to receive support from any side, provided it sticks to its project not the projects of others, and this is the path Hizbullah has maintained.
If you are supposing that specifically Iran should not be supporting a resistance movement in our region, this means we are to vacate the arena for the Americans and ‘Israelis' to do away with the resistance through their capabilities, given the lack of such support in contrast. Such turn will inevitably make way for the American-‘Israeli' project in the region. Based on this ask observers watching developments between 1982 and now to bring forward any evidence of gain given to Iran that wasn't primarily our gain in the field."
"Since 1982 we liberated southern Lebanon, we broke ‘Israel's' arrogance of daring to attack us every day, we have encouraged the Palestinians and the Palestinian resistance by our liberation experience of year 2000; subsequently the uprising - Intifada - erupted full of pride and dignity. Additionally, we stood by our Palestinian brothers in whatever support we could lend their legitimate right."
"Observers watching these achievements in recent period in the Lebanese arena find they all fall in Lebanon's interest first and foremost, and that they did not occur at Lebanon's expense for the benefit of any other side. Surely, supporters of this right stand as beneficiaries just as detractors of it stand to be disappointed and harmed as it upsets their policies. I therefore consider Iran's support for the Arab people's right to resist valid; yet we also call on other States that do not provide support to lend their support."
"Existing steadfastness, achievements or eagerness to keep the cause alive are due today to the resistance and its support, this, according to our viewpoint, includes Lebanon, Palestine, north Iraq and any other resistance, each having its own unique circumstances of course."