Obviously, the recent Lebanese parliamentary elections were not only a political rivalry but also a strong referendum to renew and pledge allegiance to the Hezbollah resistance and its defence strategy for Lebanon and the region.
Thousands of Hezbollah followers have rushed to elect their candidates as no election had been held since 2009, due to internal political wrangling, security concerns and the war against Syria. Noticeably, just under 50 percent of approximately 3.8 million Lebanese eligible voters cast ballots – a drop from the last election’s 54 percent turnout.
The election’s results were not in favour of the Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement (FM); backed and financed by the Saudis, which lost various seats in its three strongholds districts of Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon. His parliamentary portion decreased from 33 to 21 seats; particularly in Beirut, the capital, where for the first time pro-Hezbollah candidates gained additional seats.
In a televised speech, Hezbollah’s Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, called the result a “very big political, parliamentary and moral victory for the choice of resistance.” He emphasised, “The make-up of the new legislative chamber represents a guarantee and a great strength to protect this strategic choice and to protect the golden equation – the army, the people and the resistance.”
Moreover, Israeli politicians have already sounded an alarm at Hezbollah’s ascendency. Naftali Bennett, the hawkish Zionist Education Minister was quick to weigh in, commenting on Twitter, “Hezbollah = Lebanon.” This indicates the Zionist and equally important the resistance’s enemies frustration over this immense political victory accomplished by the resistance.
Hezbollah and its partner, the Amal Movement, have reserved a remarkable 29 seats combined, proving themselves as sole representatives of the resistance. Unequivocally, all Lebanese are now present in the parliament as the representation is proportionately accurate, compared to the actual distribution of political partisans.
Hezbollah triumph would boost the resistance politically; allowing it to veto legislation. Sayyed Nasrallah said, “This election is a great moral and political victory for the resistance that protects the country. The resistance will continue because it has the trust and support of its people.”
During the Zionist occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s, Hezbollah was established and it is today a very powerful political, military and social organisation that wields considerable influence in Lebanon. It is prescribed as a terrorist group by the United States and European hypocrite governments. This aggressive position is taken merely because the resistance has stood firmly against the hostile imperialist Zionist policies and conspiracies in the region.