Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has been named Lebanon’s person of the year 2013 by a poll conducted by the country’s leading media corporation.
The poll conducted by the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation shows Nasrallah has gained more than 60 percent of the votes.
The 53-year-old has been leading the Lebanese resistance movement in its fight against the Israeli aggression since 1992. Israel assassinated Hezbollah’s previous secretary general, Abbas al-Musawi, along with his wife, five-year-old son, and four others, in February 1992.
In June 1982, Israeli forces invaded southern Lebanon and remained there until May 2000, when Hezbollah finally forced them to withdraw.
In September 1997, Nasrallah’s 18-year-old son Muhammad Hadi was killed in a battle with Israeli commandos in southern Lebanon.
After his death, Nasrallah said in a speech that he thanked God Almighty for choosing his son to be a martyr.
The Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon made Nasrallah an extremely popular leader in the country and across the Islamic world.
Under his leadership, Hezbollah defeated the Tel Aviv regime in the 33-day war against the people of Lebanon in 2006.
Following the defeat, Israel’s Mossad launched an intelligence war against Hezbollah, but the resistance movement frustrated its efforts of infiltrating the movement’s infrastructure.
In a speech in June 2011, Nasrallah announced that Israel is not capable of infiltrating the movement.
He added that Israel has even lost the military capability to protect itself, adding that its incompetence has forced it to resort to the CIA’s capabilities.