PM addresses foreign diplomats on Lebanese border; UNSC to meet on Hezbollah in coming days; Hezbollah deploys missiles to southern Lebanon.
The United Nations Security Council will meet on Hezbollah’s cross-border tunnel network in the coming days.
Following efforts from both Israel and the United States, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, confirmed the meeting to address Hezbollah’s violation of UN resolutions. UN officials, including the Secretary General, have been provided with intelligence on the tunnel network.
Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the Israeli-Lebanese border on Thursday afternoon to address foreign diplomats, calling on the international community to condemn and place sanctions on the terror organization. He confirmed that he spoke directly with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the Hezbollah tunnels as “an additional part of Iran’s aggression in the region”.
The Office of the Prime Minister released the statement “The Prime Minister said that he views with utmost gravity the flagrant violation of Israeli sovereignty and the violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701… He spoke with Guterres on the details of Operation Northern Shield and said that he expects the UN to strongly condemn the violation of Israel’s sovereignty.” It added, “The Prime Minister also told the UN Secretary General that the international community must join in the demand to impose increased sanctions on Hezbollah in the wake of the events.”
Netanyahu was quoted stating to the diplomats Thursday that there is a possibility of military action in Lebanon.
Hezbollah’s terror tunnels have been condemned so far by the United States, the UK, Germany and Israel.
Meanwhile, Lebanon claims it has not violated any UN resolutions, Prime Minister Saad Hariri claiming Thursday that the “Lebanese government is fully committed to UN resolution 1701,” and that no military confrontation is needed with Israel.
Hezbollah, however, began to deploy precision missiles to southern Lebanon in preparation for an Israeli strike. According to Syrian media, it began mobilizing the Soviet OTR-21 Tochka missile batteries. Hezbollah is believed to have over 140,000 short to medium range rockets. Majority of Hezbollah’s arms and terror is sourced and funded by Iran.
Amir will give a Special Middle East Update on Operation Northern Shield this weekend. He will explain the current situation in northern Israel in light of the discovery of multiple Hezbollah cross-border terror tunnels and why the Gaza events were always a smoke screen for Iranian activity in the north. Tune in on Saturday at 9:00 pm Israel local time.
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