Israel Complains to UN Over Lebanon Attacks
Israel on Monday filed a complaint with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council over recent acts of terrorism coming from Lebanon. These include the murder of 31-year-old IDF Master Sergeant Shlomi Cohen by a Lebanese soldier earlier this month, and the firing of a Katyusha rocket at northern Israel on Sunday morning.
In the letter of complaint, Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor wrote that "the lack of leadership in Lebanon allows Hezbollah to operate against Israel and destabilize the region."
Prosor added that "Hezbollah has placed thousands of missiles and rockets within civilian population in southern Lebanon, in blatant violation of international law, rockets and missiles that are used for firing at Israel. Hezbollah thus carries out a double war crime.”
"I appeal to the Security Council and ask for its intervention in the wake of the escalation in terrorist attacks from Lebanon into Israel in recent weeks," Prosor wrote, adding, "Israel has shown restraint in light of recent events, but reserves the right to protect its citizens and take any necessary measures for this purpose.”
Following Sunday’s rocket fire, UNIFIL, the United Nations monitoring force on the border between Israel and Lebanon, urged both sides to "exercise maximum restraint".
"This is a very serious incident... and is clearly directed at undermining stability in the area," UNIFIL chief Paolo Serra said in a statement. "UNIFIL's first imperative is to ensure that there is no further escalation of the situation."
Following the attack, both the IDF and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned Lebanon to monitor its own citizens carefully following the attack.
"We will not tolerate firing at us from Lebanon, or to allow a threat of any kind on the lives of Israeli citizens," Yaalon warned.