Head of Military Intelligence warns UN chief about Iran

Major General Herzi Halevi meets UN chief Antonio Guterres, outlines threats from Iran and Hezbollah.

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Major General Herzi Halevi, the head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, on Monday met with visiting UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Halevi briefed the Secretary-General on the intelligence situation in various sectors, and explained, among other things, Iran's entrenchment in Syria and Hezbollah's power buildup in Lebanon. The head of Military Intelligence emphasized that Iran's desire to produce precision weapons for Hezbollah on Lebanese soil and in the Syrian military industry is a serious development to which Israel cannot remain indifferent.

The head of Military Intelligence also noted that the Hezbollah terrorist group is tightening its grip on Lebanon and that there were serious and prolonged violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The United Nations forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL), said Halevi, is an important part of the solution and could, by increasing pressure on Hezbollah, make its efforts to build up militarily more difficult. According to him, more can be done, and there should be action not only to preserve peace, but also to prevent the next war.

"The establishment of Iran and the Shiite axis in Syria, and the strengthening of Hezbollah in Lebanon are two processes that could lead to an undesirable escalation in the north," Halevi said.

Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, who was also in attendance at the meeting, said, "Iran is developing a terrorist incubator in Syria and Lebanon and is trying to ignite a fire in the entire region. The United Nations must act to uproot the roots of Iranian terrorism and UNIFIL must cleanse southern Lebanon of all of Hezbollah’s terrorist activities."

Danon called on the UN to take drastic measures to ensure peace and quiet along the northern border. "The State of Israel will not stand by while dangerous elements are building terrorist infrastructures in order to harm it," he stressed.

Danon several months ago presented new information to the Security Council revealing that Hezbollah had established a series of outposts along the border with Israel under the guise of agricultural NGO “Green Without Borders”.

The UN, however, rejected Israel’s claims, saying that “Green Without Borders” members have planted trees in the area, but it "has not observed any unauthorized armed persons at the locations or found any basis to report a violation of resolution 1701."

On Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley leveled harsh criticism at Irish Major General Michael Beary, the commander of UNIFIL, accusing him of turning a blind eye to Iran’s covert arming of the Hezbollah terrorist group.

”General Beary says there are no Hezbollah weapons,” she said. ”That’s an embarrassing lack of understanding on what’s going on around him.”