EU supports Israel in 'Northern Shield' operation

EU Ambassador to Israel: 'Israel has the right to safeguard the security of its citizens and territory.'

Tal Polon,

Israeli soldiers seen from village of Kfar Kila
Israeli soldiers seen from village of Kfar Kila
Reuters

The European Union on Thursday expressed support for Israel in its “Operation Northern Shield” against Hezbollah terror tunnels.

In a tweet, EU Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret said that “Israel has the right to safeguard the security of its citizens and territory.”

He added that UNIFIL “has a key role to ensure stability,” and that it needs “full support to fulfill its mandate to maintain stability and prevent escalation.”

The statement followed others by representatives of Germany and the UK on Wednesday night which condemned Hezbollah for digging the terror tunnels into Israel. The UK’s statement also supported “Israel’s right to defend itself.”

On Wednesday, Russia backed Israel’s efforts to neutralize the terror tunnels, while urging Israel not to take military action inside Lebanon.

On Tuesday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton emphasized the US’ “strong support” for Israel in the operation, while calling on Iran and “its agents,” including Hezbollah, to “stop their regional aggression.”

“The US strongly supports Israel's efforts to defend its sovereignty, and we call on Hezbollah to stop its tunneling into Israel and to refrain from escalation and violence,” Bolton said.

“More broadly, we call on Iran and all of its agents to stop their regional aggression and provocation, which pose an unacceptable threat to Israeli and regional security.”


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